Book Review: Disasters To Dreams: A Gritty Guide to Finding Success In The Face Of Failure

Fired, robbed, divorced, and with two businesses down the drain, Chris Patrick was stuck on a one-way street of screwups and failures.The life he was leading wasn’t what he wanted—but sometimes, not getting what you want is exactly what you need.Disaster to Dreams is the story of one man’s biggest catastrophes and greatest comebacks, but it’s also a story that demonstrates how amazing opportunities lie just on the other side of adversity—if you’re willing to do the dirty work and dig through defeat. Refreshingly candid, this tough-love and unfiltered self-improvement guide will motivate you to transform stress into stability, train wrecks into trophies, and disasters into dreams.You’ll discover:The ultimate personal growth mindset to help you create your own rules and master life-changing manifestation.Interviews with entrepreneurs, full of inspiration to help you power through any obstacle.How to swallow your “bad” pride and ask people for help—because sometimes finding your purpose takes some hand-holding.Self-reflection exercises to unearth the seeds to future success in the dirt of your past.A step-by-step business-booming process that can improve your subpar enterprise into a prosperous empire.Build triumph on the foundation of failure. No path is a dead end, no matter how epic your mess of defeat. Get Disasters to Dreams and prepare for a path of limitless opportunity in your perfect storm of success!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved the honest sharing of the author in this book, detailing out his experiences and how he rose from all the struggles life threw his way. From having a bad father, to finding a great father figure and losing dear ones (including relationships), the author has detailed out very clearly what went wrong in his life and how he strived through it. We also get to see how his family stood by his side when he was falsely accused of rape. As the story develops, we see how Chris developed love for entrepreneurship, how he failed in some his ventures before finding success. We could also learn from his multiple relationships before he found his wife, and the lessons behind the struggles to conceive a child.

I particularly like the way the book is written with multiple short interviews with successful people, and there is an element of surprise in one of the interviews as well. Each chapter is accompanied by a “What About You” section to help us readers reflect on our life as well – and I thought this format is similar to Evan Carmichael’s book “Built to Serve”. I also got a feeling of reading Mark Manson’s book with the use of sh*t throughout the book. But other than that, I really think any entrepreneur would enjoy reading this book, as we all can related to most of the lessons conveyed in this book.

I also liked how he suggest to find a tribe or community for support as this is what I am particularly trying to do in my life right now. If you doubt the law of attraction, you may want to give this book a read.


Author Interview with Chris Patrick

Chris Patrick is a real estate consultant and founder of The Patrick Group, a premier real estate firm in Las Vegas. With over $100 million sold since 2013, he was named in the top 1% for all Las Vegas Realtors and the number one top producer for Signature Real Estate Group. Previously, he owned three successful businesses and spent 15 satisfying years in sales, marketing, and customer service.

A hard-partying snowboard bum turned successful businessman, Chris’s rise to success was hard-earned and well-deserved. From a young age, he faced adversity as the son of an abusive father in a struggling family. At age 12, he was wrongly accused of and arrested for a horrible crime that destroyed his reputation, leaving him to deal with the trauma in the aftermath of the accusation. Through trials and tribulations, Chris persevered despite setbacks on the road to his eventual success, such as business failures, loss, and heartbreak. He hopes to inspire others to see the opportunity within their own failures, rather than shame and defeat, and overcome their serious hardships, traumatic events, or struggles in order to live their absolute best lives.

Chris currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife Erin, daughter Jameson, and three dogs. Learn more at

Where are you from?

I’m originally from the Bay Area California, then spent 10 years in Colorado snowboarding and I currently live in Las Vegas Nevada.

Why do you write?

I love expressing myself through the written word and find it to be not only a great artistic outlet but a fantastic way to help others.

What do you write about?

Life. I think I have a pretty unique perspective, having gone through some of things I’ve gone

through, and I believe I have valuable information and insight to share with the world. Plus, I like to laugh at my own jokes.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in a very conversational tone, like two friends talking over a couple of beers (and shots) at the bar. I’m not opposed to dropping a few expletives if it helps to make a point either, but that’s what friends do!

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Time, mostly. My wife and I have a new baby daughter that we really love spending time with so I have to set aside time specifically for writing.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

I’m so grateful and blessed that I have been able to have a positive impact on people’s lives. I get a lot of notes, messages and emails telling me how people have made significant

improvements in their lives after reading some of my work. It’s very humbling to say the least.

How long have you been writing?

Disasters To Dreams took about one solid year to write, so about that long professionally.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

My wife and I had just attended a Mike Dooley event in Reno and we got back to the hotel that night and started talking about manifesting our dreams. We somehow got on the subject of writing a book since one of Mike Dooley’s books, Infinite Possibilities, had really inspired me years earlier. I was telling her about some of the crazy things that had happened to me during my life and she said ‘you should write a book about that’.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

For me, inspiration comes in waves and I try to capitalize on it when it’s high tide. It doesn’t

always work out that way, but in an ideal world I would sit at the computer and write whenever the ideas start coming. Sometimes that happens at 2 in the morning.

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What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I guess I’m a ‘seat of your pants’ writer in that I’ll start with a general concept but not really have any idea where it’ll end up. I just kind of go with the flow so to speak. I find it more enjoyable than drafting an outline like many writers do. It seems to come more naturally that way for me.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Just write. No matter how bad it is, just start. It seems like a no brainer but the only way you get good at something is to keep doing it.

What do you think makes a good story?

I feel that to make an interesting story and a great read you have to keep the reader in mind

first. Make it about them. Of course you also have to have a hero that your readers can relate to, and you have to make the reader care about what happens to the hero.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family has been very supportive of my writing, my amazing wife in particular. She basically held the household together for us while I was off doing my thing during the writing of Disasters To Dreams. I definitely couldn’t have done it without her.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! It’s important that we all chase our dreams and being a great writer is something I’ve thought about for a long time.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Yes, I’ve learned over the years that everyone has the same incredible powers at their disposal. I’ve learned that even if you don’t know why something happened to you at that time, eventually you will. I’ve also learned that nobody’s life has been perfect, and that’s a good thing. And no matter where you find yourself right now, you have it within you to live the life you really want.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

As soon as Disasters To Dreams launched on 10/21/21.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

Absolutely! Readers can visit my website here where they can read the latest blogs, connect

with me on social media and I even have a free download available now: FROM ROADBLOCK TO ROCK STAR – Smash the 10 Mental Roadblocks Holding You Back from Rockstar Status