In The Shed

Chronically Positive

To be ‘chronically positive’ is to spend more time focusing on the positives, while keeping negative thoughts and actions to a bare minimum. My son, Tyler (16), has been enduring a 14+ year battle with a rare kidney illness, which on many occasions results in hospital stays, countless medications and an exhausting physical toll. Through it all he has maintained a positive outlook on life that betrays his youth. He is a decade long student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a perennial straight A student and an accomplished jazz guitarist with his own band, Tyler Ransom and the Handsomes! I asked him about his process, how he approaches and deals with adversity and stays focused on his steps to accomplish goals. He shared his simple, yet profoundly insightful ‘5 step system.’ I apply it to my life both personally and professionally with results of equal measure. Learning from my teen son has not only humbled me, it has empowered me. Read this book and put his system to use.

Who will benefit from this book?

*Self-improvement and enlightenment seekers

*People facing health and medical challenges

*Achievers and believers

*Anyone with emotional or financial stress.


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About the Authors

Known for his prolific storytelling, off color humor and forthrightness, Marlon Ransom, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, coffee connoisseur and father. He likes challenges, recently took up long boarding, has perfected the art of active listening and specializes in being a damn good friend. His work inspires the reader to take action and get others to join in. His son Tyler Ransom is a writer in his own right as he emulates his father with a youthful twist. He is refining his skills as a junior in high school demolishing his AP classes. Follow his journey at and his music takeover on his Instagram page @soulfulplaying. Visit Marlon at

Book Reviews

November 7, 2019
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5 Stars
Chronically positive is a captivating memoir and a story about immense courage. The courage of a parent to tell the story of how he was able to confront and pacify his own childhood memories, while taking care of, learning from, and growing with his own children. And the courage of a child chronically determined to stay positive, no matter what. Determined to enjoy and embrace life as a journey, with its ups and downs, full of wonders waiting to be discovered.

March 21, 2019
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5 Stars
When we’re born and raised, we’re left to wade through life without an owner’s manual to help  us overcome obstacles and triumph in the face of adversity. Chronically Positive is the owner’s  manual we all should have been issued at birth. Through the daunting journey of Tyler and Marlon, we are taught and reminded that the only path to success and happiness in this life is
unrelenting positivity. They give us the steps to stay positive on the daily. I’ve been reading about the power of positive thinking for decades, but this is the only book which proves it with
real world trials, tribulations, examples, and a wonderful and compelling human story. When life serves you lemons, you’ll never forget how Tyler and Marlon overcame seemingly
insurmountable obstacles with chronic positivity. This is the perfect gift for anyone struggling with life’s challenges.

March 16, 2019
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Such a beautifully written book by Tyler & his father Marlon about the journey of their lives and how they have come to stay positive with an outlook to focus on solutions rather than problems. The book delves into the inner psyche and emotional journey of a man's life which I could identify with on many levels. People have it tough but it's how you face lifes obstacles in order to grow and prosper that had me engulfed. A great inspiring read!

January 3, 2018
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5 Stars
A beautifully written book depicting the thoughts, actions and inner growth experiences of a Son and his Father who demonstrate the power of courage , self discipline, positivity and a winning spirit while living with chronic kidney disease. This inspirational story is for anyone looking for ideas to overcome life challenges and make self improvement to the quality of life while learning what its like to live with chronic illness. A must read and great gratitude gift to give others

Sharlane Bailey
January 7, 2018
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5 Stars
I loved the book. I learned so much about the authors too. What I gained the most was the last chapter on TBD. It's so true to be thankful and to show thanks and appreciation to those that made an impact in our lives. I will do it now and set an expiration date…no reason to wait until it's too late. Thank you Marlon and Tyler for opening up and sharing some of your most troublesome moments. I can't wait to share the five steps with the rest of my family.

January 1, 2018
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5 Stars
WOW. This book grabbed me from the introduction and did not let go. I really loved the back and forth, father & son writing. Their stories were very heartwarming – I had tears in my eyes a few times imagining their experiences. Sometimes their stories were laugh out loud funny. And always they gave real, memorable tips on staying positive and living life to the fullest. Crazy that I felt I had nothing in common with them, and afterward I realized I learned some serious life lessons that I will be putting to use daily.