1. One of my favorite memories as a child was opening up my piggy bank and counting my money. I guess you could say I’ve always been fascinated with money.
2. I ran six marathons in a year. Technically it took me 370 days, but I think that’s close enough to count a all being run in one year. I learned a powerful lesson after my first marathon.
It’s easy to complete a marathon. Just put one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles.
3. I bought my first business, A1 Cleaning, while I was in my third year in college. I cleaned toilets, emptied garbage and vacuumed carpets. This was my first taste of entrepreneurial bliss. I was doing dirty work and loving it because it was my business. While running A-1 cleaning I fell in love with business and studied accounting, so I could become intimately knowledge with the language of business.
4. I started my second business while I was on unemployment during the worst financial crisis my generation has ever known. I know the difficulties of not having a steady income, pulling myself up by my bootstraps and getting a business up and profitable during the worst of times.
5. My first two years in business I was unprofitable. Then I remember the simple keys to getting control of money. Four years from that day, I had grown my business so that it created my ideal life. I was making great money, socking lots of cash away to retirement and taking a vacation every month.
6. I ran a public accounting company for 11+ years.
7. I love building model airplanes. I love the detail painting and the process of putting a bunch of pieces together to create a masterpiece.
8. I’ve been to the moon. Well not literally, only twelve people actually walked on the moon. However, I interviewed Dr. Edgar Mitchell about his visit to the moon. The way he shared his experience with me transported me back decades to the time when he walked to Cone Crater with Alan Shepherd. It truly was an out of this world experience.
9. I can throw a mean newspaper. While I was a teenager my father developed a serious health condition that ended my parent’s marriage. We were instantly thrown into poverty and in order to make ends meet, during high school I woke up at 2 or 3 am each morning to deliver newspapers to our paper route. It was my way of helping our family make ends meet.
10. My son Levi calls me Soaring Eagle. My oldest daughter Norah calls me Mighty Oak. My second daughter Claire calls me Hot Smokes. My youngest daughter Zoe calls me Stop It.
11. I prioritize my life by the Pareto Principle. It is my measuring stick to make sure I don’t waste this precious time I have on the third rock from the sun.
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