Doug Crowe is an accomplished author, speaker, and media insider. He has written several bestselling books and has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, the Seattle Times. Crowe through his company Real Best Sellers helps create bestselling authors tell their story, syndicate it to over 500+ news outlets, and become ‘slightly’ famous.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Bay Village, Ohio in the ’70s. I have always been an experience-craving junkie. I lived in Japan for a summer at 18, got my pilot’s license at 26, and have traveled to all 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 42 countries.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

“We’d worry less about what other people think about us if we realized how seldom they do”

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Write your own book

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

2008. 19 foreclosures, bankruptcy, divorce, near suicide. So broke I recycled paper towels and lived in the basement of my foreclosed home.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

My tenacity and unshakable confidence in doing the right thing.

What is your morning routine?

5 AM. Meditate, physically train (walk/run and weight training), emails and hit the leadership-management emails by 9

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

I make it a point to laugh every day (often at myself)

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Outsource as much as possible. Balance working in and on my business. Making time for relationships, health, fitness, and being patient with the process.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: Because it took me from the unknown nerd to Class President and homecoming king.

You’re Not Moving Slow Enough, by Ariel Halevi: Because we not only ghostwrote his book, but it was the first book in decades that has something new and useful to say.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Live every day as though it is your last, someday you’ll be right”
“Volume cures everything”
“Planning for the future without respect for the present is like running a marathon without training”
“Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself”
“The best way to lose weight is not to get fat”
“Your body will catch up with the decision you already made”
“Vulnerability positioned with humility is a sign of strength-not weakness”