Picture of David J. Rogers, Author of Fighting to Win and Waging Business Warfare


Reading widely, studying, and writing are my main professional interests. I like a quiet life spent in my office with my books and research, and being close to my family. When I am out of my office, there is nothing I would rather do than eat at a tasty deli down the street or speak to a large audience—the bigger the better.

My interests and the subjects I write about are varied. They include human performance/expert performance, business strategy, talent development, Eastern philosophies–particularly Buddhism, Zen, bushido (the way of samurai), haiku, and the works of Vivekenanda.  Overcoming obstacles to a fulfilling life, the many types of success, achievement motivation, empowerment, and mental health are continually on my mind. These will be among the subjects of my blog.  I will be writing about these topics, and I hope that readers will contribute their thoughts as well.

I’m from a musical family (mainly singers) and even as a boy I was extremely interested in the arts and artists. I am still because artists are intrinsically fascinating women and men who aim at not just excellence—anyone can do that–but perfection. I am writing a book about them–writers, painters, dancers, directors, performers. Real artists are the most dedicated and hardest workers in the world, a model of human motivation that people in other occupations could learn from. It is impossible to keep them and other accomplished people in any field from their work, a quality I share—sometimes to the dismay of my wife.

I write non-fiction, fiction, and when the muse visits me, poetry. I am a friendly person who will start up a conversation with total strangers at the drop of a pin, and being from the Midwest, enjoy down-to-earth people who are not infatuated with themselves.

This bio appears in my eBooks published by Crossroad Press:

“Two of David J. Rogers’ works–Fighting to Win: Samurai Techniques for Your Work and Life and Waging Business Warfare: Lessons From the Military Masters In Achieving Corporate Superiority–were bestsellers in major cities in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. An internet readers’ poll identified Fighting to Win— the application of Zen and the samurai “way” to everyday American life–as the best self-improvement motivational book ever written. His series of articles on Fighting to Win received among the highest readership ratings ever for Success magazine. Waging Business Warfare was featured in The Pryor Report, Boardroom Reports, Executive Book Summaries, the Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Gannett News Service, Tribune News Service, and many other executive newsletters, journals, and newspapers. His work on motivation and marketing has appeared in other commercial magazines, and he was Contributing Editor of Success magazine, Radio Ink, the Gavin Report, the New American Worker, and Strategic Thinking. A noted public speaker who has consistently been called “unique” and “original,” he has provided presentations on Fighting to Win and Waging Business Warfare to more than 150,000 people across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Ninety-seven per cent said they would recommend him “very highly” to co-workers or friends. His books have been used as texts in undergraduate and graduate schools here and overseas .He has written nine other books for Sage Publications, the University of Michigan’s Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Work in America Institute, and the U.S. government. He served as a consultant with Chrysler Corporation, GM, Ford, ABC, CBS, Viacom, Pepsi, and many other major corporations, as well as scores of small businesses–particularly those in highly competitive industries. He taught in the graduate school of Roosevelt University in Chicago for a decade, and has guest-lectured at Princeton, Northwestern, Duquesne, the University of Wisconsin, Columbia College, and Ohio University. Appearing often on television and radio, he has been called “a marvelous guest,” and told, “Since your appearance, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.” He has also had published fiction, memoirs, and poetry.”

I hope to learn more about you, and look forward to your contributing to this blog.

© 2014 David J. Rogers



11 responses to “About

  1. Herrscher

    When can we expect the release of Fighting to Win in electronic form?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hello David, I have nominated your blog for the “One Lovely Blog Award”, and here is the link: https://april4june6.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/january-19-one-lovely-blog-award/
    I hope you wil enjoy it and thank you for your wonderful feedback! All the best with your inspiring work!


    • davidjrogersftw

      What a nice surprise. Thank you so much for the nomination. It might take me awhile to get to the prize requirements so that I can pass the appreciation on to other bloggers, but in the meantime, I do want to thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I found your article very well conceived and executed. Like I said before it “reeks” of truth. I am, and hope to always be, a beginning writer. My best advice (for what its worth) to would-be authors … is to fall in love with your work … look not for all the mistakes in your writing, but for all the things you got right. Once you do this, everything else becomes easy. Help other writers whenever you can … love is the most powerful force in the universe.


    • davidjrogersftw

      What an inspiring comment! Thank you. If my post “reeks” of truth, so does your thoughtful comment. But you see, being in love with your work, and falling more and more in love with it–which happens the more you engross yourself in an art–before you know it you will no longer be a beginning writer. You will be a highly skilled and experienced writer. But knowing you from these few words, you will be an experienced writer with the openness and curiosity and wonderment of a writer who is beginning. I think you will never lose those qualities.


      • Thank you David.
        I’ve thought for some years now that words don’t have to be just part of a sentence … that they could be ideas linked together to tell a story. I call it MICRO FICTION a new way of reading and writing. Allow time for an image to form before reading the next word ….


        Many have said this idea is stupid and destroys literature … what do you think?


        • davidjrogersftw

          Using your “micro fiction,” the reader becomes an active creator and the imagination is stimulated. I like it. Artists often generate their work out of a single image, a scene, a conclusion, or a word. Your approach would stimulate this process. Thanks for the comment.


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  5. Hi David,

    Great website. Keep me updated on new blogs or posts.




    • davidjrogersftw

      Thanks, Rafael. I’m happy to see that you are following the blog, so you should be getting emails when there is a new post. On your website I see that you have picked fine inspirational models for your writing. I wish you the best. Good luck on your novel and on the one you’re working on now. Stay in touch.


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