Failure Is Not The Opposite Of Success, It Is The Leaping Point To Success.

  • My real father left my mother and me when I was 6 months old.
  • I had self-confidence issues growing up.
  • I still get nervous around new people today.
  • I’m always concerned about what people think of me, and whether they’re judging me.
  • I was a C+ student in high school and worried about my future success.
  • I was kicked out of Florida State University my freshmen year for poor grades.
  • I worked as a janitor and a car parking attendant after being kicked out of college.
  • I eventually graduated from the University of Miami and went on to receive an MBA from Nova University.
  • I worked in sales after college, so if I didn’t make it happen, I didn’t eat.
  • I’ve had more business failures than successes, but the successes have always outweighed the failures financially.
  • I’ve made poor decisions based on my ego and greed.
  • I was a victim of a financial scam and lost millions of dollars. The scam was even publicized on the show “American Greed.” (And yes, I watched my own episode.)
  • I completely trusted my COO and close friend. He stole a million dollars from me, then shot himself just before it was discovered.
  • My CPA stepfather sued me for $15 million after I succeeded in making him millions. In the end, he lost the suit and owed me all of my legal fees ($2.5 million). I never collected a dime of it!
  • I had a personal and corporate audit by the IRS over a 7-year period as a result of my stepfather’s false claims and bogus lawsuit. In the end, I didn’t owe a penny, but it cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend.
  • I have built and created a number of very successful businesses.
  • The first girl I married was her school’s homecoming queen, then I screwed it up, ending in divorce. Today, I’m 31 years happily married to my second wife. We have 3 great kids.
  • My brother overdosed on OxyContin in 2009.
  • My brother-in-law shot himself as a result of depression.
  • I’m still trying to figure out my life’s purpose.
  • I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished everything I’m capable of.
  • I hate being afraid of things like success and failure.
  • I constantly read self-help and motivational books.
  • I’m still a work in progress.
  • I take full responsibility for everything that I’ve experienced.
  • As I look at life today, it’s still a blast to me.

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