Happy Birthday! Glenn reflects on turning the big 5-0

Today is Glenn’s 50th birthday, and he opened the radio program this morning reflecting on the last 20 or so years. When Glenn was 30-years-old he made the decision to change his life and that decision ultimately saved his life. For his 40th birthday, Glenn’s wife Tania threw him a surprise party that reunited him with people he hadn’t seen in years. As he celebrates his 50th birthday today, Glenn found himself able to truly appreciate and understand the power of being able to start over.

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“Today is my 50th birthday, and so I’ve had a morning of reflection,” Glenn said.

That reflection brought him back to his 30th birthday in February 1994, when life was tremendously different. It was months before he would enter treatment for alcoholism and addiction, and Glenn keenly remembers what the day was like.

“I was laying in bed, and I was a raging alcoholic. I thought to myself, as I watched the old digital clock flip to midnight, and it was my 30th birthday, I thought to myself, ‘My life is about to change.’ The doctor had already, you know, told me, ‘You keep this up… you’ll be dead very soon,’” Glenn said. “I knew I had to stop drinking, and I was friendless… So I sobered up later that year. In November of that year, I stopped drinking… Man, it was tough… And I remember a couple of years [later] around this time thinking to myself, ‘All I want is my reputation back. That’s all I want.’”

A decade later, on his 40th birthday, Glenn’s wife Tania threw him a wonderful surprise party that reunited him with people he hadn’t seen in years. That birthday also served as the catalyst he needed to really make up for lost time.

“I remember on my 40th birthday thinking, ‘You’ve wasted most of your life.’ I just started this company. I think it about had maybe three employees. And I thought, ‘Geez, you’re halfway to 80, and you’ve wasted your life,’” Glenn recalled. “And I dedicated myself in that decade to making sure I hadn’t wasted my life and making up for lost time.”

As Glenn sat behind the radio microphone this morning on his 50th birthday he could not help but be amazed by how much had changed in such a short period of time.

“Today, I sit here at 50 and see what this company is,” Glenn said. “I see the impact that the people who work with me have made with me in the last 10 years, and I’m amazed. I’m amazed that when you set your mind to it, you can do anything.”

For anyone listening to today’s radio program who may be in a situation similar to where Glenn was 20 years ago, he had a special message:

After my 30th birthday, I knew that I had destroyed everything. I knew I had destroyed my credibility. I knew I had destroyed absolutely everything. And all I wanted was my credibility back. All I wanted was my name back. All I wanted was to be a decent human being… Pat knows the way people who used to work with me back in the ’80s used to feel about me and how people didn’t trust me… Those people now have… come to my side and said, ‘My gosh, you’re a totally different man.’

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But I just want you to know that wherever you are in your life today – whether you feel like I don’t want to be the person I am – change it. You can. You can make dramatic changes in your life. Whether you’re somebody who wasted your life: I’m not doing what I should have been doing, or I missed all these opportunities, or nobody else will give me a chance, or I just want to make up for lost time – you can do it. You can do it. It’s not just America. It’s the way God works.

Friday… we were cutting a commercial for TheBlaze, and we’ve been working on these commercials for a while about: Just be who you are; just create what you’re supposed to create. And we were trying to write the phrase for it… And I want to share it with you: Life is what you make of it. Let’s make something good because it can be done. Start today.

  • John Steele

    What a fucking gasbag. Who else congratulates themselves so much? Call me crazy but Pat didn’t seem too happy about his birthday either.

  • Anonymous

    Happy happy birthday, Glenn dear. Happy days will come to you all year. If I had one wish, then it would be… a Happy happy birthday to you from me. =) Thank you for sharing yourself and your story. You’ve taught me so much and have been a great example. God can certainly do great miracles, can’t He? =) GOD BLESS YOU, Glenn! Have a great day.

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday!

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    Glenn, it’s hard for me to express in words how much of an impact you have made on my life. I am 35 and am exactly where you were at 30. This has been a transformational year for me and I owe most of that to you. I still live in relative poverty. I haven’t changed my station, but you sir give me inspiration to believe that my life can in fact be different. You make me believe that life does not have to be this way. I can make a difference if I want to. It is as if you have yanked my laurels out from under me! I am motivated to be better, and again, I owe that all to you. I love all of you guys.

    Happy Birthday Glenn!

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    I think you missed the point. I did not here Glenn trumpeting his achievements, I heard him making the case that if he can do it, you can too. I thought the message was quite beautiful. It is clear you only know about Glenn what you have been told by your left wing haters club. You might try listening to him from time to time without the preconceived filter that tells you he is a bigot, racist, homophobe, bla bla bla. Don’t you people ever get tired of how incredibly predictable and hypocritical you all are? I do.

