I have one of the personality types where I LOVE meeting new people. There's something addicting about meeting someone new and learning their story. What's even more exciting is when you meet someone that is super motivated, genuine and uber successful.
My buddy Bobby Diehl was gracious enough to introduce me to his good friend (and now mine) Ben Newman and I'm so excited that he did. Here's a quick rundown of some of Ben's accomplishments:
- Super successful agent at Northwestern Mutual
- Professional speaker
- Author of not 1, not 2, but 3 books!
- Founder of The Continued Fight and Bootcamp Workshops
- Loyal husband and proud father
- One cool dude
Did I mention he's only 32?
Feel like a slacker yet? Yeah, me too 🙂
Fight For What You Believe
My first introduction to Ben was reading his book Fight the Good Fight, A Mother's Legacy Live On. (In case you missed it, I included this book in one of my Top 25 Books for Entrepreneurs).
I might lose man points for admitting this, but while reading Ben's book I cried. I actually cried several times. I don't want to be a spoiler and reveal too much, because the book is such an uplifting read. In fact, before you read the interview, head over to Amazon and buy it now.
Seriously, you won't regret it.
Ben recently released his third book titled Pocket Truths for Success. Like I said, this man is always involved in something powerful and am excited for him to answer some questions.
Introducing Ben Newman…
1For those that are just meeting you, give our readers some background on what the Continued Fight is?
A company that’s believes strongly in the INDIVIDUAL YOU. WE are all different and we will all have different paths to greatness. Speaking and writing are the catalyst to educating, inspiring and empowering individuals to uncover their passions and desires to seek a greater vision for themselves.
2What are some of the most common obstacles that you see people face and how do suggest they overcome them?
The most common answer I hear and the stories that are often told relate to what happens in between your two ears. In life we will all face obstacles. Howe we respond and frame the challenges we face will determine our legacy. We all have stories and challenges we have faced in the past. When the timing is right, reach onto your proverbial mental shelf and have the courage to explore past adversity to give you strength for the future. You never know who you might impact by the manner in which you have fought to overcome your obstacles. The great philosopher, Rocky Balboa, once said, “its not how hard you fall it how fast you are willing to get back up.”
3What was your motivation behind your latest book Pocket Truths for Success?
“Pocket Truths for Success” was written for the individual YOU. The book is about understanding through daily passion for the process of what you do and love YOU will achieve great results in life. The book is also intended for those tough days when you are struggling to get up when you have been knocked down. The book provides belly punches of inspiration to HELP you get up and get back on your success journey!
About this Video: Only watch this if you want to moved, encourage, motivated in some way. I've had the pleasure of hearing Ben speak in person and this guy is oozing with passion. Love this dude!
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4How do you define success?
Success is defined by a great balance of the personal and professional. Success is not about wins and losses. Success is about giving your best every single day and believing in a purpose that is greater than you. May I also paraphrase a poem by Linda Ellis…
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars the house the cash
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So when your eulogy is being read
With your lifes actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
5In a recent interview, you stated that you always end meetings/talks with the questions, WHY NOT YOU? AND WHY NOT NOW? Tell us why.
Life is all about choices. What happens in your future and more importantly the LEGACY you live behind is a direct reflection on your choices and beliefs. STRIVE to BE GREAT!
6I was fortunate enough to attend one of your motivational boot camps. What was the inspiration behind those?
Boot Camps are designed to help individuals with mental toughness and to help YOU define your legacy and purpose for life. We have been holding Boot Camps since 2009 and they always have individuals attend from coast to coast. You can check out details for our next Boot Camp in Las Vegas June 23rd-25th at The Palazzo by Venetian at www.UncommonSalesBootCamp.com.
7 You have a knack for sharing awesome and inspiration quotes. Can you close with one that has moved you lately?
“It’s not how long you live, its how you choose to live your life.” Janet Fishman Newman
I am living proof that individuals can choose a positive path when faced with adversity. My mother Janet Fishman Newman passed away from a rare muscle disease called Amyloidosis when I was 7 years old. She left behind a journal that represents how she unleashed her positive mental attitude onto the world as she battled the deadly disease. Her life and her journal now represent for me the valuable lessons that exist to help others overcome adversity and remain positive on their success journey. The above quote is the greatest life lesson I have ever learned and it comes from my mother, the greatest champion of life I have ever known.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Strive for greatness on your bridge to success everyday and surrender to a purpose way bigger than you.
LEAVE A LEGACY!
WHY NOT YOU? WHY NOT NOW?
Thanks, Ben for the great interview. If you want to see Ben in action, check out one of his speeches below. Be sure to look for his awesome closing words.