Dear Fellow Life Champion,
I could see it in their eyes,
as people were looking at us, the surviving family at my mother's
funeral. Relatives, friends and strangers were probably thinking,
hit rock bottom now - that's the end of them."
In effect, I was being 'counted out' in
terms of achieving any sort
of future success and happiness. And in the back of my mind, I
wondered if they were right.
But ... I'm getting ahead of myself. My mother's suicide was just the tipping point.
For me, bumps in the road started WAY before my tragedy ...
Small + Asian + Nerdy = Constant Abuse + Racism
Easy Target For The School
Bullies (oh yeah, the pipe was just a prop)
Look at the photos above. That's me when I was a kid - small, Asian and nerdy. This made me an extremely easy target for the school bullies. There wasn't a day that went by at school without being called a 'chink' and being physically threatened. The constant abuse and racism resulted in a very tough childhood.
Home life was not much better with emotionally abusive
parents as part of a very dysfunctional family. My brother and I
were always ridiculed in front of other relatives as well as family
friends. We also had to endure my parents constantly fighting out
in the open. No wonder why I
chose to spend so much time in my room.
Although I never had to worry about clothing, food or shelter, I was becoming the product of a very unbalanced upbringing with NO confidence or self esteem at all.
Then A Hero Came Into My Life
Then one day in a movie theatre, I saw the late, great Bruce
Lee for the very first time. It was the famous scene where
he took off his top and beat up all the bad guys in the Japanese karate
dojo. I had never seen an Asian man built like him and move like
him before. I was totally stunned and blown away by his
presence on the screen.
He was the much needed hero that came into my life and changed me forever! From that moment on, my own negative image of myself as well as that of my own culture were erased for good.
My Own Martial Arts Journey
I suddenly felt a much higher potential for myself. I wanted to be like Bruce Lee. It was because of his influence that I started martial arts and it was through this training that I started my new journey in personal development.
Tragedy Strikes ...
Then in March of 1984, one month before my first semester MBA
exams which was
the most grueling academic program I've ever taken, my brother called
me one morning and told me to come to their place right away.
When I got there, I saw my mother lying motionless on her bedroom
A policeman who rushed in soon after, found three empty vials in the bedroom. My mother ended up taking three full vials of sleeping pills to take her own life. This would actually be her second suicide attempt and this time, she was determined to be successful.
My father was sitting on the hallway floor losing it as a
assisting him with an oxygen mask. At that very moment, I knew
that my family had hit rock bottom and that life would
never be the same again.
Then I Made A Decision That Would Change My Life Forever
However, almost immediately afterwards, I made a decision that would change my life forever. I made a fully committed decision on the spot that I was NEVER to live my life as a victim. In fact, I REFUSED to become a victim.
I was fully determined to continue my personal development in
life to become a Life
Champion despite what I went through so far.
Not only did I finish my MBA and have a successful 20 year corporate career, I also became a Master certified (NAUI) scuba diver and a certified (CSIA) ski instructor.
NAUI Master Scuba
CSIA Ski Instructor
But perhaps what I'm known most for is a long successful martial arts competition career that spanned over 23 years which included the privilege of representing the Canadian National Team a few times and becoming a Karate World Champion (15 times).
Karate World Champion With Successful Martial Arts Competition Career
What Does This All Have To Do With You?
So you might be asking the above question which is quite
fair. It turns out that despite what I've achieved so far, I'm
nothing special. I'm just a regular person who did certain things
to become a Life
Champion even though I was at rock bottom. I'm living
proof that anybody can
become a Life
So let's explore how to bring out the Life Champion in YOU to overcome challenges and achieve enormous personal success.
But How Do We Become Life Champions?
The problem of course is that none of us were ever taught in school exactly HOW to create a life of purpose and passion.
We spend our lives just going through the motions -- instead
of living with purpose. We end up like robots or zombies with our
usual day in and day out routines that do NOT
produce the real satisfaction that we truly desire.
We get caught in traffic jams going to and from unfulfilling
work only to
come home to piles of chores. We become numb and we get so busy
responsibilities that we always run
out of time for the important
No Time For Important
Things In Life
Purpose? All Stressed Out? No Motivation?
of us don't even know what our life
purpose is and even if we do, we've been blown so far off course
that living with purpose is a distant dream.
