Weldon Long

Entrepreneur, Award-Winning Author and Speaker

Once upon a time there was a man who had destroyed his life by the age of thirty-two.

On June 10th, 1996, he stood motionless in the prison cell that served as his home, devastated over the news that his father had died. He looked deeply into the eyes that glared at him through the scarred stainless steel mirror in his tomb.

Through the initials scrawled by unknown tenants before him, he saw the reflection of an unemployed high-school dropout and a three-time loser who had spent his entire adult life in this hopeless state of despair. For as long as he could remember he had known only this life of prison, poverty and addiction. He was a garden variety loser who was giving a bad name to the community of self-respecting losers everywhere.

He had no money, no hope, and by all accounts, no future. He had never had a steady job. He had abandoned his three-year old son. He had never owned a home. He had never done an honorable thing in his life.

As he stared at his pathetic countenance grieving over his dead father, his abandoned three-year-old son and his wasted life, he considered the words of Emerson, which he had just discovered:

“To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

He concentrated on these words and repeated them as a mantra to the man in the stainless steel reflection.

“To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

He thought about the words intently as he gazed into his own miserable reality.

He stared at his reflection and noticed he was getting old. His teens and twenties had raced by at warp speed. He noticed the lines on his face and his thinning hair.

He was growing older before his very eyes. How had he wasted his life? How had he allowed things to get so out of control? Was it too late to do anything about it? After all, he wouldn’t see the streets again until he was nearly 40 years old.

He considered Emerson’s words once more.

Again he wondered. Was there more to life? What would it take to find out? Was he even remotely capable of altering the course of his seemingly forged destiny by mapping out a course of action and following it to an end? He had never planned out anything. He had never finished anything.

Despite seemingly insurmountable odds, he decided to give it a try

He set out on a journey of creating a plan for his life - what he later came to call his Personal Prosperity Plan - and taking actions that were consistent with that plan. He began studying business and sales. He thought he might be good at both.

He was desperate, and desperate men do desperate things.

He became obsessed with changing the course of his destiny.

And he did.

By the time the man was released from his third and final trip to the penitentiary in 2003, he had earned a Bachelors degree and an MBA. In 2002, just one year before his release, he was credited with saving the life of a prison guard.

After his release he raised his son to become a remarkable young man. He started a small company and grew sales to $20,000,000 in just 60 months, earning a spot on Inc Magazine’s 2009 list of “fastest growing privately held companies in America.” He purchased beautiful homes in the mountains of Colorado and on the beaches of Maui.

The man went on to write a memoir called The Upside of Fear: How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction, which won numerous awards and was endorsed by personal and organizational development titans, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and Tony Robbins. He went on to create The Power of Consistency for Sales Excellence that teaches individuals and businesses the Sales Training Program he used to transcend twenty-five years of poverty and misery and create an exceptional life of wealth, happiness and peace of mind.

Despite being the underdog of all underdogs and the longest of long shots, he now lives a life of honor and unimaginable prosperity.

I know this man’s story well because it is my story. I am that man. I am Weldon Long.

After living a desperate life of prison and poverty, including thirteen years behind concrete walls and razor wire, I emerged a transformed man and built the life I once dreamed about in my dark, cold prison cell.

My life was transformed by The Power of Consistency - a Program so powerful it can create unprecendented levels of sales success, yet a force so subtle it’s easily overlooked. The Power of Consistency took me from wanting and knowing to doing and creating. It is the one thing that changed everything in my life and business.

Creating wealth and an exceptional business is well within your reach if you use The Power of Consistency. I want to you to learn what I have learned so that you can build the life and business of your dreams.

To book overcoming adversity and peek performance speaker Weldon Long call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

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Weldon Long

Once upon a time there was a man who had destroyed his life by the age of thirty-two.

On June 10th, 1996, he stood motionless in the prison cell that served as his home, devastated over the news that his father had died. He looked deeply into the eyes that glared at him through the scarred stainless steel mirror in his tomb.

Through the initials scrawled by unknown tenants before him, he saw the reflection of an unemployed high-school dropout and a three-time loser who had spent his entire adult life in this hopeless state of despair. For as long as he could remember he had known only this life of prison, poverty and addiction. He was a garden variety loser who was giving a bad name to the community of self-respecting losers everywhere.

He had no money, no hope, and by all accounts, no future. He had never had a steady job. He had abandoned his three-year old son. He had never owned a home. He had never done an honorable thing in his life.

As he stared at his pathetic countenance grieving over his dead father, his abandoned three-year-old son and his wasted life, he considered the words of Emerson, which he had just discovered:

“To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

He concentrated on these words and repeated them as a mantra to the man in the stainless steel reflection.

