Usually, I reserve this space for comments on things I've read. Today, it's about an experience.
a person invited you to work really hard in order to spend your own
money to travel, have lunch, go for a boat ride, and hang out for a
couple of hours, would you do it?
if the person was a self-made millionaire, who founded the company
you're helping to build, who is the co-author of the best-selling Launching a Leadership Revolution, who owns an 8-acre estate on the inter-coastal waterway in Port St. Lucie, Florida?
it this way: if you loved basketball, would you be excited for a lesson
from Michael Jordan? If you loved driving, how about being coached for
an afternoon by Mario Andretti? Or a football passing clinic with
Peyton Manning? A flight lesson with Chuck Yeager or Bob Hoover? SCUBA
diving with Jacques Cousteau?
story, now, isn't it? Of course you'd run your guts out, qualify, and
get down there. Because you know that a short lesson from a master
instructor is better than a year of learning from a mediocre one.
So, we left Indianapolis around 6pm on Thursday evening.
We drove until about noon the next day, taking turns. Early afternoon found us poolside.
I quickly got comfortable, even though I was still wearing jeans (the room wasn't "ready" yet).
Some of us ran to the grocery and got essentials like pizza. Here is Michael cutting the cheese...pizza.
How would you expect a
multi-millionaire to greet you when you arrive at his home? Well, we
parked on the street, walked past his garage into his backyard pavilion,
and he came out the back door. He let the screen door slam in EXACTLY
the same way that got me yelled at by my mom. You know how it sounds:
"screee...SLAMslam". Like that. He was wearing flip-flops, shorts, and
our logo on a shirt and baseball hat. He looked like a guy a little
bit older than I, coming out his back door to greet his guests. He
looked...normal. I've seen him on stage lighting up an arena full of
people with passion and knowledge. Now, here he is..."hey!
wife, Laurie, took us on a tour around the house. I didn't take many
pics of the place, because I was too busy gawking and imagining what it
would be like to have that much space in a kitchen. I'll just say that
the turret at the top is part of Orrin's library/office/space of
Nice pics, right? A bit of the fanboi in there, right? Amazing pics of beautiful places, fun toys, and happy people. Remember why we're here. We're here because we're running for a dream, and we reached a mile-marker. This trip represents forward progress toward a dream of freedom. It clarifies what that dream might look like. It gives the hands a chance to touch what the head and heart have been straining toward. It says, "not only is this possible, but you're invited." I'm not going to describe what was said, or who said it, firstly because I can't do it justice, and secondly because you need to be here next year to hear it yourself.
And so, I say to you, not only is this possible, but you're invited. You need to be here next year.