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About the Author…

Bryan Ogilvie Bryan Ogilvie, the Queens, New York-based author of How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker and owner of DoTheKnowledge.com, is a former musician and social-activist turned writer, lecturer, professional speaker and personal consultant.

Leveraging his experience:

>> organizing relief effort to a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans

>> leading the premier Marching Band drumline of Uniondale High School (in Long Island) and

>> co-leading both of HBCU Hampton University’s social-awareness network and business initiative campaigns: Black Campus Progressives and Community Entrepreneurship Organization, respectively

…Bryan now trains aspiring artists, musicians, actors, models, graphic designers, film-makers, photographers, fellow writers and other creative professionals for success in their respective crafts, with his new book, How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker serving as a strategic framework and procedural guide to cultivating the willpower, focus, discipline and dedication our personal, professional and artistic ambitions necessitate and demand of us.

Bryan graduated with a Bachelors of Entrepreneurship from Hampton University and originally is from Hempstead, Long Island – a predominantly Black and Latino community roughly ten minutes east of Queens – the second largest metropolitan area in the state of New York, after the city itself.

(He’s also a six-year strong vegetarian with an affinity for all things science, philosophy, rhetoric, debate and old school Hip-Hop music.)


  • Chris said:

    I like your stuff man,

    Keep up the good work!

  • kay said:

    what does it mean by unhappy are those who try to win battels without cultivating the spirit ..of enterprise..the result is a waste of time and general stagnation….. i understand the last part..what is cultivating the spirit of enterprise…also ow important is it to have positive friends around you…who encourage you..a mentor..because that is what i dont have…alot of negativity…. always have…i have to dig from within..i currently live at home…mother has always been a hater….im female //alot of jealousy..always feed me doubt ..and i bit..thinking she had my best interest…. also family members…also haters… im sharing this with you to say..is it important to only have people around you who encourage you..i thought all this hate and nonsupport would make me stronger and support and people who are always positive would make me weak and not challenge myself..but im starting to think different..what do you think…because im thinking of cutting off my family for good ..because the truth of the matter is that i really dont have one, its more of a surivival unit that stays together out of a sense of obligation…no real love here….how important is having love and and positive support as far as staying focused and believing in yourself……thanks kay

  • Jean Bons said:


    I am excited to discover you and your material. I loved your 20 minute presentation that captured the essence of your book. I’m looking forward to reading it in its entirety. I’ve been an informal writer for 30 years, and am working on my website, which will launch soon.

    Thanks for your discipline!


    Jean L. Bons

  • Bryan Ogilvie (author) said:

    THANK YOU Jean,

    Much success and luck to you…and if any thing I’ve been able to put together helps you succeed – as a fellow writer, fellow publisher, fellow conscious thinker, etc etc. – I am more than honored. Enjoy the book and let me know your thoughts.


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