“To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

He thought about the words intently as he gazed into his own miserable reality.

He stared at his reflection and noticed he was getting old. His teens and twenties had raced by at warp speed. He noticed the lines on his face and his thinning hair.

He was growing older before his very eyes. How had he wasted his life? How had he allowed things to get so out of control? Was it too late to do anything about it? After all, he wouldn’t see the streets again until he was nearly 40 years old.

He considered Emerson’s words once more.

Again he wondered. Was there more to life? What would it take to find out? Was he even remotely capable of altering the course of his seemingly forged destiny by mapping out a course of action and following it to an end? He had never planned out anything. He had never finished anything.

Despite seemingly insurmountable odds, he decided to give it a try

He set out on a journey of creating a plan for his life - what he later came to call his Personal Prosperity Plan - and taking actions that were consistent with that plan. He began studying business and sales. He thought he might be good at both.

He was desperate, and desperate men do desperate things.

He became obsessed with changing the course of his destiny.

And he did.

By the time the man was released from his third and final trip to the penitentiary in 2003, he had earned a Bachelors degree and an MBA. In 2002, just one year before his release, he was credited with saving the life of a prison guard.

After his release he raised his son to become a remarkable young man. He started a small company and grew sales to $20,000,000 in just 60 months, earning a spot on Inc Magazine’s 2009 list of “fastest growing privately held companies in America.” He purchased beautiful homes in the mountains of Colorado and on the beaches of Maui.

The man went on to write a memoir called The Upside of Fear: How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction, which won numerous awards and was endorsed by personal and organizational development titans, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and Tony Robbins. He went on to create The Power of Consistency for Sales Excellence that teaches individuals and businesses the Sales Training Program he used to transcend twenty-five years of poverty and misery and create an exceptional life of wealth, happiness and peace of mind.

Despite being the underdog of all underdogs and the longest of long shots, he now lives a life of honor and unimaginable prosperity.

I know this man’s story well because it is my story. I am that man. I am Weldon Long.

After living a desperate life of prison and poverty, including thirteen years behind concrete walls and razor wire, I emerged a transformed man and built the life I once dreamed about in my dark, cold prison cell.

My life was transformed by The Power of Consistency - a Program so powerful it can create unprecendented levels of sales success, yet a force so subtle it’s easily overlooked. The Power of Consistency took me from wanting and knowing to doing and creating. It is the one thing that changed everything in my life and business.

Creating wealth and an exceptional business is well within your reach if you use The Power of Consistency. I want to you to learn what I have learned so that you can build the life and business of your dreams.

To book overcoming adversity and peek performance speaker Weldon Long call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

The Power of Consistency for Sales Excellence
A Powerful 3-Step Process to Create Exceptional Sales Results

Sales Professionals don’t have a knowledge problem. They have an implementation problem. If sales professionals consistently did the things they know they should do your sales department and business would see unprecedented growth and profitability.

The Power of Consistency for Sales Excellence is based on Weldon’s newest book and the sales lessons he learned growing his business from his living room to $20,000,000 in revenue and becoming one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing small companies in America. This sales system solves the implementation problem using a comprehensive three-step process proven to deliver consistent and exceptional sales results.

The reason many sales training programs fail to deliver long-term results is because they offer only a one-part solution to a three-part problem. To create sustainable sales results three critical components must be addressed. The Power of Consistency for Sales Excellence delivers a high-octane three step process that will transform sales results.

Attendees will learn all three steps:

  • Weldon teaches his proprietary FEAR process to get the MIND right; his proven four-step RISC sales process to get the SALES right; and introduces LIVE weekly Sales Coaching on the ProsperityTV Network to get the IMPLEMENTATION right.
  • The combination of creating a Personal Prosperity Plan for each attendee, outlining a comprehensive easy-to-follow sales process and teaching sales professionals how to implement the program on a daily basis are the keys to improving sales performance over the long haul.
  • This is Weldon’s signature Sales Keynote and is guaranteed to be the highlight of any sales event. This power-packed program is available as an unforgettable keynote and as a comprehensive one-day or two-day customized program.


The Power of Consistency for Personal Excellence
Leveraging The Upside of FEAR to Create Exceptional Results in Life and Business

Bad things happen to great companies and wonderful people. Unfortunately that’s just a fact of life.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we are rarely defined by the bad things that come our way. We are defined by the decisions we make about how to deal with the adversity that comes our way in Life and Business.

Whether it’s a bad economy, a cheap competitor or an unreasonable customer in business or a personal struggle in life - everyone faces challenges. And regardless of the adversity, there are always examples of companies and individuals who are thriving in the face of similar challenges.

