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"You wll find yourself laughing and crying and contemplating life in a deep, meaningful way."
Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Soul®

"Stephen demonstrates through the power & grace of his life experience how nature's support shows up when one is living life with deep inner passion...."
Janet Bray Attwood, NYT bestselling co-author of The Passion Test

"This enjoyable, insightful book will inspire and motivate you to see opportunities in every problem and become unstoppable in the face of adversity."
Brian Tracy, Author of No Excuses, The Power of Self-Discipline

"If you want to be inspired, empowered & entertained, read Obstacle Illusions. His energy, enthusiasm, & can-do spirit is the ultimate prescription for facing challenges."
Arielle Ford, America's #1 book publicist

"Read this book for a captivating look into the life of a man who beat the odds, defied the naysayers....'"
Sean C. Stephenson, Author of Get Off Your "BUT": How to End Self- Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Publishing (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142189162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421891620
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed reading Stephen Hopson's book Obstacle Illusions: Transforming Adversity into Success. He comes across as a very sincere hard-working risk-taker who wants to keep changing and evolving, learning from each experience--something that hopefully will inspire others to do the same and get out of the rut they've allowed themselves to wallow in. Stephen's transparency will allow readers to see themselves more clearly.

I mention this because Stephen innocently shares his realizations of all that happened to him in his life. He sees it was all for him, and not to him; he's not a victim. Those incidents and people allowed him to learn, grow, and evolve as a human being. They were there to help him fulfill his life's ambitions, whether he knew it or not at the time.

Read the book in chronological order. If you don't you could be missing out on a very special experience. The last chapter is very powerful. It's the climax of the book. I was literally shaking with excitement as tears were rolling down my cheeks. Even though this chapter is out of chronology, Mr. Hopson was wise to have placed it at the end of the book.

Stephen's story also demonstrates the power of gratitude when we lovingly, unselfishly want to thank those for whom we are grateful. Events move in our favor to fulfill such a pure desire in ways we never would have imagined, bringing great joy to everyone involved.

Enjoy reading Obstacle Illusions. I know I did!

Visit Stephen's website for more information and a video: [...].
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A Woman Without A Man

Stephen has been profoundly deaf since birth and yet he has achieved what few could without a disability.

Been an award winning Merrill Lynch stockbroker
The world's first deaf instrument rated pilot
A sought after transformational speaker
A published writer praised by several #1 New York times authors
I've known Stephen J. Hopson for several years as a "blogging buddy."

He was one of the first comments on my blog except for the other three readers - one friend and two relatives.

He has become a friend. A wonderful friend.

I was eager to read his book, Obstacle Illusions - Tranforming Adversity Into Success . I have heard some of the stories along the way and knew writng this book had been a dream for years.

It arrived today and although I had plans, I thought I would just take a peek at the first chapter.

I was hooked. I sat down and read the whole book. I could not stop.

Slice an afternoon out of your schedule. Pull up a chair.

This is not your usual self help book.

You are about to have a transformational experience.

Some of his stories are funny, others so profound, they may change your life.

Every one will change your heart.

As Stephen says in his introduction -

ARE YOU READY TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND GET INSPIRED?

COME ON IN.
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I enjoyed reading Stephen Hopson's book Obstacle Illusions: Transforming Adversity into Success. He comes across as a very sincere hard-working risk-taker who wants to keep changing and evolving, learning from each experience--something that hopefully will inspire others to do the same and get out of the rut they've allowed themselves to wallow in. Stephen's transparency will allow readers to see themselves more clearly.

I mention this because Stephen innocently shares his realizations of all that happened to him in his life. He sees it was all for him, and not to him; he's not a victim. Those incidents and people allowed him to learn, grow, and evolve as a human being. They were there to help him fulfill his life's ambitions, whether he knew it or not at the time.

Read the book in chronological order. If you don't you could be missing out on a very special experience. The last chapter is very powerful. It's the climax of the book. I was literally shaking with excitement as tears were rolling down my cheeks. Even though this chapter is out of chronology, Mr. Hopson was wise to have placed it at the end of the book.

Stephen's story also demonstrates the power of gratitude when we lovingly, unselfishly want to thank those for whom we are grateful. Events move in our favor to fulfill such a pure desire in ways we never would have imagined, bringing great joy to everyone involved.

Enjoy reading Obstacle Illusions. I know I did!

Visit Stephen's website for more information and a video: [...].
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I have been eagerly anticipating this book ever since I heard the author give a speech at an awards ceremony. Obstacle Illusions; Transforming Adversity into Success is an easy and fascinating read. I especially loved the section where he relates his experience of flying . . . and he's totally deaf. Amazing! If you think you can't do something, then read this book and have your thinking changed by this inspirational guy. In my opinion, teens and young adults looking for inspiration can use this as their "go to" book. Each chapter is followed by questions that help us all look at what obstacles we may have created in our lives. Stephen is the master blaster of obstacles!
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