9-30-14 | What is your favorite sound? Mine is a train whistle in the distance. As a kid, I used to lie awake at night, hearing it in the distance, hauntingly beautiful, like the mating call of an ancient and extinct species of giant bird or mythical airborne whale.
John David Mann has been creating careers since he was a teenager. At age 17, he and a few friends started their own high school in New Jersey (called Changes, Inc. — you can read about it in his book, The Zen of MLM). Before turning to business and journalism, he forged a successful career as a concert cellist and prize-winning composer. At 15 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 13) was performed at the amphitheater in Delphi, 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 and sold over one million copies in eight languages. During the 1990s, John built a multimillion-dollar sales/distribution organization of over 100,000 people. He was cofounder and senior editor of the legendary Upline journal and editor in chief of Network Marketing Lifestyles and 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 20 languages and have sold more than 1 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 USA Today bestseller The Slight Edge (with Jeff Olson), and Take the Lead with Betsy Myers, which was named Best Leadership Book of 2011 by Tom Peters and the Washington Post.
He is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world.
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