Aug 2012 24



A lot of people in this world, search endlessly for some kind of complex, magical formula to understand why some people are successful, and other are not. It really just boils down to this concept of productivity.

That you’re going to apply the most amount of effort to the best of your ability in the allotted time that you have.

All successful people realize that time is the most precise commodity out there. It was the one thing that you can’t buy or ever buy back. So these successful people realize that they have an allotted time to perform a given task so that they have to give it their absolute all to doing that task.

Going through the motions is the most disadvantageous  thing that you can do.

Often when you do something wrong the first time, you have to go back and do it rig the second time. If you did it right the first time, you never have to go back and do it again.All successful people realize that.

They’re going to give it their absolute all and put in their heart and soul in any task that they do.

No matter how small or large that it is. That they are going to be the best person that they can be while they are doing it. that they’re going to do it right. The major difference is that the successful people do every single task right while the people that are not successful do it wrong.

You can look at the professional body builders. Jay Cutler, Ronnie Coleman, Dexter Jackson, Flex Wheeler, Sean Ray, Dorian Yates, Arnold Schwarzenegger. These guys are the best in their sport.

A lot of people just disregard it as they had the genetics to be there or say they played the steroid card and cheated to get to where they were. What a lot of people don’t realize is that these people gave it their heart and their soul throughout every single rep, throughout every single gym session, every single day, for weeks, months, years, decades to get to where they were.

That they weren’t just going through the motions, but they were going to break through all mental barriers to get to where they wanted to be.

That’s the difference between successful people and those that are not. I know a lot of people think that what they do in life is beneficial and then they get frustrated when they don’t see the results that they want that other people are getting.

You can say to yourself “Oh, I went to the gym today so I’m better off because of it.” But the question you have to ask yourself is, “What did I do in the gym today?” What did you do in the  gym today and how did you do it?

You can complain that you can’t build up your calf muscles or that you can’t get a nice set of abs or you can’t burn fat or your can’t burn muscle and it’s your genetics that’s preventing you from getting there.

It’s really not about the genetics as much as it is about the effort and doing the activity right.

This transfers throughout all things in life.

Whether it is working on your school work, or working on that business proposal at your job, or even the small things in life, like cleaning dishes, or cleaning the house, because if you can’t clean the house right, how are you expected to run a Fortune 500 company right? and all successful people understand that.

That they’re going to give it their all through out every single task that they do, because time is so precious.

They’re going to do it right.

I hope that you understand this concept of productivity a little bit better and ask yourself What are you going today?”

More importantly you need to ask yourself, “How are you going to do it?”

Aug 2012 24


To Win in the NFL

Aug 2012 14

Are You Really Going to ANY LENGTHS to Reach Your Goals?




There was a young man that wanted to make all this money, so he went to this guru.   He told the guru, “I want to be on the same level you are.” So the guru said, “If you want to be on the same level as I am, I will meet you tomorrow at the beach.” So the young man got there at 4 am and he’s all ready to rock and roll, got on a a suit, he should of worn shorts. So the old man grabs his hand and said, “How bad do you want to be successful?” The kid said, “Real bad.” The old man said, “Walk out into the water.” So he walks out into the water, watch this. He goes waist deep, this guy is crazy. I want to make money and he got me out here swimming. I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard, I want to make money. So he said to walk out a little further, up to his shoulders. This old man is crazy, he’s making money, but he’s crazy. He said to come out a little further, up to his mouth. This dude is out of his mind, I’m going back. The old man said, I thought you wanted to be successful. He said, I do. He said walk a little further. He came, the old man dropped his head in and held him down. Held him down just before he was a bout to pass out, he raised him up. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.

If any of you have asthma and you’re short of breath, you’re wheezing… the only thing you’re trying to do is to get some air. You don’t care about a basketball game or what’s on tv, anybody calling you, a party. The only thing you care about is trying to breathe and get some fresh air. When you get to the point where all you want to be is successful, as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful. I’m here to tell you #1, that most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad, you just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder then you want to party, you don’t want it more then to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep. Some of you want sleep more then you want success. I’m here to tell you today that if you want to be successful you need to be willing to give up sleep.  You got to be willing to work off of 2 hours, 3 hours of sleep. Some days you have to be willing to work off 3 days in a row of no sleep. Because if you go to sleep, you might miss the opportunity to be successful.

