My adolescence in South Carolina was spent engaged in competitive sports, swimming, golfing, fishing, hunting, watching steeple chases, tailgating, barbeque, pig-roasts, and fine arts awareness (via parents). My coming of age revolved around tobacco (dip, chew and cigarettes), binge drinking and some other recreational stuff. I started working when I was 13 as a golf course club house attendant. After that I waited tables, sold ski equipment, delivered flowers, and got involved with landscaping and sprinkler systems. All of this while engaged in a year round soccer habit. It all made for an interesting and busy time.
I finished High School in 1988, and I headed off to Virginia Tech. I was in the first engineering class at VT that was required to have a PC. My dual floppy PC was a beast. I left Blacksburg in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business, 2 years of engineering related work experience, and a lifetime of things to make up for.
The next 5 years were a blur. I did the corporate thing
(consulting and technical sales) during daytime hours to pay the bills, and every other waking moment
was spent pursuing various online and real estate related ventures.
That 5 years seemed like 3
lifetimes, but it paid off. I went self
employed in 2000,and I've lived the ups and downs of
entrepreneurial life since.
In 2000, just after going self employed, my retirement savings got clobbered in dotCom crash. In 2007 I was months away from rolling out of what would have been a very successful 4 year real estate run when I got caught in a real estate market crash. In 2008, the mortgage crisis rolled thru and decimated what was left after 2007. From 2007 thru 2012 I worked 80 hour weeks to lose money. It was 'great'. I avoided bankruptcy due to support from those closest to me.
In 2012 my physical body was falling apart and there was no sign of true recovery in the real estate world (contrary to the media and politicians). In January 2013 I retired my contracting belt and my real estate development work with no real intentions of returning to them full-time (but I'll never say never.....). My goal for 2013-15 was to focus on starting one or several businesses in the Technology realm. I also began to focus on physical and energetic healing from 20 years of work at a punishing pace.
In 2015 life was pretty good. I had added 6 surgeries to the 9 I had prior to
2012, I was making progress with my computer work, and I was paying off private
loans from the real estate bust when I got caught by Bank of America in the
derivative HELOC crisis. Do you see a trend with these contrived
banking problems?? 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2015 How is it I, as a
self-employed small business man can't seem to get ahead nor get away from the
banking problems? I've worked too much and too hard to start over again
within a system that is broken. After a horrific experience with deviant
Bank of America bankers, my focus in May 2015 switched to providing amo for a
battle with our bankers.
I've traveled to 40 countries, I speak conversational Spanish and far less German. I have a wonderful girlfriend, and we are big cat lovers. My fun is usually related to my work in some form or another, so not a lot of outside 'hobbies', but I wouldn't be where I am today without an introduction to silent meditation when I was 28 years old. When wading into meditation I started with 5 minutes a day. I progressed to 15 minutes a day, then 30, then an hour, and then a few. At each stage there are different types of benefits. No one should go thru life without exploring meditation to some degree, even if it's only for 5 minutes a day.
Thru various personal experiences, I have come to believe in reincarnation.
Without a glimpse into prior lives, it is difficult to get a true understanding
of the world we live in. If I could
share one message with the world, it would be a very simple message...
"Clarity comes in the present moment. Should you ever find yourself lonely or lost, never forget the inside option. That said, no amount of introspection can replace the awareness that is gained from travelling abroad nor the self-confidence that is gained via hard work and healthy competition. If you leave but a cup of remorse upon your passing, you will have lived a life worth living."
It's 9/21/2015, and I'm now off to out some bankers.
If you see me drowning, I hope you'll lend a hand.