One Boy's Journey of Life. Memoir Tells the Deeply Personal Story of an Abused but Supremely Motivated Boy Who, Against All Odds, Achieves the Heights of Success.No matter your background or education, you really only have two choices when life and the people in it drag you down: give up, or dig in and fight back, always with an eye toward survival first, and then success.Michael Carrington, author of the newly released memoir Driven: Rising Above It All, tells the painful but motivating story of his rise from an abusive and all but loveless childhood to the ups and downs he experienced as an adult in both business and relationships. In spite of having numerous setbacks, both personally and professionally, Michael notes that with a stout faith and a positive attitude, people can get through the hardest times life has to throw at them. He says, "The fact is, there's always a purpose, a reason, why we struggle it makes us stronger and wiser." Driven: Rising Above It All covers a lot of ground, including the terrible abuse Michael endured at the hands of his mother, being homeless through most of his teenage years while attending school, his youthful career as a pitcher for the Houston Astros, overseeing operations for a major landscape construction company, working in the oil industry as a roughneck, maintaining and remodeling several Ford dealerships in the state of Michigan, marrying, divorcing, achieving full custody and raising three children, and ultimately moving to Las Vegas, where he sets and then achieves the goal of developing some of the biggest websites in the world.Along the way, Michael encounters substantial losses and personal betrayals, but his determination to not give up and to once again come out on top sustains him. He notes, "I have had to reinvent myself over and over again," adding, "I wrote this book to inspire other abused kids and to let them know that fear is not an option. I have always embraced hardships to achieve my goals, and I have been willing to die for my dreams."
From New York Times Best-Selling Author K. Bromberg comes story about a damaged bad boy racecar driver and a selfless social worker who realize they are more alike than they think they are.
The legendary NFL receiver, all-time receptions and yards leader for the Green Bay Packers, and Dancing with the Stars champion looks back on his life and career. When he was picked in the seventh-round of 1999 NFL draft, Donald Driver couldn’t find Green Bay on a map. He was given little chance of making the Packers roster, much less of amassing over 10,000 yards in his career and becoming a Super Bowl champion. But in an unlikely journey, Driver has overcome obstacle after obstacle to become one of the most successful players in the NFL. Now, for the first time, Driver recalls his time growing up in Houston, spending nights living in a U-Haul trailer with his mother and stealing cars and selling drugs with his brother to get by. He recalls what it was like to walk into the locker room as a little-regarded prospect out of Alcorn State, an athlete who one year earlier thought his future was in high jump rather than football, and why he would have never made the team without the support of General Manager Ron Wolf. With the help of his winning speed, skill, not to mention, smile, Driver became one of Brett Favre's most-trusted targets and a fan favorite at Lambeau. (Though it took some time for him to perfect his Lambeau leap.) Driven takes you inside the locker room with Favre, shares his experiences with Reggie White, and recalls his more recent role as a veteran leader for like Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings during their Super Bowl run in 2010. Over 14 years Driver has been through it all—game winning touchdowns, crushing playoff defeats, frightening injuries, and the glory of the Super Bowl. Traveling off the field, Driver discuss his relationship with his wife and three children: how uncertain they were when he undertook the relentless training necessary to become a champion on the 2012 season of Dancing With the Stars, and how supportive they are of his charity work and service to God. Driver retired on his terms after 14 years in the NFL: as a Packer for life. Driven is the definitive story of Donald Driver’s extraordinary journey. From the Hardcover edition.
This book does not have any ethnic, religious, age, gender or IQ barriers. It's for everyone AND it's rated (L) for love. Isn't that wonderful? So it really doesn't matter if you were raised in a holler. or. if you are a Harvard scholar you'll enjoy it! If you're a "Boomer" or a senior, if you're a junior or in-betweener. Whatever shade of pigmentation, from any town of any nation. "Driven" is for you. It's easy and fun to read. Written as if Aunt Suzy was right there wicha coversatin'! Aunt Suzy was born and raised in Chicago. She was married twice and she has two sons. Age wise they are twelve years apart. It was like raising two "ONLY" children. The first son was raised by the pot-smokin' night club singin' mom and the other son was home-schooled. Not too much of a contrast, eh? Because she experienced life living in two separate worlds is why she felt compelled.NO! Driven. driven by a Force of Love for her fellow human beings. This book covers a number of truths written from an unusual and unique perspective. Through a variety of amusing stories with the hope that the reader will feel that same Love in their lives for their fellow human beings!
