It seemed like the right time to continue giving

At age 24, I chose to create a life of success in exchange for the life of mediocrity that I was living.

I was influenced by some friends, authors, and speakers.

I had been court martialed and incarcerated in the Navy. After discharge I was out on appeal bond facing a year and a half in jail. I dropped the appeal and went on work release; I rode the bus and caught rides, as I had lost my license for one year.

I had dropped out of University where I had four years of paid tuition, books and stipend under the G.I. Bill after three weeks, in the first quarter.

Over the next seventeen years, I became a Corporate President of a company with 23 branches in the United States and Canada. I taught one evening class at the same University, became licensed charter boat captain as an avocation.

My wife, our three children and I lived in a large home with a pool, and view property. We owned a small apartment complex and investments.

Our company was preparing to go public, investment bankers were diligently preparing us.

The Chairman and I, as President, owned about 70% of the issued stock. My boss, the Chairman and CEO, was injured in a tragic boating accident. He lost one leg just below the hip and the investment bankers abandoned the public offering.

My wife and I, and our CEO had guaranteed the SBA loans and bank borrowings. When they foreclosed we lost everything. It took eleven years to pay the negotiated settlements.

We started over.

One difference, I had learned how to become successful.

We finally bought another home, and paid 100% of the debt, including the new mortgage.

I became a marathon runner at age 42 and ran 55 marathons including Boston and completed three triathlons.

I wrote my second book which was printed in the U.S., China, Europe and French in Canada. The third book is almost complete.

I became a consultant to countless companies such as Boeing, U.S. Navy, Pemco Insurance, Carrier Corporation, and many others.

I was a founder, as a volunteer, with others, of a small half-way house which grew to over 65 half-way houses, two manufacturing plants and doing over $80 million per annum, Pioneer Human Services.

Years ago, I formulated my philosophy, my mission in life, “To spend the rest of my life helping people who want to be helped.”

I chose to be a giver, not a taker. I could do that through my consulting, my writing, speaking and now with my blog.

That’s the genesis of this and future blogs.