On paper, our guest shouldn't have succeeded. He was born the mixed-race son of a drug-dealing pimp father and an orphaned, single mother on welfare. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio, suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree.
But he persevered. Starting by scrubbing toilets, he hustled and worked his way into better opportunities, eventually finding incredible success in the banking and mortgage industry. He was on top of the world. Until the mortgage industry fell apart. He lost his job, and literally all of his money. He had to borrow from friends to make rent. He was nearly back to where he started: with nothing. But this time, he had something he didn’t have before: the knowledge of what it takes to succeed. He used this setback, combined with what he learned, as the springboard to reach even bigger heights--eventually becoming President of two multimillion-dollar companies. Currently, he is the President and CEO of Scribe Media and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children. Meet JeVon "JT" McCormick.
About Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger
Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. His captivating personality and powerful message of "YES I CAN" stays with his audiences forever. Rudy's opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 people who emotionally chant "RU-DY, RU-DY!"
About Joe Garner
When it comes to America's popular culture, six-time New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner has become one of its premiere chroniclers. See all his books here.
He's been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Fox & Friends and hundreds of radio programs nationwide. Joe's books have also become Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Sports Illustrated and USA Today bestsellers.
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