In 1986, Jim Carroll and Dr. Phil McGraw, of the Dr. Phil Show, met in the driveway of one of Dr. Phil’s friends. Jim was being recruited to attend a seminar created by Dr. Phil and was convinced it was going to be a cult experience…he was wrong.
Worshiping Dr. Phil
When Dr. Phil pulled up in his red Porsche, Jim approached the vehicle and fell down on his hands and knees in mock worship. Dr. Phil instantly comprehended the situation and instead of taking offense, stared at Jim and said, “Don’t come to the seminar if all you are going to do is breathe up all my gas.”
The Seminar Challenge
From the first night in the seminar, Jim stood and challenged Dr. Phil to prove that his program worked. Anger controlled and hindered his ability to have a positive attitude toward any of the games and drills. He wrote off the beginning of the seminar as a total waste and promised he wouldn’t return for more. But compelled by those hurting few, Jim returned to Part II of the seminar.
When he returned to the seminar, later renamed Pathway Seminars, Dr. Phil made Jim promise to give 100%. During the seminar, Jim and Phil came face to face in a negotiation that Phil won. As a result, Jim released his anger and REOPENED his heart. From that moment on, Jim’s life was changed forever.
Training Under Dr Phil
Jim was so impressed with the results of the seminars that he later returned as a trainer, and learned under the Direction of Dr. Phil. In the Spring of 1993, Jim asked Dr. Phil for permission to share a similar seminar and Dr. Phil encouraged Jim to make it happen. His advice was,
With that encouragement, Jim created The Road Adventure seminars. In February of 2003, Jim took all of his years of experience at Pathways and The Road Adventure and created The Marriage Boot Camp seminars. Instead of the eight day seminar, Jim condensed the program into a four-day intense encounter for minimal costs. Dr. Phil continues to endorse the Marriage Boot Camp to this day.
Jim and The Marriage Boot Camp are now being featured on WEtv through a reality TV series and have already been featured on TLC & Discovery Health. The non-TV seminars still happen on a regular basis and are changing hundreds of lives and relationships.