Healing Stories: From Foreclosure to Millionaire. You can do it too!

Healing Stories: From Foreclosure to Millionaire

Imagine this. You’re a single dad, two young children, and you just lost every penny to your name. You recently found out that your house will be taken away from you, and you have no idea what you’re going to do in life.

What would you do? The above scenario is the life my very good friend Ray Higdon actually lived. A number of years ago, as the real estate market crashed, Ray contacted me to see if I had any thoughts on what he should be doing to try to get out of the jam he was in.

After we met, I just looked at him and told him that I thought that he had the passion and energy to become super successful once again in life. And if he used his skills and talents, and found something he really believed in to sell, that he would find himself out of this situation never to return.

As Ray recalls in our number one best-selling book to which he was a participant in, he went home depressed, anxious.

He then went out and bought the book “The Secret” and tried to do everything they recommended for the next 30 days. Affirmations. Vision boards. And more. And after 30 days he found himself in a worse situation than he could’ve ever imagined.

He found a network marketing company that he believed in and read about a practice of going after 20 rejections a day. It didn’t sound like a lot of fun, because it’s not, but he was willing to do whatever it took for as long as it took to get out of his current financial crisis.

He never stopped calling friends, strangers, associates for the next several months. Every day he would stop only when he had 20 rejections… When 20 people told him no thank you he would stop for the day. But obviously when you’re going through that much rejection you’re going to find some people who are interested in getting on board and selling what you are selling.

Several years later, with persistent daily effort, he was earning $50,000 a month. That’s $600,000 a year for a guy that just a couple years earlier had nowhere to live and was struggling just to survive with his children.

Ray and his wife Jessica earn much more than that today. His drive has carried them forward. His willingness to risk rejection over and over and over lead to the breakthrough that now he helps other people to experience.

Many people in his situation would’ve thrown up their hands and become a victim .

How about you? Are you faced with some type of hurdle and you need an incredible healing… But you’re not willing to do the work? With your health? Money? Relationship? Career? Addiction? Spiritual path?

Regardless of what we’ve been told by many well-meaning teachers in the world of personal growth, unless it’s a miracle, the only way out of your current situation is to work your butt off. To get uncomfortable. Day after day after day.

Who is your accountability partner? If you’re truly ready to change and make it big you’re going to have to have a mentor, consultant, coach, counselor, personal trainer… Any huge goal most of us will never be able to achieve on our own. And that’s not bad. That’s just reality.

I want you to live the life that you desire. I know these healing stories can be motivational for you, me and everyone around us. But only if you’re willing to do the work, get uncomfortable, become persistent just like Ray Higdon was in order to radically change our lives.

You deserve what you desire. But… Only if you’re willing to do the work necessary to create the life you want.

Share this story with your friends. If you know someone who is struggling regardless of what area of life the struggle is happening… Share this story. And if you need help, reach out to someone who will hold you accountable to the changes that you need to make.

As I’ve said millions of times in my lectures, and in my books, I would never have gotten sober on my own… Or broken through financial problems… Or healed relationships… Or radically changed my body… Or anything else big. It’s always been because I’ve had coaches and mentors to hold me accountable on the way.

If I can help you, email me at

David Essel is the number one best-selling author, counselor, life coach and inspirational speaker whose mission is to help every individual possible, to achieve the life they deserve and desire.


One of the greatest challenges that people face today, when they want to change their lives, is eradicating negative comments and beliefs from other individuals that they have accepted as true.

David Essel throughout his #1 best selling book “Positive thinking will never change your life… But this book will!”, explains that the problem isn’t that the person believes these negative comments on the conscious level… But they’ve been embedded in the subconscious level for years,so we just act out what we have heard, even though it may not necessarily be true at all.

In his book David tells the story of a young woman, whose mom had berated her for years about her lack of understanding math.

Her mother had convinced her that she was stupid. That she would never learn math. That she would never be good with money. And so with these comments now cemented in this young girls subconscious mind, she acted them out for the rest of her life.

Even though at the age of 20, without a high school education because she dropped out due to her mothers comments that she will always be stupid, she secured an entrepreneurial position and earned $150,000 in her first year alone!

Unfortunately, when she started making that kind of money her mother came back into her life telling her that she was stupid still with math, that she will blow all her money, and of course the young girl did exactly that.

Fast forward 20 years. The girls mother is still telling her she’ll never be good with money, and this young girl now turned almost middle age has manifested financial stress her entire life. Because of her fear of rocking the boat and leaving her mother once and for all, she continues to have her in her life, and her mother continues to self sabotage her daughters existence.

