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The Dots is a series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by digital strategist, speaker and entrepreneur Kathleen Buczko. Kathleen interviews artists, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers who talk about how they connect the dots and bring things together for their communities, companies and themselves for a better life.

Jul 25, 2018

Robert “Rocky” Detwiler enjoyed a healthy portfolio, which afforded him luxury cars, RVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, vacation homes and international travel. He cherished his loving wife and active spiritual community. Rocky was living the American Dream. Then, in one swift moment, everything vanished, brutally lost after unknowingly investing in a friend of 18 years’ multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme, one of the largest in Arizona history.

Piece by piece his life unraveled. He lost everything. His friends and family suffered also as they lost hundreds of thousands in the bogus investment. Next, his marriage crumbled under the tremendous financial and emotional burden. In the subsequent years, Rocky slipped into deep depression. Broken, overweight and living alone on the edge of poverty, Rocky contemplated ending his life.

Rocky searched within himself and discovered a strong spiritual anchor that helped him choose to fight for life. With no place to live, Rocky took up residence in his brother’s tree house for a year. With no insulation and no indoor plumbing, the elevated house was unbearable during the bitter cold of winter.

Rocky is a fighter. He began his fight by picturing a life of abundance, defining his ideal life down to the smallest detail. He surrounded himself with images and power-word messages that brought inspiration. He used phrases and words like “Never Give Up”, “Just Believe”, “Strength to Overcome”, “Courage to Persevere”, and “Give It Everything.” With these affirmations fueling his motivation, he clawed his way upward and forward.

This amazing story of revival is truly inspirational. Learn about his re-built life and his philosophies on The Dots Podcast.