The Blind Blogger – Maxwell Ivey pt 2
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!
All of this information is available at Maxwell’s website, www.theblindblogger.net
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?
You also appear on podcasts such as this one, correct?
If someone is listening now and they are going through something… It may not be a loss of eye sight, but it is “something” big to them, what words of wisdom can you give to that person? What advice can you give them, if they are listening right now?
Maxwell, if someone wanted to get in touch with you, to ask a question or maybe to have you do an interview such as this, how can they do that? How can someone get in touch with you?
I’m going to be putting links to all of this, your book and podcast as well, down in the show notes.
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.
We cannot pick and choose most of battles. We sometimes cannot understand WHY things have happened. I know, I’ve been through some things myself. But we can KNOW that God is always with us, leading us and guiding us. We just need to make ourselves available. Because whatever we are going through, God can use to inspire someone else that needs it as well.
Maxwell, thank you for taking the time to visit with us today. I want you to come back on the program anytime you feel like you have something else to share!
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?”