The answer? As David states so clearly in the book, there are times in life that we need to move away from those negative yet influential people, who have planted these negative beliefs that are not necessarily true in our brains.

It might mean that you have to totally cut off that relationship. Or it could mean that you just greatly diminish the time that you speak to those individuals. But as we all know, some of the greatest steps to success are the most difficult ones. And that’s OK.

Then let’s look at the other side. The power of someone’s positive comments. David goes on to share a personal story in his book about how he was never very good at school, and especially spelling. With an older sister who is incredibly intelligent, and who always got A’s in her classes, he never felt that he lived up to family expectations. So he became an athlete, and a damn good one. But his parents and his teachers knew that he had to do better in school if wanted a successful career outside of athletics.

In third grade David met a mentor and teacher Sister Vidette. She took him under her wings. She told him he could become a great speller, that he could raise his grades if he worked really hard. At first he didn’t believe her. But she was relentless. Meetings with his parents became a regular event. Sister told David and his parents that she saw brilliance in him.

Through incredible hard work, and a persistent teacher and parents who believed in David, he became an exceptional speller. Little did he know at that time that later on in life her comments would be the creation of a career as an author. While his athletic life ended after two years of playing basketball at Syracuse University, his excellence in spelling would lead him to become incredibly successful in life.

David’s work in the subconscious mind, has helped millions of people to move past those negative comments of family, friends, coaches and even teachers… Allowing them to shake the past once and for ever, and to plant positive beliefs where at one time there were only negative ones.

As a society, many of us are told we will never be enough. We will never be good enough. David’s work is to reverse that trend, and give adults as well as young adults the chance to reverse the negative beliefs implanted by others… So they can be free, successful and happy in life. This is possible for everyone, but a key to change is understanding that you cannot cover up a negative belief with a positive one……you actually have to do the work, day after day, to eradicate all limitations.




Personal Power in 2017. Do You Have It?

When I think about the new year approaching, quickly approaching, I know for sure that people who have a high level of personal power are going to rock through the new year achieving any and all goals that they are willing to put the time, effort and money into that they truly want in their life.

These people… Don’t have time to be judging, ridiculing, or putting others down. They don’t have time for gossip. They don’t waste time on reality television shows that focus on the ridiculous nature of life.

No, these are people with personal power. They realize time is precious. Days turn into weeks, months and years in the flash of an eye. They will never fall into the lingo of victimhood.

“The reason it’s so hard for me to lose weight is my genetics… It’s because of the new administration that my income is suffering… The reason I don’t have the love of my life is because all men are dogs… I wasn’t raised with a silver spoon in my mouth so I’ll never have the money that I truly desire.”

The above statements are those repeated by people with minimal if any personal power. They will justify, defend, and explain away their life as victims… And they will never see how their mindset and their words and their lack of positive actions will keep them stuck right where they are from now until the day they die.

People with personal power act in the opposite direction. They ask for help. They join groups and organizations to network, and to find like-minded people who are done with excuses, and truly want to accept and appreciate the abundance that life has to offer… And are willing to work their tails off to get it.

The great news about people and personal power is that after they spend a year or so working really hard on their bodies, their money, their relationships or more… the effort just becomes who they are. In other words getting up at 6 AM to be at the gym at seven in the beginning is hard work. But after a year of doing that it just becomes who we are. It’s not hard at all anymore.

I was on a radio show the other day and the host was talking about his love of the martial arts. And how in the last four years he had quickly ascended the ladder to become a high-level black belt in his chosen martial arts field, which dismayed his family and friends around him.
He shared with me that individuals would ask him on a weekly basis how he could get up so early in the morning to go into a gym and to sweat when he could be effortlessly catching a few more hours of sleep before work.

His level of personal power had gone through the roof. He shared with me that he wasn’t always like this. But once he started to change his life for the better, and started to do the uncomfortable steps of getting up early to get to the gym, it was no longer an effort anymore. His level of confidence went through the roof. His level of self-esteem improved dramatically. He finally fell in love with the person he was, and his discipline now is paying off in the most beautiful ways ever imagined.

I want the same thing to happen to you in 2017. I want you filled with personal power. If you haven’t picked up chapter 1 of our number one best-selling book for free on positive thinking and the reality of success, go right now to our website and grab that chapter for free. Simply visit right now and you can start to become inspired to make this year your year.

