Russian Bear, Journey to Mr. America
This light hearted and easy to read story chronicles the life of Val Vasilef - world class athlete, entrepreneur, entertainer, celebrity and winner of over 80 physique, power and weightlifting awards including Mr. America. This tale picks up with Val at the age of 8 and reads like a modern day 'super-hero' success story. It uncovers the step by step journey out of early poverty and financial hardship to resounding success, intriguing romance and the building of an opulent mansion as a result of creativity, positive attitude, diligence, focus and hard work. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will find a barrel full of entertaining fun, inspiration and helpful life and health advice from someone who is living the proverbial American dream and invites readers to join in.
Editorial Reviews About the Author New York native Val Vasilef is a world class athlete and sports performance title holder having won over 80 physique, power and weightlifting awards and titles including Mr. America. He s also an accomplished television entertainer, entrepreneur, health researcher, product innovator, visionary and all around inspirational personality. His impressive physique has graced the covers of multiple health and wellness magazines including Tomorrow s Man, Muscular Development, Strength and Health and Iron Man. As a Naturopathic Doctor and recognized sports fitness expert, he has been a contributing author to many publications including Longevity, Strength and Health and newspapers nationally and internationally. He is President
of Health Is Wealth Natural Foods in Williamstown, NJ and Val Vasilef Vitol Products, a natural health and body-building supplements provider in Bradenton, FL.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful Russian Bear, Journey to Mr. America By Chuck Mirabile on July 11, 2011 Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase Thoroughly enjoyed this author's biography! A truly inspirational story of a man achieving great success through hard work and determination!!! What America was always about!!! Great strength, both physical and spiritual!!! I highly recommend this book to everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful THE JOURNEY TO MR. AMERICA---VAL VASILEF By BOILERMAKER BOB on June 19, 2011 Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase EXCELLENT STORY OF THE OPPORTUNITY PROVIDED BY LIVING IN AMERICA, AND THE TOUGH PIONEERING PEOPLE WE USED TO PRODUCE IN AMERICA.A REAL "HORATIO ALGER" STORY WITH MANY GOOD MORAL LESSONS STREWN IN BETWEEN THE STORY LINE.THIS GUY, VAL VASILEF,WAS THE ORIGINAL "FONZ" THAT USED TO BE ON THE TV SHOW "HAPPY DAYS".ONLY HE WAS IN REAL LIFE.NOT A MADE UP CHARACTER,BUT THE REAL DEAL. ANYONE READING THIS BOOK SHOULD BE ASTOUNDED AT THE POWER OF SHEER WILL,AND THE DISTANCE TOWARD SUCCESS ONE CAN TRAVEL BY SHEER DETERMINATION.THIS INDIVIDUAL WOULD NOT ALLOW HIMSELF TO BE BROKEN BY POVERTY,CLASS DISTINCTION,OR LOSS OF BOTH PARENTS AT A YOUNG AGE.A TRULY AMAZING STORY!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Light-Hearted & "Easy-to-Read" Success Story By Divinorum on June 8, 2011 Format: Paperback It's not often that books come along that are as easy to read as this. If you happen to like success stories and enjoy seeing the 'underdog' win through determination, vision and commitment, then you'll enjoy this easy read. The author lays out the path of his life, the early struggles and the sequence of events that led up to him winning the "Mr. America" title and subsequently creating two successful businesses. My youngest son picked up and read the book after I finished it and it had the unforeseen effect of motivating him to start doing more in the way of physical fitness.
The book treats even the early stressful times of the author's life in a gentle way and is overall lighthearted reading. The many pictures add a colorful photo narrative such that if you enjoy inspirational success stories of 'how I did it,' along with details of the right attitudes to have for your own successes, you'll enjoy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful Real Life Inspiration By Sam1982 on March 29, 2011 Format: Paperback Journey to Mr. America is an amazing story! Val takes us back to his childhood where he begins to elaborate on a tradgic situation that hurtled his family into poverty. As he describes some day to day events we get see what a challenege obtaining even their basics needs have become, but against all odds and ridicule by some people he overcomes hardships along with the wisdom and determination instilled by his mother. It doesn't end with personal success either, at the tender age of 17 Val goes on to create jobs for others and with the same philanthropic attitude he wishes that his book will help us realize our dreams as well! A true rags to riches story that will make you laugh, cry, and remember that anything is possible!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful STRENGTH, COURAGE AND HOPE By woodenships on March 26, 2011 Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase What a heartwarming and inspiring personal story of a man who makes it possible to work hard and work smart at what you believe in and YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. Val certainly did! I enjoyed his book so much! After I would read part of it I would be determined to put my nose to the grindstone and work my business and as the saying goes, you get out of what you put into something and Val has certainly reaped what he he has sewn! This book is something everyone should read to encourage and inspire people, children to adults that they can persue a dream and make it happen. Thank you Val for sharing your strength (not meant as a pun!) courage and hope.
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