That’s how bad you gotta want it. Listen to me, you got to want to be successful so bad that you forget to eat. Beyonce said once she was on the set doing her thing, 3 days had gone by and she forgot she didn’t eat. She was engaged. I will never forget when 50 cent was doing his movie and 50 said when he wasn’t doing the movie, he was dong his soundtrack. And they said when do you sleep 50? He said, “Sleep? Sleep is for those people who are broke.  I don’t sleep. I have the opportunity to make a dream become a reality.”  You are already in pain, your already hurt, get a reward from it. Don’t go to sleep until you succeed. I am hear today to tell you can come here to can jump up and down, you can be excited when we give away money. but you will never be successful until I don’t have to give you a dime to be successful. You won’t be successful until you say, “I don’t need that money. ‘cuz I got it in here.”

So you thought it was the end of the story… you thought that just because the student was willing to be obedient to the guru. Not only wake up but meet him at the beach early in the morning. You thought that was enough? You thought that because he was willing to walk out into the deep of the ocean that was enough. The guru taught him that the secret to success is wanting it as bad as you want to breath.  You thought that was the end of the story. You thought that one single moment was enough for him to stand amongst the greats and make a dream a reality. Well you thought wrong. In fact that was the easy part, NOW, it’s time to redefine the grind. You thought it was over? Well, it’s just getting started. this is the part where life demands that you make a life long commitment, come hell or high water that you’re willing to pay the price. The full fare where you earn your spot with effort, with sweat, with blood, with tears. You say you want it as bad as you want to breathe.

Then it’s show time. It’s examination time. It times to get tested. Test your will, your endurance, to test your heart, to test your limits. this is the part where you reinvent yourself.  Sleep. I don’t sleep, you thought that was it? It goes deeper then going without sleep because you might miss the opportunity to succeed. Its about no days off. No weekends. No holidays. No Birthdays, listen to me, no days off. No half days, no snow days. It’s about gaining a competitive edge. It’s about separation. It’s abut separating yourself from the pack.  It’s about being a little faster, a little stronger.  A little faster then you were last year, last month, last week. In fact, you gotta be a little faster today then you were yesterday.

You can’t afford to make excuses when you’re in pain. and trust me you will feel it. You gotta go deep down beyond exhaustion. When its harder then you imagined it to be, when it takes longer then you thought it would take and when the load is heavier then you thought you could bare. And all you want to do is give up and give in and you thin you’re going to die. You have to take one more step, you gotta run one more lap, you gotta throw one more punch and you gotta fight back. You have to defeat disappointment, get rid of weakness, and punish the competition. It’s about pushing yourself beyond the limits. It’s about perfecting the YOU. Not just doing more, not just being better but finding your best. Its more then just wanting it as bad as you want to breathe. That’s not enough. You have to be willing to face every fear, climb every mountain, one step at a time, one day at a time, until you and only you are left standing. No one else or nothing in your way until you reach the top.


Aug 2012 11

Methamphetamine Substance Abuse Conference


Casper, Wyoming has taken a very  progressive approach to substance abuse throughout the community and in Wyoming. As part of the Wyoming substance abuse, meth amphetamine conference, Tony Mandarich was able to come in as a keynote speakers for our open public forum. It was a really enlightening opportunity to get to hear a story from someone who has experienced success and the pitfalls from substance abuse and addiction at the same time. His message is very powerful and it was enlightening. I know for myself, I learned a great amount of insight into the world of recovery. The efforts here in Casper, Wyoming on substance abuse has been a very broad based approach. We recognize that enforcement alone is not the solution for substance abuse, but it is a collective body of prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement to address these issues. Tony’s role in this was very powerful in his message. First of all, Tony is very humble, and passionate when he starts talking about his own experiences in his life. It was a chance to hear from him, who has experienced the pitfalls of this as well as the successes that he’s encountered. To share how, first of all, the way to approach it is one that can be very successful when you have the passion and the commitment that you’re going to stay with it. His message is far more then one that just addresses substance abuse.

There was a two-fold part to that, that I thought was very powerful.

The first part of it, dealing with substance abuse, which I thought was powerful and inspiring. He started talking about his own encounters, the mind set that took place to lead to the substance involvement that he got himself engaged with and it basically crippled his life and what it did in the aftermath. What was really inspiring was to hear that with recovery and through treatment, he was able to make the decision that it would not define him and the successes that he found following his sobriety and his recovery are very heartfelt and I think it would be inspiring for anybody to hear his story.

