Bill Hargenrader

Healthy living enthusiast, technology futurist, cybersecurity consultant, entrepreneur, success coach, seeker of knowledge, adventure, and good times.

Our Kickstarter Book Project Launch: Love, Forgive, Never Give Up

Lover Forgive Never Give Up Book CoversAfter years in the making… Daniele and I launched our Kickstarter  Book Project for: Love, Forgive, Never Give Up: How to Turn Tragedy Into Triumph, Adversity Into Advantage, and Take Your Life to the Next Level. 

Our mission with this book project is to empower readers to go beyond self-imposed limitations, reach their maximum potential, and become the hero of their own story, no matter what they’ve been through.

Visit out our Kickstarter campaign, watch the video, and IF this book is something that speaks to you, pledge any amount you see fit. Or if it’s not a fit for you, consider sharing this post to spread the word. Send them to

Here is a selection of the book sections:


The book starts off with the Next Level Life Vision section. You will be guided through an easy to follow, step by step process that will help you decide what you want your life to look like starting now, and moving forward through the next 10 years, all in bite-sized, easy to process increments.

Next, we walk you through identifying your major internal motivators that will set you on the path for success, and take you through a priority-focused goal setting process that gives you the clarity necessary to start making “Next Level Decisions.”


Next Level Decisions are integral in achieving sustainable growth in any area. We all make thousands of decisions every day, most of which are unconscious or automatic and don’t serve our overall well being.

The key to positive change is to identify the decisions that have the most impact, and then to consciously and intentionally make the right decisions based on your Next Level Life Vision. This book will teach you how to make these distinctions a matter of habit, freeing up your energy to direct towards what matters most to you.


The book will feature over 33 short, powerful chapters on specific, actionable ways you can practice more love, forgiveness, and perseverance in your life every single day. Each chapter teaches a crucial, in depth lesson, provides example stories and case studies to show you how to apply it, and is complete with and Take Action section that encourages you to get started right away.

Here are some of the chapter titles included in the book:

  • It Starts With Self-Love
  • Give The Love You Need
  • The Journey To Self: Why You Need To Journal
  • Be For Giving (Selfless Vs Selfish Action)
  • Forgiveness Is A Gift You Give Yourself (And Others)
  • Live Life At The Next Level (AKA Fake It Til You Make It)
  • To Be Great, Start By Being Grateful
  • The Five P’s Of Perseverance: Passion, Purpose, Plan, Persistence, And Persistence
  • How To Find The Strength In A Perceived Weakness
  • To Get Ahead… Give Back
  • Live Your Life’s Purpose: Find, Create, or Copy

Read the book straight through, or pick out the section you need to work on most in your life. Another massively impactful way to utilize this book is to focus on implementing one lesson in your life for a week at a time, and watch the quality of your thoughts and habits take on an extraordinary new direction.


To ensure you’re making meaningful progress and staying on track with your goals, we’re including a section on how to measure your progress. As a bonus, we’re providing links to bonus materials that will give you access to free online daily progress trackers and checklists to make sure you maximize and sustain your gains!


In this book, we’re not just sharing our experiences, but also the wisdom of 99 experts who have used those three powerful lessons in their own lives time and time again to overcome indomitable challenges and take their lives to places they only dreamed possible including Priya Rana Kapoor, Samara O’Shea, Ron Sparkman, Bershan Shaw, Kip Brooks, Pam Vredevelt, Austin Hill Shaw, and many more.

Thank you for all of your encouragement and support along the way!

To learn more about our Kickstarter Book Project go to:

Our Lives Are Our Stories: Love, Forgive, Never Give Up

love-forgive-and-never-give-up-logo-facebook-11nov2016-v2Stories are a metaphor for life.

When crafting the hero’s journey into our stories, inevitably our protagonist runs into conflict. If there were no conflict, there would be no real story. But what makes the story great isn’t the presence of conflict, it’s the way in which our hero handles it.