Robert Herjavec has lived the classic “rags to riches” story, from having $20 in his pocket to starting up technology companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Now the star of television’s Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank, this son of Croatian immigrants earned his incredible wealth by overcoming the odds with hard work and determination. On television, Herjavec bankrolls the best inventions and shoots down the best of intentions. Now, he’s sharing his hard-won wisdom in one of the most inspirational business books of recent times. In Driven, Herjavec shares the secrets that took him from his job waiting tables to growing his nascent technology company into a world-class conglomerate, The Herjavec Group. Herjavec’s principles are as valuable in the living room as they are in the boardroom. Anyone can succeed, on their own terms, by following his sage but simple advice—if they’re willing to take chances, to take control of their own future and to stay true to their own visions.
An exclusive look at one of the world′s most successful and controversial companies, and the mysterious family behind it. BMW is arguably the most admired carmaker in the world. It′s financial performance is the envy of its competitors, and BMW products inspire near–fanatical loyalty. While many carmakers struggle with falling sales, profits and market share, demand for BMWs continues to grow, frequently outpacing production. Now, David Kiley–Detroit Bureau Chief at USA Today and author of Getting the Bugs Out, which covered Volkswagen′s demise and rebirth, goes inside the fabled German automaker to see how it does what it does so well. With unprecedented access to BMW executives, Kiley goes behind the walls of BMW′s famed "Four Cylinders" headquarters in Munich at a time when the company is in its most aggressive, and some say riskiest, expansion in its history and when some of the company′s new products, like the 7 Series sedan and Z4 roadster, are for the first time drawing as many barbs from critics as bouquets. Kiley covers intimate details of the boardroom drama surrounding the company′s nearly disastrous acquisition and subsequent sale of the British Rover Group and its expansion into selling MINI and Rolls Royce cars. Besides being a world–class carmaker, BMW is also considered one of the smartest consumer marketing companies and Kiley explores the extraordinary value and management of the BMW brand mystique. He also takes a revealing look at the mysterious and ultra–private Quandt family of Bad Homburg Germany, which owns a controlling stake in BMW: Johanna and Susanne Quandt, two of the wealthiest women in Europe and Stefan Quandt, one of the wealthiest bachelors on the continent. David Kiley (Ann Arbor, MI) is the Detroit Bureau Chief at USA Today who has covered the auto industry for 17 years. He has been featured on Nightline, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the Today show. He is also the author of Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall, and Comeback of Volkswagen in America (0–471–26304–4), also available from Wiley.
"Edgy, steamy, action packed, and plotted with nail-biting tension..."--Library Journal, Starred Review In the harsh Northern Waste where human life is worth little, ice trucker Raina Bowen has learned to keep her eyes open and her knife close at hand. She's spent her life on the run, one step ahead of the megalomaniac who hunts her. All she wants is to stay out of trouble and haul her load of grain to Gladow Station-but trouble finds her in the form of a sexy stranger called Wizard. He has the trucking pass she needs, and she has to drag him out of a brawl with the very people she's trying to hide from in order to get it. She may have rescued him, but Raina's not foolish enough to see Wizard as anything close to helpless. He's hard and honed and full of secrets-secrets that may destroy them both. As they race across the Waste, trying to outrun rival truckers, ice pirates, and the powerful man bent on their destruction, Raina's forced to admit that trouble's found her. And this time, there's nowhere left to run. "One of the best books I've read in ages."--Marjorie M. Liu, New York Times bestselling author "Anyone looking for something different will find [Silver]'s steamy, sinewy universe great fun..."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Eve [Silver] expertly fuses nonstop action and adventure; a cutting-edge, exceptionally inventive setting; and a terrific, take-charge, no-nonsense heroine in Driven, a fresh, fabulously fun futuristic romance."--The Chicago Tribune ..".kind of Mad Max meets Red Dawn..."--dearauthor.com "Ms. [Silver] has created an incredible world and Driven is one of the most entertaining books I've read all year."--All About Romance "Take one tough heroine and a hero who is more than he seems; throw in gritty action and sizzling passion and you have the perfect recipe for success. Awesome!"--RT Book Reviews
Rylee is used to being in control, but she's about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it... In a world full of willing women, Rylee is a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton, a man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track. Their sexual chemistry is undeniable. Their individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when their worlds collide, is the chemistry enough-- or will untold secrets and battle of wills force them apart?
