Philanthropist and bestselling author, Dr. Bob Dudley was born in the county of Los Angeles, California in 1957. The oldest of seven children, he grew up in a rough part of town never knowing his real father. He accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 14 years old while at a Bible Camp in Vermont.
At the age of 18, after moving around enough to go to 17 different schools, Bob dropped out of high school. He found his way into the Army Infantry where he spent three years of his life. While stationed in South Korea, Bob earned his GED and, ultimately, received a high school diploma.
After leaving the army, he moved his family from California to Michigan to attend a bible college. After a year and a half, he realized it wasn’t for him and he quit. The next event in his life was so significant, we will let Dr. Dudley tell you in his own words.
Here is where my life changed forever. I tapped into something that I didn't even understand until years later. I felt like a failure, a quitter. I looked at my life and wondered why I ever thought I would amount to anything. I needed to know there was something inside me that would warrant trying to make something of myself. I tracked down the father I never knew. I found out he lived in Seattle, WA. I was able to get his phone number and I called him. I needed (so I thought) to feel like there was something from his side of my family that would give me the drive to continue. Boy, I really set myself up for disappointment. My father could not even remember which sister he married back in the 1950's - my mom or my Aunt Edna.
As I hung up the phone, tears streaming down my cheeks, something snapped inside me. I was at a crossroads in my life. I could either accept the inevitable and find a job in a local factory/store (even go back on welfare) where I would waste away and be one of the faceless masses, or I could rise above this massive depression and prove to myself once and for all I could be a success. I opted to prove I could be successful. I wanted it so bad I could taste it. I wanted it so bad I could think of nothing else. My desire to prove I could accomplish something was so all consuming, it was useless to try to concentrate on anything else.
That week I signed up for classes at the local university - Oakland University. At registration they asked me what I wanted to major in. I picked up a catalog off the desk and thumbed through the pages. I wanted something hard, I wanted something that was challenging, I wanted something that would prove I could accomplish ANYTHING. Physics - I saw the word jump out of the page. I had no idea what Physics was. But, boy, it sure sounded hard. I told the nice lady I wanted to major in Physics.
Well, when you get a degree in Physics you have to be good at math - who knew? They made me take a math placement test. I had to take algebra I, algebra II, analytical functions, and trigonometry before I could even take the calculus class that was a foundation for my first Physics class. All of this while I had to provide for a family and worked full time at a factory outside of Detroit.
But, I had determined this was going to happen. I WAS going to get a BS in Physics. I had a singleness of purpose and a drive that seemed, at times, supernatural.
Not only did I get that degree, I did it in three years and graduated with honors. The day of graduation I was on an airplane to Lackland AFB to become an officer in the United States Air Force - I KNEW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, I could do anything I put my mind to.
This was the beginning of a life of incredible success for Dr. Dudley. Here is a partial list of the successes and accomplishments of Bob over the next 30 years:
Air Force: After getting his BS degree in Physics, Bob joined the US Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and a rocket scientist (astronautical engineer). He retired at the rank of Major with 20 ½ years of military service.
Bob formed and managed a chain of five martial arts studios (Side Kicks Taekwondo)
Bob worked as a ballroom dance instructor for 15 years for a major dance chain in the United States.
While serving as a master instructor of aerospace engineering at the United States Naval Academy, Bob sailed a 44 foot sail boat to Bermuda and back with another officer and a group of eight midshipmen.
After retiring from the Air Force, Bob worked with an aerospace software company until he formed his own aerospace software consulting firm: Dudley Consulting.
Bob founded two nonprofit evangelism organization (Agora Evangelism Ministries, Inc and the Lura B Walker Foundation, Inc). The Lura B Walker Foundation is the creators of the Everyday Evangelism training course for church growth and still does evangelism training around the world. They train pastors to refocus their churches to have an evangelistic outlook.
Bob and his wife, Cathy, formed a group of real estate investment companies. They own property (as of this writing) in three different states – Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.
Tae Kwon Do Text Book (1981) – Training manual for the managers of the Side Kicks Martial Arts studios.
Introduction to Satellite Design (1995) – Classified training manual for the National Cryptologic School at Ft Meade, MD.
Christian Growth (2010) – A discipleship book for new Christians.
Gold Represents Heaven (2013) – A step-by-step guide to using colors in your gospel presentation.
Everyday Evangelism (2014) – A non-threatening and very effective method for sharing your faith.
Everyday Evangelism: Director’s Guide (2014) – An instructor’s companion book to the student version.
The Gospel, Evangelism, and God's Heart (2014) – International #1 Bestseller
The 7 PERFECT Steps to Success – How YOU Can Reach Your Dreams (2016) – The bookLife Changers 180 is based on.
In 2015 Bob partnered with Robin Strempek, another highly motivated business owner. Together they formed Life Changers 180, LLC. Their stated purpose? To help people reach their dreams, because Robin and Bob believe in their core that every person has the right to reach their full potential. They ARE life changers.
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