As a seventeen-year-old volunteer firefighter, Brian Walsh suffered third-degree burns to his face. But he chose not to let that tragedy destroy him, and instead used it to create a magnificent life—both personally and professionally.
Minutes before Brian Walsh, then just a teenager, heard his beeper go off, calling him to help put out another fire, he was on top of the world. An hour later, after a freak flashover and confusion that sent the junior firefighter into the inferno against regulations, Brian had suffered such profound burns to his face that he was unidentifiable to his fellow firefighters.
Nearly everyone expected him to die that night.
He did not.
Nearly everyone expected him to die in the burn unit where, over the next month, every other patient died.
Nearly everyone, including family and friends, expected Brian to choose a professional life that would keep him from showing his face, and the personal life of a hermit.
He did not.
Boldly forging a path forward with courage, grace, and determination, Brian silenced his doubters and defied all expectations.
Decades later, Brian is an extraordinarily successful and renowned financial planner, family man, community fixture, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and industry leader. In this stirring autobiography, he tells his incredible story, sharing the lessons that only tragedy could teach and how they helped him—and can help anyone—achieve greater success, inside and out.
Beyond the Mask is the moving and inspirational story of how one horrific moment can define a human being forever—in the most life-affirming way.
"This book is filled with real life wisdom that can help you be more, do more, and serve more."
– Nido Qubein, President of High Point University
"Brian Walsh had to endure something truly horrifying to learn lessons that helped him live an incredible life. He shares them in this book, which is a gift to anyone who reads this inspiring, powerful, and engaging story."
– Jon Gordon, bestselling author of "The Carpenter" and "Training Camp"
"Sometimes the best life lessons are learned from people who have gone through unimaginable hardship. Brian Walsh pushed through his tragedy to become one of the best leadership teachers, and his reflections and advice are invaluable."
– Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary
"I've been telling Brian Walsh for years that he needed to write a book. He did not just write one, but he wrote a great one. My friend learned to live a life with a new face. And he now teaches us to do the same...to put down our masks, face ourselves and ignite a fire in our heart to live, lead, and love in a more burning way."
– Tommy Spaulding, New York Times bestselling author of "The Heart-Led Leader" and "It's Not Just Who You Know"