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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401943411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401943417
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave was born and raised in the small town of Marion, Ind. Prior to starting his real estate career, Dave served in the Air Force and Vietnam. He first became interested in real estate after successfully buying and selling properties to supplement his income while stationed in Phoenix, Ariz. After working for both a 100-percent commission company and a traditional brokerage, he co-founded RE/MAX in 1973.

Forty years ago, Dave revolutionized the real estate industry when he created the RE/MAX business model, which combines a maximum commission concept with world-class support services. The name "RE/MAX" was coined from the words "real estate" and "maximums." The model continues to attract experienced, top-producing agents who lead the industry in individual sales and professional education. The RE/MAX Balloon is one of the most recognized corporate images in the world and has become a symbol of the leading real estate network.

In 2011, Dave was named the Inman News "People's Choice" Most Influential Real Estate Leader. In 2010, he was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek's profiles of the 50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate. Dave has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Success and other leading publications and media outlets across the globe. He received the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence from the Global Institute for Leadership Development and has been inducted into the International Franchise Hall of Fame, the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) Hall of Leaders, the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (ABR) Hall of Fame, and has earned the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) Special Achievement Award.

Dave had a horrific staph infection along his spine in 2012. It was the worst his doctors had ever seen. He slipped into a drug-induced coma for the next four weeks, had organ failure, flat-lined at one point and faced the possibility of permanent paralysis. Weeks of intensive care were followed by months of rehabilitation. The experience took this self-made business icon to the brink of despair. But, supported by family, friends, health care professionals and a lifetime of positive influences, he refused to quit, battling back and building a goal-oriented plan to survive.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryan L. Allen on May 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My fiancee M bought this book with the expectation she'd give it to a friend who suffered rather horrific injuries in a bicycle crash where she was struck by a car. After struggling through the book without finding any particularly uplifting content, M asked me to check out the book. Since it's only 160 pages long and I can read pretty fast, I took on the challenge. Turns out I can't read fast enough, as I started skimming this book after about 75 pages.

To me, there was very little heart or soul in this memoir. The author, Dave Liniger, begins by somewhat brusquely summarizing his life in a manner that makes him seem like a headstrong person with little compassion or innate wisdom. He states that the founding of RE/MAX in 1973 had as a primary purpose to give larger commissions to sales agents, which I'm sure endears him to his agents but is of very little interest or appeal to the general reader.

Liniger relates his prior experiences with hospitals, where he apparently went around with a chip on his shoulder looking for nefarious behavior. His fiancee in 1983 (it's never explained how she was a co-founder of RE/MAX in 1973 yet they were not married for over ten years) was involved in a seaplane crash where others died and where she suffered debilitating injuries, and even at that time he, by his description, had an attitudinal problem and a disdain for anyone not as powerful and wealthy as himself, stalking the hospital staff and finally, reluctantly, taking the strong suggestion that he attend a hospital support group.

The ailment he nearly succumbs to, a staph infection, he stubbornly attributes to a "bad back.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Davis on April 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've always admired Dave and consider him somewhat of a genius when it comes to business. He took a new idea (the 100% commission concept) and created a company that can now boast of locations all over the world. No one can question his tenacity when it comes to his business model, his race car driving or his attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a hot-air balloon. He is also known to be a bit stubborn at times.

Both qualities served him well when he was faced with the biggest challenge of his life, a severe staph infection that kept him paralyzed, hallucinating and in a coma for weeks. My Next Step is the written description of his courageous journey. I was able to hear him describe that journey in person at the RE/MAX Convention this February. It is a story I will never forget mainly because there doesn't seem to be any earthly reason why Dave is still alive. I think that God played a hand in it but it probably didn't hurt that maybe Dave was just too stubborn to die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I received My Next Step I was unsure of what the contents would be. Written by Dave Liniger, the chairman and co-founder of RE/MAX, this subtitle indicates that the book is about "healing and hope". And after reading the book I can say with 100% certainty that this is definitely the story of a man who had to fight and persevere through a terrible illness.

Now down to the nitty-gritty. I will admit that at the beginning I had a hard time identifying with the author; Mr. Liniger has achieved the American dream, something that all of us hope to do, but many of us (through whatever the circumstances) will not fulfill in their lifetime. From his humble beginnings working on his parent's farm in Indiana, to serving in Vietnam with the Air Force, Mr. Liniger worked hard, and together with his wife created a corporate empire that now has over 90,000 employees. His dedication, along with his strong work ethic leads him to success. And therein was the issue that presented itself in the writing.

While I do not despise Mr. Liniger for his success, it is the casual way that he discusses falling ill and calling the corporate jet to take him to his desired hospital that grated me. Then he goes on to describing having the best doctors and the most private hospital room, to being able to order filet mignon (something that a regular Joe would not get). All of this somehow rubbed me the wrong way. In the book he describes his ongoing battle with chronic back pain, something that I am intimately familiar with due to my diagnosis of lupus. However, my disability has left me at the mercy of "standard hospital care". Not that the doctors or staff are any less capable; it is more so in the differentiation expression and how the author speaks in a borderline flippant tone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LoMo on April 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Dave Liniger's amazing journey is one of the most inspiring and hopeful books I've read. He is a true icon in business, a great leader and mentor but most of all an example of how strong the mind can be in times of crisis or challenge. Dave's story is harrowing, filled with moments of uncertainty yet never beyond hope. His family support is an example of how a family must pull together in trying times for the sake of the patient and to help in their recovery. What I really appreciated most was Mr. Liniger's humbleness. He is a man who has everything, money, power, success and none of that mattered in the middle of the night when his fear and doubt crept in or when he made the choice to push himself to the brink of exhaustion during his physical therapy. If you know anyone struggling through these hard times, who is battling for their life, who needs a message to never give up--please buy this book for them. It's a real game changer!
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