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About Me


Do you find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude at all times?

Are the majority of your 60,000 daily thoughts positive or negative?

Of the words you speak, what % are positive?

Are you resilient and mentally tough?

Does adversity and difficulty in one area of your life cause negative thoughts, words, and actions in other areas of your life?


I was featured in an Ottawa Citizen article in 1980 at the age of 16. This picture was taken at my school gym.

My God given Definite Purpose is to encourage people to live positively with and through the challenges life throws at them.

I have learned a fair bit about social media, branding, and SiteSell website building, attracting more than 25,000 website visits from 145 to 160 countries every month.

I always answer AMAZING when asked how I am doing despite the 24/7 physical pain and numerous joint problems caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of five, 49 years ago now. 

Answering AMAZING is a reminder to myself of my many blessings, skills, talents, and abilities, and a reminder  to other people about their attitude and words and how they answer the question "How are you?"

Because of my inspirational message, positive mental attitude, and life, along with being a Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor, I get invited to speak to companies and at public events around the world and have shared the stage with many well known speakers and authors.

I am also likely the world's most well known Think and Grow Rich personal coach.


At the 2012 Malaysia MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) Day where I was the keynote speaker

more about tom cunningham (too tall)

Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 5. It affects every joint from my jaw to my toes.

4 hips, 4 knees and 2 shoulders replaced and been hospitalized about 40 times.

Severe range of motion restrictions, if not totally fused joints, throughout my entire body.

Cataracts removed at the age of 12 due to high daily doses of the oral steroid prednisone.

Prednisone stunted my growth and I stand 5'1".


Visiting a tea field in Malaysia during the Napoleon Hill International Convention tour

Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor

One of the speakers at the 2012 Napoleon Hill International Convention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Spoke at the 2013 Think and Grow Rich Summit in Del Mar, CA.

Spoke at the 2013 Think and Grow Rich Stickability event in Toronto.

Corporate clients include MDRT MalaysiaASQ (American Society of Quality), Southwest Tennessee Community College (industrial Readiness Training course), FaithLife Financial and Knowledge First Financial.

Contributor to the Napoleon Hill Foundation's weekly Yesterday and Today ezine.


My first Napoleon Hill Foundation Leader Certification trip was to Ireland. We stayed at Adare Manor.

Emceeing an Arthritis Society Public Forum event

Shared the stage with: Jim Rohn, Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Brad SzolloseFrank Shankwitz (Founder of the Make A Wish Foundation)Savannah RichMom Ross, Rita Davenport, Tony RubleskiJeffrey GitomerBob BurgDave Liniger (Co-Founder of Re/Max)Don Green (Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation), Dr. JB Hill (grandson of Napoleon Hill), Adil Dalal, John Di Lemme, Sharon Lechter, Greg S. Reid, Kody Bateman (Founder of SendOut Cards), Jim Palmer, and John Assaraff among others.

Host an internet radio show on BlogTalkRadio's Journey To Success network.

Have interviewed hundreds of people including Jeffrey GitomerBruce Buffer (Ring announcer for the UFC)Dr. Nido QubeinFauna Hodel, Eric Lassard (9 year old entrepreneur in Ireland),Greg S ReidVic ConantDave LinigerJim StovallJack Blackand Shawne Duperon.

Sold tickets to seminars and courses for people like: Zig ZiglarBrian TracyMark Victor HansenTom HopkinsJim RohnTony RobbinsDavid Chilton (author of The Wealthy Barber) and Mark Tewksbury (Canadian Gold medal swimmer)

Despite my challenges with arthritis, I always answer AMAZING when asked how I am doing. I tell people that 80% of the time it is true and the other 20% of the time it is to remind myself that it is true.


My Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor certificate



I saw Mark Victor Hansen speak in Ottawa, Ontario in the mid 80's, before his Chicken Soup For The Soul books were published. I was so impressed that, with Shane Morand, Organo Gold's Global Master Distributor, and Derrick Sweet, Founder of The Certified Coaching Federation, we brought Mark Victor Hansen to Ottawa again. I gave a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to The Arthritis Society.


A radio station contest offered a hockey lesson with Pete Mahovlich of the Montreal Canadiens. I am the goalie.

One of my greatest thrills was introducing Jim Rohn to an audience of about 1000 people at the Ottawa Congress Centre. When Jim took the stage after my introduction, he said "That was the shortest introduction I have ever had", referring to my height, and my nickname, Too Tall.

One of the first goals I wrote was to meet then Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney.I accomplished that goal, using strategies I learned from Dale Carnegie's book How To Win Friends and Influence People.

I brought Shane Morand, Organo Gold's Global Master Distributor, with me as my "photographer" not knowing that we would not be allowed to use the camera and that the Prime Minister has his own photographer.


From left to right: Shane Morand, Organo Gold Co-Founder (left), Me, My Member of Parliament at the time, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

I have had the amazing pleasure of being interviewed by Phil Taylor for one of his GoalAchieversRadio shows, as part of a series of interviews he did with all the speakers for the 2012 Napoleon Hill International Convention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

Listen to the interview here


At the 2012 Napoleon Hill International Convention in Malaysia. Dr JB Hill, Napoleon Hill's grandson, and Don Green, Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation are in the background.