Take The First Step On Your Journey From Problems To Power

Learn How to Conquer Worry, Overcome Your Obstacles and Succeed in Your Career, Relationships, Business, and Personal Life


Dear Friend:

My name is Glenford Smith.

In a few moments, I’m going to reveal how to make a quantum leap from frustration to fulfillment  and how to turn your biggest adversity into your biggest advantage for success…but first, let me ask you a few questions:

Have you ever reached a place in your life where you felt so hopeless, you wondered whether your goals and desires were silly pipe dreams, destined never to happen for you?

Do you silently cherish a wish that you would do almost anything to achieve, and have tried everything you can think of but nothing has worked?

Do you feel stuck in any of these areas in your life, and stay up at nights wondering if you will ever get a breakthrough:

–you desperately want a job
–you are tired of being lonely–of getting up in age with no one to share your life and your dreams with
–you owe a lot of people money and can’t pay them back–and are burdened down with the weight of embarrassment and unworthiness
–a life-threatening illness is eating away your life savings; or you’re uncomfortable with how you look?

Are you struggling to recover from a bitter breakup or divorce, and feeling guilty, angry about the wasted years with someone who didn’t really love or care about you, and apprehensive about what the future has in store?

Do you stay up late at nights burdened down with worry about a personal, private, pain from your past, with anxious tears wetting your pillow, which nobody else knows about?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then I have some important news for you…You’re NOT alone. In fact, that list of questions was created from years of personal experience and from my interactions with many people whom I’ve helped to deal with these situations, over the years.

The bottom line is…life sucks when everyday your mind is consumed with worry, when problems bombard you left, right and center, and you’re simply frustrated about not achieving your career, relationship, financial and business goals.

On the other hand…KNOWING how to eliminate worry and anxiety from your life; having the skills, resources and knowledge to leap over your obstacles to your goals…feels good. It’s amazing to just have the confidence that whatever happens in life you have what it takes to handle it, instead of being stopped by your obstacles.

Now, you and I both know that life can be tough at times. There are lots of things we have no control over, and just have to deal with when they happen, right?

The fact however is that there’s one thing we DO have control over…and that is OUR RESPONSE IN ANY GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCE. We DON’T have to be imprisoned by fear and worry when we’re hit with life’s adversities and setbacks.  We can learn how to survive and thrive by using our setbacks as stepping stones to success.

And you’re about to learn precisely how to do just that. It starts with understanding…

What The Secret to Success Is NOT…

The secret to success is not having a problem-free life life, which I’m sure you know doesn’t exist. It’s not about having lots of money, fancy academic degrees, or being super-talented, or being famous, or being well connected in society.

What The Secret to Success Is…

Rather, the secret to success is about having the resilience to bounce back from adversity, and the personal power to overcome the frustrating obstacles which block your path to achievement. It’s about mastering the psychology, or mindset of a winner and applying practical strategies for turning your adversity into an advantage.

What I Didn’t Know That I Didn’t Know

I had to learn this truth the hard way. I used to think that having a good education, working hard, praying to God and having faith, and living a righteous life were the most important factors in creating a successful life.

It never occurred to me that even with all these things, I would have to surmount major obstacles in the form of adversities and setbacks. As it turned out, I learned a lot about how to become successful, but nothing about dealing with problems, failure, disappointment, frustration, fear and self-doubt.

Unprepared For Unexpected Unemployment

Consequently, I  was woefully unprepared for adversity when it struck in the form of prolonged unemployment. Only those who have suffered long-term unemployment can truly understand the frustration, embarrassment and  despair you experience when you can’t pay your bills, buy food and even some basic necessities. Few people know how dehumanising it is to have to depend upon friends, family and even strangers to help you to survive.

Worry Almost Wiped Me Out

I almost went crazy with worry about not having a job, not having an income or anyone I could turn to for help. I was plagued with self-doubt, and at my wit’s end with frustration, not knowing what to do.

I was living an honest, upright life. I was diligent and was a very hard worker. I was a reasonably intelligent young man, and had graduated from college after doing very well as an electrical engineering major at the College of Arts, Science & Technology, now University of Technology.

Left With Only Three Choices…

I had three paths…but which way one should I take?

Yet, I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get ahead, why most of my colleagues were getting jobs and I wasn’t. To top it all off, I couldn’t even pay my rent and was evicted, thrown out on the streets one night about 2:00 a.m.!

As you can imagine, this was the lowest of low points in my life. It caused such embarrassment,  worry and frustration that I felt I had only three options left. One, I could end my life; two, I could simply give up and settle for life as a failure, or three, I could figure out the game of success for myself.

