Can I Get a Do Over?: Unforgettable Stories of Second Chances and Life Makeovers

Can I Get a Do Over?: Unforgettable Stories of Second Chances and Life Makeovers

by Rick Domeier, Max Davis

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ISBN-13: 9780757392160
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 485,860
File size: 439 KB

About the Author

Rick Domeier has spent the last sixteen years as a host on national television—all of it "live and unscripted"--and has been called the "hardest working man on television" by CNBC. As a senior host on QVC, Rick has worked with countless celebrities and entrepreneurs, including Joan Rivers and RachaelRay. He is the recipient of QVC's Ace Award, QEmmy, and the Cornerstone Award, the Network's highest honor. Rick has appeared on every major broadcast network. A Communications major at St. Cloud State and graduate of the Professional Drama Program at SCR in Costa Mesa, CA, he is married and has two sons. Visit

Max Davis holds degrees Journalism and Theology. He is the author of sixteen books and has been featured on The Today Show, USA Today, and The 700 Club. In addition to his own works, Max has done numerous collaboration and ghostwriting projects. He is also a sought after speaker and media personality. Visit him at

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It was a hot, humid day in August, and the sun was beating down on our driveway. The neighborhood basketball game was tied. My two sons, Nick and Josh, were on opposite teams, their competitive spirit alive and well. Elbows were flying and bodies were being shoved. It was getting intense, especially for me, the sweating, frazzled dad trying to referee. Was this a basketball game or a wrestling match? A quick pass, a missed shot, more elbowing and shoving for the rebound and . . .

Bam! Smack!

'Ouch! Hey, no fair!'

'Dad, he hit me in the face! That's a foul!'

'No way! I was going for the ball!'

'What's the call, Dad?'

Too much mayhem. Ref didn't see it. Silence. Thinking.


. . . More silence from a very confused referee.

Finally, in a burst of true brilliance, my son Nick spoke up: 'Can I get a do over?'

As a kid growing up in Minnesota, I remember games like that. Whether it was backyard softball, freeze tag, or kick the can (remember kick the can?!), inevitably there was a moment when someone would yell out, 'Hey, can I get a do over?!' At that point, the game stopped, a conference was held, and cases were pleaded. Finally, someone (usually my friend Walt, the oldest, biggest kid) would say, 'Okay, do over.'

For that brief period in time the slate was wiped clean, the past forgotten, and permission was granted to try again. With newfound confidence and resilience, we jumped back into the game, more determined than ever to give it our best shot.

We were like that as kids—resilient, confident, and determined. We weren't afraid to 'go for it' again. As time passed, however, we progressed from board games like Monopoly and LIFE (with make-believe money, plastic people, and pretend consequences), to the real game of LIFE (with real money, real people—okay, a few plastic people as well—and very real consequences).

Do we need to do an in-depth analysis of the various challenges we have faced over the last few years? I don't think so. Financial setbacks, the declining economy, job layoffs, record numbers of home foreclosures, strained relationships, too little sleep, stress, divorce, and oh, yeah, obesity. As my dad's favorite comedian Henny Youngman used to say, 'And that's the good news!' Let's face it. It's depressing. Just watching CNN can make you want to crawl back into bed and roll over instead of do over.

I've always considered myself a positive person. I was blessed with extraordinary parents who grew up during the Great Depression. My late father fought for our freedom in World War II. So his old-school phrases like 'enjoy the little things in life' and 'see the glass as half full' were instilled at a very young age. The real problem is that, for many, the glass isn't half full, it's empty. Over time, the challenges I was seeing and reading about were no longer just news stories. They started to hit home with close friends and family members.

My wife, Amy, and I were discussing our future one night and asking ourselves what we'd do 'if and when' the storm hit? I guess I'd have to reinvent myself,' I said. Exactly how I would do this wasn't clear. I found myself studying people who had 'reinvented their lives.' As I read news articles and did research online, it became somewhat of an obsession for me. As Dr. Wayne Dyer mentioned to me one evening, 'When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.' I found that some of the most remarkable people were right in front of me or standing right next to me on air at QVC. That proactive 'pick yourself up and get back in the game' spirit became a rallying call. It also became the inspiration for this book.

The stories within the pages and creases of Can I Get a Do Over? are about real people with real challenges. Most are told in their own words. That desire and drive to give ourselves a second chance is woven into the very fabric of our country. The United States itself was founded on a do over. To celebrate this, we've also included several classic do-over stories from the past that shed light on our world today. My talented (and extraordinarily hardworking) coauthor, Max Davis, and I are on a mission: to inspire others with living, breathing examples of ordinary Americans who have made extraordinary, unforgettable changes in their lives.

