Posted on Monday, 15th October 2007 by admin
I realize most blogs are topic-specific, but my life is a panoply of interests & experiences, and my blog has to mirror that. Here’s an overview of how we got here:
1982 I’m a 8lb. 7oz. blank slate of sexiness for God to work with.
1983 My mom enters my name into a national Wonder Bread drawing for a racing go-kart. I become the youngest winner in national Wonder Bread drawing history. I can’t remember, but my victory speech was probably brief and unintelligible.
1989 My family buys our first computer, a blazing IBM 286. One of the first things my 2nd grade brain thought was a good idea was transcribing an entire book about dinosaurs word-for-word. This would prove to be the first of a lifetime of random personal challenges I would set for myself.
1994 I win my school Spelling Bee then subsequently get destroyed at the regional competition by kids who remembered to pick up the study guide the month before.
1997 I go on my first mission trip to St John, in the Virgin Islands. I start taking God seriously for the first time, and I discover a passion for experiencing other cultures.
2000 My high school volleyball team wins the state championship. I wish we had a documentary film crew following us through the tournament because we were Buster Douglas-level underdogs the entire time. And we had some blinding banana-yellow uniforms.
2001 In Los Angeles for a weekend, I convince my mom that this was our one chance to be contestants on The Price is Right. She can think of 100 things she’d rather do, but she comes along. I get called to the stage and subsequently win the Showcase Showdown, walking away with $24,000 in Bob Barker’s booty.
June 2003 I fly to Amsterdam to surprise my then-girlfriend with an engagement ring that she picked out. She tells me she’s not ready to get married so I just hang out for the next 5 days then fly home. I’m about 35% heartbroken, 65% confused, and 100% glad I got to go to Amsterdam.
2003 I’m offered my dream job. Interning for the Philadelphia 76ers three days a week. It was my dream job for about 3 weeks, then I realized I was driving 4 hours round trip to work and I wasn’t getting paid.
June 2004 Having graduated college and feeling the call of the adventure, I pack a bag and jump on a plane for Honolulu. I discover there’s no better feeling in the world than the payoff after taking a bold step of faith & successfully conquering the butterflies of the unknown.
August 2004 My net worth in the low double-figures, I take the first job I can find - a security guard for some new show ABC is doing called “Lost.” After one week of the 6pm to 6am shift, I realize I have to find another job. This “Lost” show will be a flop anyway. Who gets lost on the north shore of Oahu??
September 2004 I’m offered a job at an IT firm specializing in asset management. Suddenly I’m making $40,000 a year. Anyone want to go out on Friday?? I’m buying!
July 2005 I meet the girl that will forever change my perspective on the possibility of one finding a soulmate.
January 2007 I realize that I live in Hawaii, I’m working 8-5, I can literally see people surfing out the window from my cubicle, and I am in my cubicle. The term cubic-hell becomes a realization, and I’m on a mission to get the mo-eff out of there.
February 2007 I marry the aforementioned perspective-altering girl and we throw an incredible wedding with 300 people for $6500. Beat that.
June 2007 My co-worker, Justin, knows of my cubic-hell predicament and invites me to a three day real estate investing seminar thrown by the Rich Dad institution. This weekend changes the course of my life in a tremendous way*, but they sucker us out of $24,000 in “continued education.” I remain pissed at myself to this day. Not that the education was bad. I just could have gotten it for 1/10th of the price.
September 2007 While trying to build our fledgling real estate investment business, out of our own necessity we discover an incredible system for generating property leads. Justin & I postpone our investing efforts temporarily as we build and market this system to other investors. I discover the heretofore unrealized goldmine that is internet marketing.
October 2007 Due to our unique lead generation system, I’m accepted to attend a think tank with the top 40 virtual real estate investing minds in the country. For the first time, I truly understand the value of rubbing shoulders with great people, several of which have fortunately since become mentors and/or joint venture partners.
February 2008 I leave the corporate world for good. I also hire my first two virtual assistants, forever changing the model by which I’ll do business & live life. I come to understand the power of outsourcing in enabling me to work ON my business instead of IN my business, and to free up time to enjoy family & life.
September 2008 We hit a large revenue target for the year and buy a significant chunk of ownership in one of the fastest-growing social networking platforms on the internet.
December 2008 Time to give back big time. We partner with RealEstateInvestor.com on an online fundraising initiative and raise $27,600.00 in 30 days for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
2009 The story continues. Top secret big things in the works…
* It was at this point I realized that the rich truly live in a different mindset and a different paradigm than the poor and middle-class. I understood that if I was ever going to be able to provide for my family as much as I want, live my passion for traveling the globe, and give money away freely and often, I would have to align myself with this paradigm and start surrounding myself with people who were already living it.