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Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter: The Inspiring True Story of the Door-to-Door Salesman Who Changed Lives Paperback – June 3, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; First Trade Paper Edition edition (June 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314592
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We love TEN THINGS I LEARNED FROM BILL PORTER... a testament to courage, love, the power of relationships and optimism of spirit. An amazing gift.' -- Top Sante 20031201 Incredible inspiration about the power of the spirit on every page. Uplifting.' -- Health & Fitness 20030901 'Bill Porter is a sterling example that each of us can overcome any adversity, setback or handicap. Bill is inspirational to everyone.' -- Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator, NYT bestselling CH 20030901 'Oftentimes, a disability or a disease will drain the life out of a person -- in Bill Porter's case, it seems to have done the opposite. He is an example and inspiration to us all.' -- Dr Stephen R. Covey, author of THE 7 HABITS OF HIG 20030901 ' ... Shelly's thoughtful storytelling of how Bill has lived his life will inspire you and prove that anything is possible. A wonderful story and a wonderful book!' -- Cynthia Kersey, author of UNSTOPPABLE 20030901 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Shelly Brady first worked for Bill Porter as a teenager, and again as an adult. She and Bill now travel the US as motivational speakers, using the lessons of Bill's remarkable story as inspiration for all. Shelly lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and six children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Very nice story, well written and inspirational.
Reader1
The story of Bill Porter is presented with great love by his friend and associate Shelly Brady.
David N. Weinstein
It will inspire you to know that you can overcome any adversity.
"marcie840"

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna L. on May 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I heard from Barbara Walters that Bill Porter�s story which was featured on ABC�s 20/20 generated the most viewer response in television history, I was inclined to know more about this modern day hero. In �Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter�, this courageous man, despite his physical setback- recognizes there are no obstacles. And in his optimism he will not allow his limitations to interfere with his daily course of living and ultimately succeeding. In the book, Bill mentioned his special friend (and author of this book) Shelly Brady as his �angel�. Beyond doubt, Shelly and the Brady family epitomizes how human beings should aspire to be. This book is an absolute inspiration to read and makes excellent gifts. I am going to read it again and again!...
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Lizzi on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a story about Bill Porter, a man with cerebral palsy who became a successful door-to-door salesman through persistence, sincerity, hard work, and just plain good business practice. Author and professional keynote speaker Shelly Brady does a good job of recounting the character of this incredible man through her interaction with Mr. Porter as both friend and business associate. Though the book is small, its impact is wide-ranging. Aside from being drawn in by an inspirational story, I also found myself thinking often of how the "ten things" could apply to my life.
I'm not knowledgeable about cerebral palsy, and I don't even know anyone who has CP. Nonetheless, it sounds to me like a major handicap. The biggest impact that Bill Porter's story had on me was that everything the typical person would consider to be a handicap, an obstacle, a disability, or a setback, would not only be written off by Mr. Porter as unimportant, but instead considered to be a springboard to something better or more positive. There's a lesson here for everyone.
The engaging story covers 132 pages, followed by another 30-plus pages of letters received mainly in response to a 20/20 television feature on Mr. Porter that aired in December of 1997. I didn't see the show, but I'm convinced it had a profound effect on a multitude of viewers. There's also a brief afterword by Mr. Porter himself, so heartfelt that I wondered whether or not a first-person account might have made the book even better. There may not be philosophical "words to live by" on every page, but Ms. Brady just might prove to you that your life is better than you think.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to just about anyone.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By David N. Weinstein on July 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The story of Bill Porter is presented with great love by his friend and associate Shelly Brady. You can not read this book without gaining a small sense of the pride and perseverance of a truly great man who, along with his loving parents, refused to accept the limits that others would impose upon him. Bill Porter is just another version of John Wayne in one of his great western movies. He is heroic in his determination, his work ethic and his optimism and decency. The story of Bill Porter is plainly also a story of his Mother, Irene, whose greatness is evident in the life her son has lived. So buy this book to read about a truly great and good man. But, also, buy this book as a gift to give to your Mother, and buy this book to give to your kids or to a recent graduate so they can learn about setting goals and refusing to give up on those goals. And, by the way, anyone in sales, from Wall Street (where they obviously have much to learn!) to main street should own and read this book!
Shelly Brady has written a wonderful book that belongs in every library. She and her family have been deeply blessed by their relationship with Bill Porter, and it shows in every plain-spoken word of this book.
Bill Porter is a great man, a great American and a symbol of achievement. READ THIS BOOK ABOUT THE AMAZING BILL PORTER!!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Phelan on July 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I saw the story of Bill Porter was aired on 20/20 for the first time, I have been unable to forget about Mr. Porter. I went so far as to purchase the story directly from ABC so that I could view it over and over. Days when I thought I had too many problems, or if I was just having a bad day compelled me to watch this story again. Watching this inspirational man made me realize how easy I truly had things. I've learned not to complain about the small things and to appreciate what I have. This is quite simply the loveliest person that I've encountered through television. I was thrilled to learn that a book about Mr.Porter was available, and I was happy to catch up with him and learn more. This book filled in the gaps that were not covered by the 20/20 piece. The friendship between Mr.Porter and Shelly is a very special and rare thing, and should be celebrated. I'm so happy to have found someone like Mr.Porter to inspire me when I need it. This is a great book, and be sure to catch the TV movie as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The truth teller on September 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Forget all the mean-spirited reviews from people who totally missed the reason for the book. It was NEVER touted as a biography of Bill. (Would you petty naysayers please read the title of the book again!) It was about the profound effect Bill's life had on Shelly Brady. As one astute reviewer noted, the word "I" is in the title. Read the book, take its' many uplifting messages to heart and enjoy the journey of a true American hero and know that anything is possible with enough belief. Both Bill and Shelly have enjoyed a friendship without any barriers that we all wish we had. A remarkable book.
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