Monday, May 22, 2017

DREAMS GOALS & ADVENTURE

Author Michael D. Ditton makes a stop here today as part of his Dreams, Goals, and Adventure Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.

Dreams, Goals and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometime a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging

DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTURE by Michael D. Ditton
◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1504335881

From broke to retired in ten years . . .

Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it's okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.
          Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.

* Don't be afraid to dream.
* Don't accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can't” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.

"Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you're fascinating
to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more."
~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling. CEO of Cathcart.com 



Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”

I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.

Financial Independence means having control over your time
without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.


I was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.

I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.
I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.

Here’s how those goals paid off:
At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on his 45’ sailboat

Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.

It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.

For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:

For those following his tour, Michael is offering a special price on the Kindle eBook format of DREAMS, GOALS, AND ADVENTURE at a reduced cost of just 99 cents! Readers can also get a FREE copy of Michael’s GOAL SETTING BASICS in the eBook format. For one or both of these special offers just CLICK HERE!

Thanks for visiting during Michael’s tour stop. Are you following your dreams?









AND

IF YOU'RE STILL FOLLOWING
THE SNOWMAN TOUR
THIS WEEK I'LL BE VISITING




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May 25 – Reviews by Crystal –  Announcement.

May 26 – J Bronder Book Reviews – Review


30 comments:

  1. Following one's dreams can be a bit scary at times but if you don't make that first step you'll never know what could have been.

    Yolanda, thanks for sharing Michael's story and for being a part of his tour.

    Mason
    MC Book Tours


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    1. It's my pleasure Mason!
      I've always set goals, and I can't wait to read about Michael's journey. Sometimes we all get stuck and need a little help to make that next step!
      (Raises cup of green tea) Here's to the journey!

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    2. Mason, I couldn't agree with you more....But it's worth it
      Thanks to both you and Yolanda
      Yolanda, enjoy the read :-)

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  2. What an inspirational post. Life does throw a lot of challenges in our path and it is so easy to give up on our dreams as the challenges bombard us. Congratulations to Michael for approaching life with such zest and enthusiasm. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that even though the going gets tough, we need to continue to strive for our dreams.

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    1. Nicola, thank you for taking the time to comment. I call that adjusting around those challenges, a specialty I have learned over the years..

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  3. I so agree that one doesn't have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life. Congratulations, Michael!

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    1. Bish, thank you. Yes, I live life on my terms and I am very happy with it AND I do not even have close what Mr. Gates has in the piggy bank :-)

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  4. Life sure can go down as fast as it goes up. But have to keep going indeed.

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    1. Pat, thank you. Yes, that is why I encourage everyone to never lose sight of their dreams.

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  5. What an amazing story. Judging from his success early in life, it was only a matter of time before he rose to success again. He had the right attitude and work ethic.

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    1. Alex, thank you. Now my goals is to knock it out of the park...Like you do

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  6. I love stories of hard work paying off. It's a great reminder to keep working!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Sometimes it is difficult to keep an eye on the goal when feeling overwhelmed, but that is also what gets you to the finish line

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  7. What a life story! From selling veggies to sailing off to see the world. You can't beat that for success.

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    1. Cleemckenzie, I am proud of my story, love my life and want to help more live their dreams. Thank you

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  8. Thank you Defending the Pen, MC Book Tours and all of you that have taken the time to read the post and make a comment. It warms my heart... I truly want my story to inspire as many people as I can and every step like this is in the right direction. Mahalo.....Michael

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  9. I've been reading a lot of inspirational books lately, and this sounds like one I should add to my reading list. Thanks for sharing, Yolanda. And congrats, Michael!

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    1. Chrys, I would be honored if you did...Not that I am bias but I believe you will love it :-)Thank you...

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  10. I'm big on goal setting. If you don't set goals, then you're just a leaf drifting on the river of life. Congrats, Michael.

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    1. Couldn't agree more L. Diane, and thank you

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  11. Some people can look at an event, throw their hands up in the air and call it a catastrophe, and others can look at that same event, roll up their sleeves, and call it a challenging opportunity. It's obvious which camp claims Michael as a member. This sounds like a very uplifting book. I wish him much success with it.

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    1. Thank you Susan, yes I have never been afraid to roll my sleeves up:-)

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  12. Outlook makes a huge difference. Good on you, Michael. Excellent job.

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    1. Thank you Happy Wisk, yes outlook is big and even if it is a bit scary, it is worth the effort

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  13. Congrats to Michael on his new release. It sounds inspiring! Wishing himm uch success!

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    1. Thank you Lexa, I am thrilled with the comments of those who have read it...I am a Happy Camper

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  14. Life sure is an amazing adventure. I, too, love the lessons life has taught me. I wouldn't be who I am without each one of the good and bad experiences. Way to go, Michael!

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  15. Thank you for featuring Michael's book, Yolanda. I loved it and I want everyone to know they will too.

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  16. This is one of the reasons that I love connecting with other bloggers. There's always a story to be told, and inspiration to be felt. Hugs...

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  17. I'm all for Dreams, (not so much Goals, but i do know where i'm going) and adventures, thank you.

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