Thanks for all your help over this past month.  I plan on using your recommendations as the basic platform to effect positive changes in our business.  We will be having a meeting tomorrow to discuss the basic elements of the plan, which will include an open discussion of all the salient points. 

  Once again, thanks for all your help hope we talk again soon. 

 Best regards,

  Gordon E. Oeschger

Parts & Service Director

Maguire's Auto Family


5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm a Believer, November 9, 2012


Pedro S. Silva (Bolton, MA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Truth - Finding Your Own Truth (Paperback)

Reading Les' story is like receiving a punch in the gut that you know you need. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Les before I read the book. If I were to judge him by where he is now, I would have never imagined the journey he took to get there. Once you read the book, you see how appropriate the title is. The Apostle Paul taught the Philippians to work out their own salvation in fear and trembling (which I translate as humility) and ultimately that is exactly what Les did. As I was reading I felt myself begging Les to make different choices despite knowing that this was an autobiographical work. Knowing where his life story is now, I kept hoping that certain "tough lessons" that he learned in his life would be the turning point that would lead him toward what I think is "The Truth", but the fact is that people must find the Truth in their own particular way because each person is particular.

In the book of Hebrews, the writer refers to a message from God to the Israelites that "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, `Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. In his book, Les is not telling anyone how to know God i.e. Truth but showing through the witness of his own life that the Truth is everywhere when we open our eyes. The truth that Les discovered in his life is not "Truth in a Box". It is a liberating awareness that we are active creators in our own experience. For Les to experience this directly, he needed to break free from religious confines and step out in faith that that fire in his soul, that promised him there was more to life than what his particular faith tradition could offer, him would ultimately be the light that guided him to the full expression of his potential.

Along his journey, Les fell down many times. He fell to places that many of us would have never gotten up from. He holds nothing back as he reveals the tumultuous path he took to consciousness. And that is the greatest gift of his book. Most of us know what it is like to desire more for ourselves than what those around us can imagine. We know what it feels like to want to "go for it". But very few of us know what it is like to try and fail. Most of us don't try because we fear failing. Les isn't one of those people. And even though he made some decisions that I would have never made, he showed me what happens when one never gives up on the belief that they can achieve their potential. But more than that--he makes it impossible for any of us to hold on to our excuses. That's the job of light bearers and that is what Les is.

Pedro Silva


I just finished reading your book. I am not a big book reader. I only read, these days, books related to my organizational development, coaching, learning, talent mgmt. business. Books I enjoy are usually historical novels. I am a very picky reader. I am not a big autobiography reader. But your book is amazing. I started reading it yesterday afternoon and couldn’t put it down. I kept reading until 12 midnight last night. I read all of it except part 3. I just finished part 3.

First, I had to keep reminding myself that this is a true story of someone I now know. I kept thinking, what a great movie or TV movie this script would make.

Second, You are right, when you said in the book, this has to be true. How could you make this story up! It was like eating chocolate. You start and you can’t stop. The pace of the book keeps you glued like to the TV and a great show.

Third, the fact you have turned your life around is absolutely fantastic. After reading your book, I’ll never complain about anything going wrong in my life ever again. I had tears in my eyes at the end of the book. I felt your pain, loss, and guilt and your freedom from it all when you realized what you had to do to turn your life around. I have never ever been moved like that. Feel free to use this as a testimonial for your book.

Again. The book is amazing, enthralling, entertaining but so very insightful. When it ended, I was left wanting more.

Absolutely terrific Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait till next Wednesday and our interview.

Dr. Fred (DocFred) Simkovsky


"Wow! Let Les' story serve as both a warning and an inspiration
for you to find your own personal truth and start living it today. 
Filled with personal insights, raw and vulnerable stories, and
great advice for anyone wanting to break free from old limitations
or angst about trying to be who other people want you to be. Les
lays it all out on the line in his book as an example for how we
should all be as open and free in our lives. Thank you for writing
this book Les!"
- Christian Mickelsen 
Author of "The Solution to All of Life's Problems"



“Instead of finishing up for my Slovenia trip…I found myself reading for 2 more hours…I could not stop.

I believe this book has sooooo many lessons and goes to the core of so many life issues that it is way beyond the truth or a cult. Your writing is engaging and made me laugh and made me cry and touched my heart.”

Terri Levine,
The GURU of Coaching


Les, Terri let me read your book, it all seems so unbelievable.  I know it’s not, and living here I even knew a lot of the places you talked about.  It was a very fast read and I had trouble putting the book down. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, I certainly appreciated it.