What was most gratifying about setting out on this journey was how inspired we became ourselves. Getting to know the people in this book was a humbling, life-altering experience. The challenges and choices were as varied as their definition of 'rock bottom.' For some, it was simply a creative need, a calling. For some it happened because of circumstances thrust upon them and choices that had to be made in order for them to either sink or swim. For others, it was truly do over . . . or die.

Despite our particular situations and circumstances, regardless of our disappointments, hindrances, and failures, what if we could get a do over? Whether it involves our careers, dreams, relationships, or our physical bodies, the way we respond to the above question speaks volumes about who we are and about how we'll be spending the next five, ten, even twenty years of our lives. The good news is, the people you're about to meet have an answer to the question, 'Can I get a do over?' It's a resounding 'Yes!' Some stories will make you smile, some will make you put down that cookie and head to the gym, while others may make you want to immediately stop what you're doing and change directions, perhaps even start a new career. They'll make you question what's most important in your life. And all of them will remind you that, although our time on earth is oh-so limited, there is still time for a second chance. So go ahead, flip the page, enjoy the read, and give yourself permission to start again.


Table of Contents

Foreword Joan Rivers xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xix

The Great Holtzie

The Greatest Thing to Happen to Kids Since Cake Adam Holtzie 1

Taking Life by Storm

Owner of Forum Salon in Baton Rouge, LA René Uzé 11

Do Over or Die

Bestselling Author, Chef, and Nutritional Expert George Stella 21

Sing My Life

Award-Winning Singer/Actress Meghan Cary 31

100 Sounds to See

Author, Wife, Mother, and Overcomer Marsha Engle 41

An American Classic Do Over

If She Can Succeed ...

Child of Freed Slaves and First Woman Self-Made Millionaire Madam C. J. Walker 51

From Disappointment to Reappointment

Teacher of Special Needs Children Tessa Simmons 57

Shoulder to Shoulder with Success

Former Model, Designer, and Entrepreneur Kathleen Kirkwood 65

When Your Dream Becomes Your Call

Author, Speaker, and Encourager Max Davis 73


Olympic Gold Medalist, Cancer Survivor, and Entrepreneur Peggy Fleming 83

An American Classic Do Over

Never Call Him a Victim

The Most Courageous Man in America Bob Wieland 93

One Act of Courage, a Whole New Life Path

Author, Speaker, and Personal Dream Maker Jim Eschrich 99

Those Two Boys

Author, Leadership Coach/Business Consultant, and Cancer Survivor Michael Trufant 109

A Reinvention to Quack About

Entrepreneur, Author, and Motivator of Women Jeanne Bice 119


Motivational Speaker and Author Shannon Hammer 129

Full Circle

Bestselling Author, Educator, and Child-Behavior Expert Larry Koenig 137

A Little Contour, a Lot of Courage

Makeup Artist Laura Geller 147

Three Feet from the Ditch

Weight-Loss and Nutritional Life-Reinvention John Manda 157

A Patented Do Over

Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Playwright Lori Greiner 167

An American Classic Do Over

Again and Again ... and Again

Teacher, Student, and World Changers Anne Sullivan Helen Keller 175

I See Possibilities

Actor, Director, and Entrepreneur Anson Williams 181

Creating Opportunities

Successful Business Owner of Paradise Smoothie DeLando Brass 193

An American Classic Do Over

In the Face of Skeptics

Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics and Women's Rights Advocate Mary Kay Ash 203

My "Inner Voice"

Female Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer, and Life Coach Edna Valentino 209

Love Me Do Over

Husband, Father, and QVC Program Host Rick Domeier 219

Conclusion: Reflections 231

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BarbaraPC More than 1 year ago
One of the best inspirational books I have read in a long time! Once I opened it up I couldn't stop reading it. Great stories about people who just didn't give up when the going got tough. Sometimes when you are at what you think is a very low point in your life, it's just the beginning of something new and wonderful. I highly recommend reading this book, also makes a wonderful gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read, truly. Inspiring and great. Would recommend to anyone for a pick me up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess I was looking forward to read a little more about Rick than the other guests, only because I am such a fan of his personality (love his sense of humor) Although it was interesting to hear about their stories, I just had other expectations that's all. If you'd like to read about the not so easy road to success of this famous people...then you'll enjoy this book.
Christina83 More than 1 year ago
Amazing stories about real people and how they never gave up to get where they are today. So inspirational and really makes you think about your life and how this is the only life we get so we have to make it count!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an amazing book!! Now... when is the next one coming out???? : )
T_J_Needle More than 1 year ago
Insperational stories of real people who did not let life get in the way of success. It's an easy to read book because of the success these people have after personal failure is turned into a life-do-over. The book encourages you to try and try again untill you win. You cannot lose with this book because it is filled with do-overs.