I want to thank every one of the 20,000 subscribers to this blog for the joy you added to my fathers life through your weekly commentary. My dad really enjoyed reading all of your thoughts, philosophies and ideas. He thought all of you were brilliant. This short video is a gesture of my gratitude.    (1:32 )

Walter Siebold, Jr.   1926-2011

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Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.

59 thoughts on “Dad Died”

  1. Steve,

    You know I’m thinking of you. Your dad was a great guy, and your mom is a sweetheart. Dawn and I send our love to you guys. Let me know when you’re ready for a visit to the “office.”

    One thing for sure is that your dad was very proud of you.

    All the best,

  2. Hi Steve,
    Condolences to you and your family at this time… Those who love, grieve and grieve thoroughly as all the memories come flooding in. Take this time to give thanks to a caring spirit and guiding light in your life. We should all be so lucky!

    Keep your chin up, man!

  3. Steve,

    Blessing on you and your family as you go through this difficult life change. It is obvious from the blog that you were and in your heart will always be very close to your Dad. How lucky you are to have had such a wonderful relationship, that he cared so much about you and appreciated your work.


  4. Hi Steve – I just got the news – Arthur and I will keep your family and Walter in our prayers. Peace to you.

  5. Steve,
    You have been a tremendous mentor to me as your father was for you. In the work you do your father lives on. He will always be there with you, in the mode of opperation that his guidance let you to. Blessings to your family, take time to grieve and celebrate.

  6. Hi Steve,

    I was touched by your moving announcement of your father’s passing.

    I hope that you get all the strength you need to see that he is still with you in all the many ways that he was able to be a source of strength to you when he lived.

    All the best to you and your family in this time of loss and also gratefulness for the legacy he left you.


    Humbler Acts

  7. Steve, I am sending you a Tiger hug to embrace the emptiness you may have with your dad’s passing. In 2008, my dad passed on Father’s Day. It was very hard for me to let go. I am hoping that in the days ahead, you may rejoice in his living and his place in your life that was so special. You will always have that special place…always.

    Please give my regards and condolences to your mother.

    With love,
    Donna Marie

  8. Steve,
    Best of wishes to you. My dad was my hero and I last him 2 years ago. I know he must have been your hero because dad was certainly mine. Take care.

  9. Hi Steve,
    I’m deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I never got to meet him, but if was anything like you, then he was quite a guy. My condolences, Steve.
    May you find the strength to keep on keeping on. God Bless you, sir.
    Daniel Jingwa

  10. Steve – I am genuinely sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything you need or I may do for you. You will be in our prayers and thoughts.

    Bill Cooper

  11. My condolences Steve at this time. I am sure your Dad was proud of you and what you have done to inspire and encourage many people all over the world. May you be comforted by the thought that he lived a full life and was able to see you become the person you are. I first met you through your book and even when I returned to Uganda, I made sure I downloaded a copy of the 177 Mental … Thank you once again and may God bless you and your family at this difficult time.

  12. Dear Steve,

    My condolences to you and your family for your loss. May God give you and your family the strength to get through this difficult time. It is recommended by God to be patient in hard times like this.

    “And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient)”. (Holy Qur’an – 2:155)

    “Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly, Allah is with As-Sabirun (the patient).” (Holy Qur’an – 2:153)

    Take Care,


  13. Steve…I’d like to offer my condolences. I know it’s an overused cliche to do so, but I genuinely appreciate everything you do for all of us to stimulate new thoughts and I imagine your dad contributed an awful lot to that to, in his own way.

    Sorry that he passed. And thankful for what you’ve done and how the blog brightened his time here.

  14. Dear Steve,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you in this period of loss and transition. Nothing in life is more inevitable, but still, loosing someone close is perhaps the most difficult. I hope you see the past many, long months as a blessing. As others have said, the memories are the golden nuggets to cherish.

  15. Dear Steve,

    I am so sorry to hear that.

    I forward you the words I received from a peer coach that supported me a lot. My brother also died 5 weeks ago.

    “Celebrate his life and remember him with joy and love. I feel for you and sent you lots of energy ”


  16. Dear Steve:
    You and your family are in my prayers. Your Dad’s legacy includes the family he leaves behind, so in this case, I’m certain that he was most proud of his son…
    he lived well to have such a fine legacy!
    hugs to all
    Bill Kent
    Fort Lauderdale

  17. Steve – my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    You have all the tools to use to get through this period – and I have confidence that you will use them all and then share with the rest of us – just how you did it!
    You are the best!
    With love,

  18. Dear Steve and family,

    My sincere condolences for your loss of your father. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to have met him recently at a SSN meeting.

    Best wishes from you extended SSN family.

  19. Thank you Steve for sharing your personal life with us.
    Your strength in the video framed the enduring love for your father.
    Walter Seibold leaves a legacy that we as your partners will receive through you Steve.

  20. Dear Steve,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your Father!!!

    My best,

    Dick Scialabba

  21. Steve,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies are with you and your family at this time. I lost my dad last year. He was my inspiration that taught me we could do anything we want to in life. It was really through his loss did I come to realize I wanted to do motivational speaking. He was a great “motivationalist” through coaching (athletic) and speech. You will find this experience will drive you to discover speeches in your self you didn’t realize you had. Your dad will speak to you more than he ever did before. Wishing you all the lessons of your life with him will be shared around the world through your gift of speech and the celebration of his life.

    Bless you with pure love and light always!

  22. Steve,
    I can only wish you peace and serenity in a time such as this. Your father was obviously an incredible man to have raised a son like you. Remember the good times buddy.

    Stay strong and keep the faith.


