Words from Friends                        

I first met Harry Shivery about five years ago. I was in the process of restarting my career and frankly in a difficult transition both professionally and personally. His friendship and guidance was spot on and he quickly became my "go to" counsel both for inspiration and advice on a wide variety of matters.

His advice, training, and inspiring words have helped me through some great breakthroughs and accomplishments in both my personal and professional life. I truly value having him in my corner then, now and in the future.


David A. Ponsler    Jacksonville, FL

"Harry came into my life at just the right moment. I was at a crossroads in my life and career, and he had just written his book. He asked me to help proofread it. It was exactly what I needed to be reading. So while I was helping him, he was helping me. It spurred me to take the leap into entrepreneurship and start my own business. It's been 8 years and I've written my own book and am about to start my third business. I don't think I would have been brave enough to do it if Harry hadn't come into my life when he did."    

Emily Page     Raleigh, NC


Harry has impacted my life as an exceptional friend, mentor and human being. He always has incredible words of wisdom and gives me advice/feedback straight, no fluff. I count on him for a story that relates to what I may be experiencing or going through. He asks the right questions to guide me through many types of situations while helping me reassess how I could do something different or even better. He has also found specific developmental tools to use in my daily routine. Overall, Harry has made me feel more empowered, worthy and confident about myself to achieve my goals personally and professionally.                                                                                                                                                                                    Valencia Davis-West   Jacksonville, FL

                                                                                                     This One's For YOUth 

There are often things in this life that bring us frustration. Seldom do we choose to endure them unless we see a worthwhile reward for doing so. Let me give you an example.

In fifth grade, I played baseball. Actually, I was on the team, but I sat the bench telling jokes with half a dozen other guys. During one game, my Dad asked me if I wanted to go. Given the choice of "benching" for the team or playing at home with friends was simple. I left and I never went back. It wasn't worth it. But, then again, some of you have seen me on the softball field too. I don't even know the rules.

Thank goodness flag football started that fall. With the same coaches and still too many kids to play it looked like me and the others were back on the benches. Then somebody got smart. I don't know who, but I am eternally indebted. Someone put together a "park-team". All the "benchers" from four or five schools were put on one team to be in the league. Then they found a 19 year old to be our coach. A team of losers with a kid for a coach. We had a deaf kid, who couldn't hear the count, a couple of kids with learning disabilities, one boy who had to miss half of practice three days a week for dance lessons, and this giant of a kid who cried every time he hurt someone. I really didn't think it was worth it. We would be lucky to win a single game. But I stuck out the frustration. Harry, our coach, talked us all into staying, He yelled at us, hugged us, and told us jokes. He taught us that stretching your limits and being a team meant more than winning games. He really did. We did however win a couple of games. Actually, we took the city championship two years in a row.

My point is simple. The path of least frustration and effort is also the path of least growth. And, that applies as well to Sunday school as it does to football. Give it your best even if it's boring.       

RJ jr.      

 I met Harry as a high school student. He was my karate instructor, but more than that he taught me about confidence, courage, and relationship.  It wasn't one single thing he did. It wasn't the classes or instruction. It was how he walked the talk as they say. 33 years later we're still connected. He's still my mentor. When he saw me floundering after my divorce he made a point reconnecting with me in a meaningful way. To remind me of what I'm made of. You don't find that too often. He helped me get grounded in the midst of chaos and find the opportunities and see them to fruition. Sometimes success isn't about finding the right business or the right job, but finding the best in you. All my gratitude, thank you Harry.                                                                                                       

Kristi Saul     Claremore, Oklahoma        

Harry is the reason that I am who I am. Without him being a driving force in my life I don't know where I'd be. This man picked me up when I was down, no matter what it was I was going through. He always understood me. He constantly looked out for me and encouraged me. Goals that I thought were impossible, he helped me to achieve. He gave me my love for business. Now I am the owner of two large, successful restaurants. I am also a board member of the Chamber of Commerce. I continue to grow my dream with plans for a third restaurant. I owe so much thanks to Harry for being able to accomplish as much as I have. He truly has been a role model in my life. I don't know if I could have done it without him.                                                             

Luis Miguel Esparza   Cleveland, Oklahoma

Harry is both a wonderful friend as well as an inspirational mentor. When we met I was a single mom struggling to provide the best life possible for my children.  Harry’s guidance and belief in me transformed my future by doing more than I believed possible.  Not only was he there to listen and advise me with my goal setting and financial questions, he never stopped driving me to continually improve my quality of life and myself. 

Now I am not working way too many hours with little to no family time. I am comfortable financially and spend much more time with my family and can be with them whenever needed. 

I have also launched into an exciting new season in my life with direct marketing and look forward to where his guidance will continue to take me. 

Harry has been there with me through the good and the bad, but he always has a way to shine his light and remind me I am the one with the power to change things for the better. 

For all that you do, thank you Harry

Tricia Zane   Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

 I met Harry and Robin Shivery about 5 years ago in a business meeting. At the time, I was feeling extremely challenged because I was not very confident that I had what it took to accomplish what my superiors had tasked me with – which was to grow a sales force in the Jacksonville market for that company’s products. When I met Harry and Robin, they sort of intuitively knew that I may need a little bit of help. Harry took the time to sit with me and find out that I was an attorney who left the practice of law to enter the more flexible and often more lucrative world of sales. He also learned that I was feeling very unequipped and overwhelmed in that position at that time. He and Robin became a God-send to me during those months. Harry does not mince words and I appreciate that so much about him, but he doesn’t and didn’t judge me either. He and Robin truly just showed up to help. Harry gave me such encouraging, mentoring words and advice and they both just kept asking week after week “what can we do to help?” And they DID help, in a tremendous way. I don’t know how I could have gotten through those months without them. Harry and Robin are two of the most genuine, kind-hearted, and knowledgeable people I have ever met and, to this day, I don’t think they realize the impact they have had on my life and continue to have in my life. THANK YOU Harry and Robin – you are true blessings and I am a better version of myself for knowing you! 

Kelly Corsmeier

Jacksonville, FL