Right now I am feeling focused.  Focused to succeed and focused on my vision of the future.

Please excuse this corny reflection of my life… I was even thinking of not sharing this because it’s so personal.  My second daughter was born Monday and I am feeling emotional, grateful, joyous, and excited all at the same time.  I guess that’s what little girls can do to a dad.

I can’t think of anything else other than making it happen and making it happen in a big way.  All the excuses and procrastination that have held me back in the past seem to be ancient history.  Just do it!  I guess that’s why they say that if you want something badly enough, the way will present itself to you. 

I love the Zig Ziglar creed, “You can have everything you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.” 

That is what I am focused on these days.  Hopefully, my experiences in business and working with my family will somehow help someone else in their business.  There are people out there right now facing something in business that I have made it through.  Something that makes them think there is no hope, no way around or through this obstacle. 

I have a renewed urge to write every day.  An urge to record my story and the lessons I have learned along the way.  I am only 30 years old but I’ve been at this success thing since college.  Maybe even high school.  Around 13 years so far seeking constant and never ending improvement.  I never told anyone this before and my dad would probably make me take it down if he knew how to use the internet, but considering the indent it made on my brain I had to include it here.  In 1997, my first year at Syracuse University, my father lost his business and decided to never again speak to his brother/partner at the time.  That had an immeasurable impact on my life.  It made me hungry.  Starting over at that age especially with your first kid in college can break a person, but not my dad.  Too tough minded.

Two book shelves full of business and self improvement books and an iTunes library full of educational audio books and interviews has brought me to where I am today.  Countless failures, one prosperous beyond our expectations restaurant with a loyal following, consulting and part ownership in a successful real estate office, a new company called Cash Cow Publishing, a wife and 2 little girls.  Thank God!  Today I looked at my wife and said, “Babe, everything we’ve always talked about, dreamed about is coming true.”  We’ve been talking about what are future will look like since back in college when we first started getting serious.

You can accurately predict where a person will be 10 years down the road by the books he reads, the cd’s he listens to and the people he associates himself with.  You can also accurately predict someone’s yearly income by taking the average income of the 5 people he spends most of his time with.  Add up the 5 yearly income numbers of those 5 people you spend most of your time with, divide the total by 5 and there you go.  That number will be scary close to what you make in a year.  Try it.  It’s eye opening.