This dynamic and powerful inspirational keynote is based on Weldon Long’s award winning memoir, The Upside of Fear - How one man broke the cycle of prison, poverty and addiction.

Attendees will learn how to overcome any business or personal challenge and thrive in the face of adversity. Not only will the audience be inspired to transcend problems, they will learn the powerful formula Mr. Long developed and used to go from “walking the yard” in a high security prison to walking the beaches of Maui.

  • The lessons learned can help any company or individual create financial success and prosperity regardless of the external threat or challenge.
  • Through the powerful Upside of FEAR program attendees will learn how to:
  • Get FOCUSED on what they want, what they want to become and what they want to contribute in Life and Business. They will also learn to identify counter-productive limiting beliefs that may be holding them back from realizing their true potential.
  • Get EMOTIONALLY COMMITTED to the business and personal outcomes they desire.Take consistent ACTION towards the things in Life and Business they want and move away from the things they don’t want.
  • Take RESPONSIBILITY for their business and personal decisions that will ultimately determine their results in Life and Business.

This is Weldon’s signature inspirational/motivational keynote and will forever change the lives of those who hear this unbelievable rags to riches story. This program is also available as a breakout and can be customized for your event.


The Power of Consistency for Leadership Excellence
Leveraging the Upside of FEAR to Create Exceptional Leaders

All too often mangers, supervisors and other leaders attempt to lead others without first creating a clear vision of future success or gaining personal and professional mastery over themselves.

The Power of Consistency for Leadership Excellence is a dynamic and thought provoking keynote that forces an honest personal assessment of our own effectiveness before attempting to lead others.

Through a poignant and humorous discussion of how Weldon Long went from starting a company in his living room with zero employees to becoming the CEO of his own INC 5000 company, attendees will learn how to develop characteristics of personal and professional excellence and inspire those attributes in others.

As Mr. Long weaves his personal story of triumph over tribulation on his gut-wrenching journey from prison, poverty and addiction to becoming a dynamic inspirational leader, attendees will hang on the edge of their seats. They will learn the power of having a creative vision and the necessity of communicating that vision to others in the face of the inevitable challenges.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Teach and Implement The Upside of FEAR concepts of Focus, Emotional Commitment, Action and Responsibility and inspire individual excellence
  • Create a powerful vision for organizational excellence
  • Communicate that vision and a belief in staff’s ability to achieve it on a consistent basis
  • Lead through demonstrating personal and professional excellence

Weldon’s edgy real-life example of leadership from the trenches will challenge attendees to elevate their performance.

This is Weldon’s signature leadership keynote and is also available as a breakout.

The Power of Consistency  for HVAC  Excellence
How I Grew a Residential HVAC Company with $20,000,000 in Sales in 60 Months... and How YOU CAN TOO

In 2005, Weldon Long opened a small Residential HVAC Company in his living room. By 2009, he had generated $20,000,000 in revenue and was selected by INC Magazine and one of America’s fastest growing small companies.

Amazingly, when he started his company, the only thing Mr. Long knew about the HVAC industry was how to adjust his thermostat; nevertheless, he quickly generated over $20,000,000 in sales... one kitchen table at a time!

In this industry specific keynote Weldon Long will inspire and teach attendees to redefine their expectations for the Residential HVAC industry. Most HVAC contractors have a vision of what their company will look like, yet often the reality is far different from that vision. This real-life “straight from the streets” program will teach HVAC Professionals how to make the dream a reality.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Create a specific vision of their company and their income goals
  • Outline the key steps to reach those goals
  • Redefine their expectations of what’s possible in the HVAC Industry
  • Implement a simple yet powerful “Kitchen Table” sales process
  • Generate a 300% increase in net profit with a 10% increase in pricing
  • How to overcome the “Three-Bid” and “I need a cheaper price” sales objections

Mr. Long has personally trained and inspired thousands of HVAC professionals across the country. His unique style of integrating specific HVAC Business Building Strategies with his inspirational “rags to riches” HVAC story will strengthen the will to succeed of all attendees.

This is Weldon’s signature HVAC Industry keynote and is available as a breakout.

Tony Robbins

"Quite a story, Weldon! Congratulations on your turnaround from prison to contribution. ”

Tom Hopkins

“I have seen hundreds of speakers in my time. I have never been so emotionally drawn to and inspired by a story as I am Weldon Long's presentation. Everyone should hear his powerful message.”

Stephen R. Covey

“This comes from a magnificent person who learned the lessons of life out of profound prison experiences. Weldon Long is a true diamond in the rough who produced this inspiring account of the path he took to freedom and prosperity. ”
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