I've found it's the twists, turns, failures and unexpected adventures that bring the best rewards... I swear, I was all set to win the World Series with a grand slam homerun... Had my own baseball card and signed a ton of autographs even... But after a few too many strikeouts and dropped pop-flies, I realized it definitely wasn't going to happen. Sure, my baseball card was drawn with crayons, and mom, dad, and Uncle Norman were my biggest fans, but that doesn't mean I wasn't devastated. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
At 10, I changed directions. I decided to become a businessman and build a giant store where kids could find everything they needed to realize their ultimate dream... My parents were always smiling at me, charmed by my high ambitions so early in my life. In my 20s, the daily grind had its way with me for a while. But later, I got serious. I began to form a more definite picture of my future. I saw that I really would build that shop of dreams (and I did).
Today, when I'm at the office or surrounded by family, I'm aware of something bigger than me, something infinitely more important than the bottom line. I wasn't always like this, but from the day I saw my daughter's first steps to when she enrolled in college – putting family and true friends at the center of my life has been my greatest achievement. We work to live (and live well), but never sacrifice what matters most...