The Upside of Fear

How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction

By Weldon Long
(Greenleaf Book Group, Hardcover, 9781608320004, 199pp.)

Publication Date: September 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2009 Indie Next List
“In a gritty and compelling memoir, Weldon Long relates his journey from a life of violent crime, alcoholism, and substance abuse to a successful career as CEO of his own multimillion-dollar company. With the redemptive power of a positive attitude, an honest heart, a loving spirit, and the courage to change one's life for the better, Long sets a powerful example.”
-- Jean Petrovs, Books Galore, Watkinsville, GA

Upside of Fear allows reader to experience the harsh reality of a criminal life and creates a riveting portrait of true crime at its fundamental level. From buying the duct tape for an armed robbery to saving the life of a prison guard, author Weldon Long recounts his harrowing journey of self-discovery and how he went from being a drunk in a jail cell to the CEO of a multimillion-dollar business. Twenty years of drinking, robbing, drugging, and lying led Long to more than a decade of time spent in prisons, jails, and halfway houses - and a more strained relationship with a son he barely knew.

Through the revealing perspective of an eloquent criminal, readers will discover how to use fear as a positive motivating force and use the mind to strengthen the will, even in the bleakest of circumstances. Long's story demonstrates that love can redeem even the most hopeless criminal.

About the Author
Weldon Long knows firsthand that Maui is nicer than prison. After thirteen years of federal and state incarceration, he emerged a transformed man: a powerful speaker, driven motivator, and successful trainer / entrepreneur. Long has a BS in Law and an MBA in Management, despite dropping out of high school in the ninth grade. Yes, he went to jail...not Yale.
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