I remembered back 20 years ago when I really started rolling in my business, wanting to one day do what I get to do today fulltime.  Twenty years ago I traveled overseas for the first time, and ever since, I’ve continued to add new places and cultures to my list. I met my girlfriend, who is now my wife, around 20 years ago, and I couldn’t be more happy of our marriage.  She is truly my best friend. The coolest thing is that I also got to start a family with my best friend, and am beyond blessed of the two little lives God has trusted us with.  I’ve always wanted two sons, and I have two healthy, energetic boys who look and act like me, but also have a host of natural talents they’ve also gotten from my best friend.

I can go on and on with blessings which many have come in the form of disasters, crisis and “problems”.  Business challenges, personal hang ups, marital fights and parenting growing pains have all forced me to grow.  These are the tools God used to teach me everything from true faith to forgiveness, grace to getting up off the floor and keep moving forward.  Many of these lessons hurt the most, and even had me question God’s existence… but they always brought me back stronger and made me ready for the next “challenge” life had waiting for me.

Therefore, instead of going on and on, I thought it would be better for me to write down a combination of what I’ve learned so the next 40 years would be filled with even more growth, and what I want to do more of.  Here are FOUR points of focus in honor of the 40 years I’ve been blessed with.  JusX like I constantly learn off of others, I’m hoping there are a couple points here you can learn off of:

1.  REGRETS vs. RISKS:  In the last 40 years I’ve done stuff I’ve not been happy of, and just like all of us, have things we are downright embarrassed of.  Obviously, I want to do less of those.  However, I’ve also learned that I’ve regretted many more things I’ve should have done, than those I didn’t.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone hurting, and because of some lame excuse, I haven’t connected with them.  “I’m too busy…  They’ll think it is dumb… What do I have to offer…”, blah, blah, blah.  (To be continue next week)