Enrolling In Success University

I decided that ending my life or giving up was not an option–I was going to discover the secrets of survival and success. I was determined to learn how other people survived their setbacks and achieved their desires in life. So I enrolled into the school of hard knocks and experience. .

  • I decided I wouldn’t miss Ian Boyne’s weekly Sunday evening programme Profile, on which he interviewed successful people about how they survived hardships and became successful. I also listened every day to a programme called “My Place” on KLAS FM. It was hosted by Michael Anthony Cuffe, and featured successful people who told about what they went through to attain their goals in life. .
  • In addition to this, I started to read self-help, personal development type books. Frankly, I couldn’t afford to buy my own books at first.  So I borrowed every book or audio programme I could find about how successful people overcame their obstacles and turned their lives around from poverty to prosperity and from failure to success.

At the start, I discovered three books which proved life-changing. The first was Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic, Think and Grow Rich. Another was the then, just published, In Pursuit of Purpose by Dr. Myles Munroe. And the third was Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do by Dr. Robert Schuller. I studied these books, from cover to cover, several times, until I knew them by heart. In addition, I had been given a cassette tape recording of motivational speaker Les Brown, which I must have listened to over a hundred times in one year.

That’s me, Glenford, at one section of my home library, studiously engrossed in reading from my book From Problems to Power.

I studied more than 450 books, read more than 350 magazines and journals and countless articles. These covered every area of success, resilience, communication, mind mastery, self-esteem, motivation, influence, and personal transformation. I also listened and watched over 5,000 hours of video and audio material from all the leading North American teachers and experts in these areas.

It was a maze of confusion and often contradicting ideas at first. But I persisted. All this time I was applying what I was learning.  I was experimenting with countless methods  to learn the game of  success and life mastery.

Lessons I Learned About Success And Life Mastery

During the process of studying the lives of the world’s most successful people, I discovered several success patterns. I uncovered certain attitudes, principles and strategies which were common among these winners. The astonishing thing was that I had been totally ignorant of these secrets before.

Interestingly, I realized that I wasn’t unusual. No one around me had a clue about the scientific approach to success and life mastery either. That is, until I met veteran journalist Ian Boyne, who became my mentor.

He introduced me to other experts, authors and teachers. He loaned me some of his personal development audio tapes. He introduced me to publications such as the Harvard Business Review, TimeBusiness Week, Success, and Fortune, just to name a few Most importantly, however, he provided a live model of all the success principles I was learning.

And so I gradually started to make some important distinctions for myself. It started to become clearer to me how to consciously create success and master life. I learned that success leaves clues. That you can study people who were successful and duplicate the results they had achieved, by applying the patterns of thinking and behaviour they had used.

I then developed a success system for myself based upon these patterns. This has allowed me to achieve many career and personal goals which seemed improbable at the time, as well as helped many people to do the same.

I learned how to conquer worry even when facing the worst disaster, so I could think clearly and act effectively to solve my problems.

I discovered a secret master-key that could unlock the hidden opportunities within the biggest obstacle, in an instant.

I learned that success is not a matter of chance, but of choice-and that I can choose my response to whatever happens in life, even if I cannot always choose what will happen to me.

My Most SHOCKING Discovery

THE MOST SHOCKING LESSON I LEARNED DURING TWENTY YEARS OF STUDIES IN SUCCESS AND LIFE MASTERY HOWEVER, WAS THIS: There was an abundance of teaching on Goal-Setting, on how to create a vision of success and a plan to reach it.

There was however, ALMOST NO FOCUSED, SYSTEMATIC TEACHING about what to do when adversity strikes and knocks you off-track, and when stubborn obstacles and setbacks block the path to your goals and you can’t find a way out. 

As a result, I found that even people who achieved a reasonable degree of success were largely unprepared to deal with the inescapable tragedies, crises and problems that every human being must face at some time in life.

They might be rich, educated, successful and happy, UNTIL cancer, job redundancy, demotion, the sudden loss of a child or beloved partner, fatal motor vehicle accident, tragic shooting, or bitter divorce or separation hits them. Most are devastated and are never the same again.

I also found out that most people don’t want to think about or discuss problems, or about how to prepare for them, UNTIL they or a close relative or friend find themselves in the middle of a crisis, without the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and bounce back.

I found out that a lot of people don’t want to think about bad things happening because they believe that is negative thinking, which will attract the very things they don’t want to happen.

