In 1974, Dan Dorr was on government assistance waiting for food stamps to come in each month.
In his own words, he was "playing life very small" until he attended a training course that transformed his life.
"I saw something in myself that I was suppressing," Dorr explained. My life went on a 45-degree angle ... and I started receiving more opportunities, more possibilities."
For the last 40 years, Dorr has played an instrumental role in transforming lives across the globe.
He has been described by past students as a gifted and effective speaker, a master of discipline, a mentor, a skillful facilitator and a motivator.
"This is a passion, a purpose. We're living our purpose. This is what we're here for right now," says Dorr.
A purpose that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 people in 12 different countries, and on Guam where he visited for the first time in 1989 at the request of the late Jon Anderson, who was running K57 at the time.
He recalls the late radio talk show host driving him around the island, particularly in the south taking in the flora and fauna and positively enamored by the island's natural beauty.
"I wondered why people didn't know about Guam," he says.
From Navy seals to business professionals, young millennials to veterans, Dorr has impacted the lives of countless people without the traditional "death by PowerPoint" format or motivational hype.
Fast forward 30 years and Dorr's love for the island has only flourished. He visits the island at least twice a year conducting seminars.
The secret to his success and the impactful seminars he conducts is purely transformational, training work. He bases the seminar on the people attending it.
"We're doing the work according to who's in the room and what's needed there versus people fitting into the canned structure that we've known for so long," says Dorr. "It involves us, letting go of how I think it was done well 20 years ago or longer, and seeing what's necessary and new now."
He adds, "We can draw from what's needed in the space of the moment, so it's a real backpack of materials that we bring."
'It's not in your head. It's in your soul'
Dorr has found a synergy with co-facilitators Joseph Crudup, Sophia Catha and local realtor Deanna Palmer.
Each has their own story of transformation. Crudup's began in 1981.
"I was looking for something to step into," Crudup says. Prior to that, he had made a career traveling the globe as a professional dancer and then became a counselor at a treatment center working with kids who were wards of the court and taken out of their homes.
"What feeds my heart is really working with people and their fears. When they show up to do something and they find themselves in a place where (they say), 'I don't think I can do it,' ... I see the possibility and getting them to see the possibility. ... Every time I do it, I'm stretching myself," says Crudup.
Catha earned her law degree from the University of London, was a member of Mensa and trains C-suite executives around the globe.
"I was always questing. My soul was trying to get my attention," Catha explains. It led her to attending a seminar in 1993.
"There was always something missing. It's not in your head. It's in your soul. The soul has an agenda."
She says the facilitators don't have superhuman abilities. They have simply learned to help others tap into a deeper energy to help others.
The group returns to Guam in July for "Today's Teens, Tomorrow's Leaders," a five-day intensive seminar for teens age 14 and up.
"We have a chance to make a difference with these kids. We want our next generation to live better, have a better life than us," Crudup stated.
In October, they will conduct a five-day Advanced Leadership Seminar for adults, primarily targeted for business leaders and those who would like to see transformations within the organizations.
Both seminars have limited seating to allow the facilitators to have a more direct impact with each participant.
"When they come to this point where (they say), 'I need something more,' it's not the next item, the next travel, the next bottle of wine. That's when they start to look for what we offer. When they come, we invite them with open arms," says Catha. "Organizations are beginning to realize that people are replacing machines. If you don't take care of the alignment of your people, they cannot contribute to the organization."
She adds, "This work we offer is for people of all spectrums ... business leaders, home makers ... teens. It doesn't address the identity you carry. It addresses the core of your being."
The facilitators say the courses are designed for people from all walks of life, especially those who want something more.
'You start looking toward the next phase'
Palmer says people often go through phases and feel that they are missing something in their life.
"Your 20s, 30s, 40s – each set is another phase. As you finish one phase, you start looking toward the next phase. (Maybe you're thinking) '25 years of raising children and I'm not done, but I don't know what I want to do.' There are so many different situations that you try to make a new decision. 'What do I want for the next phase?'"
Dorr says, "There's like an itch or a knowing inside their heart, inside themselves, that says you know this is good, but somehow I know there's something more here. What am I missing that could really make a difference in my life and my relationships?"
The facilitators say the seminars aren't just for those going through a crisis in their life, they're also for those looking for inspiration or starting a new phase in life.
"People get so busy with the stuff on the outside, the circumstances, the conditions of their life, that if you give them just a moment to pause and they look and they go, 'You know, is another 20 years of doing this same thing really going to make me fulfilled and happy? Is that really it? Maybe I'm missing something. Is there something that could shift that could make all the difference in my life that could step it up from just OK to Wow, this is powerful. This is passion. This has meaning and depth to it,'" says Dorr.