When someone tells you, “You can do anything,” believe them. And when someone tells you that you can’t? Don’t bother to reply. Just use it as inspiration—then go show them.
John David Mann has been creating careers since he was a teenager. At age seventeen, he and a few friends started their own high school in New Jersey (called Changes, Inc. — you can read about it here and here). Before turning to business and journalism, he forged a successful career as a concert cellist and prize-winning composer. At fifteen he was recipient of the 1969 BMI Awards to Student Composers and several New Jersey State grants for composition; his musical compositions were performed throughout the U.S. and his musical score for Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound (written at age thirteen) was performed at the amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece, where the play was originally premiered.
John’s diverse career has made him a thought leader in several different industries. In 1986 he founded and wrote for Solstice, a journal on health, nutrition and environmental issues; his series on the climate crisis (yes, he was writing about this back in the eighties) was selected for national reprint in Utne Reader. In 1992 John helped write and produce the underground bestseller The Greatest Networker in the World, by John Milton Fogg, which became the defining book in its industry. During the 1990s, John built a multimillion-dollar sales/distribution organization of over a hundred thousand people. He was cofounder and senior editor of the legendary Upline journal and editor in chief of Networking Times.
John is an award-winning author whose writings have earned the Nautilus Award, the Axiom Business Book Award (Gold Medal), and Taiwan’s Golden Book Award for Innovation. His books are published in more than two dozen languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. He is coauthor of the international bestseller The Go-Giver (with Bob Burg), the New York Times bestsellers The Red Circle (with Brandon Webb) and Flash Foresight (with Daniel Burrus), the national bestsellers The Slight Edge (with Jeff Olson), Among Heroes (with Brandon Webb) and Real Leadership (with John Addison), and Take the Lead with Betsy Myers, which was named Best Leadership Book of 2011 by Tom Peters and the Washington Post. You can find his writings on Huffington Post here.
He is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world.
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