classic [klas’ ik]—Of the first or highest quality, class or rank; serving as a standard, model, guide; of enduring interest, quality, or style.
influence [in’-floo-en(t)ns]—The capacity or power to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions of others

Classic Influence—Timeless Lessons from the Legends…

We all want more out of life. Yet, there are some people who are getting things done—remarkable things—on a regular and consistent basis. This has always been the case. Throughout history we can see that some people—people who do not necessarily have any greater natural talent, intelligence or capacity—are able to make things happen and get things done. Sometimes the most ordinary individuals, from the most obscure backgrounds, facing any number of seemingly insurmountable obstacles are able to soar to the greatest heights of society. What is it about these people? What is their secret? What do they know, think or do that escapes the notice of the vast majority?

The fact of the matter is that there are differences. These people have different beliefs. They operate under different assumptions. And they think, see and do things differently. We know this because, as Anthony Robbins often says, "success leaves clues." By studying the great hustlers of history, by adapting to their way of thinking, seeing and being in the world—while staying true to yourself and your character—and by actively applying and leveraging the lessons learned from these legends, implementing and mobilizing their strategies, tactics and tools for success, you can and will have similar results. "If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.”1 And it is here where the stories of the great heroes and hustlers of history, teeming with wisdom and insight, can prove invaluable.

Virtually anyone can do what needs to be done to succeed, once you know what and how to do it. This is why history is so important. This is why the biographies and autobiographies of the great men and women of the world are such a rich resource, a treasure trove of wisdom and insight for those who are determined to make their own way to the top. Our mission is to join you in your journey to the top by bringing to life the stories of the heroes of history and superstars of success, by extacting their insights, wisdom, and key lessons learned, and distilling this wisdom into practical action steps, strategies, tactics, tips, and tools that you can apply in your own life today.

“If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
—Isaac Newton (1642—1727)

About Johnny Welch

John C. Welch IV, Ed.D., M.T.S., M.B.A. is the National Campaign Manager for the movement to launch the new Progressive Bull Moose Party. Johnny’s broad experience ranges from serving as the program manager for the Columbia Coaching Certification Program, to corporate training and consulting—with clients that have included Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Kawasaki, International Boys’ Schools Coalition, and New York Johnny Welch Montauk SunsetPresbyterian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell—to teaching undergraduate and graduate business courses in Southern California. He has coached leadership teams in large ministries, and served in the district offices of members of the California State Senate, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He currently teaches a course at Columbia University entitled, Creating Revolutionary Change in a Democratic Society. He also now works part-time as a professional speaker. Johnny Welch earned a master’s degree in Johnny Welch Montauk Sunset business administration from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from Harvard University where he split his time between the Divinity School and the Kennedy School of Government. He recently completed his doctorate in the department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia. Johnny currently lives in San Diego and, in his free time, enjoys weightlifting, running, traveling and, above all, surfing on some clean, hollow, warm water waves.


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“To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”
—Plutarch (46—120 A.D.), Ancient Greek Historian, Biographer, Author of Parallel Lives


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“History belongs above all to the man of deeds and power, to him who fights a great fight, who needs models, teachers, comforters and cannot find them among his contemporaries.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844—1900)


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“The search after the great man is the dream of youth and the most serious occupation of manhood. We travel into foreign parts to find his works, if possible, to get a glimpse of him.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882), American Philosopher, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Author of Self-Reliance


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“Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederick. Make them your models. This is the only way to become a great general and to master the secrets of the art of war. With your own genius enlightened by this study, you will reject all maxims opposed to those of these great commanders.”
—Napoleon Bonaparte (1769—1821)


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“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.”
—Marcus Aurelius (121—180 A.D.)