Build Your Foundation is about overcoming the fear, procrastination, routines and ruts that keep good people from doing great things. “I’m 47 and a life-long stutterer,” Carver says. “I am a pretty successful business owner. I am terrified to speak, but my businesses require it of me. I have had to learn to overcome the fear and frustration that comes with stuttering. That took a plan. And it took intentionality. I have learned that there are tools anyone can use to push through paralyzing fear.”
Carver says he wants others who struggle to be able to stand on his shoulders, get a head start in life, and learn from his experiences. And that’s why he wrote the book.
“People tell me that the book has had a big impact on the way they see everyday life because it encourages them that, no matter how many times they fail, they can choose to stay down and out, or to be positive and keep going. Either way, it is a choice,” Carver asserts. The book includes stories of people like Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, David Beckham, and others who were told they would never make it, but moved through the pain of rejection and failure to phenomenal success. The principles used by these and other people can be found among the pages of Carver’s book.
Reader Karon Sharington says Carver’s book has changed her life. “I've struggled to read all my life. It wasn't something that I enjoyed. But John's book is easy to read, and I believe it's (perfect) for our younger generation as well!” she exclaims. “I keep five of my grandchildren every Friday and I plan to start reading a chapter to them each week. I want them to get the message that they might fail at something in life, but they have a choice of how they will handle the failure. I want them to learn at a young age, to never quit and never give up. And I want them to know that they can make a difference in the lives of others.”
Carver opens his life to readers as he shares stories, experiences, and the emotional challenges that he has dealt with. Carver tells how, after nine years of frustration trying to conceive, he and his wife decided to adopt internationally. Their first trip to a Russian orphanage yielded two siblings. And after three trips to Russia and two trips to Belarus the Carvers found themselves parenting a set of siblings, plus four other children–six Russian children are now calling America their home, thanks to the Carvers.
Carver’s greatest challenge has been seeing his youngest daughter, Juliana, go through cancer and treatment three times, with her fourth battle just beginning. “Though she was only five the first time cancer struck, Juliana has never lost her joy. In the book I share how she did that, and how we helped her maintain a positive attitude,” Carver reveals. “And laughter was a big part of that!”
Each short chapter presents a foundational building block for living life to the fullest. Chapter titles include: My Fight with Fear, Move to a New State, Trap of the Treadmill, The Snooze Button, and The Courage of a U-Turn. Carver has great expectations for his newest book. “I truly hope that thousands of people who haven’t read a book since high school will pick up my book and discover how easy a read it is–and what a tremendous impact its principles can have on their lives. And that, even if their lives haven’t changed in the last ten years, the next ten can be radically better. If that happens, I will be thrilled!”
Carver is host of a blog radio show which, along with information about his speaking services and of course, his family, can be found at: JohnWCarver.com. Carver’s book, Build Your Foundation, is available at TremendousLifeBooks.com
Founded in 1965, Tremendous Life Books publishes and sells books and other media with the purpose of professional, personal and spiritual life development. From the old masters to new classics, their books help people transform their lives for the better.
The publisher was originally known as Executive Books, and is now named in honor and memory of its founder and past president, Charlie "Tremendous"
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