An exclusive look at one of the world's most successful and controversial companies, and the mysterious family behind it. BMW is arguably the most admired carmaker in the world. It's financial performance is the envy of its competitors, and BMW products inspire near-fanatical loyalty. While many carmakers struggle with falling sales, profits and market share, demand for BMWs continues to grow, frequently outpacing production. Now, David Kiley-Detroit Bureau Chief at USA Today and author of Getting the Bugs Out, which covered Volkswagen's demise and rebirth, goes inside the fabled German automaker to see how it does what it does so well. With unprecedented access to BMW executives, Kiley goes behind the walls of BMW's famed "Four Cylinders" headquarters in Munich at a time when the company is in its most aggressive, and some say riskiest, expansion in its history and when some of the company's new products, like the 7 Series sedan and Z4 roadster, are for the first time drawing as many barbs from critics as bouquets. Kiley covers intimate details of the boardroom drama surrounding the company's nearly disastrous acquisition and subsequent sale of the British Rover Group and its expansion into selling MINI and Rolls Royce cars. Besides being a world-class carmaker, BMW is also considered one of the smartest consumer marketing companies and Kiley explores the extraordinary value and management of the BMW brand mystique. He also takes a revealing look at the mysterious and ultra-private Quandt family of Bad Homburg Germany, which owns a controlling stake in BMW: Johanna and Susanne Quandt, two of the wealthiest women in Europe and Stefan Quandt, one of the wealthiest bachelors on the continent. David Kiley (Ann Arbor, MI) is the Detroit Bureau Chief at USA Today who has covered the auto industry for 17 years. He has been featured on Nightline, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the Today show. He is also the author of Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall, and Comeback of Volkswagen in America (0-471-26304-4), also available from Wiley.
One man on a mission… One hard-working woman… One bet that’ll make sparks fly… Mason Falco clawed his way to the top through hard work, killer instincts, and sheer determination. But time is money, and when the owner of a farm refuses to sell the land crucial to making his latest development a success, he’ll do what it takes to convince the sultry, stubborn woman to sign on the dotted line. Kayla Phillips is holding on by a thread, on the verge of losing the farm she inherited from her grandfather. It’s only a matter of time before she’s forced into foreclosure, but there’s no way she’s selling to Falco. His good looks and sex appeal might work on some women—okay, it works on her too—but she’s not about to sell to a man intent on bulldozing her family’s legacy. A war of words turns into a wager—and Kayla’s only chance to save the farm. All she has to do is prove to the billionaire that he can’t handle two weeks of living the life of a farmer. She never expected the burning desire she feels whenever Mason’s around. But are his feelings for her genuine, or just a ploy to get what he wants? With her heart and the family business on the line, will she risk it all for love?
Through an examination of people in the workplace, this book offers a look at the four factors that drive human beings and lead them to the choices that they make.
Whether skateboarding across the kitchen as a child, or taking part in the world's most prestigious vintage road race, TV chef James Martin has never been one to sit still. In this entertaining narrative he reveals how his two passions – cooking and cars – have fuelled his hopes, dreams and successes and made him the household name he is today.
An inside look at the creation of the new breed of superstar golfers Golf keeps looking for the next phenom who will take over the game the way Tiger Woods did in the mid-nineties. But in all likelihood this young golfer will not be discovered but created in a gated three-hundred-acre complex in Florida called the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Here exists a fierce training ground, where ultra-high-tech cameras provide cutting-edge swing analysis and young players spend almost every waking hour on the driving range. In Driven, award-winning journalist Kevin Cook shows how the game has evolved from a sport of paunchy men to one populated with muscular youngsters blasting tape-measure drives. A vivid snapshot of a rapidly changing game, Driven is a riveting look at the making of golf 's next generation.
The record-setting Green Bay Packers receiver traces his unlikely rise to one of the franchise's most popular players, tracing his humble youth in a Houston trailer, his relationships with such players as Aaron Rodger and Greg Jennings and his winning stint on Dancing with the Stars.