If I can help you personally, one on one, as your counselor and or life coach don’t hesitate to email me as well. I have several coaches that I work with every week and I have for years, and without them… I know I wouldn’t be at the level of success that I am today.

Wishing you the most amazing year ever.
Love David

Karma? Is it absolute?

IMPORTANT: Are you an entrepreneur? Are you ready to become one?


I cannot tell you the rush, excitement that comes from being an entrepreneur. I also don’t know how to explain the desire to continue to come back from failure, or plateaus and business. But I think people who want to run their own careers have to have both faculties. They must be excited about the challenges and changes on a daily basis, as well as the desire to continue to bounce back time after time from projects that we thought would be a home run… Only to find out that they had limited success.

I came from a very conservative family. My dad was an accountant, my mom was a stay at home mom turned school secretary. They loved raising three kids, they enjoyed their jobs enough to stay in them, and didn’t really crave anything else as far as I can tell.

Me? I was a totally different bird. My parents would agree LOL. I needed constant change. Constant challenge. It’s served me well in the world of athletics from being a little kid all the way through college. And then afterwords, I needed the same kind of challenges.

My first job was at a major hospital in Florida. It lasted seven months. I’m surprised I was there that long. I am admittedly, not really good at taking direction. Or being told what to do. I love being creative… Trying new things whether they work or not the first time doesn’t really matter to me. I want to feel that exhilaration of being responsible for everything that goes on in my life, even though I have an amazing team around me.

I also like trying to figure out how to become more successful in life. I love interviewing successful individuals from all walks of business. I love reading about individuals that have created great success after admitted failure. My mentor, Joe Cirulli, is a great example of this as someone who went from homeless to multimillionaire.

If any of the above excites you… Then you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur. If you’ve tried your hand at your own business in the past and it hasn’t work, but what you’re reading here is still exciting to think about… Then I would admit that you need to get back into the world of running your own business.

Entrepreneurs thrive on change. On challenges. In our new number one best-selling book, “positive thinking will never change your life but this book will… The myth of positive thinking, the reality of success” I talk about people like Ray Higdon, an amazing entrepreneur that went from foreclosure, as a single dad with two kids, to a millionaire. He thrives on the challenge of life.

How about you? Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task… Choosing to stay in this world is not an easy task either. There is no security, other than the security that comes within you. There’s no guarantee for success, other than your desire to be incredibly persistent, creative, insightful and willing to surround yourself with really good people.

My team, which consists of accountants, coaches, publicists, book marketing experts, web design experts, social media experts, executive assistants and more are all very skilled at what they do. I take my hands off the wheel and allow them to be the best they can in their field. It also includes graphic designers, sales people… Everything you can imagine that an IBM, or Boeing needs to be successful, the entrepreneur needs the very same things. Without a strong team, we’re going to struggle for a long period of time.

But in the beginning of your entrepreneur experiences, you may not have very much of a team outside of yourself. But as soon as you can you need to surround yourself with people that are better than you in certain areas of business.

If you’re currently an entrepreneur but you’re not living up to your own potential, or if you’re currently working for other people but would love to have your own business… Contact me today. I would love to help you shorten the learning process, the learning curve as I have for thousands of people over the last 26 years. Business is my passion. People are my passion. Success is my passion. Making a difference in this world is a passion. If you feel the same, let’s get together and map out a direction for you to become the best you, the best entrepreneur possible. Text us today at 941.266.7676 and I will take 20 minutes out of our schedule to talk to you about programs we offer that will help you to become the best you could ever imagine in business, life and more.

David Essel. Team David.

David talks to Author, Randy Wayne White about how he became a NY Times Best selling author. You will be surprised!

Randy Wayne White: From Fishing Guide to NY Times Best Selling Author

Randy Wayne White has written over 20 NY Times Best Selling Books, but how this happened will surprise you! With his back against the wall, he created a new career.

Enjoy the super short video right here.

The MOTHER of all addictions? Right here.

Yes, the cause, the reason for all addictions, on this very short video.


David Essel Offers Complimentary lecture in 2015, “The Power of Focus”

National Radio Host/Inspirational Speaker David Essel Offers Complimentary Motivational Lecture to Business, Non- profits, Charitable Organizations and Schools 
Inspiring Staff, Clients or Students to Get Focused for Success 


FORT MYERS, FLORIDA  – Nationally syndicated iHeart radio host, inspirational speaker and top selling author, David Essel is offering a complimentary lecture to all business, non- profit, charitable organizations and schools across the USA who would like to inspire their staff, associates, clients or students to get focused for greater success.


