Life's 10% What Happens To You, 90% What You Do About It!
He told me he drank his first beer at 13, smoked his first joint at 14 and snorted his first line of coke at 15.
His dad did each one with him.
To say my new friend had the chips stacked against him would be an understatement. Yet somehow he's not only survived 51 years he's figured out how to thrive!
Married, two kids, and sober since the night of June 19th, 1986. That's the night Len Bias a rookie for the Boston Celtics died of a cocaine-induced cardiac arrest. For whatever reason, that event shocked him into the reality of where he was headed and he chose to change the trajectory of his life.
He simply says it was all just part of God's divine plan.
At 26 he combined the knowledge he learned working on engines at his Dads mechanic shop along with the Engineering degree he somehow earned while partying his way through school to start a Diesel engine design software business.
Through perseverance and smarts, he spent the next 25 years making it a success.
Last June he sold it for a cool 250 million!
Lucky bastard? Most definitely! How often though does someone site their upbringing as the excuse for their on going problems and failing to reach their potential? What destroys one man fuels (pun intended) another!
My new friend cited the relationship with his father, you know the one who introduced his son to the partying lifestyle, as one of his drivers to succeed.
He spent most of the years after college channeling his energy into building his business. He was estranged from his father for 9 of those years, which sadly is something I could relate with him on.
Today him and his Dad are "ok" My new friend reached out to his father out of the blue after coming to peace in his heart with help from our church. He's still working on the relationship with his Dad by working more so on himself.
For most intents and purposes this man is wildly successful. As he says though he's nowhere close to reaching his lofty goals all of which now aren't encumbered with the burden of money.
What a blessing!
Something tells me the last half of my new friend's journey is going to be equally, if not more fulfilling than his first.
All of us should be so fortunate.
Never stop working on yourself regardless of what life throws at you and good things will happen.
That's advice you can take to the bank