Phil Burks

“When life serves up a Failure Sandwich, do you refuse to take a bite?”

Phil Burks

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Phil Burks is a highly-respected mentor, entrepreneurial speaker, and commencement speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people achieve their dreams. He is passionate about inspiring others to step out of their comfort zones, take risks, and pursue their goals with fervor. As an experienced business executive and entrepreneur, Phil has a wealth of knowledge and insights to share with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

One of Phil’s greatest strengths is his ability to connect with his audience on a personal level. Whether he’s speaking to a group of students, entrepreneurs, or business leaders, Phil has a knack for making everyone feel valued and understood. With his infectious energy and magnetic personality, Phil has the rare ability to motivate and inspire people to reach new heights of success. From sharing his own personal story to providing practical advice and tips, Phil is a dynamic and engaging speaker who always leaves a lasting impression on his audience.

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What people are saying.

I first met Phil when he was a young boy. I am the guy who gave him his first ride in an airplane (and the rest is history, so to speak!). I knew his parents before Phil existed and even before they knew each other. I see much of them reflected in these pages. Reconnecting with Phil after 55 years is one of the highlights of my 88+ years. It was a joy to fill in the gaps of how God worked in their lives and to see His grace working from one generation to another. Yes, life is often “messy,” but Phil shows that with prayer, perseverance, and the power of God, all things are possible.

Bernie May, Sr.

Founder, Seed Company, Former President, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Former President, JAARS

How to Eat a Failure Sandwich is the Swiss Army knife of books. I found it to be packed full of humor, life lessons, historic reminders, a primer on the evolution of technology, inspiration, business acumen, and leadership insights. Burks has filled these pages with wisdom, and you're sure to benefit significantly from reading and reflecting on his words.

Brian Brandt

CEO, Core Insights

Like R.G. LeTourneau, the founder of LeTourneau University, Phil didn't quit in the face of adversity. Mr. LeTourneau is known for his hundreds of patents and the creation of the world's giant machines, but the general public never witnessed the thousands of hours and the failures along the way that led to his success. As a student at LeTourneau University, Phil saw Mr. LeTourneau's entrepreneurial spirit and heart for sharing the Good News of Jesus to the world. It is that spirit that he captures in How to Eat a Failure Sandwich!

Steven D. Mason

Ph.D.: President, LeTourneau University
The American Dream often includes some nightmares along the way. If you can stay the course, you learn to cherish the latter in pursuit of the former. Phil Burks has done that very thing. Phil not only documents in How to Eat a Failure Sandwich what it means to be a successful entrepreneur, but also what it means to be a successful human being.

Jason Wright

Founder, Texas Titan Media
In this well-crafted tale--told, no doubt, with the story-telling skills the author hammered out on the anvil of his hilarious mishaps as a young radio DJ and TV broadcaster--Phil Burks gives us an authentic and entertaining portrait of how to roll with the punches, how to accept, examine, and learn from failure, and how to eventually win at this thing we call life. And importantly, the reader is reminded that winning is rightfully defined as leading a life focused on pursuing your God-given purpose. How to Eat a Failure Sandwich is a quick, yet meaty, gem!

Wade Myers

Investor and Entrepreneur