Thanks to my highly-entrepreneurial Mom and Dad moving to Japan so they could live their purpose, vision, and mission, I caught that I could do the dream, all that is in my heart, from a very young age. This was the first exponential catalyst.
One day they turned to my older sister and I and spoke three words that forever changed my life. They said, “We need help.” Angela was fourteen and I was twelve. We took them seriously and started a business. Initially we taught conversational English to children, primarily. This was the second exponential catalyst.
After seeing how a book changed my life at age eleven, Mom and Dad allowed me to take my first solo trip to Burma when I turned fourteen. Who does that? Like Young Han Solo, I found adventure when I joined forces with a gang of galactic smugglers (well, sort of), minus a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca.
When I returned home after the 8-8-88 Uprisings, I remember saying, “Dad, I can’t act like that didn’t happen. I have to do something.” Most normal Dads would have probably given me a hug. Not my Dad. My unconventional Dad coordinated an apprenticeship and I left home. These many years later, this hollering of my heart continues to be my exponential fuel. God wink?
Three exponential catalysts helped me become the man I am today:
· I saw Mom and Dad live it.
· They said, “We need help.”
· I said, “I have to do something.”
Today, I’m so grateful for my parents and for them showing me what an exponential life looks like. Because of them, I didn’t even question it. I simply mimicked them and started living exponentially. I didn’t know at the time that it was abnormal for a teenager to make lots of money, to work with Sony at the senior executive level at age 13, speak to a million people before age 17, raise more than a billion dollars with the king of Cambodia during a time of war at age 19, and travel extensively for 5 years as a teenager. The question becomes, “In what ways have we held ourselves, our children, our team back by placing conventional or limiting beliefs on ourselves and them?” Or, “How can you create an environment for maximum potential for those you love, starting with you?”