Our hero make decisions internally and takes actions externally. They dig deep and take steps forward, but inevitably run into even greater challenges. Still they dig deeper, turn on the will, and fight forward.

They face even greater challenges, challenges that scale up to the very world around them, but what makes us root for our heroes is that they never give up, and they eventually change themselves forever.

They are stronger, and better for the experience, and those around them are better as well.

Our lives are our stories.

We don’t always get what we want. But when we don’t, and when it matters, we fight forward.

We never ever give up, and some day we get to say we changed ourselves and together we changed the world.

We accept conflict because through conflict we become stronger, better versions of ourselves. Unless you turn away, hide and cower. Then you’re the fodder for the villain in the story to walk over and triumph.

We are not victims.

We are the heroes of our stories, because there are others out there who are not as strong, or not as gifted, or not as well off who need us to be.

Along the way as we walk the hero’s journey as individuals, families, and communities, let us always remember to love strongly, be forgiving, and never ever give up.

Share this if you agree, or know someone who needs to hear this.

And let me know if you have any suggestions or comments below.



Speaking at TEDx Cape May

tedx-cape-may-logoWe are less than a week away from my TEDx Cape May talk on: Our Cybersecurity Opportunity!

Excited to be among such a great lineup of speakers. Check them out here:

There’s still a few tickets left if you’re interested in attending an amazing day of talks.

For those who can’t make it, I’ll be posting my TEDx talk once it becomes available in about a month.

Til then! Bill H

From the TEDx Cape May website:

Our Cybersecurity Opportunity: What it is and why it matters.  Cybersecurity expert Bill Hargenrader offers insights and inspirations into how the cyberwar, hacker fights, and the vulnerability of our nation’s infrastructure that we see and read about via the news actually represents an opportunity for us to improve the way we interact with the world.  Through presenting the latest cyber challenges and technological advances, as well as sharing his personal story of losing his sense of identity, trust, and security, Bill will present a framework for innovating and improving upon the things that truly matter to us.

Bill Hargenrader is a United States Army Veteran, a Project Management Professional focusing on cybersecurity and innovation with the Fortune 500 technology and strategy consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and founder of Next Level Life where he focuses on empowering entrepreneurs so we can massively change the world for the better together. Bill has been quoted and featured for his cybersecurity expertise in the Washington Post,, Huffington Post, NBC news, and more.

When Bill was 8 years old, he was wrongfully committed to a mental institution for 3 years due to an unfortunate course of events. This set him on a lifelong quest of learning and discovery to figure out what the best tools are for us to truly change our lives for the better. Now, Bill is a bestselling author, and an international keynote speaker who is both a technical presenter and an inspirational motivator with his talks ranging from the latest advances in technology, to advancing through our lives realizing that we can choose to be the hero of our own story.


Red Planet Radio Podcast is Live!


Red Planet Radio is Live!

First up in the series are:
RPR 01 – Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder and President of the Mars Society
RPR 02 – SpaceX Mission Integrator: Andrew Rader
RPR 03 – Physics of SpaceX blogger: Tom Myers
RPR 04 – Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars Society

There are two ways you can listen to the podcast interview series.

#1: iTunes: Go to the Red Planet Radio page:

Then download, subscribe, listen, rate and review.

This will let you listen from your computer and phone on the go.


#2: Go to the blog post at and listen to the podcast there.

Please help us make Red Planet Radio the #1 Mars focused podcast in the world by downloading, listening to and commenting on the broadcast

Hope you enjoy!

Sharing co-hosting responsibilities for Red Planet Radio on behalf of the Mars Society will be Bill Hargenrader, Founder of Facebook’s popular I Love Mars page, and John King, Mars exploration advocate and entrepreneur.

Suggest a podcast interview by sending Bill Hargenrader and email at [email protected]

Sharing Some Good Mars News

marsBy now you probably heard about the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket anomaly/explosion/fast fire before it could put the Amos 6 into orbit… Wishing the team at SpaceX well in finding out the issues, correcting them and getting back to their mission.

