“I’ve known Ron Klein for more than 30 years, but didn’t know many of his accomplishments until I read “The Grandfather of Possibilities” because he’d rather be working, cycling or spending time with his family than talking about himself. In a business culture filled with self-promotion, it’s refreshing to know there are still quiet innovators out there who let their achievements speak for themselves. Ron has long been a critical touchstone for me, and he has a gift for conveying wisdom by homing in on the precise challenge others are facing, a richly-needed attribute in today’s climate. From the streets of Philadelphia to Wall Street, from Korea to the bicycle routes of the Florida coast, Arlene Klein’s portrait of her husband is a subtle but inspirational look at the most fascinating pioneer you’ve never heard of.”
Eric Dezenhall, author and CEO of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd.
Adoring encouragement, January 2, 2009
Reviewed by Dr. Michael Philliber for RebeccasReads.com (12/08)
There are love letters, and there are works of love. Arlene Klein has given us a work of love with “The Grandfather of Possibilities: Inventor – Entrepreneur – Athlete”. This little, 98-page piece, is truly an inspirational biography about the author’s husband, Ron Klein. There is no doubt that Arlene Klein adores her husband, and there is no doubt that Ron Klein is a brilliant and resourceful man.
Better than any stone memorial or statue, Arlene Klein has skillfully written of the achievements of her husband, bringing out the radiance of his can-do attitude, his inventiveness, his love for her, their children and grandchildren, their Yorkshire Terriers, and life itself. “The Grandfather of Possibilities: Inventor – Entrepreneur – Athlete” is a short read that would take the average person no longer than two hours to accomplish, but it will be a fun, stirring, uplifting two hours.
If you’re looking for a break from the plastic novels, depressing news journals, and brain-crushing technical material, then I would recommend taking a short jaunt into the peaceful waters of “The Grandfather of Possibilities: Inventor – Entrepreneur – Athlete” for a little R and R for your soul. And the next time you use your credit card, you’ll happily remember Ron Klein, and his sunny “Yes I can” outlook. Thanks Arlene.
I just have three words for this book. WOW! WOW! WOW! On a scale of 1-5 this book is a 10. It is amazing to read about such a gifted can do man. Ron Klein is someone who won't give up, and can't or never is not in Ron's vocabulary. Ron has accomplished so much in his life, that when I hear the word can't, I just want to say you have never experienced Ron Klein's can do attitude. Here is a man that is in constant pain, but he never gives in, he just continues to do extraordinary things. This book is for everyone who needs a pick-me-up fresh start. Arlene you have done an excellent job writing this book.
Michael Monji, author of "Does It Pay To Die?", a do-it-yourself living trust workbook.
||Arlene's Klein's 50th Anniversary Gift to her husband Ron, May 23, 2009
The Grandfather of Possibilities: Inventor - Entrepreneur - Athlete
"Have a passion for what you do" is one of Ron Klein's 14 Life Lessons at the conclusion of this inspirational book by his wife, Arlene. For my entire life as a teacher that is the one lesson I have tried to impart to all my students. Being wealthy, famous, or powerful is meaningless without having a life of passion for what you do.
Arlene Klein wrote the most wonderful story I have read in my life. This is not an exaggeration. I believe her story about Ron has changed my view of life's challenges.
She describes a man with an attitude that is both passionate and confident. Ron is a genius who has invented things that you might take for granted because they are part of your life. He has always viewed life as a challenge to embrace, never to fear. All the self-help books ever written can be summed by learning of Ron's life and achievements.
I have to admit I got a little shy about writing this review. Then I thought to myself, "What did I learn from the book?" The words began flowing here and I believe honestly that reading this book has changed me forever.
You discover that Arlene and Ron are two people made of the same stock. They both love animals, family, and each other. Arlene introduces us to a man of incredible talent suffering with enormous pain due to an incurable back injury.
At 73 years old Ron has met adversity and overcome it. He has invented things you use and hear about every day. Ron became a Florida Senior Olympian winning numerous titles after logging in 130,000 miles of bicycle riding in 12 years. Yes!!!! You read that number right. It is not a misprint. For most people in their sixties life is a time of slowing down and enjoying retirement.
Ron is the man who has redefined what a well lived life looks like and what retirement should embrace. He might just be the model for the future baby boomers who don't know what to do next when they reach retirement age.
This is a book of love. It describes both Ron and Arlene's love for dogs over their lifetime. It shows their love for people. Fiinally, and most importantly it is gift of love from Arlene to Ron for their fifty years of loving each other.
