Randy's Heroes, Real & Fiction

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. - Joseph Campbell

This page is a tribute to the people that I look up to, & that I look to for information & motivation in my life...

Randy Santel Mom DadMy Mom & Dad!!

My sister Shelley & I have been very lucky throughout our lives to have GREAT parents that are very loving, helpful, caring, and very supportive of us. My dad Joe and my mother Karen both are happily married and live in St. Peters, Missouri which is right outside St. Louis, Missouri. My dad recently retired from his career with the St. Louis County Highway & Traffic Department. Now he works for his cousin as a delivery specialist for a tool repair company in St. Charles, MO called Tool Service Center. My mother works as a 1st grade teacher for the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in St. Charles, MO. Most parents dream of their child growing up to be a doctor or some other successful business person. My parents have a son that wants to make a living eating & working out!! I just want to thank them for all of their support throughout the years. My mom, dad, & sister are my biggest fans, and its very comforting to know that they will always be there for me throughout the ups & downs. Mom, Dad, & Shelley... I love you very much!! :)

Dwayne The Rock JohnsonDwayne Johnson

You may all better know Dwayne Johnson as the "The Rock" frow WWE Wrestling and all of the movies he now stars in, He is VERY inspirational to me, and is the owner of one of my favorite quotes, "In 1995 I had $7 in my pocket and knew two things: I'm broke as hell and one day I won't be." He started as basically nothing and worked his butt off for many years to make himself into the inspirational & successful person that he is today. I was not a big WWE fan, but I have watched almost every movie he has been in. Before I die, I am definitely going to meet "The Rock" and hopefully do a pizza challege with him!! :)

Eric Thomas ETHipHopPreacherEric Thomas

I was introduced to Eric Thomas in the Spring of 2013. He is a motivational speaker with a great story to back his credibility. He started with nothing and now travels all over the world to speak & motivate professional sports teams, businesses, and other groups of people. He reaches out to the general public through his YouTube Channel (Click Here). He is knows at the "Hip Hop Preacher" and he puts out AMAZINGLY motivational videos. His best asset is his enthusiasm which is why I watch all his videos. Thanks to Eric Thomas for the weekly motivation & hopefully I'll get to meet him in the future!!

Lou Ferrigno HulkLou Ferrigno

You may all better know Lou Ferrigno as the man that played "The Incredible Hulk!" Lou is a HUGE inspiration to me, and his life story provides a lot of motivation for me and thousands of people all over the world. He is one of the main contributors that helped put the sport of bodybuilding on the map. Lou went through a very tough childhood, and is one of the most dedicated athletes ever. He started with nothing but an unbreakable desire & "personal power," and he has been able to do what I dream about. He made a living through working out!! The picture that I used is the cover of my favorite book that he wrote. I have read it over 5 times now. Lou Ferrigno's story provides A LOT of motivation & inspiration for me. I definitely hope to meet him one day soon!!

Andy Whitfield Spartacus Randy SantelAndy Whitfield

Andy Whitfield, for those of you who don't know him, is the man that played the role of Spartacus in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He passed away on September 11, 2011 at age 39 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer. Andy is a huge reason that the show has been such a hit all over the world. Honestly, I had never heard of him until his role on Spartacus. Before my trip to New Zealand, I did some research on all the stars that I would be meeting. I was very impressed with Andy's biography and character. I was so lucky that I got to meet him during my trip. He is a very humble & friendly man, and one hell of an actor. Millions of people all over the world became Spartacus fans because of him. He is an inspiration, and a true champion & warrior to us all. Spartacus fans all over the world truly miss him and may he rest in peace...

Dave Ramsey Total Money MakeoverDave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is an American financial author, TV personality, radio host, and a motivational speaker. I have read two of his books including The Total Money Makeover and More Than Enough. I have read More Than Enough 5 times now. Dave went through hard times, going from rich to completely broke through real estate. Now he counsels couples and individuals about financial fitness and other aspects of life. He offers great advice, but what inspires me the most is that he persevered through the hard times and he learned from his mistakes. Now millions of people all over the nation read his books and he is heard on over 450 radio stations throughout the country. If you are in debt, The Total Money Makeover is a great book and comes with a lot of financial tools to help you get debt-free... like I am!! If you had to pick 1 book though, I'd definitely choose More Than Enough.

Sylvester Stallone RockySylvester Stallone

If you are reading this, & especially if you are enjoying my website, I am sure that you already know who Sylvester Stallone is and why he is an inspiration. How many times have you watched a Rocky movie, a Rambo movie, Over The Top, or his latest movie The Expendables? I know that I have watched each and every movie A LOT!! He started from the bottom by starring in films that nobody has ever heard of, & now he is writing, producing, and starring in his own movies!! The man is such a badass that he makes movies that show how badass he is!! If you ever have a big athletic event, or any big event, please watch one of the Rocky movies the night before. I GUARANTEE that you will play & perform a lot better!! I hope to meet Slyvester too!!

Forrest GumpForrest Gump

Without a doubt, Forrest Gump will always be my favorite movie. I have definitely watched it over 25 times. Though the character is fiction, I believe we should all strive to be like Forrest Gump. He was not given much, but he worked hard and did everything he could with what he had. His heart was full of nothing but selflessness & love. Like my dad always tells me to do, Forrest worked hard and did what he was told. He was a hell of man & a BIG inspiration to me!

Joe DirtJoe Dirt

The fictional character of Joe Dirt is also a big inspiration for me. Joe knew that all he had to do was to be a great person no matter what, and great things would happen for him as long as he never had "no" in his heart. Throughout his life, he stayed away from negative people, and stayed true to himself. He always stayed positive and tried his best. I know something big will happen will happen for me if I never have "NO" in my heart!! ;)


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