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23. Personal development and leadership icon, Chris Widener, shares how he's built multiple successful businesses, while also sharing the stage with Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar.


Chris Widener is recognized as one of the world's top public speakers today. Not only is Widener the co-author of,"The Twelve Pillars," which has become an international bestseller, but he also co-hosted with Zig Ziglar on his television show, True Performance.

Passion Play:

Chris is very passionate about what drives other people and is constantly searching for that reason. His fascination and interest in others and their stories gives him material to speak about and share.

Fail Forward:

In September, 2002, Chris had to mortgage his house, and loaned $70,000 to other public speakers. Unfortunately, he lost a huge portion money in doing so. However, what he learned was that failure can be turned into success if you can learn something from it, so that you do not make the same mistake the next time.

Lightbulb Moment:

In 2003, Chris ghost wrote for one of the most respected author/speakers in the world. At that point, he decided he no longer wanted to hand over his ideas to other people.

Success Hack:

He encourages listeners to take action today!

Randomness Round:

The best advice he has ever received: "Be a voice, not an echo."