At the age of nineteen (1983), I started my first business selling nutritional supplements door to door. I was ambitious but didn't have a clue what I was doing.
I had seven employees when it hit bottom. The failure was so devastating that I ended up homeless, living in a patch of trees beside the highway. That was a wake up call that this was not going to be easy.
I eventually recovered and went on to build a net worth that topped two hundred million dollars.
I have weathered the storms of several booms and busts over my 30+ year career. For example, I lost almost a hundred million dollars in the market crash now referred to as the dot-com bomb. That was another one of my great failures. Needless to say, learning to deal with defeat has been a necessary lesson for my life as an entrepreneur.
I love to speak about the inner-game. I discovered early on that if you can get it right on the inside, you can't help but get it right on the outside. Being a great technician is important, but learning to master your attitudes, emotions and automatic inner drives is ground-zero for success in life.
Born in Vancouver Canada, I currently live in Los Angeles with Carmen, my wife of twenty seven years. After too many years in the Canadian snow, we now love sunny LA! (our second most lovely place in the world is Sydney, Australia where we had some great years).