If any of this sounds like you right now, don’t despair. The fact is that this was exactly how I used to think too. I used to think that as an optimistic person, I should just focus on positive things and not spend too much time thinking about negative things that could happen.

Two Life-Defining Statements…

That is, until, in the course of my studies, I came across a life-changing statement in a book called Learned Optimism by psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman. The statement said:

“It is far more important  to know how to deal with the negative than to be ‘positive’”.

Another pivotal statement which underscored the importance of learning to deal with the negative adversities of life, was something I read in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.

Studying what enabled the survivors of that tragedy in particular, and hardships in general, to withstand adversity, the Harvard Business Review concluded, then:

“More than education, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.”

Why I Wrote From Problems To Power

As the critical importance of these statements came home to me, I realised the huge gap that was existing in most people’s basic life preparation for handling bad times with confidence, creativity and and courage.

This is the book I wish I had 20 years ago. Now, it’s my gift to you to guide you through the darkness of your pain, crisis and setback.

So, that is why I decided to put all of what I’ve learned and field tested in a book, so I could teach you the secrets most people will never know about how to conquer worry, take control of your life and overcome your setbacks so you can succeed. That book is, From Problems to Power: How to Win Over Worry and Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities.

I wrote it because I know that you, me, and every other human being, we all want to succeed in life. What most people don’t realise however, is that success is on the other side of their setbacks. So what do they do?

They get frustrated when problems hit them. Many give in and give up and fall into a state which Dr Seligman calls “learned helplessness”. Their lives are burdened with worry, frustration and the constant feeling that their lives are out of control and they can do nothing about it. They basically settle for whatever scraps they manage to salvage from the garbage bin of life, and count themselves lucky.

A Better Way To Live

Now, I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few resilient winners, in life who have discovered a way through, around, under, or over their obstacles in order to reach success on the other side. They show that it is possible not just to go through problems, but to GROW through them. But they had to learn the  survival and success skills they demonstrate through modeling other people, through study and through their own experience.

When The Student Is Ready…

 From Problems to Power puts you on the fast-track to learning these same resilience skills, gaining the same knowledge and developing the same survival instincts that these tough winners demonstrate in turning around their hardships.

From Problems to Power will help you, if you’re ready, to turn your obstacles into opportunities for your success. It will teach you how to take your bitter lemons and make sweet, refreshing lemonade. In its pages you will discover for yourself the truth of what Motivational Speaker Willie Jollie said, that,  “A setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback”.

What Is Your Problem?

Now, your problem might be how to rebound from a painful breakup or divorce; it could be prolonged unemployment through redundancy or otherwise; you might be up to your neck in debt; your love life, health and job prospects might be suffering because you cannot solve your obesity problem; your business might be bankrupt; you could be facing a life-threatening illness right now; or at your wit’s end with a rebellious teenager–it doesn’t matter. From Problems to Power can help you.

Blood, Sweat and Tears…

Now, I’m not kidding around with you here. I learned all of these lessons the hard way. It took me over twenty years of trial and error, making lots of mistakes, suffering many embarrassments and frustrations to learn and validate the principles I’m going to teach you in From Problems to Power.

What You Will Learn In From Problems to Power

Here are some of the examples of what you’re going to learn when you read From Problems to Power:

