Tom Ufert Never Says “I Can’t”

Tom Ufert's glass is always half-full and he hopes that his book will help others to feel that way.

Tom Ufert’s glass is always half-full and he hopes that his book will help others to feel that way.

Editor’s Note: 46 year old Tom Ufert of Haltom City, Texas was on his way toward a political career and had everything in the world going for him. In baseball, if you make three strikes, you’re out. But in life there is no set amount of tragedy you can have in your life and still be successful. Ufert has written the soon to be published book, “Adversity Builds Character – A Second Chance,” in which he describes three major disabilities that he’s had to deal with in the last 20 years. Part 5 of a 5 part series.

Tom Ufert’s life has been riddled with difficulty, disappointment, pain and discouragement. But, he’s never accepted the idea of, “I can’t.” He’s discovered there are many things he can do to help and inspire others, and that’s his mission. Ufert explains, “My book, ‘Adversity Builds Character – A Second Chance,’ will be published this fall. My purpose for writing this book is to give people hope and inspiration and to show them that they can survive – no matter what type of adversity comes their way.” Ufert believes that one not only gets a second chance, but that every time you fail, every time you have a disappointment, every time you face adversity, even if you don’t succeed, you’ll always have another opportunity to try again.

He also believes the saying, “This is the last straw,” is untrue. There’s always another way out, another way to succeed, another way to give back and another way to help mankind, if you only search for that next chance. In his book, he explains how hard times, troubles and physical handicaps can make you stronger rather than weaker, when you begin to consider what you can do instead of what you can’t do. Through his writing, Ufert wants to show and explain how to see the cup always as half-full instead of half-empty. His life has been an example of rebounding from tragedy. Ufert explains, “We’re hoping for a release of the book in either mid or late fall of 2012. To know more about my book, go to my website at”

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at

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