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Meet Phil Terrill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phil Terrill.

Phil, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In December 2014, I was in an accident wherein the vehicle was totaled and caused by drunk driving. What happened next was a journey to reach my breakthrough and discover what God wanted me to be in this life.

After the accident, I started to chronicle and write about my experience. While doing that, I focused my mind on the areas of my life that I needed to improve and what were going to be the steps to accomplish that endeavor. The book is rooted in a 4F Model that I created to compartmentalize, process, and push through challenges I have encountered along the way to achieve my goals.

Collision Course is really a testimony that even after making a terrible choice you can change and evolve into someone better able to serve the world. My vision is to raise awareness by helping others prevent drunk driving and/or see that there is a way to overcome through any challenge.

People, whether entrepreneurs or young professionals are constantly looking for fresh strategies and ways to stay “locked in” in a challenging world. Often times, we are highly focused on avoiding making mistakes that when we do perseverance becomes a challenge. This book provides a transparent perspective into how I overcame a life challenge and transformed it into a powerful breakthrough.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The journey has not be close to “smooth” or what I could’ve imagined especially right after the accident. You learn a lot about yourself when you have to bet on you. When this life challenge presented itself, I was in a terrible space mentally as I was pre-defining who I was without putting in any real work to get there and that is scary. To be close to delusional about where you were and doing things for others versus yourself.

I made a choice to move to Fargo (North Dakota) and that was the most intelligent decision I have ever made to-date. To live in a place that seemed behind the times culturally/socially, remote from friends and family, and in a completely new career path – I was really betting on me.

Early in that journey, I struggled to balance being myself and trying to understand a new environment. However, my saving grace was I started to spend time with myself which was crucial in my personal development. It was about being open to my flaws so I could step into my future. And in that process, so many great things happened from then to now.

One of my other struggles in the journey has been the path to consolidate my people in my circle. The accident helped me realize that it was not important to focus on societal perceptions but to invest in building equity in my relationships. That has been a lasting lesson that has been extremely effective over the years.

There were several challenges or mountains to climb along the way; All helped me get to the point of achieving and continuously focusing on maintain balance in my life to pursue my purpose.

Please tell us about Collision Course: 4Fs to Transform Life’s Challenges into Powerful Breakthroughs (Book).
As a self-publishing author, Collision Course is the business. Literally, the book is what I used to share my testimony of a terrible decision that I made to drink and drive. When I think about what makes the book special or unique, it is the fact that I am telling my truth. The journey was really tough and a lot of my anticipated readers will have experienced something similar or have made the decision to drink then drive home. This book helps put our life decisions in perspective and the tremendous consequences we can pay if we are not logical along the way. I was blessed to tell the story and that is all I wanted to do. It isn’t about the book sales, but the impact of the story. Collision Course, as a testimony, can help one person and I did what God asked me to do – complete the assignment.

Good Vibes Only Media was created to publish the book and moving forward will serve as the platform for other creative projects.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Wow! At first, I was trying to remember a few things that far back. I am only 28, but some things I really cannot recall which might not be a good thing. I say that with a smile, but I really think some of my favorite times were bowling with my family. Being so competitive in everything, those were just good times. Everything felt innocent or that is what I remember the most in those gatherings. Really just being kids, making bets to get over 100 with my grandparents, kicking it, and not having any worries in the world.

The other memory I have is going to my grandma’s house in Jefferson City and eating her home-cooked meals. She would always have a loaf of bread and a box of Honey Comb for me when I visited her. That was so cool and made me feel special!


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