  •  How to turn your problem into profit by studying the amazing story of an average young American guy who turned his problem of finding dates into a 20 million dollar a year business, as well as incredible dating success (pg 142)
  •  I’m going to tell you my story and teach you the lessons of how I turned my unemployment situation from one where I was thrown out on the streets because I couldn’t pay my rent, to where I got my ideal job, won a professional award for my work, before resigning; and then established myself in a totally new career in a relatively short time using all the strategies and tactics that I teach in From Problems to Power (pg 309)
  •  The first thing to do when a sudden crisis or tragedy occurs to instantly take control of the situation (pg 187)
  •  Why your self-concept determines your destiny and the exact three steps to you need to take to develop a winning self-concept (pg 80)
  •  The 7 action steps for instantly changing your negative emotions like anger, fear, worry, embarrassment or depression, so you can stay focused, proactive, motivated and optimistic even in the midst of adversity (pg 22)
  • The 6 paralyzing power blockers that cause self-doubt, indecision and chronic procrastination (pg 190).
  • A simple framework called The Results-Creation Model, which shows you precisely how to make the exact amount of money you commit yourself to make, end your loneliness by attracting the ideal mate you’ve fantasized about, losing the exact amount of weight you want to fit into that favourite jeans or suit, finding your ideal job or building the business you’ve dreamed about for years (pg 45)
  • How to never let anyone’s criticism or disapproval make you feel bad about yourself ever again, when you learn the TNP Rule (pg 35)
  • The awesome secret of being flexible, by practicing the two types of adaptability survive whatever happens and turn it to your benefit (pg 152)
  • How to let go of the pains, guilt and regrets of your past, in order to experience peace of mind in the present and create amazing success in your future (pgs. 239 & 243)
  •  How to win the voluntary support of friends, family and allies in times of emergency and crisis by learning and practicing the 10 Rules of Friendship, which you can learn nowhere else on the planet! (258)
  •  How to instantly end 85 per cent of your worries by making the decision to be yourself, rather than being controlled by others because you fear their criticism and disapproval (pg 211)
  •  You will learn perhaps the most important secret of success and life master, called the Master-Key Principle, which gives you almost magical powers to take immediate control of your destiny (pg 31)
  •  The 7 most dangerous myths that could be imprisoning your dreams right now…and how YOU can break free of their limiting influence (pg 97)
  •  How to unleash the incredible power of creating empowering interpretations to everyday annoyances as well as life-threatening crises, so you are the master of your circumstance and not the other way around (pg 127)
  •  The powerful key to mastering willpower, self-discipline to do whatever you set out to do, even when you feel bored, lazy, fearful, or you just can’t bother (pg 29)
  •  How to develop persistence and determination in situations that you used to give up and quit in frustration (pg 229)
  •  I’m going to teach how to develop unshakable inner confidence to approach anyone, at anytime to ask for help if you need it, or to negotiate mutually beneficial partnerships with people who can help you succeed (pg
  •  You’re going to learn about the law of reciprocity, which holds the key to the counterintuitive power of giving, which is that the secret to getting what you want is to help other people get what they want
  •  Now, if you are a religious or spiritual person, I’m going to show you, in practical terms, how your faith in God can give you an incredible edge in going through unavoidable suffering, and how you can use your faith to turn your test into a powerful testimony to encourage others (pg 337)
  •  You’re going to learn the simple secret to Albert Einstein’s genius and how you can use it to envision a new and better future and make it happen in real life (pg 172)

Is From Problems to Power for You?

You wouldn’t have read this letter to this point if you weren’t serious about finding answers to overcome your setback and move your life forward. You’re wondering if you should invest in this book. What is different about it from the other books you’ve read.

Well, this book is perhaps the first book you’ll study that helps you to confront the stark reality of how life is and build your inner resilience to stand up to whatever happens. It will not only motivate you, but make you strong where it matters most–in your mind. It will not only educate you, but will also empower you–build your self-confidence and self-esteem.

If you are a leader or manager who has to motivate people and help them to be resilient in the face of problems and setbacks, then this book is the ultimate manual and leadership guide for you. You will have an amazing amount of knowledge and practical strategies right at your fingertips.

If you are a counselor, this book provides countless examples of how to help suffering people see themselves and their circumstances differently. From Problems to Power will be like having a trusted guide or mentor always within arms reach. You will enjoy uncommon confidence in every situation.

If you are in ministry and want biblical perspectives on helping people build their faith and overcome their difficulties, then you’ll find From Problems to Power especially helpful.

People who like to help their friends or family or coworkers who are going through hard times will equip themselves to do an even better job just by selecting a few relevant ideas from the book from time to time. It’s not written in a way where you have to read it from cover to cover in order to benefit–you can just ‘open and read’ and find something immediately applicable.

If you are a parent, you should own a copy of From Problems to Power. It will serve as an indispensable guidebook to help your child(ren) master their setbacks and transform the problems they face at school and elsewhere, into possibilities for their success. Furthermore, it will help you to deal with crises and adversities–which every parent at some point has to deal with.

There is Really Nothing to Lose and an Empowered Life to Gain

My desire is to change 10,000 Jamaicans’ lives with From Problems to Power.I want to teach them the knowledge and skills to conquer worry, self-doubt and fear and to turn their adversity into and advantage. Some people have told me that’s impossible.

“Jamaicans don’t read,” they’ve said.

“The people are poor; they don’t have money to buy your book,” others have said.

The doubters are entitled to their opinion. What is true is that intelligent Jamaicans, like you and others are seeking answers to your problems. You want to know how to survive and thrive in the midst of your pains, frustrations and challenges. Or you want to help other people whom you care about to do so.

And that is what From Problems to Power promises to do for you. And you have nothing to lose by getting your own copy.

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