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Open Your Eyes to a Happier Life

By Jake Olson & Dr. McKay Christensen

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Doctors removed Jake Olson's left eye at ten month's old.  After twelve years of battling cancer, Jake lost his right eye as well.  When ESPN met Jake, he was spending his final weeks of sight with the USC football team.  Jake's ESPN story became one of the most recognized pieces in the network's history.  But Jake's story didn't end there--not by a long shot.

Now sixteen, Jake is the starting long snapper on his high school football team and on the path to becoming the first blind golfer in the PGA. How is such a thing even possible?  In Open Your Eyes Jake and McKay tell more than Jake's story.  They reveal the secrets to a happier life.  This book is a must-read that will inspire you and lift your life like no other.

With Forward by Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Open Your Eyes tells the heartrending story of Jake & his family, and a step-by-step lesson in how to open your eyes and put the past in the past. 

"It's a beautiful read!"   Shelley Smith, ESPN

"A very remarkable book about a very remarkable boy.  I highly recommend it to everyone!"   Hyrum Smith, Cofounder, FranklinCovey

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Mckay Christensen

McKay is the President of Melaleuca, a $1.7 billion consumer products company. In that role, McKay speaks to audiences around the world about leadership, teamwork, perseverance and personal performance. In his current position and his past leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies, he’s led diverse teams in marketing, sales and management. He has written numerous articles on career development, leadership and business management. He has an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Organization and Adult Learning.

As part of his doctorate work, McKay led ground-breaking research on how adults learn and find happiness. This research, one of the most comprehensive quantitative studies of its kind, reveals how people can learn to be happy. His research and publication experience includes topics such as servant leadership, transformation as adults, and lasting change. McKay has a heartfelt passion for helping others reach their full potential. He has also taught Strategy Management courses at the Marriott School of Management.

For speaking inquires please email McKay at or call 208-313-5016.