For 30 years, David Essel has inspired millions from around the world with his motivational talks, books and courses. He fully believes in the path of service, and knows that this is the right time for many reasons to reach out and help as many people as he possibly can, through the various avenues he has been given.


His presentation, “The Power of Focus: How Changing One Thing in Your Life Changes Everything”, is radically changing the way we set and achieve goals in business, sales, marketing, our personal lives and our relationships. From developing powerful attitudes, dramatically improving the way we communicate, letting go of procrastination, enhancing how we handle challenges in life, to money, recovery, love, gossip and our health……….this program is a totally inclusive look at the steps we need to take to maximize our potential in all areas of life.


This 1 hour presentation can be adapted to address the specific needs of a non profit organization or school, giving staff members, associates, colleagues or students the gift of tried and true guidance for transformation. Many organizations use this event as an opportunity to invite partners, customers and clients to receive the gift of this motivational experience.


Here are just a few quotes from the many people who have brought David in to speak for their groups:


“If you’re looking for a way to help motivate and inspire your associates to reach for higher goals and then achieve them, David’s vast experience, inspirational style, and approachability can help you accomplish this today.”

 Lee Witt, Boeing


“I can’t recommend David highly enough as a keynote speaker. His energy and passion are infectious, and his message to our scholarship winners and donors was timely and inspiring. David hit just the right note with his presentation and exceeded all my expectations!” 
Anne Douglas, Director of Programs
Southwest Florida Community Foundation



“It has been several months since you addressed our sales force, and our employees are still quoting you. In an age of information overload, having such a lasting impact is truly impressive.” 

Misty Bryant, Nestlé

“David Essel provided an energetic presentation to our alumni that inspired and encouraged them. His words created a lasting impression that motivated them to take immediate action in forming a life plan. David supplied the tools and information needed to better enhance one’s life.”

Kimberly Williams, M.A,, Coordinator of Alumni Programming
Florida Gulf Coast University


“You were inspirational, timely, and real and I am certain, you touched everyone in the room with your strong transformational message. We will keep your message in the forefront of our agents by reminding them about “just one thing” and then “focus”. You were our perfect kick-off speaker for what I know will be an exceptional 2013.”

Michael Saunders, Founder & CEO

Michael Saunders & Company (Sold over 2.3 Billion Dollars in real estate, in 2012!)



Contact David today at to take advantage of this incredible offer, as his desire is to inspire millions to take their lives to the next level, both professionally and personally. David is also pleased to offer his new FREE e-book, “The Power of Focus: How to Exceed Your Own Expectations in Life” which is available for immediate download in all major formats at


Listen to David’s national interviews from his positive radio show  , David Essel Alive! on iHeart Radio Network,  streaming  FREE for 24 years at

When we think of being $60,000 in debt and then going on to create financial freedom, we think of the lottery. =)

Praying for a windfall, at least many of us do.

Watch this video to see how the Simson’s did it, in a very realistic way.

You can do the same.

If I can help you, just send an email to

No one needs to struggle financially any more.

Love, David

Are you serious….about success?

Many times we talk a good game.

We want to make a lot of money.

We want an awesome body.

We want deep love.

ANYTHING is possible if we INVEST time, effort and money into US!

Read this amazing story from Angela, and INVEST in you today.

“When I first worked with David back in 2006, my friends told me I was crazy to hire a coach. It was a big investment in myself and I did hesitate, but finally decided to take the chance. That investment has come back to me so many times over and in every way possible – financially, spiritually, mentally and physically.

As a direct result of our work, I doubled my income in just 90 days. It was unbelievable! David is an inspiration and his stories are incredible. He always meets me right where I am, helps me focus on what is possible and where I want to go and asks the questions I’m not asking myself. And by the way, no one else is asking them either. These are the tough questions. The blind spots.

I had no idea what I was capable of, but I’m a believer now and continue to be thrilled beyond belief! Since our work together those many years ago, things have gotten even better… the seeds that were planted during our work together continue to bloom.

I doubled my income yet again and I recently got an amazing compliment about how easily I adapt to change. I said thank you and I also said it wasn’t that easy. There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to process all of that change. Journaling, processing, visioning. Many of these skills I learned through my work with David. I’m forever honored and grateful for David and the gifts he brings to the world. Thank you so much David. You rock!”


Financial Freedom Now! A One Day Motivational Workshop!

Financial Freedom Now! A One Day Motivational Workshop!



PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 17, 2014 – Join Nationally Recognized Speaker and Author,

David Essel for “Financial Freedom Now!”

Learn the keys to creating a financially free state of mind and life!

Fort Myers, FL – January 21, 2014 – Nationally recognized motivational speaker and author, David Essel, M.S., is pleased to announce “Financial Freedom Now!” a one-day intensive motivational event to be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn located at 12600 University Drive in Fort Myers. This one-day intensive motivational event, “Financial Freedom Now!” is being offered at the low price of just $27 per person. This motivational program is offered across the country for $399 per person.

“You can create the financial success you strive for and break through the threshold,” says David Essel, M.S. “With this intensive one day workshop you can unlock what is holding you back from all that you desire. ****Many clients have doubled their income regardless of what the economy is doing or where they live! ”  The workshop is available in person or via teleconference from anywhere in the United States.

Participants will learn the keys to creating a financially free state of mind and life. For the past 23 years, David has interviewed the top masters of money in the USA, (like ***** Best selling authors like Harv Eker, Suze Orman, Joe Cirulli and Dr. Joe Vitale from The Secret!), and has now created a program that combines tips from the greatest financial teachers alive today into one jam-packed, success-oriented, 3-hour Master Seminar!

Participants will walk away knowing the beliefs, both conscious and subconscious, about money that they carry today that need to be released, and also how to become the magnet for financial change that they deserve and desire! They will also learn how to create daily financial rituals, powerful action steps, that will lead to both mental and physical financial freedom. It’s possible to NEVER worry about money again. David will show ******everyone exactly how to do this and create a path to success that is guaranteed to work for life in 30 days or less!

“David Essel’s destiny in life is to help you feel more alive in every area of your life,” shares Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development.

Seats are limited. For more information or to register, please call 239-433-9111,, or visit

About David Essel

David Essel, M.S. is an Author, National Radio and Television Host, Master Life, Business and Relationship Coach, Adjunct Professor, All Faiths Minister, Addiction Recovery Coach and International Speaker. His mission is to inspire others to reach their own exceptional potential in their business and personal life. His purely positive national radio show of 23 years, “David Essel Alive!,” is heard on iHeart Radio every Saturday from 6-9pm EST. David’s professional presentations on how to lead a passionate and inspiring life have drawn rave reviews from corporations such as Chico’s, Nestlé, and Boeing, media outlets such as FOX and Premiere/Clear Channel Radio, as well as non-profit organizations like the March of Dimes and Unity Church. David Essel offers coaching and group sessions via phone to anywhere in the world. For more information call (941) 266-7676 or visit

Read below some Testimonials from David’s Clients
regarding their Success after working with David

“Several years ago, I sat in a studio apartment listening to David Essel on the radio.  I barely had enough money for the Folger’s Instant I was drinking.  I needed to kick-start my life and my career so I contacted David for coaching. It was a good move!  David helped me get off the couch, get confident and FOCUS on the things that mattered versus all of the things that don’t. Since then, I’ve quadrupled my salary in the aerospace business, written two books, contributed to two others, launched a speaking and consulting business and built a musical cover band that plays all over North America.  David played a huge part in that.  He listens; then he launches.  His coaching launched me to unprecedented success.  Several of my band members now listen to David’s archived shows when we travel and it’s a blast.   Success is in all of us.  David helps us to access it – and then helps you understand the necessary steps to move forward. ”

Lee Witt

“When I first worked with David back in 2006, my friends told me I was crazy to hire a coach. It was a big investment in myself and I did hesitate, but finally decided to take the chance. That investment has come back to me so many times over and in every way possible… financially, spiritually, mentally and physically. As a direct result of our work, I doubled my income in just 90 days.  It was unbelievable!David is an inspiration and his stories are incredible. He always meets me right where I am, helps me focus on what is possible and where I want to go and asks the questions I’m not asking myself. And by the way, no one else is asking them either. These are the tough questions. The blind spots. I had no idea what I was capable of but I’m a believer now and continue to be thrilled beyond belief! Since our work together those many years ago, things have gotten even better…the seeds that were planted during our work together continue to bloom. I doubled my income yet again and I recently got an amazing compliment about how easily I adapt to change. I said thank you and I also said it wasn’t that easy. There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to process all of that change. Journaling, processing, visioning. Many of these skills I learned through my work with David. I’m forever honored and grateful for David and the gifts he brings to the world. Thank you so much David. You rock!”

Angela Powers