Obviously the birth of my son is tops… and it’s really fun to see him grow up.
Years ago, I was working out and I asked the employee a few questions regarding weightlifting and thought that he was quite logical in his approach. One day he asked me what I did for a living. Told him I was a self-employed software consultant and that’s when he blurted out that he had no idea what to do with his life and certainly had no direction.
I said why not a computer programmer? He answered he wasn’t smart enough for that. The man had been put down by his family and friends for most of his life because he loved weightlifting, was huge (about 265lbs at the time) and very strong. But based on our conversations, I knew he was very logical.
So I told him that if he was willing to put in the time and effort and go back to school, I would mentor him and he agreed. Hell! even his girlfriend at the time thought he could not do it.
The man hated to read and hadn’t read a book since high school so I had to find a way for him to like reading. And when he asked questions, I never gave him a straight answer but managed to get him to find the answer.
It took a huge amount of energy to keep him motivated since he was full of self-doubt. At one point, he was calling me so often I was beginning to feel I was being stalked. I also wondered if it was a mistake but I couldn’t quit… he was not yet ready to be left alone.
Now, the man just loves reading and is a sponge when it comes to knowledge. Within four years, he had gone from a 13 thousand dollar job to a six-figure salary. Got the family, big house and toys. His wife, then girlfriend, is quite happy with the development.
He kept thanking me for months and months after that so I had to tell to shut the fuck up… he was getting on my nerves.
He doesn’t talk to me anymore. He hates me…
just kidding. We’re still great friends.
I motivated him and he did the rest… still one of my greatest moments.[/quote]
That’s a great story. You deserve to be very proud.