Foreword

Allow me to personally congratulate you on the transformational journey that you’re about to go on with Delatorro McNeal, II, your guide in this powerful book Shift into a Higher Gear. I’ve enjoyed a forty-plus-year career in the personal and professional development industry, and about ten years ago, I met Delatorro at a National Speakers Association convention, where he was earning the coveted CSP designation. When I met him, I knew he was a young man marked for greatness. Over the years, we’ve shared the stage at several events, including some of my own, and I’ve admired his dynamic, high-energy, high-content presentations. I’ve seen the powerful impact that Delatorro’s content has on audiences. And now you will get the opportunity to learn from Delatorro’s wisdom in this exciting and edgy book.

I am a huge fan and advocate of lifelong learning and constant growth and improvement. It’s a hallmark of all high achievers. In fact, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to 125 countries and speak to over five million people all over the world, and one thing I know for sure is that people everywhere want the content Delatorro shares in this book. Everyone wants to shift into their next level. We all want to top our last best performance, and we all want to live life to the fullest. Ambition is a trait of any successful person, and I love that Shift into a Higher Gear challenges you to aspire higher and to take your best and top it!

I believe that regardless of your professional title or career field, personal development and growth are at the center of all professional success. In fact, I always teach that you can never outperform your own self-concept. Shift into a Higher Gear will challenge you to develop in many areas that will then ripple out and impact your professional life in ways that you can’t even imagine. The truth is that we all want to matter, we all want to count, and we all want to leave this world better than the way we found it—and this book will help you do so.

I enthusiastically applaud Delatorro for creating something new and fresh in the personal development space. This is the first time that I’ve seen such a powerful parallel drawn between motorcycle riding and personal development. Delatorro has masterfully built a memorable and profound message around how riding a motorcycle can be a metaphor for life and business success. Whether you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle or not, you will enjoy this book and profit from it.

Delatorro is an expert in instructional design, and his commitment to helping you get the most out of this book is evident by the practical elements he has built into it. From the various learning exercises throughout the book to the reflection moments, profound questions he asks you, and journaling assignments, he skillfully connects the basic fundamentals of motorcycle riding to keys that we need in order to shift our own lives to that elusive next level that we all desire. There is so much meat in this book, and I love that from beginning to end the focus is entirely on you as the reader. It’s aimed directly at helping you shift—now!

I personally resonate with this book especially because in my twenties and thirties I owned a motorcycle myself. Two, in fact. I traveled the country taking many trips with friends and by myself. I’ve slept next to my bike at night and performed maintenance on my bike as needed. I can attest firsthand to the exhilarating feelings of being a motorcycle rider, and I can also attest to the exhilarating feelings of becoming one of the best in my industry and developing myself to the fullest. There are indeed many parallels, and I know that you’ll enjoy how Delatorro draws on these congruencies while showing you in a very tactical, practical, and methodical way exactly how you can learn and apply these principles to get maximum results.

If you’re ready to accelerate your success and roll the throttle of your goals and dreams, then it’s time for you to shift into a higher gear with Delatorro. I can’t think of a better time than right now for you to better your best and live life to the fullest.

Brian Tracy
Best-selling author of Eat That Frog!, Goals!, and many other books

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