Your whole life matters. But if you’re like Matt, you’re so busy that you’ve forgotten what that really means.
Unintentionally, we lose sight of what truly matters in life and buy in to the lie that professional success will yield personal fulfillment. In short, we do more as a way to be more. But that’s a vicious cycle that leaves us exhausted.
For years, Matt thought a six-figure income would help validate who he was, so he masked his pursuit within the nobility of providing for his family and living a good life. Beneath it all, he was afraid—afraid of poverty and the opinions of others.
It took a family member’s suicide, going broke, nearly losing his marriage, and a cancer diagnosis for God to finally get his attention. The truth is, the busyness of life had drowned out His (God's) voice.
Over the past few years, Matt has dedicated himself to living this reality in the trenches and writing about what he's learning. As a husband, father to four, small-business owner, author, and speaker, there are constant demands on his time and energy. The struggle is real, but living whole is not impossible. A whole, healthy life begins with perspective.
Ed was once best known for his spot on the 1986, World Series Champions, New York Mets roster. Today, Ed is a dedicated father, author, and motivational speaker. He believes in, and has experienced, the power of courage, faith, and determination in the face of life’s most difficult challenges.
Ed played 13 years of Professional Baseball before his promising career came to a sudden end as the result of a severe shoulder injury. Three months after starting a new career, Ed was diagnosed with three potentially life threatening illnesses. He fought these conditions with strength and determination surviving three kidney transplants and a battle with cancer.
Ed has become one of this nation’s most highly sought after motivational speakers. In 2001, he became the first professional Major League sports athlete from the United States to receive the prestigious Certified Speaking Profession designation from the National Speakers Association. As the author of “Conquering Life’s Curves: Baseball, Battles, & Beyond”, Ed has appeared on hundreds of national radio and television programs including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club, and MSNBC.
Involved with many charitable and non-profit organizations, Brian actively supports The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Character that Counts, and Keepers of the Sandlot. He’s also involved in Young Life, Pro Athletes Outreach, Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and The National Christian Foundation.
Brian is a highly respected and sought after motivational speaker.
From the tragic loss of his daughter Kassidy to leukemia, to his son David’s heroic battle with a brain tumor and subsequent journey into professional baseball, he and his family know the pain of personal loss and have overcome great adversity. Brian uses his life experiences to encourage and inspire a host of audiences. His inspirational messages combined with stories from his professional playing days have had a tremendous impact when shared at churches, youth-family and men’s outreach conferences, sports awards banquets, and corporate events across the United States and Canada.
Brian enjoys public speaking, coaching baseball, upland bird hunting, fishing, weight lifting, and collecting vintage baseball memorabilia. He is a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and in 2007 was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame along with Joe Carter, Bill James, and Phil Stephenson. He and his wife, Jami, live in Spring Hill, KS, and have four children Scott, David, Jennifer, and Kassidy.
Our mission at The Mr. Thank You Project is to elevate the level of gratitude on the planet by 1% by inspiring 74 million thank you cards written all over the world.
This was started by our Founder John Israel, who committed himself to writing 5- thank you cards every day for an entire year. This life changing experience allowed John the opportunity to share his story on National stages, and attracted the attention of news and media outlets such as: PopSugar, Fox News, NBC, Good Morning America, and MarthaStewart.com.
As John shares, “Our objective is to help people make gratitude a habit, not just by writing about it in a journal, or "thinking happy thoughts", but by living gratitude as an expression in your life.”
John’s story has been documented in his book, The Mr. Thank You Project: A Journey to Elevate the Level of Gratitude on the Planet, One Card at a Time. Available on Amazon as of May 2018.
Ryan C. Lowe
Ryan is a professional motivational keynote speaker, sales trainer, consultant & author, who’s passion is to work with organizations that want to inspire and motivate their leaders and team members with principles that will help create a positive culture and mindset to achieve excellence. Ryan’s keynote presentations are intertwined with professional and personal experiences, including several personal tragedies and a near death experience. He also shares his key message: success isn’t determined by background, experience, or anything else. It’s all in your attitude. In his seminars and his own life, Ryan inspires people to believe in themselves, that they can and will live the life they’ve envisioned by using one major factor: a positive attitude. He writes articles for several magazines and is the author one of the most talked about books in the market today, “Get off Your Attitude.” Ryan and his book have been featured in print, radio and television all over the country. He and his book were highlighted in Selling Power Magazine and were featured by Success Magazine in their Success Book Summary program
Dennis is a business and executive coach for a billion dollar company in the Pacific Northwest. He's been interviewed on Focus on The Family, Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News. Hosted Balance Point Radio for years and was embedded nightly with CBS affiliate news Point 2 Point as the conservative commentator for many years, as well.
From the storied halls of West Point class of 1978 to a bid for US Congress in 2000 to author and consultant; Dennis’ journey has taken him where few men are blessed to go. His unique clarity on life comes from being a lifelong learner and living each adventure to its fullest potential. Dennis has an inborn love for history and, due to his path in life, has a deep seeded drive to see honor lived out. Dennis has a deep love of creation and of the Creator.
Dennis is an award winning author of Cocoa: The Blind Dog, Beautiful Nate, Finding Malone, Benghazi and Beyond, as well as co-author of other books and written three motion picture screenplays. Dennis is a sought after conference speaker and business coach.
John Mason is a national best-selling author, noted speaker and executive author coach. He is the founder and president of Insight International and Insight Publishing Group.
He’s authored twenty books including An Enemy Called Average, You’re Born An Original-Don’t Die A Copy, and Know Your Limits—Then Ignore Themwhich have sold two million copies and are translated into thirty-eight languages throughout the world. His books are widely known as a source of real-world wisdom, hopeful inspiration, and practical principles.
His writings have twice been published in Reader’s Digest along with numerous other national publications. Seven of his books have reached the #1 spot on an Amazon best-seller list.
Known for his quick wit, powerful thoughts and memorable humor, he’s spoken to audiences of 50 to 15,000 for more than twenty-five years.
Nick Santonastasso is constantly defying the odds. Despite being born with no legs and one arm, Nick is a bodybuilder, internationally known public speaker and internet sensation.
Nick’s main goal is to give extreme value to a mass amount of people. From speaking at corporations about leadership, work ethic and how to be the best possible version of yourself to churches and schools where he preaches about the importance of loving yourself and being comfortable in your skin.
“It is extremely vital that we connect with these kids, they are our future.” says Nick.
Speaking about anything from his life story to motivate and show that you can accomplish anything in this world despite the limitations you may think you have, to suicide prevention and anti-bullying. You name it and Nick covers it, guaranteeing that from the kids to the teachers and corporate workers/CEOs that everyone will leave that presentation feeling refreshed, extremely motivated and most importantly with a whole new outlook on life.