Getting to Mars is hard. Space is hard. Rocket science is hard. This is a setback for sure, but it’s also a time for us to step up and continue with our efforts to continue with the most epic journey of our time.

That’s why I want to share some good news with you:

I’m excited to announce that two members of the I Love Mars Leadership Team, both Ron Sparkman and me, will be participating in a couple of Mars Events this September.

First up on September 22nd we are headed to Washington DC for the 19th annual Mars Society convention. We will be presenting a break out session titled: The Hybrid Approach Mars Mission (HAMM). We will explore combining various Mars mission types (Mars to stay, Mars to Orbit, Mars Semi-direct, etc) into 1 program to spread cost across multiple parties, and enhance chance for mission success. Let me know if you want to hear more about.

Second up on September 28th we will be headed to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to take part in the finals for the Mars City Design Contest. Our team, Mars NOW: Galactic Farms placed 1st in the agriculture category, and 3rd  overall in the first round of the competition out of over 50 teams that participated in the international contest.

We teamed up with Jeff and Melissa Pernell of Galactic Farms, along with my wife, nutritionist and cyborg, Daniele Hargenrader, to put forth an innovative design for growing green food on the red planet.

I’ll be sending you more updates on the events and outcomes. Leave your questions or comments below. Until then… Ad Mars et Ultra (To Mars and Beyond) Bill H


Mars Journey Concept Art and Inspiration Guide

Mars Journey Concept Art and Inspiration Guide

The Mars Journey series delves into the science, technology, drive, and determination of the human spirit to come together to overcome our greatest challenges, explore space, and become the first people to colonize the Red Planet.

The series is both science realistic based on technology development up to now and projected 10 – 20 years into the future, and action packed (think the Martian meets James Bond).
This Concept Art and Inspiration Guide highlights the real life pioneers, the awe inspiring technology, and the imagination of the artists that inspire me to write the pages of the Mars Journey series.
The Mars Journey series is a story about the greatest adventure of our time. I hope you are inspired as much as I am by the images that follow.
Get your free copy of Mars Journey: Call to Action Book 1 here:
Download a pdf version of the Mars Journey Concept Art and Inspiration Guide HERE
Real Life Pioneers: Inspiration, Bravery, and Courage

Book 1 starts off with American Astronauts Brent Carlson and Calvin Williams engaged in a daring rescue mission to save the lives of the Pisces commercial space station crew. The real life inspiration for these two astronauts comes from the pioneering spirits that braved the unknown and pushed human progress forward. Here are just a few of the images that get me in the right frame of mind to write the Mars Journey Story.

Edward White Gemini spacewalk – Photo: NASA

Edward White Gemini spacewalk


Spacewalk for the crew of the Apollo 9. Photo: NASA

Apollo 9 Crew Spacewalk


Buzz Aldrin exiting the Apollo Lunar Module. Photo: NASA

Buzz Aldrin Moon landing



Mars Journey Cover

The final Mars Journey cover design was determined by a contest where members of the I Love Mars community on Facebook voted on their favorite option. The dies shows Earth presented prominently in the foreground to remind us that the Mars Journey starts off here on our home planet. Since we begin the story seven years from the projected launch date, much of the action takes place on Earth and in Earth orbit. We have Mars front and center because that’s our objective and our target.

Our journey will take us to Mars one way or another. I can’t make any promises on who the crew will be, though I can say that it will be six astronauts and six Mars Now contestants.

As the book series takes us closer and closer to Mars, look for the cover art changes to illustrate the difference in perspective shifts.

Mars Journey Call to Action cover



The Wyvern Advanced Spacecraft

3.5Gs of crushing pressure exerted itself on the bodies and organs of the two astronauts geared up in their orange flight suits locked into takeoff position inside the compact Wyvern spacecraft atop the rapidly ascending Super-Colossus rocket. These two veterans of space-flight were used to these conditions. What they were not used to was the dangerous rescue mission they were embarking on—one that had never been attempted before…

In the series, the Wyvern is the pinnacle of design evolution from the NewSpace Enterprises lead by billionaire serial entrepreneur Ken Solum.