I must say that if Oprah Winfrey wants to show the world two beautiful people who can inspire us to a better life, she better put her bid in to interview Ron and Arlene. I know in my heart that in a short time somebody will.
Read this book. Reread it again. Give a copy to a friend out of love. Frame Ron's Lesson's For Life and keep a copy nearby.
|Ron Klein is truly a "one of a kind!" His incredible perspective on life will inspire you and empower you for greater success in your personal and professional endeavors. I recommend you listen to Ron and learn from him as I have done! It will change your life!!!!"
----Willie Jolley, Award Winning Speaker and Best Selling Author of
A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback!
I just read “Grandfather of Possibilities,” the story of Ron Klein, inventor, entrepreneur, artist, musician, creator and indestructible man of good humor. His life demonstrates how to see and turn possibilities into realities. This biography, excellently written by his wife, Arlene, will inspire you to turn your possibilities into realities.
----Patricia Tway, Ph. D.
Anthropologist, author, co-founder of Woodmere China, Inc. and designer of the private china for President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and the official china for the Vice Presidents House in Washington, D.C.
"Timeless life lessons... The Grandfather of Possibilities reminds us through his life story that it's not through extraordinary impossibilities, nepotism, or large investors that create success in life. Success is created by understanding that success is just like a seed, if you plant it and water it, it will grow beyond your imagination!”
----Robert C. McMillan, CEO of Vitamins For The Mind - Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur
The Title Says It All!, March 2, 2009
An inspirational memoir, February 6, 2009
Some people think excelling in one area is simply not enough. "The Grandfather of Possibilities" is the story of Ron Klein. Ron Klein, voted 2003's athlete of the year, well past what most people would consider the prime of their lives, is also an entrepreneur and inventor. Multi-talented and undeterred even still, "The Grandfather of Possibilities" is an inspirational memoir that encourages people to not believe in the word 'can't'.
The Grandfather of Possibilities title tells it like it is. Too often in today's society we look at what we can't do, can't have, can't, can't can't...
This book is an inspiration for those who can't and those who want to and those who dream, but aren't sure what to do next. Dream big, dream small, dream...but more than that this book inspires us to follow those dreams and DARE.
Ron Klein not only saw the possiblities, but turned them into realities. He teaches by his very life. This is a must give gift to some young person in your life. A gift to give to someone who you would like to see inspired to DARE and DREAM and DO.
If nothing else, copy down Ron Klein's Lessons for LIfe at the end of the book and frame it and then read it every day!!
Extraordinary read, March 18, 2009
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views
The author has presented an incredible, inspirational book for readers. This is the true story of one man who never let anything get in his way - he met his life challenges head-on and inspired others to do the same.
As I read this book about Ron Klein, it reminded me so much of my own father. Mr. Klein never had an unkind word to say about anyone, he would give the shirt off his back to help others and he wasn't pretentious. He had a creative mind and was very artistic.
As an inventor and someone who could fix anything, Ron was in heaven never having an idle moment in his life. He loved every challenge and encouraged his own children and spouse to find their challenges.
His wife Arlene wrote this book about Ron. Every so often he will add his own thoughts as to why he did or didn't do something. It really was like sitting down and having a conversation with both people.
The words were easy to read and any reader could relate these experiences of the Klein family to their own. After finishing "The Grandfather of Possibilities" by Arlene Klein I felt very uplifted.
a can do book
this book serves as an inspiration to all who say i can't. if the grangfather can do it so we at least can try. this man is someone who sees challenges and responds to them. he does not let them deter him. today we say think out of the box in solving challenges. this grandfather has done that all his life. a good read for all ages.
, June 3, 2009
|Amazing life, so inspiring! Delightful reading., January 8, 2009
Such an inspiring life and so delightfully written. I enjoyed every minute of it.
|| The Grandfather of Possibilities, November 25, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and truly kept my attention. What an inspiration Ron Klein is to others! His positive attitude and thirst for learning enables him to achieve whatever he sets out to do. I felt his "Lessons for Life" can be beneficial information for anyone.
Grandfather of Possibilities, December 16, 2008
For me, Ron Klein has and always will be an inspiration. Arlene wrote beautifully and with such love about her husband. Anyone who knows them, are aware how inspirational Ron is. Those who are looking for inspiration in their life, Arlene's book of Ron's life shows what "positive attitude" can bring to one's self and family. DMT
An Inspiration, November 23, 2008
I have known Ron for many years. He has inspired and taught many to succeed in spite of their problems. Arlene has done an excellent job in telling his story. George Renner Retired NYSE