My life changed forever when my daughter was diagnosed with Plasminogen Deficiency at 4 months old. Plasminogen Deficiency is a very rare blood disorder that can lead (and has led) to the formation of severe fibrous depositions on mucous membranes throughout the body. The day I learned that my daughter would have this blood disease forever was the day I learned what it really meant to have a bad day. I also finally understood what Rocky Balboa meant when he told his son,
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
Well life hit me with a haymaker and it beat me to my knees. I was knocked out for a long time, but I didn’t want to be down permanently. Abraham Lincoln once said, “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” So, I took Honest Abe’s advice and I decided to go try and help someone else.
I met a gentleman who was hurting and I started to help him. After a few months, we were having breakfast one morning and he looked at me and said, “John, before you came along, I was in the deepest, darkest, blackest hole and you pulled me out of it. I thank you for it, my wife thanks you for it, and my kids thank you for it.” I then looked at him and said, “Before you came along, I was in the deepest, darkest, blackest hole and you just now pulled me out it because of what you just told me.” Out of all the success I’ve had in my career, that was the most significant moment in my life. We were two people that were wounded who helped each other get back on their feet.
That’s why I’m starting a blog. I want all of us to help each other through life’s journey and help each other take the hits. Leadership is one of my biggest passions and I would love to share with you what I know and what I’ve learned up to this point in my life on leadership. I’ve been through a lot and I’ve worked with some great leaders and I’ve worked with some not so great leaders who all taught me very valuable lessons. I plan on sharing those stories with you and I know that they will add value to what you are going through in your own lives. If my blogs help even one person out there, it will be well worth it for me. I know I can help you, so please follow me down the Green Brick Road.
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