"Jean Overton Fuller's father, an Indian Army officer, was killed at the very beginning of the First World War in East Africa, before she was born. She led a rather peripatetic early life in England with her mother, in which her grandfather was for a time a guiding hand. She caught the attention of the national press when she was just seven for a collection of illustrations of coloured sounds hung at the Guildhall. While at school in London, she lived in hotels with her mother. They then moved to Brighton. She went to RADA and became a repertory actress. In the war she worked in Censorship in London." "She became a Theosophist, she has had paranormal experiences, she paints, she translates and writes poetry; she dotes on animals; she has been partner in a bookselling business; her range of published work covers subjects as diverse as Shelley and Madame Blavatsky, Swinburne and Krishnamurti, Sir Francis Bacon and Victor Neuburg (a lover of Aleister Crowley). But perhaps her most impressive contribution is her research into SOE. Her first, very successful, book was Madeleine, about Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of an Indian Sufi mystic and an American mother, who worked as an SOE radio operator, was betrayed and was shot in Dachau." "Noor's story raised a host of questions with the author about SOE and the German penetration of it; and she published several further books on the subject. One was her remarkable investigation into Henri Dericourt, the controversial French double agent (triple if you count his corrosive allegiance to himself), that makes for the oddest juxtaposition of author and subject but particularly won over reviewers. During the war in London she serves in the three-woman fire-fighting team of Pickaxe, Hose and Bucket (she is Pickaxe); and she passes her driving test after 277 lessons. Reading her book will not require the same tenacity."--BOOK JACKET.
Nasir, a young man tormented by his past and caught between street life and fatherhood, must choose between doing the right thing or falling under the influence of his vengeful mother and insecure girlfriend. Original.
What makes Virat Kohli the undisputed monarch of the cricket world today is not his iconic status in the sports hierarchy but that the highest praise comes from the opposition camp and past greats. However, his family didn't always have it good. No stranger to loss, Kohli's biggest support both on and off the field – his father, succumbed to a cerebral stroke when he was very young. In a fitting tribute that would've made his old man proud, Kohli returned to continue an innings just a few hours after his father passed away. 'He was the one who drove me to practice every day,' the captain of the Indian Test team recalls with characteristic humility and grace. Widely travelled sports journalist Vijay Lokapally goes on to recount happier times on the journey of Virat's rapid rise to international stardom, an account punctuated with little-known stories by his fellow players, coaches and intimates. At 27, he has already been the recipient of countless accolades including the Arjuna Award, the title of BCCI's 'international cricketer of the Year' as well as the ICC's 'ODI Player of the Year', but for Kohli it's not about the money or the fame, or the roar of the crowds or the flattering attention from women of all ages. Few know of his altruistic nature and his dedication to numerous charities for under-privileged children. What has not escaped the public eye though, is how this wizard of the willow wears his heavy mantle with such insouciant ease.
Written during the months before his death, Miller tells his inspiring story, sharing lessons--painful as well as joyful lessons--he has learned from his experiences. Includes a moving foreword by Utah Jazz great John Stockton and an epilogue written by Gail Miller, Larry's wife.
The extraordinary system for changing your life and the lives of others If you've ever felt there must be more to the daily grind, something so powerful that even while caught in the struggles of day-to-day life you want to achieve something far bigger, Driven is for you. By revealing a powerful method for solving business problems, Driven introduces you to a powerful motivation philosophy, by which you experience a pure inspiration or vision, plan out your action with the clarity of sixth sight, hone your concentration and focus, and triumph in bringing about colossal changes in both your life and the lives of others. In this revolutionary guide you'll find Techniques to transform your motivation into a constant state of being Leverage your new awareness into concrete goals and achievements, such as building a Fortune 500 company Timeless wisdom to weather and thrive If you're willing to go beyond the ordinary in your life and business, then you're ready for the deeply enhancing concepts and techniques contained in Driven. Have you ever wondered why and how some of us have the unique ability to dream incredible goals? How seemingly ordinary people among us influence and change the lives of millions of people. What drives them to conquer every human limitation, from breaking the sound barrier to landing a man on the moon. Driven introduces you to Junoon, a powerful Eastern motivational method, by which you experience a pure inspiration or vision, plan out your action with the clarity of sixth sight, hone your concentration and focus, and triumph in bringing about colossal changes in your life and the lives of others. To live within the state of Junoon is to concentrate passionately on realizing your mission and transcending day-to-day, human motivation to a degree that seems impossible to those around you. Being in this state coalesces and magnifies your ordinary strength of will and determination, and turns you into a person who rises to challenges in ways that others can’t even imagine. You hold nothing back!