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60 Seconds to a Focused Life exclusive interview with author Charlie Winburn, M.Ed.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charlie Winburn.

It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?

I am an emerging new visionary and thought leader in the USA who helps train people to effectively focus on what they really, really want in life every 60 seconds by giving zero attention to what they do not want. Why 60 seconds? That’s how long it takes for God’s invisible Law of Attraction to give back to you what you emit or focus on in the universe, good or bad. The Law of Attraction and focusing go hand-in-hand, and I train people how to use both.

I am a certified trainer in emotional intelligence, HBDI (Whole Brain/Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument) and hold a certificate from Harvard Business School in authentic leadership development. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Foundations of Education, from the University of Cincinnati. Also, I am the recipient of the 2017 President of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award under President Barack Obama. I am executive pastor of Renew Community Church in Cincinnati, where I conduct a Master Class each Sunday morning, teaching people to live their best life as it relates to their spiritual, health, mental, financial, relational, family, and business life.

Since age 10, I have learned focusing skills and techniques to get where I am today. I am an educator, speaker, author of two books, and will soon launch my third book, a positive psychology book, “60 Seconds to a Focused Life.” The book will be available in print, electronic and audio formats in the spring of 2023.

I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?

In 2011, “The Cincinnati Enquirer” newspaper did a feature story on my life titled, “The long, hard road to being Charlie Winburn,” read by approximately 600,000 readers. In the article, I shared how I learned to focus at 10 years old after the passing of my mother from a botched abortion. My father traveled the country as a horse trainer and could not take care of me and my four siblings. My mother was my focus, and I had to grow up quickly and learn how to focus on my own life. I lived in more than 16 foster homes in Cincinnati, Ohio, and one homeless shelter for abandoned children for a few years. But that did not stop me from achieving some of the following things:

-Surviving the movement from one foster home to another.

-Graduating from Hughes High School in Cincinnati at 18.

-Graduating from the University of Cincinnati with Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science (with honors), and Master of Education degrees.

-Serving in the administrations of three Ohio governors.

-Raising millions and millions of dollars for worthwhile initiatives, political races, and community capital development projects.

-Serving on the Cincinnati City Council several terms.

-Serving as the first African-American Hamilton County treasurer in 230 years of history, representing more than 800,000 people and managing approximately $2 billion in taxpayer funds.

In my new positive psychology book titled “60 Seconds to a Focused Life,” I walk the reader through 38 powerful chapters on how to focus in life.

Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?

I have more than 40 years of public administration experience. I help people focus on what they really want, using the science of the Law of Attraction techniques and focus training as taught in my new book, “60 Seconds to a Focused Life.”

I am a certified trainer in The Law of Attraction, Whole Brain (HBDI) Advanced Emotional Intelligence Training Level 1, Discovering Emotional Intelligence, and Level 2, Developing Emotional Intelligence with TalentSmart.

My leadership skills are reflected in some of my current roles in Ohio:

-I am working on a $225 million initiative to build the first cobalt refinery in the USA.

-Ohio Governor Mike DeWine appointed me to the prestigious Ohio Civil Rights Commission in August 2021, where I serve with four other dynamic commissioners, representing 11 million Ohioans and enforcing Ohio’s laws against discrimination. OCRC has approximately 83 employees and a $9 million budget.

-I am a strategic partner with Rainstar Capital Group, headquartered in Michigan. Rainstar is one of the largest debt advisory companies in the USA with a 250 plus lender platform. I refer appropriate and qualified CEOs, businesses, companies, corporations, residential and commercial developers for funding consideration, identifying funding for major/mega projects and development initiatives from $100 million to $10 billion.

-I serve as president and CEO of Leadership Concepts, LLC, and offer referral resources to help customers through training, focus coaching, and billions in capital to grow and expand businesses, companies, or corporations, which distinguishes me from most competition.

What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?

I saw a poster that said, “Choose happiness before success,” which reinforces my advice. My best advice for those who desire to find and maintain success in their life is that people must find sustained emotional happiness or feel good, starting first with themselves at least 80 percent of the time each day. They must focus on what they really, really want in life and give zero attention to what they don’t want.

After working with thousands of people over the last 40 years, I found what is lacking in the lives of most people is finding, discovering, and maintaining love, joy, and peace on a long-term basis—what I call internal or emotional happiness. I teach that long-term success is linked to emotional or internal happiness and feeling good at least 80 percent of the time each day with zero stress. Among many of my Master Class students, I discovered those who lacked the emotional happiness of love, joy, and peace—expressed daily in their emotions, feelings, or vibrations—prevented and undermined long-term success in their lives over time.

My new positive psychology book, “60 Seconds to a Focused Life,” to be released in spring 2023, is designed to help people increase emotional intelligence and reach emotional happiness with a view toward greater spiritual, physical, mental, or financial success.

Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?

I believe success is having a daily transformed or renewed mind, coupled with daily emotional happiness and focusing on what you really want each day, every 60 seconds.

Billions of people throughout the world live default lives because they are unfocused, lack emotional intelligence, lack emotional happiness, and have a zero-transformed mind. When people do not know what they really want in life, by default, they end up getting what they do not want because they are not focused, which leads to zero successes in life.

I train people to develop emotional intelligence, a transformative mind, and emotional happiness coupled with using focusing techniques and the basic science of the Law of Attraction. This helps them become more successful in their health, mental, relationship, financial, and business life.

All 38 chapters of my positive psychology book, “60 Seconds to a Focused Life,” are designed to help people achieve their personal definition of success.

What’s next for you?

I will continue to help thousands of people—especially in 2023—through my new book to overcome negative, limiting thoughts and beliefs to develop a focused and transformed mind.

I will help thousands of people through my “60 Seconds to a Focused Life” book, speaking engagements, and coaching to help them move from great to greater leaders and become the leader that they were meant to be in 2023!

My Harvard Business School experience has given me a special leadership compassion and appreciation to help marketplace CEOs, companies, businesses, corporations, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to grow and expand their business using my focusing techniques and the Law of Attraction.

Also, I want to help these business leaders renew their thinking and live a focused life. I am committed in 2023 to helping businesses acquire billions in capital and financial resources through Rainstar Capital Group to help grow and expand their businesses as they embrace “60 Seconds to a Focused Life.”

Finally, I am designing a transformation training conference focused on reducing gun violence among children and adults. This conference will help attendees understand the link between childhood trauma and violence with a view toward prevention and wellness. My book deals with this topic in chapter 7, “The Key to Everything: The Transformative Mind.” It highlights my research on childhood trauma and the link to adult violence. CEU credits will be offered to conference participants including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, psychologists, marriage counselors, CEO’s, teachers, police officers, and pastors.

Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?

Go to my website at and obtain complimentary materials:

-Eleven 60-second videos.

-A free 31-Day Focused Life Story Calendar.

-Learn more about innovative and creative financing options to grow or expand your business.

-A free chapter of my book, “60 Seconds to a Focused Life.”

After you visit my website and sign up for your complimentary materials, if you need additional information, just call me at 513-884-7832 or email

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