About Brad Barton
He's an honors graduate, NCAA All-American
and a 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier. He served ten years
as a Prevention Specialist, developed substance abuse and violence
prevention programs, and received recognition from the governor
of Utah. He's a master magician and a member of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians, so he can convince you to believe in
something, even if you don't see it.
Long before he learned his first card trick,
Brad Barton was an 85-pound high school freshman with learning
disabilities and terrible self-esteem. It took the insights of
one coach to spot the potential hidden inside Brad's awkward frame.
One mentor was all it took to make the difference in his life,
and in time Brad would grow to learn how he could return the favor.
Armed with an athletic scholarship and a relentless sense of determination,
Brad achieved immediate success in college athletics and academics.
He also continued to seek out the guidance of strong mentors,
who would push him to reach beyond his perceived limits. He was
1991 Weber State University Athlete of the Year, he earned NCAA
All-American honors, and was nationally ranked in the 3000 meter
steeplechase. Brad graduated in 1991 with Cum Laude honors and
served as adjunct faculty for three years.
In 1992, Brad accepted a position with Weber
County Human Services in Ogden, Utah. Eager to challenge some
of the most difficult issues facing his community, Brad introduced
innovations that revitalized existing programs. He also recognized
populations with minimal access to services and developed programs
and materials to meet their needs.
Now, a decade later, Brad still lives in Ogden
with his wife of 12 years and their four children. Only now, Brad
shares his principles for success with volunteers, managers, and
business professionals across the country. He teaches that his
own success was not a trick of fate or dumb luck, but a deliberate
course of continual self-reflection, determination, and service.
As an athlete, Brad illustrates how even the smallest idea, or
person, can unlock tremendous power and unlimited possibility.
As an entrepreneur, Brad shows how to overcome self-defeating
illusions in the workplace. And as a master magician, Brad shows
how reality is not always what it seems and that we all have the
power to create true magic.
Even if you don't see it.