In real life, these spacecraft, capsules, and vehicles serve as an inspiration for the series.

Artists concept of the Red Dragon by SpaceX

SpaceX Red Dragon


Interior of the Crew Dragon with Elon Musk. Photo by SpaceX

Elon Musk inside the crew dragon by spacex


Space Shuttle Discovery. Photo by NASA

Space Shuttle Discovery


The Journey Spacecraft

  “At that, the elevator bay doors opened with an accompanying pneumatic whir, revealing the cavernous space of the underground Hangar Bay 99. The room was so massive that it took Brent a moment to realize his eyes weren’t being tricked by an optical illusion.  Hundreds of workers moved to and fro, some in orange body suits and others in biohazard suits. Like bees in a hive, they buzzed back and forth, but all centered around the queen of the nest, the centerpiece of the room, the nearly completed body of the Journey I spacecraft.”

 The Journey is more than just a title for the book, it’s also the name of the massive spacecraft that will take our crew to Mars. At over 100 meters long from bow to stern and weighing over 500 tons, the Journey is a most impressive sight. Artist Douglas Shrock’s rendering serves as an inspiration for the final design.  Douglas Shrock –

Journey Spacecraft by Shrox

Want to see the rest of the guide? Download it here: Mars Journey Concept Art and Inspiration Guide.

Get your free copy of Mars Journey: Call to Action Book 1 here:

Answer this question in the comments below: What Mars based books, movies, artists, and/or real life pioneers inspire you?

 Bill Hargenrader Thank YouBill Hargenrader is the bestselling author of the near future science fiction thriller series: Mars Journey Call to Action.

Michael Rozbruch, AKA the TAXMAN, Interviewed by Bill Hargenrader – Next Level Life – Empowered Entrepreneur Edition Ep. 14

Michael Rozbruch

Today’s Next Level Life Interview, Empowered Entrepreneur Edition, is with Michael Rozbruch founder of Michael Rozbruch’ s Tax and Business Solutions Academy, a training and consulting services company that trains and helps other CPAs, Attorneys and Enrolled Agents (as well as other professionals) to build highly profitable practices through proven marketing systems and strategies.

On the verge of a personal bankruptcy in 1998, he started Tax Resolution Services, Co. on his dining room table with zero clients and grew it into a nationally marketed powerhouse registering $23 million in sales, 4,000 clients and 125 employees.

We talked about Michael’s successful entrepreneurial journey which at one point had him pulled over on the side of the road with his face buried in his hands, as well as covered some of his top tips for empowering entrepreneurs, as well as covering some of the things you need to know about the importance of tax planning, preparation, and response, which is critical to be aware of for anyone that runs their own business or is planning on starting one. Speaking from personal experience on that one!

I consider Michael to be a good friend, a wise advisor, and I highly encourage you to take his message to heart.

Check out more on Michael and Michael Rozbruch’ s Tax and Business Solutions Academy here:





What are some things that you learned from the interview that you can implement in the next 7 days (or sooner)? Let us know in the comments below! And let Michael and me know if you have any questions.

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To Your Next Level,

Bill Hargenrader

Brent Seal of Mavrixx Interviewed by Bill Hargenrader – Next Level Life – Empowered Entrepreneur Edition Ep. 13

Brent Seal Mavrixx Empowered Entrepreneur

Today’s Next Level Life Interview, Entrepreneur Edition, is with Brent Seal Founder Mavrixx. Mavrixx inspires us to pursue positive mental health through big adventures and mind, body, performance optimization.

