“There are only two things we are here to do. That is to serve…and the other part is to learn how to serve better. If we are not doing either of those two things, we’re wasting our time.”

– Roger M. Anthony (May 13, 1942 – April 22, 2014)

Why should you listen to me?

That’s a really good question, but I’m not going to answer it.

I have no desire to convince you of my qualifications or the validity of my views.

All I want to do is share my personal story with you (in microwave form), and let you decide from there.

*takes a breath*

I was born in Oakland California in1969, the oldest of 10 kids and raised by wonderful, loving parents.

But that’s not the life I had outside our home.

Unlike my siblings, I experienced extreme violence, drugs, alcoholism and sexual abuse.

I was beaten with bats, bricks, pipes, chains & rocks.

I was shot at, chased with cars, run over, torn up by a dog and someone even tried to blow me up.

Yes…with an actual bomb.

But here’s the odd part…

While my friends were obsessed with making money, fast cars and scoring with even faster girls…I was obsessed with learning how to be a good person.

That, and finding out why God hated me so much.

How I survived growing up is nothing short of a miracle.

Then I met Kathilynn.

I was 20, she was 18.

She was everything I wasn’t.

This incredible girl saw something in me I couldn’t see in myself.

Best of all, she loved me.

…and I soon learned, so did God.

She walked away from her whole life to marry against the wishes of just about every person she knew.

“Did you ever regret walking away from your life to marry me?” I asked her just moments ago.

(Had to check….)

“It never entered my mind,” she smiled, “There was never a question as to whether I should marry you. It was who I was and something we were meant to do.”

We’ve been happy for 27 years and counting.

Now a dedicated husband, I soon grew into a fierce, safety-obsessed father. My bad experiences as a youth soon became advantages as a dad.

There was nothing we loved more than being parents.

So we had 12 kids.

Those are children, not goats.

It was amazing how bad choices, suffering and overcoming those challenges gave me particular insights to help navigate my children around and through many dangerous situations.

To me, it was another testament to God and His wisdom.

Teaching my own children soon expanded to teaching other youth.

This father-like love has served me both in church and in my local community for over 20 years now.

Getting to this point in life, however, has been anything but easy.

Author and illustrator by profession, businesses have been started and lost, both by misjudgment and betrayal.

I’ve made $1200/hr. as a podcaster using nothing but a laptop and a backpack, to earning $8K-$9K a month working no more than 90 minutes a week.

Yet I still ended up homeless with my wife, children, and an aged father-in-law.

Twice.

Employment experiences include everything from being a dishwasher to bodyguard, delivering phone books to becoming an executive with a national company earning six figures and speaking to thousands at corporate events.

Since 2005 I’ve also created and published 13 comics, 2 graphic novels, 4 games, 20 books & more than 1000 articles (as of this writing) to entertain people in 60 countries.

All with a High School diploma.

…and I haven’t mentioned any of the interesting parts of my life.

So what does this all mean to you?

Probably nothing.

But consider this:

My family has sacrificed, suffered, endured and overcome some of life’s harshest experiences.

We’re still here.

We’re still happy, safe and together.

I still don’t think I’m a good person, but now I have loving friends and family who argue that point, which makes me smile.

God has opened my eyes.

Too many people continue to suffer needlessly.

That’s why I want to help if I can.

Real-life, straight-forward solutions to real-life, painful challenges.

Yes, I’m just a guy who’s been around the block few times.

So why should you listen to me?

Because I have a deep love and value for the human soul.

I know for a fact that you can succeed in life no matter who you are, where you live or what you’ve been through.

I’m living proof.

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