Born into a family of carnival owners in Texas, USA, Maxwell Ivey lost his sight at age 12. Having a natural gusto for life, Max graduated college and became heavily involved in the Eagle Scouts. He also worked in the family business alongside brothers until his father succumbed to lung cancer. Faced with his own mortality, Max made some life-altering changes. He underwent gastric surgery and lost over 250 pounds. He started his own business, buying and selling amusement rides, and learned how to blog using software for visually-impaired people. Overcoming many obstacles, Max made a name for himself online and now shares his experiences on The Blind Blogger.
Max’s favorite things entail teaching and helping others to achieve their goals. So in addition to his blogging page, he has his own podcast, “What’s Your Excuse” and he also has a personal coaching and branding business! And he is a published author with his book, “Leading You Out of Darkness Into the Light: A Blind Man’s Inspirational Guide to Success.”AMEN!
Help me welcome to the program, Maxwell Ivey! Maxwell, it is so good to talk to you, my friend! We were at the same event, the Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference with Joe Pardo about six weeks ago! I have to say, your talk was riveting for sure. That’s why I wanted to get you on the podcast, to share your story with our audience. How have things been going since that conference?
Ok, the first question I always ask is this. Other than that brief intro I read, tell us in your own words, “Who is Maxwell Ivey?”
You started off in the carnival business. Everyone sees the lights, the sounds, the clowns and everyone having a good time. But what is it like behind the scenes? It’s a hard life, correct?
You lost your eyesight at age 12, I believe. Can you tell us what happened?
How did you handle that experience, initially? We will get into what you are doing now in just a bit.
Did your Faith help you through those times?
And you are still involved in the carnival business, kind of “behind the scenes” in selling equipment, correct?
What is involved with that?
Ok, let’s shift gears now. You’ve faced health issues over the years. I read that you lost over 250 pounds! How did you do that?
Let’s talk about your book, “Leading You Out of Darkness Into the Light: A Blind Man’s Inspirational Guide to Success.” That was published in 2014. Tell us about your book…
I briefly mentioned your consulting business. Let’s talk about that for a few minutes. You help others to build their brands. What is involved in that?
Folks, to quote Maxwell Ivey’s podcast name, “What’s Your Excuse?” You’ve heard some of the things that Maxwell has gone through. But notice the key phrase here, “…has GONE through.” He is not “there.” He has “gone through.” He has moved on to greater things.
I encourage you to get in touch with Maxwell Ivey, get a copy of his books, and allow him to help you to answer the question, “What’s Your Excuse?”