Former U.S. Congressman Says ‘Use Your Gifts’ and Shares Other Tips He Wishes He’d Known in College


“Ric Keller hits just the right note in Chase the Bears. Not only is it engaging, inspiring, and funny, but it also offers readers a solid plan for achieving their dreams. I love this book!” — Jack Canfield, coauthor of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles

Orlando, FL, September 26, 2022 — Former Congressman Ric Keller admits that chasing after the family of bears that scampered across his front lawn wasn’t the brightest decision. He had taken an educated risk to prolong his view of something breathtaking, and after the experience, it occurred to him that, metaphorically, “chasing the bears” is exactly what more people needed to do.

“Most people are content to stay inside, play it safe and look out their windows as life passes them by,” Keller said. “Eventually, the clock runs out. On the other hand, a few people take a risk and chase their dreams. They ‘chase the bears.’”

In his new book, Chase the Bears:

Little Things to Achieve Big Dreams, Keller shares tips and techniques to help readers turn their aspirations and thoughts into reality — no matter where they start in life. 

Chase the Bears is about becoming the best version of yourself by using your gifts and taking chances that are aligned with your purpose.”

Keller added

The book is divided into two sections: Connecting Your Gifts to Your Goals and Connecting with People. In Part One, Keller starts with the importance of discovering your gifts, trusting your intuition and setting specific goals that are aligned with your purpose. Readers learn how to take actions to move toward their dreams by taking educated risks and making persistent efforts to achieve each baby-step goal. 

Part Two of the book is focused on connecting with people and cultivating authentic long-term relationships. Keller shows readers how to network the right way. He also explains why leading with boldness, civility, humility and a little humor will make them leaders worth following. 

Woven with fascinating anecdotes about others who have made their dreams come true, Chase the Bears aims to inspire readers to trust their instincts, use their gifts and never stop pursuing their dreams.

About the Author

Former Congressman Ric Keller served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He chaired the House Higher Education subcommittee and served on the Judiciary and Education committees. Today, he is an attorney, writer, humorist, motivational speaker and television commentator. His TEDx Talk, “The Power of Self-Deprecating Humor,” was the sixth most-watched TEDx Talk in the world in May 2022.

The power of self-deprecating humor | Ric Keller | TEDxUSFSM

You don’t need to fake it until you make it. Ric Keller show us how embracing vulnerability and leveraging self-deprecating humor can help us all succeed. | TEDx Talks

Keller received his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, where he graduated first in his class, and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He lives in Winter Park, Florida, with his wife, Lori, and their blended family. 


Visit his website at www.rickeller.net.

Chase the Bears: Little Things to Achieve Big Dreams

Publisher: HCI Books

Release Date: September 27, 2022

ISBN-10: 0757324487

ISBN-13: 9780757324482

Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Available for pre-order


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