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



19 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.


  6. Jo Clutton

    Hi David!

    I’m Jo – artist, writer, traveller, mental health advocate, music lover, wild west nut intrigued by science, and renaissance soul with a ridiculous sense of humour. I’ve miraculously recovered from thirty years of depression – a medication crisis was the catalyst, I’ve never felt this good – and I’m chronicling the rebuild of my polymath and adventurous, creative lifestyle on my blog, Creating My Odyssey.

    I’m reaching creatives and people with depression in particular, to explain that this illness is the most treatable of mental health issues. I consider myself extremely lucky in that it was purely by chance that we obtained the contact details of the mental health team, who, with a combination of medication (known as California Rocket Fuel- love it!) and cognitive behavioural therapy, brought me to where I am now. Which proves that provided sufferers know where to look, help is available. That’s the hard part, which shouldn’t be the case.

    With this blog, which is a great vehicle for my creativity and also covers a myriad of subjects – creativity, mental health, travel, lifestyle, etcetera – I’m unleashing everything that was previously hidden under a bushel! I’d like to exchange links with other bloggers. I’ve just done this for the first time, and I’d also like to exchange guest blogging posts, particularly on mental health issues.

    I’ve also been writing a humongous novel forever, on and off, particularly during young parenthood, to help keep me sane. It’s called Alias Jeannie Delaney and it’s the life story of a devastating cowgirl who’s the fastest gun in the west and also bisexual. Since my recovery from depression I’ve decided it’s time to get it out there! I’m blogging about it on my site. I’m principally looking for mentors or critique partners. I’ve been very shy about it, but my husband has finally taken me in hand (!) and we’re now working our way through it. 😊

    Thank you so much for reading. If you feel like dropping into any of my sites, that would be brilliant!

    Jo UK

    http://www.kitty-le-roy.co.uk (wild west)
    Facebook Jo Bennett
    Facebook Creating My Odyssey
    Twitter @Clutton_jo


    • davidjrogersftw

      Hello Jo, nice to meet you. I’m very interested in following you and seeing what you have to say. I’ve heard of similar miraculous recoveries from depression as a result of a medication crises. I think your blog will be a great and helpful addition to the blog world. Since you are a writer and artist and a former sufferer of a mood disorder I think you may be interested in my post The Moods of Artists and Writers https://davidjrogersftw.com/2015/09/18/the-moods-of-artists-and-writers/

      Best of luck to you.


      • Jo Clutton

        Hello David! Brilliant to meet you. It’s the first time I’ve heard of anyone having come across others who’ve had miraculous recoveries as a result of medication crisis. Although I was aware that I couldn’t have been alone in this, I have yet to encounter anyone! So if you know of anyone, I’d love to contact them. And thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. I felt strongly that I should pass on my knowledge about mental health and combine this with my creativity and lifestyle. I read your article and it rang a huge bell for me! We sensitive creative types, eh?! 😊



        • davidjrogersftw

          Jo, the crisis a woman suffering from bi-polar disorder had involved an overdose of medication that could have been fatal. When that medication was completely withdrawn her illness cleared up. I’ve lost track of her now.

          I’m happy to hear about your plans with your blog and wish you every success. You sound so happy. I’m sure it will bring comfort and hope to people suffering the miseries of severe mental illness to hear about your recovery.

          You might know that today here in the U.S. is Independence Day when we celebrate our 1776 Declaration of Independence from England after the Revolution–a big holiday–fireworks all over the country, parades everywhere, barbeques.


  7. Anders Granö

    I am a devoted follower of fighting to winn. I think its in a league of iits own. Few IF any books give such an thorough description of positive thinking . Not to mentionn japanese mindset.


    • Thank you, Anders. That is a wonderful compliment. It brings me joy to know that so many people have found that Fighting to Win has had such a positive effect on their lives. I appreciate your letting me know.
      Best wishes,


      • Anders Granö

        I am honored to recive areplay. Maybe i was a bit straight forward, perhaps i should have showed betterr form in THE Kata sence .And i Miigth make matters worse by giving advice. But I would suggest utsingTHE ebook as a gift, for business magazine and as gift to student and military personal. For whom i think you should lecture Many People have appriciated My advice. But as I consider you to be outstanding i maybe shouldnt inteerfear.


        • Thank you for your suggestions, Anders. I used to do the things you mentioned–marketing, lecturing, etc. But nowadays I devote myself to my own writing. Thank you very much for your interest.


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