July 14, 2014

I, along with about a dozen authors have linked our book pages together and are providing a random book giveaway for all who comment. For an opportunity to win a copy of my book, Decide Success, leave a comment in this blog and tell me what you would do to make the rest of your life the most successful part of your life!

The Giveaway Rules:

The winner will be chosen at random from the comment list entered in this blog. Please be sure to give me an email. Your information is confidential and used for this giveaway only. Giveaway ends on July 23rd at 11:59 pm. The winner who does not respond within 2 days of our announcement via email will be dismissed in favor of another winner. Open to residents of the USA and Canada.

This is a Blog Hop!

1. Over iT

2. A Prayer and a Pink Pedicure

3. Decide Success

4. A Handbook for Life

5. At Least my Belly Hides my Cankles

6. A God for all Seasons

7. Chicken Soup!

8. Finding Grace

9. SOAR Giveaway

10. PartOfMyWorld

11. Poetry

12. Purple Morrow

13. Battered Hope

14. Battered Hope

15. Full Throttle

DECIDE SUCCESS is the First Step to Creating YOUR Personal Plan to Succeed

John Baumann’s book DECIDE SUCCESS exposes the reader to Twelve Action Steps which, if followed, WILL result in the reader achieving a greater measure of success in whatever area of life that they truly desire to be more successful. Examples and stories are provided to illustrate each of the 12 action steps. Exercises are also provided. The areas of success focused upon include, but are not limited to, success as a student, success newly entering a profession, success transitioning from a non-supervisory to supervisory position, success in a trade, success in relationships, success living life to the fullest after encountering an adverse life-changing event, etc. Every form of success that you can imagine. John Baumann wrote this book based upon his personal observations of others as well as experiences that he has had, among others, successfully living life to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. In addition, John successfully put myself through college and an Ivy League law school, successfully passed the bar exam in 3 states, and had a successful law practice for 25 years. Mr. Baumann also contributed a chapter to two other paperback books ROADMAP TO SUCCESS and COURAGEOUS STORIES OF INSPIRATION. John also contributed a chapter to a downloadable book THE ART OF LIVING WELL.

• Provides inspirational presentations to Parkinson’s groups worldwide
• Provides patient-perspective motivational & informational presentations to hospitals and other healthcare providers
• Provides presentations on his success principles to students of all ages
• Provides presentations on success in the workplace to all industries
• Appeared as a guest commentator on CNN Headline News
• Was interviewed on WHAS and WAVE TV in Louisville
• Hosted a talk show on success called “The Inspiring Esquire”
• Was an Executive Officer for Steel Technologies Inc. in Kentucky
• Graduated from Cornell Law School
• Is on the Faculty of the University of Louisville, College of Business
• Was Board Chair of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Kentucky
• Was on the Board of Junior Achievement
• Was on the Board of the Kentucky Chamber of Congress
• Practiced law for 25 years in Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana
• Is a Member of the National Speakers Association
• Wrote or contributed to several books including Decide Success, Roadmap to Success, Courageous Stories of Inspiration, and The Art of Living Well
• Had articles written about him in the Courier Journal, Louisville Magazine, Business First and the Voice Tribune
• Has been Parkinson’s Proud for 12 years since he was 41 years old

Learn how to, more than survive or even accept, adverse life-changing events, but actually embrace them.


What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.