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  • Anonymous

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Glenn You ae the Paul Revere of our Country if we’ll have the ears to hear and the seriousness of purpose to reclaim what has been bestowed by our Founding Fathers.

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday and many, many more!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be a hater. It’s not a good quality.

  • Donna Diaz

    Happy Birthday, Glenn. To a true American, I hope you have the BEST birthday. We love you and pray for you and your family, daily. The 50′s are marvelous. The best is yet to come. Thank you for all you do and getting the word out. You are a great man!

  • Bella Angel

    Happy Birth day dearest Glenn. We love you so much and thank you for always telling the truth and for always being right! We have learned so much from you and all the wonderful members at the Blaze. I am honoured to be part of this solution based, Christ centred community. God bless you Glenn and your beautiful family. May you have many more! Love, Light and Blessings to all here! Have a great day

  • madman101

    Happy Birthday!! Hope the next 50 are wonderful!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Glenn!!!! You have changed the hearts of so many, and brought the light to so many lost souls. Thank you!!!! Hope this Birthday is the greatest one yet!

  • Lydia

    Happy Happy birthday!!! It is amazing that you can look back and reflect the past thirty years. It is great when we give up the destructiveness and learn to live according to the will of God! He always has the best for our lives, we just need to let him work through us. AND YOU HAVE!!!!###
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  • isis5551

    Dear Glenn,
    Happy (almost 20th Birthday). And a very Happy 50th Birthday! In our home, we celebrate my husbands 14th Birthday in April, and his 61st in August. I’m very proud of you both.
    ~Blessings & HAPPY BIRTHDAY~

  • Americanfirst

    Happy Birthday Glenn, thank you for defending liberty.

  • Michael Urpi

    Happy Birthday Glenn! Thank you for your wonderful work and inspiration to us all!

  • Michele Rogers

    Glenn, you are amazing. When I see you, I see the prophet Jeremiah.
    You are a true prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Father has raised
    you up and groomed you for such a time as this. May HE continue to
    pummel you with blessings and use you in a mighty way to further His
    Kingdom as the Glory of the Lord fills the whole earth.

  • Anonymous

    Your success in both your personal and professional lives is an inspiration to all, Glenn. Congratulations on reaching the big 5-0 and best wishes for many more blessings in the years ahead!

  • bumpkin

    AWWWW! Just a kid, still! Awwww, Happy Birthday, Glenn! When I finally turned 50, I thought I had ARRIVED! I thought people would now being to assume I had enough experience in life that I might know something, and they MIGHT give me credit for at least making it this far… or even LISTEN to something I had to say. -See, Glenn, now you have FINALLY arrived at “Wisdom”! Welcome to the spot! Happy Birthday to you!… Haapppeee Birrrth-day TOOOO Youuuu! Haaa-pee Birthh-dayyy TOOO youuu! Happp-PEe BIRRR-th-dayyy, Dear Glennnnnn, HAAA-Pee-Birrr-th-dayyy, toooo Youuuu! (and, maneeee Morrrrre!)

  • bumpkin

    HUG to you!

  • Teresa L. De Geus

    Happy 50th. Birthday, Glenn. God bless you and your family.

  • bumpkin

    Aren’t well-enough versed in the English language to have enough words in English that you could avoid your filthy ones, huh. That’s sad. College, and even GED high-school is open to everyone! There is hope for your (eventual) command of the language yet!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Beck. Once you realize that honesty is the best policy, your life changes. Alcoholics and liars are never honest with themselves or others and so their vicious circle continues. You escaped, good for you!

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday Glenn. A million long distance hugs comin’ at cha. You are going to Love, Love , LOVE your next ten years. As they(whoever they are) say the fifties are the new 30s. You thought your 40s were fantabulous? That was only the warm-up act.

  • Anonymous

    I second that opinion!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Glenn. You are just a kid. I have a child that soon will be 50, too. It’s hard to believe. I have watched your show beginning on FOX. I have learned a lot and enjoy your program and all your guests. Keep up the good work.

  • vrahnos

    Happy birthday Glenn.May this be a wonderful day for you.

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday!

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  • Vietnam Vet 66

    HBD Bro. Glenn ,you’re a great embassador for the Church!