We're stressed out while there are not enough good things that come our way. With recessions, climbing personal debt, job losses, disasters, high divorce rates and crime, many of us are just coping to get by emotionally and/or financially. As a result, our relationships, careers, health and well-being all suffer.
often cannot get motivated
enough to make a difference. We procrastinate and nothing
really changes as the years go by.
Procrastination? Lack Of
We're left with frustration and
wonder if it's even possible to have a better life at all. We've
become mentally trapped in
deep ditches that our minds have created.
Been There Just Like You Have
If any of this sounds like you, then I can certainly relate
feeling. Believe me, I've been there at rock bottom as you
That's Why I Finally Decided To Go Public With My Story
I've since realized that many
people in this world are going
through lots of the same types of hardships that I went through.
I also realized that
many could benefit tremenously
from my journey.
So in 2009, twenty five years after my family tragedy, I decided to finally go with my story and document the important principles which made such a huge positive difference in my life. It was no longer fair to keep these motivational secrets to myself!
I wanted to
back the curtains on the exact changes, mind-shifts and action steps I
took to go from tragedy to success
as a Life Champion.
I wanted to share these universal lessons with others who could really benefit for their own lives. So the result was, The Life Champion In You.
See and listen to some readers below on what they thought about The Life Champion In You (also other video clips of readers talking about my motivational books).
Inspirational Stories Of Many Successful People
The Life Champion In You, is not just about my journey from personal tragedy to Karate World Champion, but is filled with inspirational stories from many successful individuals I have come across. You will read about the awesome one-legged skier who defied the odds and skis at a higher level than I do (and I'm already a CSIA Level 2 instructor)!
You will also read about the totally inspirational no-arms mom who will make all stressed out parents' jaws drop from what she's able to do in every day life. There's also the immigrant physiotherapist who built a flourishing clinic business from the ground up as well as the long time animal lover and now successful dog training facility owner who finally went after her life long dream.
Journey From Personal Tragedy To
Karate World Champion And The Universal Lessons
You Can Learn For Your Own Life
Champion In You outlines the same success strategies and
tools that I still use today on
a regular basis. Here's what I reveal for you;
Powerful Insights On
"A no-nonsense, how-to manual for those of us who sometimes need a swift reminder to get going. Drawing from his own personal experiences, Clint gives us simple yet powerful insights on how to plan towards the achievement of success in life. An inspiring read."
Gianluca Berchicci, Morgan Stanley, London, England
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Book Helped Reader
"I just finished reading your book! Thank you for it. The most important message I learned from it is your statement, “I will not let circumstances rule my life.” It’s my new motto. I had a bad circumstance in my life last year, and it utterly consumed everything I did. I felt so stuck. But not anymore. I’m making my goals, as per your model, and will make my dreams come true. I admire your drive in the face of adversity! You're are a fantastic role model Clint. Thank you."
Patricia Ellison, Screenwriter, Whitby, ON
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Read Or Listen To
From The Life Champion In You
Motivational Keynote Based On The Life Champion In You
Award Winning International
motivational keynote presentation which you may
already seen parts of in my 3-part Personal
Development Video Series, is
actually based on The
Life Champion In You.
If you thought the video series had some powerful useful messages, wait
until you read the
book since I could fit a LOT
more into personal growth books than in
"Clint Cora's book, The Life Champion In You, is an example of the resiliency of the human spirit. Using the tragedies of his life, he demonstrates that anyone can rise above their challenges and create a successful life. He offers practical advice to help people achieve their goals and dreams. Clint's book stands apart from other motivational books because of its personal and realistic approach. It is easy to read and written for anyone wanting to put their dreams into action. I would highly recommend this book because it is inspiring and motivating."
Shan Dube, Social Worker, Vancouver, BC
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Both the motivational books and audio CD versions of The Life Champion In You have been extremely popular at my live speaking events. These personal growth books will be ideal for audiences to take home so they get a reference plus continued motivation to achieve their goals after hearing my talks. They also make excellent gifts of positive reading for family members and friends.
Copies of these personal growth books at wholesale bulk prices can be arranged to be made available to all of your audience members as part of a speaking program event.
Signing Motivational Books
So go ahead, order your copy of The Life
Champion In You by
choosing one of the options below
and I'll be more than happy to sign your personal copy.
forward to sharing the universal lessons
I have learned during my
journey so that together, we
can bring out The
Life Champion In You!
Clint Cora - Speaker, Author & Karate World Champion
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