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Dave Liniger - ReMax Co-Founder Interviewed for Journey To Success Radio

Dave Liniger and me at the Think and Grow Rich Summit in Del Mar, CA

Dave Liniger is the Co-Founder of ReMax Real Estate. He is a huge Napoleon Hill and Think and Grow Rich fan. He has read the book over 40 times.

I met Dave and shared the stage with him at the recent Think and Grow Rich Summit in Del Mar, CA.

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about dave liniger


In 2012, Dave was diagnosed with a staph infection. He spent 7 months in the hospital, much of it in a coma or paralyzed. He came close to dying several times. 

Like myself, Dave is stubborn and determined to do things his own way. Also like myself, Dave did not like to ask for help or need help from others. We have both learned how to let other people help us, just as we love helping other people.

One of the top 5 hilights of my life was interviewing Dave for my Journey To Success radio show. I was nervous and almost in tears at some points as we discussed the biggest challenge he has ever faced.


Don Green, Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation (left) and Dave Liniger (right)

Dave Liniger is the visionary leader of RE/MAX, the Denver-based global real estate franchise he co-founded with his wife, Gail, in 1973. He is well respected internationally for his vast knowledge of the real estate industry and influence on housing policy.

At the height of the recession, Dave pushed for governmental housing reform policies that would help speed the housing recovery; many of his recommendations were adopted. He is widely credited with improving conditions for real estate agents by creating a unique business model combining the maximum commission concept with a host of support services.

Dave is a major advocate of advanced training and education – and, as a result, RE/MAX agents are the most productive in the industry.

Dave spent much of 2012 recovering from a life-threatening infection that surfaced in late January. After multiple surgeries, weeks in intensive care, and months in the hospital, he returned to RE/MAX World Headquarters in July.

Though he has limited mobility, he continues to make progress through physical therapy and the strength of his mental attitude.

My Next Step is a remarkable memoir of one man coming face to face with the darkest moments of his life and how, through his own drive and the unwavering support of family and friends, he never succumbed to despair. Dave Liniger had it all: four successful children, a lifetime filled with adventure, and a company he’d founded, RE/MAX, that became one of the most prominent real estate brands in the world and made him a success beyond his wildest dreams. He had served in the Vietnam War, parachuted out of planes, raced cars, and once even attempted to circumnavigate the world in a balloon. And then overnight his full and varied life almost came to an abrupt end. Doctors discovered he had a horrific staph infection along his spine that left him paralyzed from the neck down and in excruciating pain.

My Next Step chronicles how Dave found reserves of strength to fight through his pain. He drew inspiration from his wife, Gail, who had shown incredible grace and courage during her recovery from a tragic airplane crash twenty-nine years earlier. His guiding light was the mantra, “Just 10 steps.” If he could take 10 steps, he could take 20. If he could take 20, he could walk a mile. After three critical surgeries and six grueling months in the hospital, Dave finally returned home. He continues to heal, but is back running the company he loves and getting stronger every day. My Next Step will inspire those facing tragedy to find the courage to accept their situation and do what’s necessary to take the next step toward a meaningful life.