Burt Dubin has experienced peaks and valleys in his life.
The valleys are failed business ventures that twice resulted in him going broke.
But he also has known two "awakenings" that have helped him become the successful speaker and educator of speakers he is today.
His first awakening came in 1975 while living in Malibu, Calif.
Life had lost its meaning and purpose and seemed like "an empty shell with no egg," Dubin said.
He began taking courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, in psychology, philosophy, religion, and history.
"I did a lot of beach bumming during a two-year, introspective period of my life," he said.
"I knew I had to share life lessons with the world, so I started the Personal Achievement Institute."
Dubin, who was born in Philadelphia and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., said he taught achievement principles for four years after founding Personal Achievement Institute in October 1978.
Two of his better-known students were Jack Canfield, who wrote the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books; and John Gray, author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus."
He went broke the first time in 1982 and got a job with Dible Management Development Systems, instructing corporate managers how to manage better before that company went broke in 1986.
But he heard speaker Joseph J.
Charbonneau in 1984 utter a phrase that changed his life, Dubin said.
"He said if you want to be a master, study what the masters have done before you, learn to do what they have done, have the guts to do it, and you will be a master, too," Dubin said.
He took the advice to heart and within one year his speaking fees went from $500 to $750 per engagement to $3,000 to $6,000, Dubin said.
In 1989, Dubin experienced his second awakening.
"I realized I had no right to share wisdom with one audience at a time," he said.
"I had to begin showing other speakers how to do it."
That is when he became an educator of speakers.
Anyone can become a successful public speaker if that individual has a message in the heart, something spiritual in his or her life, the principles to stand before others and share, and hears a calling from within to do it, Dubin said.
Keith Harrell, who lives in Atlanta, is a graduate of his training, Dubin said.
Harrell travels worldwide as a speaker and earns roughly $1.6 million per year, he said.
Dubin regularly speaks in Australia, Canada and England.
But he considers Sedona his spiritual home and now is creating one program on annuity building secrets to be delivered during a seminar there scheduled for Jan.
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He scheduled another program on classic methods for teaching speakers to be given Jan.
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Dubin's commitment to influencing the lives of other people dates back to a period between 1960 and 1972 when he sold property in Golden Valley as an independent contractor.
He came to realize that life was not about making money but positively influencing other people, he said.
"I now show people how to be successful speakers, whether they speak in a hall, auditorium or ballroom," Dubin said.
"This is a business, and many people don't realize it's one where you can make a lot of money."
Dubin has lived in Kingman since November 1991 when he moved here from Santa Monica, Calif.
He said he moved to Kingman because it is on the road to Sedona, where he does live programs and one day wants to live.
In his spare time, Dubin enjoys listening to classic, jazz and swing music, trail hiking and sculpture.
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