On top of that, the message is very important on just life in itself It doesn’t only refer to substance abuse, but his message is very important when he talks about setting goals, having determination, and having passion in life. Anybody that has a chance to listen to Tony to share his story knows without a doubt there is a lot of passion in that man. His humbleness as he talks about in his own emotions and feelings. The passion that shows when he talks about that  and what he did to overcome that and his commitment to stand up and take full accountability at the same time and not allow that to define the person he is today.

It was one of those things for me that I thought it was a great message, we were fortunate to have young members of our community present to hear his message. it was something that i think everybody walked out of there with an inspiring feeling  and the idea that no matter what that if you want to have successful outcomes through nothing but sheer sweat equity, through passion, commitment, and determination it can be done. I think Tony is a true reflection of what success can be if you set your mind to it.

In preparation for his time with us, I read the book he had published, “My Dirty Little Secrets”. A lot of the background of Tony, his life and what he dealt with in school and the professional world doesn’t really come out on the surface when you hear of Tony Mandarich. By reading that it gave you a lot more knowledge of who he is as a person and when you hear him speak on top of that, you can’t help but feel uplifted by it. It was one of those opportunities that I felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to him and I encourage anybody who is looking for a very positive message that success is possible in the substance abuse arena to take the opportunity to read his book and if you have the chance to hear his story, make that time. It truly reflects what the success is, what the requirements to be successful are and with that I think there is a very strong message for youth and our society that substance abuse doesn’t have to define us.

Jul 2012 27

As A Man Thinketh
May 2009 01



BFB: It’s amazing, you were talking about the transformation and you said you were beginning to grow uncomfortable with me. Was there a particular time or memento when you thought “This just isn’t me, I’m out of control, and i really ahem to change something here?”

Tony: There was. The core of me was always there and it was so much of the stuff leading up to the years to Green Bay and the years in Green Bay was show. It was to gather attention and create media hype to try to get as much leverage on my side that I could for negotiations or promotions, or whatever. It got to the point where I would almost take a step back and say this is really not me, this is not me, this is not what I believe in and it doesn’t come from my core principals, how I was brought up. You stray off the path and what increased that was getting involved with the drug and alcohol abuse.

BFB: It’s interesting because you think back to those days to the steroids accusations and that was the thing of the past, as I understand, when you got to the National Football League. At that point it was painkillers and alcohol that were the problems.

Tony: Yeah, absolutely. Even though 1989 was the last year I ever took steroids before the draft. In the NFL , I never ever took a steroid. Even though that was the case, the allegations and the history of the allegations always stuck with my name and in that transformation from college into the NFL, was the huge transformation into painkiller abuse and alcohol abuse. Everybody was focus don the steroid part and the reason I wasn’t successful In Green Bay was because of the lack of steroids, everybody was so focused on that , that they were missing the obvious. And the obvious was that I was taking anywhere from 30 to 70 painkillers a day and drinking. Steroids were so prevalent with my name that they weren’t seeing what was right in front of them.

BFB: Interesting that you mention that because I’m reading and thinking maybe with steroids, Green Bay might have been different as far as your playing ability there.

Tony: That’s a good question. I don’t know if the painkiller and alcohol addiction would have taken off as quickly as when I got off the steroids. I imagine at some point in my life it would have taken off, whether it would have been accelerated or decelerated, I don’t know. I had replaced the one addiction of steroids abuse with the painkiller and alcohol abuse when I had stopped the steroids.

BFB: Author of the book, My Dirty Little Secrets: Steroids, Alcohol, and God, The Tony Mandarich Story. The book is available on, you can go to Tony’s website at to order your book. It really is a transformation and you said you had people there who helped you. You went into AA and people were willing to help you, rehab people were willing to help you. You want to turn around and do the same thing for other people. It’s very inspirational. It’s a book that may give you the motivation to get away from an addiction. Speaking of the addiction, so many people don’t understand the nature of that. You talk about the first time you got shot up with a painkiller and the rush you got. You said the first one is the best and the rest of them are sort of chasing that initial feeling that you had.

