Hope, Vision, Action!

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Frank O’Dea, the co-founder of the Second Cup Coffee chain and founder of Proshred Documents is speaking at the St. John’s Board of Trade today.  I wont be able to see Mr. O’Dea speak but I have ordered a copy of his book “When All You Have Is Hope”! 

This is a man who at 23 years old, was a homeless person.  As he says he was 30 years away from receiving the Order of Canada, he was 20 years away from a marriage and family, 10 years away from earning his first million, and one week away from deciding he had to change or die.

The following is an excerpt from Frank O’Dea’s book ‘When All You Have Is Hope”!


With hope – all things become possible.
With hope, one has the courage to change the present into a very different future.
With hope, dreams are possible;
With hope one has the persistence to follow the dream and
With hope one can – and will – become much more than you ever dreamed possible.

Here’s hoping you have the Power of Hope working for you.



  1. Fred Reader says:

    Darlene – I just came from the lunch where Mr. O’Dea spoke. His speech was poweful. The Second Cup was just the beginning, he has had so many more successes, both in business and the not-for-profit world. He shared with the audience how he was able to to the things that he does. It really does start with hope. This becomes a vision – and in the end, it is all about action. HOPE, VISION, ACTION.

    1. darmyers says:

      Hi Fred, thank you so much for the note. I would have loved to be able to see him. You are 100% right, it does start with hope. Thank you for sharing your comments.

  2. Gary says:

    I remember reading his story a couple of years ago. It is a wonderful story. I would have loved to be at that lunch

    1. darmyers says:

      GK, when I am finished reading his book, I will set it aside for you.

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