In the immortal words of Biggie Smalls, "It was all a dream..." I was 13 years old and was just starting high school.
I lived in a small town and life was simple. Less than 100 miles away, there was a company changing the world. The
CEO of this company was Bill Gates
. I grew up in Washington state and everyone
knew who Bill Gates was. Everyone knew who Microsoft was - and they still do. This was the first
time I witnessed one man making a world wide impact - in real time. Even from afar, the impact was obvious.
Later that year I had a life changing experience. I went to see the head football coach of Notre Dame speak - his name
is Lou Holtz. The one down side was that I would have to sit through two days of someone I have never heard of named Jim Rohn.
This is when everything changed.
I remember that seminar as if it was yesterday. This was the when I heard someone say, "You can create your future."
and it clicked.
I sat for two days, mesmerized by learning the Philosophy of Success - which I affectionately call the Philosophy of Conscious
Creation because success is subjective in many cases, yet we all create, even what we don't want.
I remember when I heard, "Never wish things were easier, Wish you were better."
Or, "Never wish for less problems, Wish for more skills."
Or, "Invent something people use once and you'll make a million dollars, Invent something people use every day and you'll
make hundreds of millions of dollars."
My favorite, "A traditional education will make you a living, a Self-education will make you a fortune!"
By the time Lou Holtz came out to speak, I had almost no interest in what he had to say because my mind was blown, my
brain was full, and my dreams were ignited.
Fast forward 4 years...