Item description for Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter by Shelly Brady...
Bill Porter worked for the Watkins Corp., selling household products door-to-door in one of Portland's worst neighborhoods. Afflicted with cerebral palsy and burdened with continual pain, Porter was determined not to live on government disability and went on to become Watkins's top-grossing salesman in Portland, the Northwest, and the U.S. This book was written by the woman who worked as Porter's typist and driver and later became his friend and cospeaker. The "ten things" include Mother Knows Best, Persistence Pays Off, and Know Your Limits but Reach Beyond Them. This is an inspiring story with real-life lessons about tenacity in the face of daunting odds.
Mr. Porter was profiled in a piece on 20/20 and his amazing story is the basis for a made for T.V. movie starring William H. Macy that will air July 14th on TNT.
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Studio: New World Library
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.2" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2002
Publisher New World Library
ISBN 1577312031 ISBN13 9781577312031
Availability 0 units.
More About Shelly Brady
Shelly Brady, a motivational speaker, remains Bill Porter's friend and helper. She lives in Portland, OR.
Shelly Brady currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Shelly Brady was born in 1962.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter?
An inspirational story! Oct 27, 2008
This book was very inspirational and honest and I'm glad Shelly wrote it and shared such an amazing story with the world! Bill Porter is an inspirational man and I was happy to see the media coverage (20/20 news report and a TV movie) that portrayed his story in such a captivating way.
Although this story credits much of the "things learned" to Bill Porter, this book is not meant to be a biography of him, just the interactions that Shelly had with him and the things that she had gained from her relationship with him. I'm amazed that so many people are commenting about how Shelly wrote the book for "selfish reasons" and to "tell her own story". Fortunately, the title of the book is "Ten Things I Learned From Bill Porter" and not "The Big Book o' Bill Porter" (which would be misleading). In other words, she meant it to be a story told from her own perspective about the things that she had learned, not as a biography. In fact, I know Shelly Brady and she is the type of person that would give anything to show the world how great someone else is, which is exactly what she did here. I also know that she still has a good relationship with Bill Porter and still helps him to this day.
I also saw somebody say that they thought the photos in the book seem amateurish. Since she is telling a story about an episode in her life, I really wouldn't expect her to have professional photos. I don't even think she had it in mind to write a book until much later. This was not a pre-planned documentary, after all.
If you're looking for an inspirational book written by a down-to-earth author, then this is it. Also, if you get the chance, order the video as well (it's called "Door to Door").
Disappointing and self-cenetred Aug 18, 2008
I watched the "Door to Door" movie and ran to buy this book, anxious to read more about this remarkable man.
Ha! I was disillusioned very quickly, when I realized that not only is the book very poorly written (it feels like nobody even bothered to edit it before sending it to print), but it features the life of Ms. Brady. At times, it seems that all she had in mind was how to get more of the limelight, and if Mr. Porter was feeling unwell, well - she'll just go on her own, and get the spotlight to herself. All that while whining how tough it was for her to have it all.
Is this book yet another way to get attention on account of Bill Porter?
BOOK ARRIVED QUICKLY Jul 17, 2008
This book arrived quickly. I ordered others the same day from another company and I am still waiting for them. Book was new as stated in description. The story of Bill Porter is a Great One! It shows if you are Patient and Persistant you can accomplish whatever you want.
what an inspiration Jan 31, 2007
I laughed and I cried. I first heard of this book because it was on the New York Times Bestseller list. Also I watched clips of the movie "Door to Door" when my kids checked the video out from the library. I've become fascinated with Bill who has physical limitations and knew no limit. Despite physical challenges, he is such an inspiration to all of us who take daily tasks for granted, like putting on a tying our shoes, putting on a tie, or simply typing. Bill could only type one finger at a time. His assistant, Shelly Brady weaves her personal connection with Bill throughout. The book is a welcome addition to all middle school and high school libraries.
When the going get's tough.... Apr 11, 2005
This is in my top three inspirational books. The real-life work ethic and example of Bill Porter (as told by his assistant Shelly Brady) is TRUE inspiration. The old saying "you can't keep a good man down" rings true here. I picked up this little book at Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport a few years back when my flight was delayed. I read it in the terminal and finished it on the plane. THIS BOOK IS WORTH MORE THAN ALL OF THE STEPHEN COVEYS, DALE CARNEGIES and JOEL BARKERS combined (these guys wrote "Snake Oil for the Soul"). Should you need inspiration FIND IT HERE! Bill Porter is the real deal...not a thinker, but a doer. Thank you Shelley for sharing your and Bill's story.