Charlie Tremendous Jones to be totally honest, is my favorite speaker of ALL time and forever will be.
Zig Ziglar is one of my HEROES that I saw live, listened to, and read the most however, Charlie is my favorite speaker. His book Life Is Tremendous is in my top 5 books of all time and forever will be.
There was way more Zig material and less Charlie materials around when I was younger.
There are a number of things that attracts me to his books and his YouTube videos.
1) Charlie LOVED the Lord!
Charlie loved the Lord, I think, mostly because he knew that he needed God's grace and mercy for his own life as much, or more, than anyone else. In everything Charlie said and wrote, he is honest about the thoughts and life challenges he had in his own life.
2) Charlie made you laugh at the negative thoughts and ideas we all have, especially men.
He joked and told stories about men thinking of quitting their jobs, leaving their wives, finding better wives, etc, that almost every man has experienced in their lives.
I would say his most major theme was COMMITMENT. Commitment to your God, family, personal development and career, no matter how you felt at any one time.
3) Charlie exuded energy!
I get tired just watching a YouTube video of Charlie. He engaged an audience, both mentally and physically. Your side hurt just from laughing. If you were a member of the audience, he might hug the stuffing our of you.
Charlie Tremendous Jones used 3 questions that he said everyone needed to answer in life.
1) Who will you live your life with?
2) What will you live your life in?
3) Who will you live your life for?
He used marriage as an analogy for these questions and also showed how it applied in business.
Charlie was married for 60 years when he passed away so I know he found his answer to question 1.
His answer for question 2 was likely the life insurance industry. He sold a LOT of life insurance, sometimes to himself early in his career to fulfill a vow to sell a policy every week.
His answer to question 3 was Jesus Christ, his Lord and Saviour. Charlie was not shy about sharing his faith and how it impacted his life.
Today, his daughter Tracey, runs Tremendous Life Books. If asked to name 1 theme of Charlie Tremendous Jones' life, it would be reading. I interviewed Tracey for my Journey To Success Radio show.
His saying "You will be the same 5 years from now as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read" is quoted by many, many, people, including me.
Not only was Charlie Tremendous Jones a reader of books, he gave books away in large quantities as well.
He said he would give them as his business card. I imagine he would slip his card in the book however, having someone give you a book with his business card is a sure way to make a positive impression.
The earlier you commit your life to trying everything, no matter how poorly you may fail, the better off you will be. Remember, when you're young and you make a mistake you can bounce right back and have years to profit from what you've learned, turning them into tools for a lifetime. As you get older, making mistakes usually just makes you bitter and resentful. Charlie quotes General Patton in saying: "Learn early in life that success isn't reaching the top, success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
"If you're for real, you'll do things because you have to do them, not because you want to do them." The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is very small. Successful people hate to do the same things unsuccessful people hate to do, but they do them; because they have to, not because they do or don't want to.