  • Fat Lip

    Happy Birthday my friend or at least from someone you don’t know who calls you friend it is really strange how some are aloud to rebuild there reputation and some like me who have tried so hard to do the same and the taste of crap never leave us or the way we get treated I just turned 52 and not a friend anywhere in site I really love Christ with all my heart but I fear that these thought in my head are going to get the best of me and most of the time I really think it just may be better if I was out of every ones way i’m happy to see someone get out of the dungeon . if I fail you Lord please forgive me you are a very blessed man Glenn cherish it because were i’m at darkness is closing in all the time I think oh never mind it was nice to meet you ,you treated me very well and it was nice to feel like I mattered . whatever this is a waste of all your time be good to one and other it counts even if you don’t believe it well I would like to just once not have so much pain I feel like JOB but the water is getting deep so I ‘ll leave you all alone

  • Anonymous

    Good for you!!! I too share a similar story. Mr. Beck has had a profound effect on my life and the people closest to me will bare witness to the amazing change I made in my own life due to the teachings, and inspiration of Mr. Beck. When I was 30 I was blessed with my son, and in the same year lost my own father. Turning 30 is a slap of reality in itself, but those two details really made me rethink everything I had ever believed up until that phase of my life. I was looking for answers to so many questions, but also wanted so badly to be a person of merit. As fate would have it that was the same year I discovered Mr. Beck for myself, and I believe it was divine providence that I would hear his story, and his wisdom that would ultimately lead me onto a new path of self discovery. That was a long time ago, but I can attest to the fact that all of the things Mr. Beck promises will come from hard work IS TRUE!!! Forget about the money. Money will come and go, but your name, and the people in your life are the only wealth that is worth having. Money will come to you as a byproduct of your good deeds and hard work. I believe in you, and God bless you for having the courage to share your story and keep QUESTIONING WITH BOLDNESS!!! Good luck on your journey my friend, great things are just ahead of you!!! :-) ;-)

  • yorkiseasy

    Mr. Beck, I am a new fan/follower/watcher/listener. I thank you for your message about where you were twenty years ago as I have been there myself less than five years ago. It has been a difficult fight that I had no hope to win until I let God into my life. I have very much enjoyed the little bit I have seen of your old Fox News shows and YouTube clips. I have never had cable t.v. and am new to the internet, so although I have not been living under a rock for years, only recently through looking into various things as the N.W.O., the corruption in our government, the Federal Reserve system and watching info wars, etc. have I discovered you. Thank you for what you do, you give me hope for our country. Happy birthday sir.

  • bumpkin

    GLENN! I want that truck! WOO-WOO! GREAT gift, Mrs Beck! WOO-WOO! I used to have a ’56 Chevy, back in the day- that thing ran for many years, even after the gaskets were re-made from an old leather purse, and strips of inner tubing graced several featured to keep them from either leaking or from shaking apart. I could absolutely identify EVERYTHING under the hood! And if you dropped a screwdriver under the hood, it would FALL THROUGH and wind up on the GROUND! haha! AWESOME GIFT!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Glenn. I too am celebrating….40 yrs of survival from the big “C”….knowing that God had other plans for me……and I know that you too have made a difference in so many peoples lives so….keep doing what your doing…speaking the truth!!!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Glenn,
    This is also my birthday, but I am 20 years older than you. Thank you for all you’ve done for America. You have given so many people hope. God bless you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Glenn for turning his life around. And maybe it’s just me..but I grow weary of the endless “story of my life shtick” I’m soo happy for his new life. And maybe it’s just me..but I’m tired of the rags to riches story when you took in 90 million. .just saying. Again. .it could just be my take on things.. But I certainly wish Glenn a Happy Birthday !

  • Anonymous

    May your birthday allow you the privilege of building some amazing memories with your family and loved ones, and may you share many more with them. Embrace those memories… as we never know how many we may have, and the ones that we build with those we love are the only truly lasting possessions we have in this life, and (no knock on your gold commercials) are far more valuable than gold and diamonds.

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  • festus

    Happy Five-O to GB and SP.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i like this phrase: ‘you can make dramatic changes in your life. you can do it. it’s not just america, it’s the way G-d works.’

    thanks glenn.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Glenn, blessings on you and yours. Keep up he good work.

  • Kelly Samples-Harvey

    I tried. Your “Marketplace” business shot me down.

  • Anonymous

    Now Mr. Beck – that is a sweet ride!!!!
    I’ve always wanted a simple 1974 Dodge Truck, 4WD….. a farm truck would be fine. If the powerplant, and drivetrain are intact….. no worries, I’ll work on the rest. :-)
    Happy Birthday Mr. Beck – enjoy the Day and enjoy your immediate & business family! If they prank you…. know they love you…. as do your listeners!!
    …. and 50 more!!!!!! :-)

  • Pt2738

    Happy 50th Glenn and Many More!

  • B D

    G-O-D. That’s the spelling suz.

  • Difcan’s Avatar

    I’m sure Suz is just used to the bajillion websites that sensor that word.

  • Anonymous

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Glenn!!! And may you have many more. Jus remember. You’re not just getting older. You’re getting batter. Oops! Sorry. That really wasn’t a Freudian Slip regarding your weight. Seriously though. Take care of yourself. We NEED you around for a loooong time to balance the liberal/progressive stupiity out there. You can also read my thoughts by googling “Common Sensei” with the same avatar.