I am sharing my soul with you and being very transparent for a reason and if you will hang in there with me till the end, you will see why.
OK, back to my story. Rock bottom happen for me in the 8th grade as I had just been kicked out of my second school. This was more than 30 years ago and I still remember the principals words to my parents, "your son doesn't belong here, he doesn't fit in with the normal children and he will never amount to anything." It's like a light finally went on in my brain after several years of failure and rejection I decided to prove everyone wrong. Fast forward several years and I went on to graduate High School and College with honors and have enjoyed massive success in my professional life. I now own a very successful business with annual sales exceeding $25,000,000, am in the top 5 out of several thousand in my market in Real Estate sales and am a motivational speaker - coach and trainer. I would like somehow to find that 8th grade principal that said "I didn't belong and I would never amount to anything." I would like to invite him to dinner and thank him for providing me with the motivation that has carried me for more than thirty years.
Recently, I watched a young man as he applied to a local Catholic High School and was rejected because "he didn't fit their academic requirements. They said " they had to make a calculated decision based on the classes he had taken and the possibility he would meet their graduation requirements."
What would happen if we made all of our decisions based on our chances of success? The answer to that question is simple; NOTHING!!!!
So, on behalf of this young man who has been rejected I would personally like to thank this Catholic High School for planting the seeds of passion within him that will lead to massive success. The road to success is paved with hard work, dedication, passion, failure and rejecton. Columbus was rejected by every leader he went to and asked for a saiiling fleet for his mission of a search for a new world. What if he would have given up after the first rejection, the second or the third?
He didn't give up and I am glad he didn't and to that 8th grade principal I would like to say thank you, you inspired me to prove you wrong. Wherever you are, I tunred out Ok but I still don't fit in with "the normal people."