Tony: That’s exactly the perfect description for it. That first one was so euphoric and mad you feel so good, numb in a good way. Any problems that your had melted away in your mind even though the problems are still there. You start to think if I take one and it makes me feel like this, well if I take two it will make me feel twice as good and that’s how addiction works. If one is good, two is better, and three is even better. For three years I chased that first injection and I finally came to the point that I felt that it was the injection that was the problem. I thought that I should get off the injection and just take oral painkillers. It was going from a 9 mm gun to a 357 to a shotgun, it was like choose your choice of shooting yourself in the foot. They’re all doing the same result, it’s just a different method of doing it.

BFB: So many people understand that what I am doing is ruining me and this is bad, how do they sot. A lot of people can’t do that. they know they should’t be doing what they’re doing, but they can’t really put a stop to it. What was it that made you decide you’re going to straighten your life out?

Tony: Two words I would say are unmanageable and pain that become a motivation. When I say pain, I was in physical pain, emotional pain, lack of anything spiritual. I had blamed everybody else for my problems, except for me. I would blame my parents, my brother, the media,the Packers, it didn’t matter who it was. I had all the answers, at least I thought I had all the answers. Why have I had all this bad luck for all these years? You start to realize that I’m the common denominator in all the problems. That’s when you hope you start to see the light. Maybe I don’t have all the answers. maybe I need to start to listening to other people. It came down to my life being totally unmanageable and it came down to pain and and how painful it was to live the way I was living.

BFB: I’m amazed at this statistic. In AA, basically one in forty that try to break the addiction actually maintain their sobriety. The odds are against them. The odds are against you.

Tony: Absolutely. That was the statistic that they had read to us and that was now 14 years ago, I’m sure there is updated statistics. they could be worse, they could be better, I don’t know. All I know is that when I heard that statistic is that there is no reason why that one can’t be me. That’s the way I looked at it when I tried to make it to the NFL . At the age of 11, I had such a passion for football that I said if there was anything I want to be when I grow up, it’s that I want to play in the NFL. It’s just a matter of focus and the odds were huge against me to make it to the NFL, it’s huge for anybody to make it. Now you even have more against you because you live in Canada. How many Canadians have made it? The style of football is different, the coaching is different, Canadian football isn’t as big as American high school football or college or pro. Canada focuses on hockey and the US moor eon the NFL. I had even more going against me and I just kind of reflected back, there is no reason why that one can’t be me. I had huge odds against me to make it to the NFL and I was the second pick, let alone to even make it.

BFB: Speaking of that second pick, you were after Troy Aikman, you were ahead of Derek Thomas, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders at that point. Taken number two, I think the most money ever paid to an offensive lineman, taken by Green Bay and I think we all know the story. You called it a village, you didn’t want to be there and looking back, if you had been taken by Dallas or the big media centers, where you could have flourished, New York, would it have made any difference?

Tony: It probably would have made a difference n the way that I handled media, although I think I would have been on the same path of destruction, self destruction no matter where I went because it was me, it was me that was the problem. That being said ad you could have put me in Australia and I would have still had the same problems.

BFB: You go to AA, I have to make a mends, I watch football, I think I can still play, I think that I can go back and this time do it right. And then you have this dilemma, it was the football arena that brought on these problem on in the first place. How difficult was it to weigh out that you want to go back and do it right, but this is where I had all my problems in the first place.

Tony: That was a huge, huge concern for me. Around football, around any professional sport, professional football is rig tup there with the favorites, you have money you have fame and with all that comes scamming people, certain people that you have to watch out for that are trying to take advantage of you or put you in situations that are not good. Whatever they may be. In my case, it was the arena of the drinking and the access to the painkillers and you have a lot of leverage and a lot of pull in general society if you’re a professional and if you’re not. The motive for coming back was to make the amends and play football the right way and keep my mouth shut. My concerns were that I was going back into the arena where I did all my nonsense and I was scared about slipping back into that. My sponsor in the program and other long time sober people, meaning over 30 to 40 years sober had basically said to me that I didn’t get sober to sit on my butt and live in a cave, they were like as long as your spiritual foundation is strong and you surround yourself with the right people, you can go anywhere and do anything. They basically said you got sober to do this and to do it right. Spread the message of recovery where it is appropriate and i felt that I did that. After that week of consultation with those friends, I did what they said. They were sober for that many years for a reason because they knew what they were doing. they knew what to do and what not to do. I took their suggestions and I applied them and they worked.

BFB: Indianapolis gives you a chance. Must have seen something there. What was it like on the sidelines when your there reborn in the national football league when basically 18 months before that, you were so out of it that you couldn’t get off the couch?

