Mastermind Members Phil Taylor and Courtney Carroll


I recently joined a new Mastermind group led by Phil Taylor, author of Set Yourself on Fire and Founder of GoalAchievers International. Phil's book is published by Tremendous Life Books which is run by the amazing Tracey Jones, President of Tremendous Life Books and daughter of Charlie Tremendous Jones who passed away a few years ago.

One of our Mastermind members is Courtney Carroll. Courtney is a Principal at a high school. I HIGHLY respect any high school Principal. I would not want to have that job and yet it impacts hundreds of people every year. Courtney also has volunteered teaching martial arts at the YMCA for many years now. I respect HIGHLY anyone who has a black belt, along with people who have completed marathons. In my view, both those accomplishments tell me a lot about the persons character and discipline. Courtney is also a real estate investor. In my 20s I bought investment properties. I was great at that however quite poor at property management and sold them all after a few years. Courtney has a great blog called Financial Fitness. I highly recommend you check it out at least once. I feel very privileged to be in the same group as Courtney.

In my next post I will write about the 2 other members of our group that I met last Sunday, Christopher van der Hoff. Christopher’s website is called Insanely Great Sales Keynotes. He has a presentation called “How a Certified Psychotic Made It BIG in Sales” that is really insightful. The other member I will write about is Patrick Bizindavyi, owner of Bestlife Motivation. Patrick has a widely read (about 4000 subscribers) blog called Journeyman Stories. Since I was happy to get about 400 unique visitors to my blog in December, I am looking forward to learning what Patrick did to attract so many subscribers.

I’m very excited about this group and feel it will be one of the keys to my future successes.

Phil Taylor

Courtney Carroll's Financial Fitness Blog

Insanely Great Sales Keynotes

Journeyman Stories

“Tom Cunningham is simply one of the most thoughtful, supportive and considerate individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His quest to add value to others is uncanny, always seeking to go the ‘extra mile ‘in everything he does. His positive mental attitude, spirit of team play and commitment to excellence is exemplary and inspires others to do the same. I have only utmost respect and admiration for Tom and I am glad to provide him with the highest of recommendations”

Phil R. Taylor, author of Set Yourself on Fire

“Tom was an inspiration to everyone on the trip. He is truly an AMAZING person who doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit". He is a delight to be around, and his positive attitude rubs off on people around him. I am blessed to have met Tom and consider him now a friend. He became a Napoleon Hill instructor on this trip, and we are all so proud of his accomplishments, and how he lives his life.”

Pat Andreatta, Owner of Escape Cruises & Travel, the official travel agency of The Napoleon Hill Foundation

“Wow!!! Tom Cunningham is truly inspirational, what an incredible life story of how the power of positive mental attitude can help you overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom Cunningham through our involvement with Goal Achievers International. Despite having Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) since age 5 and having had 4 hips, 4 knees and 2 shoulders replaced and being in hospital more than 40 times, Tom still finds a way to remain positive and grateful for the blessings he has received in life. As a Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor Tom has used the philosophies shared in the Law of Success to create opportunities out of obstacles. His story is incredibly powerful as it shows what can truly be accomplished when one has definiteness of purpose and a passion for doing more to enrich the lives of others. Tom continues to speak for the Napoleon Hill Foundation and is the spokes person for the Arthritis Society. His message of courage in the face of obstacles has inspired others to believe that anything is possible if one maintains a positive mental attitude. Tom Cunningham makes no excuses for the obstacles he encounters on a daily basis. He is resilient and committed to self improvement and service to others.

Courtney Carroll, Speaker, High School Principal, Real Estate Investor and martial arts instructor

Tom is one of the most amazing and inspiring people I have ever met. It’s funny how we (unfortunately) end up taking people or things for granted, and that’s what I thought about going to work this morning. The amount of physical pain that Tom goes through would probably be enough to make the army of grown men cry at once. But, he never talks about it. He channels the pain into the positive energy, and that is one of the reasons why he succeeds at every level. The amount of goodness in his heart allows him to help a lot of people on his way to the top. I am truly blessed to have him as a personal friend and a colleague. Keep shining and keep inspiring others, Mr. Amazing Tom Cunningham!

Milos Bulatovic Senior Research Director, The Canadian Business Journal (CBJ)

I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom for almost a decade now. I can sincerely say that I have never met anyone with such a positive mental attitude and towards life in general. Given the adversity this man has endured, one would expect to see a much more jaded human. The proverbial cherry on top is how good Tom is at his job and in influencing others. To put it simply, I challenge you to ever get a response to “How are you today Tom?” and hear anything other than “AMAZING!”.

Jacques Gauthier Director Marketing Carpedia International



Carpedia

I have known Tom Cunningham for 25 years and he has always been a high spirited, very positive, very genuine person. I met Tom at the business level when I was in the real estate and property management field in the mid 80’s. I had the pleasure in selling Tom some real estate property and that business experience developed further in me getting to know him personally as well as meeting some of his other many good friends and many business acquaintances. He has always conducted himself very professionally and has always been at the forefront in helping other people.

Marcello Bentivoglio FM Windows Ottawa, ON

FM Windows & Doors

Tom's been a personal friend for over 20 years. A friendship this long can only come from mutual respect and admiration. What I admire most about Tom is his constant positive attitude considering his uphill battle he faces everyday with his health! Many would succumb to his trials but Tom stays true. Challenges to Tom are welcome in his world - they are not obstacles or obstructions - they are a chance to learn from experience; a chance to grow in wisdom. Anyone who would like to be inspired by a passionate, humorous speaker would be wise to put their trust in Tom. I fully recommend him and would be glad to stand by as a reference if you decide to contact me.

Hal Price Manager of Production iSi Global Webcasting



iSi Global Webcasting

Having grown up with Tom I'm in the unique position of knowing ALL of his history. I can say that life has never been easy for him due to physical challenges. I don't remember a single occasion where he used that as an excuse. He has taught me never to give up and always give 200%. Tom can certainly provide inspiration to others through anecdotal stories of how his attitude gets him through what could be considered the worst of times.

Sarah Galler Pishku Baby LLC, Owner (Also my sister)

Pishku

I met Tom a little over 15 years ago and I don't think I've ever been more impressed with anyone in my life than with Tom "too-tall" Cunningham and his attitude toward life! Dispite his physical disability I can't ever remember hearing him complaining about, or blaming anyone, especially his God, whom he believes in with all his heart, for it! I had the privilege of spending early morning meetings with him over a period of five years, and got to know him pretty well. He has a deep sense of accomplishment, a great work ethic, and the greatest up-beat attitude that would put most people to shame! I was president of a well known national safety equipment company, ISECO, for over 16 years, so I know what I looked for in people for sales ability, and as encouragers, and Tom has all those qualities, plus more.

Garry Munnings President of ISECO Safety (retired) Current Chair person of the CSA Technical Committee on Safety Footwear