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Author of the Live Your MAGIC!™ Books. Awakening people to their MAGIC! You are gifted. You are powerful. You are important.

Background Information

Until I was nineteen I didn’t appreciate the value of books. I saw no connection between the challenges I was facing in my life and books.

At sixteen I’d left home to escape the chaos of an alcoholic home. I dropped out of school and got a job. I was determined to pursue my dreams. They were: to start my own business and become financially independent, to find a girlfriend and eventually have a happy family and to travel the world.

At nineteen, reality was delivering a harsh message. With a grade ten education I couldn’t get the jobs I wanted or jobs that paid enough. I was living in a single basement room in a rooming house, penniless, lonely and barely clinging to the hope that my dreams could still come true.

One morning when I opened the door to my room I found a used book in front of my door, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I wasn’t sure if someone had dropped it accidently or if someone was trying to give me a message, “you have a attitude problem.” I snarled to myself and tossed the book onto my unmade bed, slammed the door and left to catch the bus to my glamorous pump jockey job.

That night when I came home I began to read the book. I couldn’t stop. In it I found practical ideas I could use immediately to improve my life. Inside the front cover I found a rubber stamp imprint from a used book store. The next day I went to that used book store and bought some more self improvement books.

Although it wasn’t obvious at first. The course of my life changed for the better that day. A book was the key that unlocked the door to my future.

Soon I returned to school during the day and kept my pump jockey jockey job to sustain myself. Even the job seemed better - it was a ticket to my future. I began to keep a journal inspired by Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci and read voraciously. Soon I was buying new books including fiction.

Today, at sixty-four, I am living my dreams. I am CEO of a group of companies, I am financially independent, my wife Janet and I have been happily married for thirty-six years, we have two wonderful adult children, we travel two months a year and spend four months a year at our California retreat, where I write.

For decades, based on my own experience, I have been a passionate advocate for lifelong learning, literacy, self-improvement and entrepreneurship as pathways to a better life. I have delivered countless talks to audiences interested in a better life. I’ve often been asked to write a book.

Over the last few years, inspired by reviewing my journals, I have written three books to share what I have learned from my journey. They are; Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!, Wisdom to Live Your MAGIC!, and The Journey to Live Your MAGIC!

Because I am financially independent I have established LIAP Media Corp. to publish these books and all royalties and publishing profits will be donated to our charity, education and arts partners.

Birth Place
Edmonton,  Canada

1983 Named Small Business Person of the Year by Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
2002 Awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service to youth
2002/03 Named Dr. Charles Allard Chair in Business Grant McEwan University
2004, Presidential Award, Canadian Homebuilders’ Association, Edmonton Region
2010 Inducted into the Junior Achievement, Alberta Business Hall of Fame

Favorite Links

Live Your MAGIC!™ Book Site & Blog
Information about the three books and my blog.

LinkedIn Profile
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