I have been planning on getting our story out there for a long time...or more actually, I have been told many times by many people, and also by divine inspiration that people need to hear my story, and know that they can reach out to me for counsel and advice.
I am a firm believer that we experience things so that we can share with others and learn from the experiences of others. Currently, my family and I are listening to an audiobook by Chad Morris called Cragbridge Hall which teaches the philosophy of learning from the past, but NEVER change it.
One of my pre-college mentors, Dave Ulrich (currently ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week) always encouraged me that after completing a large task, "you want to be sure to have regrets." He had a knack at helping people overcome the fear of failure and especially helped me to become more able to act, and move on with whatever happened.
Where am I going with this? I have been putting off this blog for the last 6 years because I've reasoned, "There are so many others so much more qualified..." "I hate writing, and it surely won't accomplish anything..." "I already journal in private for myself, and for my future posterity..." And on and on and on...I had every reason to do something more important...something else...ANYTHING ELSE BUT BLOG.
However, every time I sat down to talk with the curious neighbor, or a client, or a church member, all of which wanted to know what would inspire someone to do what I was doing.
Why would you move so often?
Why have you had 36 vehicles?
Why have you worked in over 38 different industries?
You have multiple college degrees and you are still doing manual labor?
But what do you get out of it?
Why would you go through all this trouble just to help someone else?
What do you get from it?
--Honestly, I've never cared to answer these questions, and it's been so much easier to just look shocked when I'm asked, and change the subject...but what is the answer...what is my motivation?
The same motivation that gets me to write a blog and share it with the world...
I draw from a verse of scripture, or the words of the first man, Adam when an angel came to him and asked him why he was offering sacrifices upon an altar, and Adam responded, "I know not, save the Lord commanded me." (Moses 5:6)
Unlike Adam, I did not obey at the first request to do something new and unfamiliar to my understanding, but like Adam, I know it is right for me to obey the good promptings in my life to do good for others.
And so I begin. With some serious commitment, and great effort, I'll try to share the last 17 years of my working life as most everything important happened after I graduated High School, I'll begin with the last year of my teenage life...with a side note (every sophomore/junior in High School planning on attending college, should be filling out scholarship applications - not working a job)