Well, probably what the world needs now is another blogger, but what the heck else do you do if you feel like a famous writer inside that’s never been released? Ok, perhaps that a bit strong, but after spending 54 years acquiring all of this vast knowledge on a myriad of useful (mostly, I hope!) trivia, life experiences and vast stubs of the proverbial toe, why not use modern communication to share them? My hope is that through this blog and what you glean from it, that your life can somehow be enhanced. Maybe you’ll be amused, entertained, taught or hopefully not bored by what you read. I guess that’s probably less of an issue because if you were bored you probably would’ve exited three or four lines ago!
A little about me: I am 54, live in San Clemente (yea, Nixon used to live here. I can’t tell you how many people from back East mention that when I tell them where I’m from, still to this day!), an idyllic beach town at the far end of Orange County, CA. I’m married to the most amazing woman, Julie, who is an amazing artist (cheap plug alert: check out her website www.juliesamplephotography.com). We met our second week at UCLA and pretty much started dating a few weeks after. She hasn’t been able to shake me since, almost 36 years later! What can I say, she’s definitely my best friend, but that doesn’t even really begin to describe what she means to me (did I mention she’s also smoking hot?). We have THE two most amazing daughters in the world (sorry everyone else, someone needed to be second), Sara, 27 and Lisa, 25.
I spent close to 25 years in the financial services industry, working for some of the largest firms in the world. I’m easy to find on LinkedIn if you’d really like to see my resume. During that time, I was blessed (you’ll hear me refer to being blessed a lot throughout my diatribes, because having a strong faith is center to my very being…more on that later) I was blessed to not only have a successful sales career, but was recognized early on to be a charger and go getter, so I gained tremendous exposure and opportunities even very early on in my career. One of my core philosophies in life is “some times you have to just be dumb enough to ask” which I did repeatedly. This opened doors, gave me experiences not usually given to young pups, and, most importantly, put me in a position to receive tremendous advanced training in critical business functions that I still use today. These included sales training, sales leadership training, sales psychology (“why do people like blue ones?”), Managment, corporate strategy, public speaking and even how to properly hire and fire. So, publicly, I want to thank EF Hutton & Company and Painewebber for this. You have no idea how these foundational teachings have prepared me for exactly where I need them today.
So, as the title of this blog says, Preparing for the harvest to come…, I want to share with you the knowledge I’ve gleaned and hopefully that where you are in your career, entrepreneurial life, your family, and even your spiritual life, something I write will help you. Heck, we all stub our toes as we trudge through life. Occasionally, we bloody our noses and have to figure out how to pick ourselves up and move ahead. But, if you stick with me and read my posts, I’m pretty sure I can help you stub ‘em a little less often! I want to enlighten you on many different subjects, from how to attract capital, to how you deal with people, to learn how to incorporate your faith in all facets of your life (editors note, I’m not a preacher!), and to encourage you to pursue your passions, even if there’s no time in your busy life to do so (biggest load of crap excuse I’ve ever heard…you make time!). Therefore, maybe when I’m talking about preparing your company for venture capital, I might randomly throw in a new recipe I’ve created (I love to cook, and am pretty damn good at it! Sorry to sound cocky, it’s a huge, you guessed it, PASSION of mine!) So don’t read my blog if all you want are the cold hard facts and nothing else. Read it because you can relate to the quirkiness that is inside my head, because, and you may as well admit it, you suffer from the same quirkiness too!
Thanks for reading, now let’s get going…talk to you soon!