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Brian Wagner

CEO

SPEAKER | AUTHOR | COACH

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”   ~Theodore Roosevelt

The quote above is one of Brian’s favorites. He’s an avid father that lives out this quote in order to lead by example. When he’s not busy speaking, coaching or writing, you can usually find him with his wife, Connie, spending time with their three kids.

Brian has been greatly influenced by his coach and mentor, Kary Oberbrunner. Kary is an author, speaker and coach that was very influential in Brian starting his own business with such books as the Deeper Path, Your Secret Name and Day Job to Dream Job. Other writers and speakers that Brian enjoys are C.S. Lewis, Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins, Steve Farber, and Jon Gordon.

Brian is the author of the book “Sometimes It DOES Take a Brain Surgeon” and CEO of A Radical Vision.

Growing up on a farm, Brian was interested in anything but farming. He was the youngest of 10 kids, and only the 3rd to go to college. All of his siblings still reside in the same county where he grew up in Northwest Ohio. Two of Brian’s brothers were killed in accidents before he was 14 years old.

Brian’s parents were married for 66 years before his dad passed away at the age of 89. His father was a huge influence on him, and the way he treats people and conducts his business. All of Brian’s siblings have been married to their first spouse longer than Brian has, which at the time of this writing is 28 years.
On March 4, 2011 Brian woke up in total darkness due to a genetic defect that caused him to have physical blindness for six months. This defect required brain surgery in Phoenix, Arizona on April 1st of that year. Without it, Brian’s days were few. The prognosis was not good.

During his time of total reliance on others, Brian swore that if he could get his sight back he would help others that are struggling in their own way. While he stills deals with partial blindness, Brian keeps the promise that he made to help others.

As he puts it, “I lost my sight and ended up with vision”.

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