Let’s get right to the point. Anything in life worth pursuing will require some investment of energy on your part. Did you know that most people don’t fail in life because they lack the ability, the intelligence or the skill? They fail because they run out of emotional, physical and spiritual gas while climbing the ladder of success. They simply don’t have the energy to succeed. You can have the best education, outstanding skills, be highly intelligent and possess all the ability in the world and still fail! That’s right, you can have it all and still fall flat on your face. It happens every day! The reverse is also true, you can be lacking in those attributes and still become a raving success. Don’t you know someone like that? They shouldn’t be successful but they are? Success lies not in what you have but in what you DO with what you have. You must have the energy to fuel your passions, abilities and skills in order to be successful.

Is lack of energy stopping you from fulfilling your destiny? Are you too tired to do all the things you want to do or worse yet, all the things you need to do? Are you living a life of passion or are you just going through the motions? If you can relate to not having enough “oomph” to get through the day, much less fulfill your destiny, you are not alone.

People from all walks of life are too tired to pursue their destinies. Their spirits may be willing, but their bodies and minds are tired. Success requires energy! Energy is the fuel to ignite passion and passion is the engine of success! Everyone is created to operate at peak performance and to pursue their passions, yet lifestyle choices can stop us from really living. Right choices will quickly give you energy to live a life of passion! Isn’t that encouraging? All you need to do is change a few things and you can have the life of your dreams.

Success comes from what you do, not from what you have.

Let me share someone’s life history with you. This was a man who:

* At the age of 21 he failed in business.
* At the age of 22 he lost a state legislative race.
* At the age of 24 he failed in business again.
* At the age of 26 his sweetheart died.
* At the age of 27 he had a nervous breakdown.
* At the age of 34 he lost a congressional race.
* At the age of 36 he lost another congressional race.
* At the age of 45 he lost a senatorial race.
* At the age of 47 he lost a race for vice-president.
* At the age of 49 he again lost a senatorial race.
* At the age of 52 he was elected President of the United States.

This man was Abraham Lincoln.

Could he have become President of the United States if he didn’t “keep on keeping on”? This man did not give up. He was also very energetic and fit. He kept pushing forward in life until he succeeded. He must have been very passionate about what he was doing. He was willing to put in the required energy to pursue his dreams and to change a nation. I bet old Abe also changed himself in the process. Abe Lincoln is an example in perseverance and determination. He may not have been the smartest, most educated or best looking man of his time but he certainly used what he was given and didn’t give up on his dream.

My friend Brian McLaughlin sent this to me to help me keep my spirits up when I was struggling I kept this timeline of Abe Lincoln’s life over my desk for many years to help me persevere through some tough times. . I have been one step from being homeless. I have had times when our family didn’t have food to eat. We have had our electricity turned off, our water turned off and we have had to give back a car we didn’t want to. We have had the sheriff at our door giving us an eviction notice and we have had times when we couldn’t afford medical care for our children or ourselves. We had the Revenue Department take every penny we had without notice. I have been put in jail. I have lost more than one business…but I have never, ever given up.

For year’s people, especially family, criticized me, laughed at me or were embarrassed by me. They didn’t encourage me. They wanted me to give up. Because they couldn’t do something I was pursuing, they thought I couldn’t do it either. I didn’t accept that. Did I have times of despair? You bet! Did I have any doubt that I could make it? Yes! But I knew, without a doubt, that if I gave up that I definitely wouldn’t make it. I also knew that if I could overcome failure enough times that I would ultimately prevail.

I had people kicking me when I was down but I was blessed to have the most important person in my life, my wife Cathy, struggle through this with me. She believed in me and told me so. Even in the midst of it all, she believes in me. All this to say, that I feel qualified to encourage you and tell you that no matter where you are today, as long as you “keep on keeping on”, you can succeed tomorrow! Invest the energy to get yourself going in the right direction and you will overcome all the odds, no matter how great they seem at this moment. Education or lack there of, isn’t the issue. The real issue is, are you willing to do what it takes to get what you want? Well, are you? I think you are or you wouldn’t be reading this book. I feel we are kindred spirits because I know you may be where I was and I want you to know that you can do it! You were created for greatness!

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Author's Bio: 

John M. Rowley’s amazing rise to the top has become the stuff of legend and inspiration. His credentials include being a college athlete whose career was cut short by a near fatal car accident, a career as a janitor and the nerve to tackle the high powered world of Manhattan real estate and the dynamic international field of fitness. Although John’s athletic career was cut short he studied kinesiology, exercise, anatomy, fitness and nutrition with intensity in order to get his body healthy again after the devastating accident.

Knowing success left clues, John also immersed himself in the study and implementation of the science of human potential and peak performance. Success came but not without obstacles. John has been on the verge of bankruptcy and at times his family didn’t have food to eat or money to pay the bills but John was unwilling to give up. With his wife Cathy at his side and without connections John started at the bottom as a janitor in Brooklyn and then earned a position at one of the most prestigious real estate companies in Manhattan. John also bought R&J Health Studio, started several other companies and was involved with real estate investments over the years but John was always convinced that his savviest investment was in himself and in the people around him.

In real estate John made a name for himself managing some of the most prestigious properties on Park Avenue and the upper east side of New York and managing the holdings for many notables including Harry and Leona Helmsley. John also owned R&J Health Studio, the gym known as “The East Coast Mecca of Bodybuilding.’’ R&J Health Studio received international attention when it was featured in the movie, Pumping Iron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. John is an internationally recognized author, speaker, entrepreneur, peak performance and fitness expert. John is a columnist for several publications and maintains an academic certification as a Certified Fitness Trainer. He routinely consults with athletes and business people alike helping them to revitalize their bodies and ignite their passion and energy through diet, exercise and a well balanced emotional and spiritual life for lifelong success.

John is the pioneer in combining peak performance principles with physical and spiritual disciplines for complete and lasting success. His motivational, inspirational and sometimes bold tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a fresh approach to lifelong success and an inspiration to the audiences that hear and experience his life changing message.

What began as a young person’s quest to reclaim his own life has grown into Rowley’s lifelong obsession, a crusade to help individuals transform the quality of their lives in a significant way. To help and inspire everyone he touches to maximize their energy, passion, body and life forever and to live the life of their dreams.