John David Mann | The Recipe

A story of loss, love and the ingredients of greatness 

“There is a book out there that’s waiting to be written and it’s waiting for me to write it, and I know it and it knows me and it’s going to be good, it’s gonna touch someone’s life; it’s just there”.John David Mann

When John is in the early moments of writing a book, he always starts with faith –complete trust or confidence in someone or something. In the Bible faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Writing is one of the most fulfilling careers he has achieved and he continues to touch everyone’s life in every book he writes.

“When tragic things happen to us, we tend to shrink into ourselves and isolate and lick our wounds and you feel like “this is my experience and nobody else understands it””.John David Mann

Struggles and challenges are the undeniable things in life that as much as we really do not want to encounter are at all times coming to you without warning. Openness of oneself to others and having faith and hope in life and in the things you wanted to have are the key to overcome all these negativity. John has experienced his own pieces of these things in life but he surpasses them and uses them as ingredients and tools to create a recipe of a life he believes to be the most delicious he have ever tasted.

“The secret ingredient isn’t anything in the pancakes; the secret ingredient is who you’re making them for”.John David Mann

John considers the statement above as the love, the essence and the core of the book “The Recipe”. John said that, “To be in service, you lose yourself in an act of service but you don’t really lose yourself, you find yourself because you lose your small self into something that is larger”. “The core heart is who you doing it for and why are you doing it. In service of what and of whom”.

What You Will Learn:

  • The secret recipe in life
  • The importance of faith
  • What are the ingredients of greatness
  • How to overcome the negative things in life
  • The true meaning of success
  • What are faith, hope and service to others




John David Mann has been creating careers since he was a teenager. At age seventeen, he and a few friends started their own high school in New Jersey (called Changes, Inc.). Before turning to business and journalism, he forged a successful career as a concert cellist and prize-winning composer. At fifteen he was recipient of the 1969 BMI Awards to Student Composers and several New Jersey State grants for composition; his musical compositions were performed throughout the U.S. and his musical score for Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound(written at age thirteen) was performed at the amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece, where the play was originally premiered.

John’s diverse career has made him a thought leader in several different industries. In 1986 he founded and wrote for Solstice, a journal on health, nutrition and environmental issues; his series on the climate crisis was selected for national reprint in Utne Reader. In 1992 John helped write and produce the underground bestseller The Greatest Networker in the World, by John Milton Fogg, which became the defining book in its industry. During the 1990s, John built a multimillion-dollar sales/distribution organization of over a hundred thousand people. He was cofounder and senior editor of the legendary Upline journal and editor in chief of Networking Times.

John is an award-winning author whose writings have earned the Nautilus Award, the Axiom Business Book Award (Gold Medal), Taiwan’s Golden Book Award for Innovation, and the 2017 Living Now Book Awards “Evergreen Medal” for “contribution to positive global change.” His books are published in more than two dozen languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. He is coauthor of the international bestseller The Go-Giver (with Bob Burg), the New York Times bestsellers The Red Circle (with Brandon Webb) and Flash Foresight (with Daniel Burrus), the national bestsellers The Slight Edge (with Jeff Olson), Among Heroes (with Brandon Webb) and Real Leadership (with John Addison), and Take the Lead with Betsy Myers, which was named Best Leadership Book of 2011 by Tom Peters and the Washington Post.

He is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world.

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