10 Bits of Wisdom from The Shoe Shine Guy by John Early – Review

John Early worked in the corporate world for over 25 years. From the outside looking in, it seemed as though he had it all: the beautiful family, the magnificent home, the nice cars and great vacations, the fabulous income with the big 401k. He had what most would consider the American Dream. This was John’s idea of a dream, and this dream was all about him. Then suddenly, in an instant, like the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, John had an encounter with God that transformed his life forever. John takes the reader through that transformation and the total impact it had on not only his life, but on the lives of those around him, especially those closest to him-his wife and children. He lays out the 10 key bits of wisdom that were instrumental in reconciling and rebuilding those broken relationships. His road on this journey is paved with: Knowing your purpose, Character, Attitude, Goals, Teamwork and Trust, Respect, Courage, Regrets, Reconciliation, and Grace. This book shows all of us, no matter our circumstances or how dark our days may seem, that God is brighter still. Let God start to transform your life.

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Author John Early moved to Houston, Texas, in 1980 at the age of 21. He worked in sales for a manufacturer’s rep firm selling oil equipment. His sales territory was most of south Texas, driving 4000-5000 miles per month. John had the opportunity to call on customers that were located in remote areas of south Texas as well as the corporate offices of some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world located in Houston, Texas.

In 1986, he moved back to Michigan and went to work as a mortgage consultant for a small mortgage company, Tranex Financial, and worked there for 13 years. Starting out as a mortgage consultant, he moved into training then became an officer of the company and eventually bought the firm. In 1998, he merged Tranex into the Hantz Financial Group.

He worked with Hantz Financial as a Vice President and financial consultant until December of 2010, focusing on marketing and client relationships. His team assisted high net worth clients with their tax planning, estate planning, investment strategies, and business owner concerns, providing advice to clients who needed sophisticated financial planning. While at Hantz Financial, the company grew from 100 employees to over 500 and John was able to help build one of the largest practices within the firm.

In April of 2011 he created The Shoe Shine Guys, a mobile shoe shine service that started with an idea, one truck, and a handful of clients. He now has three vehicles, a full-service cobbler store and hundreds of clients. His company continues to add new clients every month and receive calls at least once a quarter about expanding to other parts of the country.

John and his wife of 33 years, Janet, have two grown children, John Shay and Jennifer; one son-in-law, Mike; and one rambunctious and adorable grandson, Lucian. A sports enthusiast, John was an avid handball player for over 20 years ( a new titanium knee and work have sidelined him for awhile) and was the Canadian national doubles champion in 1999.

Review –

10 BITS OF WISDOM FROM THE SHOE SHINE GUY is a great book. It was not at all what I was expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. It is heart-warming. It is inspirational. It is full of no-holds-barred honesty.  It is definitely not a book to be read in one sitting, yet it was difficult to find a place where I wanted to put the book down.

John Early writes about the obstacles such as our attitudes and complacency in our lives that prevent us from living according to God, and it is only by God’s grace that we are able to turn our lives around.

I am giving 10 BITS OF WISDOM five stars. It is well-written and inspirational and reminds us that we are here on a journey and it is up to us how that journey ends up – do we follow our own human path or do we submit our lives to God and follow the path he has so carefully laid out for us.

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