  Mark Levine


 I just finished reading "The Truth".  I read it in two days, mostly because once I started I couldn't put it down!  I've known Les for at least twelve years, or I thought that I did.  What a life; romance, adventure, intrigue, and tragedy!  I have always known Les to be a passionate person and this is a story of a man whose passion and desire to experience life leads him to make decisions that will ultimately haunt him.  Fortunately, through some hard lessons and amazing experiences, Les makes good for his children and has worked unbelievably hard to put his life back on track!  Les' background makes him an intriguing motivational speaker and human resource consultant.  It is an amazing story and an easy read, so why not start reading it now!

David Casher
Casher’s Inc.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


I just finished reading the book. I’m on the train back to Harrisburg from Philadelphia and crying. Some guy just asked me if I was okay – it was that good.

Leah Kithcart – Alzheimers Association


Halfway through this book and I just bought it at lunch. My best friend's dad writes about finding his own "truth" in an honest, introspective, heartwarming memoir of an all-American, God-fearing man who broke away from the cult-like faith of his upbringing to manufacture methamphetamine in a desperate attempt to support his 7 daughters and pursue his dreams. A very humble account of his amazing story that gets better with every page. A beautiful story of second chances as a simple man realizes his true happiness by walking a path of honesty and righteousness.

Brittany Lamke


Hello Les,

OMG! This is the best…every page is a cliff hanger.

I’m on page 123 and if my eyes were not so tired I would be finished this evening:!)

I love the message on page 30 that was sent to you…I will definitely bring it up on your interview. I have to tell you, I receive books a lot…and as much as I would love to read each and everyone, time just does not permit, not to mention my brain is fried @ night. But, there was something about your book that as soon as I opened it, I knew I had to read it. Great job on the way you laid it out; spaced out paragraphs, short chapters & clean crisp font makes a HUGE difference, it is so much easier to read and on the eyes. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Many Blessings of Great Joy & Prosperity,
April Matta       Executive Produce, Spiritually Raw - Internet TV Show


This is a most courageous, soul-baring memoir. The beginning chapters were so bleak they were painful to read. As an interfaith minister, I am pledged to honor all religions without cleaving to one. I was appalled at the spiritual, mental and physical restrictions placed upon Les and his family by his religion. The unbendingly strict, pervasive control of daily activities, role functions and even choice of residence was so depressing I had to lay the book aside and meditate for a while to revive my spirits. Anyone with an ounce of spunk would be forced to break free from enslavement to such fear-based dogma.

It was not surprising that, in his totally predictable break for freedom from the constraints of the tabernacle, Les over-reacted. The swing of the pendulum carried him way too far in the opposite direction. My only question was why did it take him so long? Perhaps if he had broken away sooner the result would have been less extreme and his choices would have been wiser.

That said, due to his restrictive background and lack of exposure to life outside the tabernacle, i.e. “the real world,” Les was ill equipped to resist temptation of any kind. Temptations showed up in abundance and he chased his newly acquired version of the American Dream with vigor and determination.

In the process he fell for promises of wealth and freedom beyond his dreams and succumbed to many and varied get rich quick schemes along the way. He earned the hard way that lavish promises can lead to exploitation. What came next, in addition to guilt and shame for his sins of commission and omission, was betrayal, loss and serious penalties for his wrong-doing.

Along the way he was introduced to mystical and spiritual works – Ouspensky and Castaneda among others, and began forming his own concepts of spirituality, morality and worthwhile goals. His studies and meditation led him eventually to a search for universal truth and a passion to encourage others to find their own truth. This book is a testimony to one man’s determination to overcome his own weaknesses, build on his strengths and take positive steps to make his life count for something more than money, prestige and material possessions.            

Mary Blake, Author: JOURNALS OF A HEALER

Amy Priest March 25, 2011 at 12:19am
Hi Les - thanks for accepting my friend request. I have to tell you, The one business book you wrote on how to keep happy customers, I think I may have read it in a business class or heard of it but never knew it was you who wrote. Not sure why I didn't put two and two together and figure that out, but I was at the Book Cellar yesterday browsing through books and saw Les Schmidt's "The Truth." I have to tell you, I read the back cover and was like I have to buy this - not to mention I had to buy it since I know who you are. I love to read and I read a variety of books. I am only about halfway through the book, but I have to say I feel like I am on the journey of your life with you and it is truly amazing. I just wanted to share that with you and I'll have to email again when I finish, which should be in a day or so. I read pretty quickly. Take Care!


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