We covered two of my favorite subjects, empowering entrepreneurs, and powering our minds to live our lives as purpose driven, action oriented, high performers. We talked Brent’s story of struggle and how overcoming that allowed him find his passion for helping others approach mental health in an new light, and how chasing after big dreams, climbing big mountains, and living a life of adventure keeps you sharp and focused.


Check out more on Brent and Mavrixx here:


 More about our guest:

While studying in university, Brent experienced serious mental health challenges, which led him to connect with thousands of young people around British Columbia and across Canada, graduate from his SFU Business Class as Valedictorian, and start running ultramarathons.

Brent dedicates his time to supporting and educating people of the value of mental health and wellness and exploring the outdoors – rock climbing, trail running and mountaineering around British Columbia throughout North America.

Brent is the Founder of Mavrixx – a social enterprise dedicated to supporting and inspiring young people to live great lives through wellness and adventure. Brent believes that anyone can turn their biggest challenges into their biggest opportunities and build a great life through wellness. With Mavrixx programs, Consulting, Speaking and his Adventures, he tries to inspire people to do just that.

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To Your Next Level!

Bill Hargenrader

Jeff Pernell of Galactic Farms Interviewed by Bill Hargenrader – Next Level Life – I Love Mars Edition Ep. 11


Jeff Pernell Galactic FarmsToday’s Next Level Life Interview, I Love Mars Edition, is with Jeff Pernell Founder and CEO of Galactic Farms: making good food in small places.

We covered two of my favorite subjects, empowering entrepreneurs, and powering our human Mars exploration and habitation. We talked hydroponics, aquaponics, bioponics, how to grow food in a tracker trailer sized shipping container, and some tips on pursuing your passions.

Check out more on Galactic Farms here: @galacticfarms

Inside the Container Galactic Farms

 More about our guest:

Jeff Pernell is the founder of Galactic Farms, which makes good food in small places. In 2014, Jeff designed and built an aquaponics microgreens system for the University of Montana Dining Services (UMDS).

That year, Jeff founded Galactic Farms (GF) and his company was contracted to design, build, and implement SPACE 200, an aquaponics educational system for UMDS. That year GF also worked with the commander of Hi-SEAS, a year-long Mars simulation project funded by NASA, to create an experimental bioponics system for the crew to work with while in isolation from the surrounding environment.

At the end of 2015, Jeff built the GF Demonstration System, a vertical bioponics system that is currently providing year-round culinary herbs to the Missoula Community Food Coop and the Western Montana Growers Cooperative, with plenty of plans for growth in the future.

Here are some of the books by authors and individuals that tie in to today’s show:

Packing for Mars:

Leaving Earth: Why One-Way to Mars Makes Sense

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Ad Mars Et Ultra (To Mars And Beyond)

Bill Hargenrader

Vera Mulyani of Mars City Design Interviewed by Bill Hargenrader – Next Level Life – Lifestyle Entrepreneur Edition Ep. 10

Today’s Next Level Life Interview, I Love Mars Edition, is with Vera Mulyani Founder of CEO of Mars City Design.

“CREATORS OF A FUTURE HISTORY, from around the world, are uniting today with MARS CITY DESIGN, creating the blueprints of a sustainable city, its possible lives, art, architecture, science and technology for Mars.”

We talked Mars research, art, multidisciplinary collaboration, influences, putting the fun in Mars exploration, growing a business, and more.

Check out more on Mars City Design here:

More about our guest:

Ms. Mulyani’s multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art; architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialized in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business development. Ms. Mulyani contributes her expertise in applying combining these fields, creating a collaborative competition platform for designing cities for Mars, our next step to settle the Red Planet. Ms. Mulyani is the Master Architect and planner of Mars City Design.

Mars City Design’s mission is to design the blueprint for sustainable cities on Mars

Mars City Design is a human movement, comprised of not only scientists and engineers, but also, experts from the vast landscape of artistic vocations.

Here are some of the books by authors and individuals that tie in to today’s show:

Packing for Mars:

Leaving Earth: Why One-Way to Mars Makes Sense

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