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About The Book
This fun and fast-moving book is a collection of truly remarkable experiences - highs, lows, and most embarrassing - of Stephen Hopson, with each story revealing its own life lesson. Some are hilarious while others are profound enough to change your life. Whether your passion is career and business, home and family or finding yourself spiritually, the power in Obstacle Illusions will inspire you to get up and give your cherished dreams a chance to succeed instead of giving up and wondering "what could have been."
Stephen Hopson is the world's first instrument-rated pilot to be deaf and this is only one of his many accomplishments in a remarkable life. Through this book you will gain a new perspective on how to live with passion, purpose and possibility. The title is based on his discovery of the greatest secret:
"Obstacles don't really exist."
That's right! They are only illusions. This book will change the way you perceive the world, YOUR WORLD, and your life.
What three surprising words did Stephen's fifth grade teacher say that absolutely rocked his little universe and made him become such a happy achiever? After a long series of grueling interviews at a large Wall Street firm, what did young Stephen courageously say to the vice-president that forever changed the course of his business career? How did a frivolous ego game Stephen decided to play one night in a New York City bar lead to finding himself with a woman of dubious character in a most embarrassing moment? How did Stephen, as a new pilot, end up flying through terrifying weather conditions that could have killed him? Each story contains a lesson you can bring to your own life and be renewed, inspired, more positive.
Be ready to change your life for the better!
Table of Contents
Preface: Take a Little Trip with Me
Part I: The Early Years
Chapter 1 No Illusions
Chapter 2 The Jordan Factor
Chapter 3 On the Playground
Chapter 4 The Power of Persistence
Chapter 5 You're FIRED!
Part II: Fun and Games
Chapter 6 Dare Take Risks! Swimming Championships
Chapter 7 The Elevator Incident
Chapter 8 The 100 Club
Chapter 9 The James Bond Lady Fiasco
Chapter 10 Bluffing Ain't Gonna Get You Anywhere!
Part III: Wall Street
Chapter 11 Harry The Arrogant Bank Boss
Chapter 12 The Interview
Chapter 13 Miss America and the Surprise Client
Chapter 14 The Grandmotherly Client
Chapter 15 The Kiwanis Club Speech
Chapter 16 Goodbye Wall Street!
Part IV: Learning to Trust
Chapter 17 The $9.99 Soup
Chapter 18 Tale of the Lost Driver's License
Chapter 19 The Grocery Bill
Chapter 20 First Car Loan
Chapter 21 Blizzard Housecleaning
Part V: The Sky's the Limit!
Chapter 22 The Jovial Flight Instructor
Chapter 23 The Great Adventure
Chapter 24 The Never-Again Flying Experience
Chapter 25 Leeza
Afterword: A Note For Parents of Deaf Children
About the Author
Praise for Obstacle Illusions
-Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times bestselling author
Happy for No Reason
Chicken Soup for the Soul®
-Janet Bray Attwood, NY Times bestselling co-author of The Passion Test
-Debra Poneman, founder and president Yes to Success seminars, bestselling author Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul
-Brian Tracy, Author of No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline
-Arielle Ford, America's #1 book publicist
-Sean C. Stephenson
Author of Get Off Your "BUT": How to End Self- Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself
-Howard Putnam Former CEO Southwest Airlines Speaker Author of The Winds of Turbulence
-Erik Weihenmayer Blind Adventurer
More Praise For Obstacle Illusions
-Fred Gratzon, author of two books
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-Seth Braun, Bestselling Author of Indestructible Success, Coach and Speaker
-Carol Adrienne, author of The Purpose of Your Life
-Jim Bouchard, Speaker, media personality and author of Think Like a Black Belt
-Azriela Jaffe, speaker and author of twelve books