Buckhead resident Doug Grady, 43, was in the midst of a midlife crisis when he had his breakthrough, which led to the creation of his book “The Ripple Effect,” published earlier this spring.
“I was stuck in my pain,” Grady said. “And I finally just had a moment; I just prayed to be the man God wanted me to be. That was the turning point for me.”
Grady was struggling financially and he found him-self floundering in his self-pity.
“Before, I was just whining and complaining about my life not being what I wanted it to be, waiting for someone to come save me,” he said.
Then, Grady made a promise to himself to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day and write one thing down about how it made a differ-ence.
Before he knew it, Grady created his “ripple effect.”
“That’s what the ripple effect is; making one simple choice that’s consistent with the person I wanted to be and wasn’t being.”
And he let go of bad habits, tendencies and people contributing to his downward spiral.
“I got closer to my faith, got back in my church and I started to turn my ship around.”
In “The Ripple Effect,” one of the chapters is titled “Do it Anyway,” something his father Donald used to tell him.
“It’s all connected, Doug’s ‘Do it Anyway’ concept,” said Grady’s client and long-time friend Stuart Canzeri, who started his own ripples with reading Proverbs every morning.
“I didn’t want to get up 30 minutes early but it’s now helped me to enhance my life financially and in my relationships,” Canzeri said. “Sometimes you don’t want to stop, listen and take those extra 10 minutes to enhance a relationship but you do it anyway.”
Aside from being an author, Grady is a professional speaker, musician and president of High Achievers Net-work, a training company.
“My mission is to help people embrace lifestyle achievements we really try to get under the surface and it really helps them to grow professionally and personally.”
He trains with clients twice a week at YourDay Gym on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Grady said he has nearly 30 people signed up to run a Tough Mudder race in October, which is a part of the High Achiever’s membership package. The Tough Mudder is a 10- to 12-mile race with an obstacle course.
“This is a way for me to basically plug in with other people and let them experience what I experienced,” Grady said. “If I can go into a gym and sweat and struggle with someone, sometimes it’s easier to help them grow in their life.”