The Upside of Fear: How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction
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The Upside of Fear: How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Upside of Fear allows reader to experience the harsh reality of a criminal life and creates a riveting portrait of true crime at its fundamental level. From buying the duct tape for an armed robbery to saving the life of a prison guard, author Weldon Long recounts his harrowing journey of self-discovery and how he went from being a drunk in a jail cell to the CEO of a...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Tim Wood
I attended an event related to my wife's job and Weldon Long was the main speaker. I'm not a fan of the greater realm of life/success coaching. But, here we go again. Another life coach with a how-I-turned-my-life around and you-can-too story. And I'm hear with the kids playing supportive family. Sigh. Okay. Funny thing happened. This time I didn't feel like I wasted my time. I thought, what the heck and bought his book (this one). Two days later and it's finished. The ebook version has the stan...more
An easy read and interesting. However, I got sick of the convict life story and would have enjoyed more in depth writing on his solutions. It's his story though, and it is what it is.
I am recommending this book to everyone I know! The author delivers a true tale that is heartbreaking, funny, motivational, and feel-good, all rolled into one book.

Growing up, Wally had a father that was distant, and while never really in big trouble, he was a classic underachiever and didn't really fit in well. He married young, and it was a dyfunctional relationship. Neither he or his wife were happy, and neither really knew what was wrong, or how to fix it. One night Wally is out driving aro...more
The Upside of Fear  How One Man Broke the Cycle of Prison, Poverty, and Addiction by Weldon Long Weldon Long

One man’s journey from Fear and self-centeredness to an emotionally, healthy, productive life.

Weldon Long spent 13 years in prison over 15 years of his life, and from that experience he changed his thoughts, desires and actions. This story is a combination of self-help, biography and promotion of sales materials that have worked for him. Weldon Long is a motivational speaker and sales training expert that put his life story on paper for others to learn. When he was in his early 30’s Weldon was...more
Pam Sheridan
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Joab Cohen
Plot summary

This book describes the fall and rise of Weldon Long, a young man from Denver, who slipped from alcoholism and irresponsible fatherhood to robbery and attempted murder. He spent nearly ten years in different jails, during which he miraculously managed to climb out of his miserable life. Now he is a model citizen and a wealthy one too.

The book is written on a timeline, beginning from 1987 and ending at 2003, with an epilogue that brings the book up to date (2013). The events are descr...more
This is the true story of one man’s journey from rags to riches.

The author was a twenty-something alcoholic high school dropout; overall, a pretty dislikable person. One night, driving around in his pickup, he picks up a hitchhiker. Fueled by large amounts of beer and cocaine, they rob a couple of businessmen coming out of a Colorado restaurant. They are arrested later that night, which begins a decade-long journey through the criminal justice system.

After several years in prison, he is sent to...more
An inspirational memoir of a man who got started in life on the wrong foot and ended up in prison for armed robbery. Mr. Long tells his story frankly and honestly without sugar-coating anything. He explains his entry to the prison system and how he went from being a model prisoner to an alcoholic at a halfway house before going back to prison. Along the way the author learns something about himself and his life and explains it to you without beating you about the head with it. Only 199 pages, I...more
I truly appreciated this book. My husband heard Weldon speak as a motivational presenter during a company meeting and was quite impressed--so I had to read it. A warning, there are quite a few areas of thick, foul language which the book could have been written without. I love his true example of someone "repentant" of previous choices and fighting the difficult struggle to rise up from the stigma that society had placed him in.
Alison Wizer
I almost LOVED this book. I was thrilled to see my little hometown and local community college mentioned and I enjoyed hearing about the author's transformation while in prison. I work in a Com-Corr and I appreciate the new perspective this book gave me but I think that if I hadn't looked up the author I would have liked the book more.

I am glad that Mr. Long was able to change his life for the better I just hate how commercial his story has become. I would love to hear if he donates time to spe...more
Really enjoyed this story: how the author Wally struggled through his personal problems and conquered them.
Ross Zwelling
This book was very inspiring, though glorified in my opinion. It's a one and a million shot to go from "rags to riches", especially with a felony conviction. The man was caught red handed and played the role of the reformed convict. Mr. Long is very persuasive and convincing which is a trait of a convict, so either he's truly changed, or he's truly a convict, who found a hustle and ran with it. I don't use the word convict lightly. There are inmates and there are convicts. The distinction of the...more
I recently met Weldon and heard him speak, which was fascinating.

However, I felt the book focused a bit too much on his demons... It would have been refreshing if a bit more of the literature focused on his rise, rather than his constant defeat.

Maybe those details are coming in his next book... If so, I'll be sure to add that to my wishlist.

Overall, an interesting biographical read.

This book is an easy read. This author did everything wrong in life--- dropped out of high school, had two failed marriages, went to jail for fraud and armed robbery. Yet, he turned his life around. You'll have to read it to find out how. That's what kept me reading. I saw him on a TV interview and I knew that he was now a multimillionaire. So how did he do that???? It's very interesting.
Jason Preston
This is a great read, that reminds us no matter where we stand today, it's never to late to change and have the life we deserve.
Kimberly Simpson
An easy to read .... hard to believe memoir.
Excellent read! Would recommend to anyone.
Rebecca Sharpe
Great positive message to help you have hope.
Barb G
Good book - inspiring!
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