Thursday, May 25, 2017

Featuring: Dreams, Goals and Adventures by Michael D. Ditton

I haven't been around much since I fell and broke my femur. Hip replacement surgery was successful, but immediately following that we sold our home of 25 years and need to be out before August 1, 2017. Yes, my world is spinning. I'm healing slowly, feeling a bit overwhelmed--BUT--I'm blogging today because today is special. 

I'm honoured to be included in my dear friend Michael D. Ditton's book tour for his book titled Dreams, Goals, and Adventure through MC Book Tours. I read Michael's book two years ago after meeting him at a La Cruz writer's group meeting in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico. I was so impressed with his story that I wrote a review. 

Michael is one of those rare people who comes into your life and brightens it immediately. He's known adversity, heartache, and pain, but he's risen above it. And now he wants to help others do the same. I hope you'll take time to check out this wonderful book full of inspiration, hope, and encouragement. I promise it'll lift you up.  

My Review: A Simple Guide to Obtaining Your Goals.

Dreams, Goals, and Adventure is a small book filled with wonderful insights into creating the life of your dreams, no matter the circumstances. Michael Ditton's shows, through examples from his own life choices, that anyone can obtain their dreams. It's not magic. It's not about money. It's not about fate or luck. Goals and dreams are obtainable through planning and determination. Adventure is the icing on the cake. It's about believing in yourself. Creating doable goals and taking a chance on life. It's about faith.

I loved how as a young boy Michael Ditton knew instinctively that if he wanted to make something of himself, he had to dream, plan, and do. Yes, sometimes bad things happen to good people, but with strength of mind, by removing "can't" from your vocabulary, you can overcome anything. Life won't give up on you, so why would you give up on life? I applaud Mr. Ditton for using excerpts from his own experience to help me understand that if I'm not where I want to be, it's me holding me back, nobody else.

Dreams, Goals, and Adventure is a wonderful book that ended far too soon. I read it in one afternoon. I was right there with him when he got the dream job of running a hamburger stand while still too young to have a driver's licence. I was there when he saw Alaska for the first time, along with its endless possibilities of adventure. I was there when his buddy yelled at him in Costa Rica that they had to go because their boat's anchor hadn't secured, and their boat was travelling backwards through the harbour without them.

The best thing I got from this book ... I reached the last page knowing that life is about embracing happiness over defeat, that never surrendering means being too stubborn to giving up. There is no end to where I'm capable of going. Thank you, Michael. 

Michael and Crystal in Hawaii living the Dream

◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1504335881

From broke to retired in ten years . . .

Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it's okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.
            Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.

* Don't be afraid to dream.
* Don't accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can't” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.

"Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you're fascinating
to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more."
~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling. CEO of 

Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”

I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.

Financial Independence means having control over your time
without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.

Meet The Author Event, La Cruz

I was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.

I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.
I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.

Here’s how those goals paid off:
At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on his 45’ sailboat

Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.

It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.

For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:

For those following his tour, Michael is offering a special price on the Kindle eBook format of DREAMS, GOALS, AND ADVENTURE at a reduced cost of just 99 cents! Readers can also get a FREE copy of Michael’s GOAL SETTING BASICS in the eBook format. For one or both of these special offers just CLICK HERE!

Thanks for visiting during Michael’s tour stop. Are you following your dreams?



  1. Joylene, thank you SO much for the kind words. I am truly blessed to have you in my life.

    1. Feel the same way, Michael. You and Crystal are very special people and we're honoured to call you friends. Hope your tour is a huge success. Looking forward to the next book.

  2. Michael's story does remind us we should always focus on the positive if we're to achieve our dreams. Joylene, thanks for sharing Michael's story and for being a part of his tour. Hope you're feeling better.

    MC Book Tours

    1. It was my pleasure, Pamela. Thank you for all you do.

  3. That's very cool that you've actually met him. He has an a amazing story.

  4. Sorry that life is overwhelming you. Here's hoping that everything settles down soon.

  5. I'm glad you're starting to heal. But what a lot of work to have to move! Take it slow and easy.

    I've seen Michael's book and story around the blogs. Sounds so inspiring. Congratulations, Michael!

  6. Successful people are willing to do what others won't. I'm going to download his book.

  7. Michael's story is amazing. Sounds like a wonderful book!
    Joylene, I hope you are feeling a bit better. Sounds like everything has happened at the same time, no wonder you feel overwhelmed.
    Take care.

    1. I'm mending, thanks, Michelle. Hope you're having a lovely spring.

  8. I once told my nephew that being an adult meant I could make my dreams come true. He was pretty wide-eyed about it. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  9. Michael certainly has had a remarkable life. I've learned over many years that "Man plans and God laughs." I wish Michael much success!

  10. I enjoyed hearing about Michael and his book through you, Joylene. I'm sorry that you've been dealt this overwhelming hand, and it's AOK to feel overwhelmed. This too will pass. You strike me as one determined lady, and you'll get back on top. I have a friend who moves a lot. Her advice to to anyone who asks is pitch, pitch, pitch! Sending you a big hug and wishes for healing and strength. Take care!

  11. Sounds like an amazing book. I hope you feel better soon! That's too much for any one person to deal with at once.

    Sending you love and strength. Are you still in Portage?

  12. Thanks for the intro to Michael, Joylene. His book sounds like a winner. Appreciate you hosting today.

    Hope you are feeling even better by now. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure everything will get sorted out regarding selling the house. Glad you got a buyer! Have a good week, and take care.

  13. Michael's story is awesome. Thanks for sharing!


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