Tony: It was an unbelievable moment of gratitude. Because like you had described and how its described in the book, 18 months prior to that, I could not get off the couch, it was a struggle to shower once a week, it was too much work. Now I’m back on the NFL field doing something that I have a passion for that have worked my whole life and the best part about it is that I’m doing it sober and the last time I had played in a football game sober was my senior year of high school in 1983, here we were in 1996. One word to describe it is gratitude for the sobriety and for the people that gave me the chance to come back and play, all the people at the Colts organization. Because they didn’t have to., but they did, and I wasn’t going to let that chance slip away.

Apr 2009 13

The NFL, Drug Abuse, Redemption, and SEO – The Tony Mandarich Story

by Patrick Gavin on April 13, 2009

When researching a potential SEO related domain purchase recently I found the owner of the domain to be Tony Mandarich.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out that yes it was the former top NFL lineman prospect, and #2 overall draft pick in the 1989 NFL draft.  After more research I found that Tony is now running an internet marketing company in Scottsdale, Arizona.  How many SEO’s played in the NFL or were on the front cover of Sports Illustrated not once but twice?  Tony recently released a book discussing his life story which is one of steroids, drug and alcohol addiction which caused a shortened NFL career, and ultimately recovery (he is now 15 years sober) and running a successful internet marketing business.  Here is my interview with Tony:  [read more…..]

Mar 2009 17

This is an interview with Juanita Watson & Tony Mandarich.

The interview is about 40 minutes long.


Today, Tyler R. Tichelaar of Reader Views is pleased to interview former pro football player Tony Mandarich, who is here to discuss his new book “My Dirty Little Secrets: Steroids, Alcohol and God, The Tony Mandarich Story.”

Tony Mandarich was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the son of Croatian immigrants who instilled in him a grit and determination to accomplish the impossible. Tony grew up with a love for football, and decided early in his life that he would play professionally. After a highly successful and nationally publicized collegiate career at Michigan State University, Tony was drafted number two overall in 1989 by the Green Bay Packers. The hype about being “the best offensive line prospect ever,” along with Tony’s addictions, was more than he could live up to, and his life came crashing down around him. After three more years of alcohol and painkiller abuse, Tony accepted the hand of God, went into treatment and now considers it a privilege to be able to help other addicts and alcoholics when called upon. Tony and his wife, Charlavan, have four children; they own and operate Mandarich Media Group, LLC, in Scottsdale, AZ, a full-service web media business specializing in web site development and optimization, video production, photography and Internet marketing.

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Mar 2009 16

Fox Sports Interviews Tony Mandarich About His Book


Brian: Hi, I’m Brian Webber, Tony Mandarich was the number 2 overall pick by the Packers in 1989, but his promising career fell apart after only 6 seasons he’s written a book detailing his life called, “My Dirty Little Secrets: Steroids, Alcohol, & God. The Tony Mandarich Story” Tony you wrote in the book that you stopped using steroids once you got to the NFL, why did you make that decision?

Tony: Well the main reason was the way I was getting away with it in college was not going to work in the NFL because their drug testing policy was random, 12 months a year. And in college it was if you made a bowl game, you got tested, if you didn’t make a bowl game, you didn’t get tested.

Brian: How were you able to pass a drug test in the 1988 Rose Bowl?

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March 14, 2009

Whether you are a football fan, someone concerned about addictions, or you just like a good success story, Tony
Mandarich’s newly published memoir “My Dirty Little Secrets—Steroids, Alcohol & God” is a rewarding and eye-opening
reading experience.

In 1989, after an incredible football career playing for Michigan State, Tony Mandarich was the number two draft pick
for the NFL and chosen by the Green Bay Packers. Who could forget the picture of him on Sports Illustrated that spring,
showing his incredible muscular build at 6’6” and 315 pounds, and the declaration that he was “The Best Offensive Line
Prospect Ever”? It looked like Tony might become the greatest NFL player ever. Tony was on top of the world! But Tony
had some dirty little secrets. For years he had been using steroids to increase his performance. He also had an
addiction to alcohol and painkillers. He hid those secrets well, but in his memoir he now tells his complete story
honestly, with all his mistakes and regrets laid bare for readers, not merely for sensation to sell books, but to show
how he turned his life around and to give hope to others suffering from addictions.

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