  23. Steve, So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know how much you appreciated your Dad and how wonderful it is to be able to celebrate a parents life.I offer my sincere condolences. May he pass in peace knowing the impact he has made in this world.
    My blessings and prayers to you and your family

  24. Steve,
    I met you about 12 days ago and took your free ten day course. Excellent course. Thank you.

    Sorry to hear about your Dad. My dad passed away last year and it is a challenging time for everyone.

    However, like your Dad, my Dad left a great legacy. You have accomplished so much in your life and you were able to give that back to him. Many people find success after their parents passed. For you, that is not the case. Your Dad watched you become the highest paid public speaker, tv show, mentor, and everything else you have manifested. He got to see it all. For that, you are so lucky! Best wishes,
    Mike Prov, Ft. Lauderdale Florida

  25. Steve,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your Father’s passing and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May the peace that comes from memories of the love you shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Blessings and Be Well,


  26. Very sorry for your loss, Steve. Thoughts winging their way across the pond to you and yours. Take care, mate.

  27. Dear Steve.

    I’ve only recently come to know of you since I’ve been doing your free speaking course. Your zest for life is so obvious, and I’m sure that must be in no small part due to your folks.

    My Dad passed 11 years ago after a hard illness, and I know that the strain can be huge. As hard as it was, I consider it a blessing to have had the opportunity to be there with him, through it. Judging by what I’ve seen of you on your videos and the way you speak of him, I’m guessing that’s true for you too.

    What a blessing that your Dad is obviously a part of your heart and will be forever. My heart goes out to you and your family. My condolences to you all.

    May the joy of such a beautiful relationship soon outshine the sadness of your loss.

    Remember to breathe.


  28. When all is said and done it comes down to family. Thoughts and prayers with you and yours Steve. Appreciate all you do.

    Ward and Ali Lyon

  29. When all is said and done it comes down to family! Appreciate all you do. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Ward & Ali Lyon

  30. Steve, my deepest sympathies for your father’s passing, and heartfelt joy for the celebration of the life a treasured man in your life. He no doubt helped influence the man you are, and you have been an important force for good in mine. Blessings to you and Dawn and your entire family.

  31. Dear Steve,

    I’m sorry for your loss. I know he was an inspiration to you.

    My father died earlier this year and it seems they were about the same age. My dad was certainly mine. He was quite the motivational speaker himself. I was sked to deliver a eulogy at his service and I believe it was (with his inspiration) the best speech I have ever made.

    There are tears, of course. As an athlete you understand well the concept of the sprinters on a track team running a relay race. I find it comforting to realize that the baton has been passed. His race is run; run well. Now it is our turn to carry it for our portion.

    Best wishes,

  32. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Theron and I will keep you, Dawn, your mom and everyone in your family in our prayers.

    God Bless.
    Theron & Lisa

  33. Steve, Dawn and your Mom,

    Susi’s and my thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. Through all the sorrow there are the countless memories of love, respect, fun, admiration and support, which will be with you forever.

    Celebrate the wonderful relationship you had with him. Many sons are not that lucky anymore to exerience the great love between a father and a son.


  34. Hi Steve,

    I just got news via your video that your dad passed away.

    It’s easy to see how proud you are of your dad and how proud
    he was of you.

    I want to thank you for being one of my favorite mentors all these years.
    Love your content!

    John Branham
    Seattle, Washington

  35. Steve,

    May the wonderful memories of your Dad bring you and Dawn comfort and joy. My prayers are for peace that surpasses all understanding.


  36. Hey Steve,

    Nice post and tribute to your father; I can tell you loved him. I would have liked to have met him and perhaps I can meet your mother one day. Our dads at those ages have precious wisdom.

    I was touched at the workshop when you told the story of how your father supported you in tennis in your younger years, and I remember being impressed. I also remember your comments of how your parents were there for you during tough times; obviously very good people.

    God bless you, Dawn, your mother, and the family during this tender time and Brenda & I send along our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes.


  37. Steve,

    Do you remember when we spoke on stage together in San Diego some years ago? Remember they were lined-up to get into the venue at 6am and it didn’t open till 8.30? It was a packed house and the audience was going nuts. They were just so excited!

    During a break, your Dad came up to me and said that there’s a whole bunch of people outside waiting for me to sign YOUR book!

    I said to him “I can’t sign Steve’s book!”

    He said ” Yes you can. You’re funnier than him!”

    Steve, you’re absolutely right – your Dad was a GREAT guy! And he was so proud of You!

    In Australia we call great blokes like your Dad ‘True Blue’. He was True Blue!

    I didn’t get to meet Bill Gove. I feel really bummed about that.

    But I got to meet your Dad, and I feel so very lucky and privileged to be able to say that. I loved the guy!

    We are thinking of you and Dawn and Mom.

    Love ya mate!


  38. I’m sincerely sorry for your great loss, but agree with Mike so much, I want to ditto what he said:

    Blessings and joy to you, Steve, as you live through this time. You made your dad a proud father and he’ll move through you the rest of your life and beyond.

  39. Steve my father passed away earlier this year. We hadn’t spoken for 23 years but for the last 3. The greatest gift in his passing was realizing just how much he meant to us all and remembering all of his amazing and wonderful contributions – something we neglected to do at length in his living years. I hope and trust that you may experience the same or similar. With Understanding and Empathy Christopher ( Sydney Australia )

  40. God bless you and your family, Steve. My family’s thoughts and prayers are sent to yours. As I have had the opportunity to know the quality of person that you are, your father must have been a giant of a man with enriching qualities of kindness and love of life. My sincerest condolences.

  41. Thinking of you – thanks for putting this blog out there – we are so impacted by our parents and what they teach us, just as we impact upon our kids and do the best we can each day.

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