- Episode #309: The Secrets to Unlimited Success with John Brink Cheryl Ilov 58:17
John Brink is a best-selling author, body builder, fitness expert, CEO and owner of over ten companies, survivor, and thriver, who was born in Nazi-occupied Holland during WWII. He is also the author of three books and host of the On The Brink podcast series. He is also a fierce advocate for erasing the stigma of ADHD, something he has lived with his entire life.
John shares his story of growing up in harsh warlike conditions, and the horrors and hunger he experienced as a small child. From the time he could walk, his days often consisted of foraging for food with his brother and sister, surrounded by death and destruction, especially during the hunger winter of 1944/45. His mother was left to raise her three kids alone when their father was drafted into the Dutch Army. They wouldn’t know if he was dead or alive until the liberation of their village, by Canadian soldiers, on April 12, 1945.
This was the exact moment when John determined he would one day move to Canada – the land of his heroes. He was only five years old when this decision was made. Like many others who lived through that time, John has lived his entire life with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting from being in a warzone.
John describes how he finally made his dream come true, ultimately emigrating to Canada in July 1965, arriving in Prince George with $25.47 in his pocket. His journey in life and business has been filled with highs and lows. However, through his entire life, the one thing which has remained constant is John’s optimistic attitude, passion for entrepreneurship, and relentless work ethic.
Download this powerful episode to hear John’s story and his infectious optimism, positivity, sense of humor, and how you can discover the secrets to his success.