Motivational Speaker Hosts Book Signing and Tour Upon Release of First Book

Monday, 05 November 2012 23:38 Written by  Kim Shine

Growing up in the inner-city of Grand Rapids, Mich., Kris Mathis says he had a few mentors. There weren’t many who sheltered his eyes from drugs, gangs and violence, and even less who explained to him the power of dreams. Through his love of reading and his strong faith, Kris eventually discovered his path. Yet, as a motivational speaker and now as an author, he never imagined a life so fulfilling.

Despite the many challenges he faced — his father’s addictions, unsteady employment, a paralyzing sickness, the Michigan native never lost sight of his goals.

“I had to use what I was after as motivation,” Kris says. “There is no way to avoid potholes. It’s about preparing yourself.”

In his first book, From Success to Significance – The 8 Keys to Achieving any Goal or Dream, the author shares the eight “ingredients” that allowed him to overcome adversity and live his dreams.

As he and co-author Shannon L. Harris detail his journey, they hope readers are inspired to have faith in their own goals and that they will eventually acquire “significance.”

The “success to significance” begins with the motivational speaker’s “winning recipe,” and uses Chapter 1’s The Reality Check: We All Need One to set a strict, yet warm tone. He details three groups of people — winners, losers and contenders and explains why success is or is not achieved. For some, this chapter may be a tough read, but self-examination is crucial to the author’s message. To him, it’s a part of overcoming one’s personal challenges.

“I did not want people to get that ‘rah rah’ feeling after reading my book, and in 24 hours they’re back to the reality of their lives,” Kris says. “I want you to get excited, but you need to know how to maintain in the tough times.”

Since 2007, his message has reached thousands of individuals in more than 59 countries. In addition to his speaking engagements, Kris shared his experiences on many television and radio shows throughout the country through social media efforts and newsletters.

On Nov. 15, Kris will host a book signing to debut his manuscript at the Barnes & Noble store in Grand Rapids. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Our Communities Children and Arbor Circle, two Grand Rapids non-profit organizations. Kris is also developing a 40-city tour to promote his book that will kick off in 2013.

“I’m very excited,” Kris says, about his upcoming events. “I’m really looking forward to connecting and sharing my message with the world.”

To connect with Kris Mathis or his co-author, Shannon L. Harris for bookings or more information on From Success to Significance — The 8 Keys to Achieving Any Goal or Dream, email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also visit Kris’ website or contact Kris by phone at 616.633.4939.


 Kim Shine

Kim Shine

Kim Shine is a GlossMagazineOnline (GMO) staff writer. A multimedia journalist, she has reporting experience in entertainment journalism, health and local reporting. Kim is currently pursuing her MS in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has written for Medill News Service, the Northwest Indiana Times, Level-Up Magazine and Chicago Hip Hop Connects.

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