About Brad


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.


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