"Tony, You are very brave to share your honest thoughts, feelings, results triumphs and standstills. The entries where you celebrate the fact that you haven’t gained back any weight are the ones that mean the most to me."
Trupiano has made himself into somewhat of self-help guru.
The Tony Trupiano Radio Show, which was taken off the air last year but should return in March on the Michigan Talk Radio Network, also dealt with issues of self-betterment.
In January, Trupiano released his second book, The Emancipation of Thomas J. Everyman. He says it is a response to all the advice people have solicited from him.
It is the first in a five-part series that will trace the life of Thomas J. Everyman into common situations that people find themselves in. The subtitle of Emancipation is "10 steps to Discovering Your Personal Power". The book is about controlling one’s life and living as well as possible.
Trupiano is currently working on the other four installments of the series.
But he doesn’t expect the series to bring him and money or fame.
"This is not lucrative," Trupiano said. "Sometimes you just write a book because you have something to say that you think people can benefit from."
Your words cut to the heart and helped me realize I just can’t avoid my health any longer. Nobody knows what it’s like to be obese unless they’ve been obese."
He likes being someone that people look up to, and losing the weight gave people a reason to look up to Trupiano.
"I’d like to think that at some level I’m a mentor," he says. "I like being accessible."
Tony Trupiano is a bit of a mentor, someone who has walked the path of the people he guides now. A pied piper. He’s also someone that people look up to.
"What I say to people resonates with them in a non-threatening way," he said. "I know I’m not always right, but I always try to answer honestly."
And that’s what makes him a leader.