Self-made man shares secrets to success


The power of positive thinking can get someone moving in the right direction. That’s the basic premise of this new book that offers 11 steps to successfully guide people who want to be winners. As a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Donald L. Dowridge, Jr. knows firsthand the lows of life.

He was incarcerated at age 13 and became hooked on drugs and alcohol, which led to several dangerous detours. “By trying my best to cheat I found myself traveling at the speed of light to nowhere,” he writes. After hitting rock bottom, Dowridge made a decision, with God’s help, that would change his life.

In “The Power of Being a W-I-N-N-E-R,” Dowridge describes how he went from deciding to be the best person he could be to achieving actual success through hard work and Christian faith. He details his “Eleven Steps of Excellence”: Faith, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Self-Belief, Education, Endurance, Initiative, Networking, Open-mindedness, Optimism and Goals. Each step plays a role in determining future success.

Dowridge has lived these steps. For instance, he makes no secret of the fact that he knows a lot about “endurance,” having been abused sexually, mentally, physically and verbally as a youth.

Part motivational techniques and part memoir, this unique book becomes a valuable resource for those who want to show the world that no matter what their beginnings, they can be a winner too.

Donald L. Dowridge Jr., born in Baltimore, survived five violent foster homes before age 12, when he was transported to the South Bronx. There he endured six more abusive years with his biological father and stepmother.

A move to Tampa, Florida in 1974 changed his life for the better. Even though he quit Hillsborough Senior High School, he would eventually get his High School Diploma by attending adult school at night. Dowridge furthered his opportunities by serving in the U.S. Army and later becoming employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He started his own company, DLD Enterprises, a consulting firm that offers training, coaching, organizational development and youth mentoring. Dowridge also co-hosted a gospel-based local cable TV show, hosted numerous radio shows, as well as writing volumes of poetry and motivational stories for news magazines throughout.

“The POWER OF BEING A W-I-N-N-E-R” is a magnificent read that speaks to overcoming adversity that we all face. To purchase a copy of the book, “THE POWER OF BEING A W-I-N-N-E-R!” email: