I have had a very diverse business career and have had great wealth, but have also lost significant savings and investments over my lifetime. I have also struggled with illness, and other life-challenges, but because of my philosophy I have been able to recover each time and am in full health and prosperity again.
Just like you, and everyone else in this world, I have had my ups and downs. I have struggled to put food on the table and keep a roof over my head. I have also battled cancer and other serious diseases and I didn’t like the struggle each time it occurred!
Thankfully my parents taught me things like integrity, strong work ethics, and how to find people to be around who were successful so I could learn how they overcame obstacles and then emulate them. I follow that same philosophy today! I have had some of the most most famous Mentors in my life. Starting with my Mother and Father and their teachings of self-reliance, unconditional love, service to others, and kindness. They also include: Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Jay Shetty, Dr. Wayne W Dyer, Prince Ea and many others.
My education journey does NOT include a college degree. I attended BYU for more than 4 years, and was given a job offer that took me away from Provo, UT with only 2 classes (6 credits) remaining to complete my degree work for a BS in Finance. For several years I attempted to find a way to take those classes remotely, but at that time (1982-87) the college did not offer a way for me to take them without attending classes at the Provo, UT campus. When their policies changed it was too late and they required that I take all of the coursework over again as a “matriculated student” – 2 more years of classes. By then, I had already begun coursework at University of Utah for an MBA. Despite being inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a GPA of 4.0, I could not complete my MBA without a Bachelor’s degree, and that would require 2 more years of undergraduate classes at UofU or BYU to obtain a Bachelor’s degree BEFORE I could get that MBA Degree.
At that time I realized it would be a waste of time for me to get that undergraduate degree. I was already a Certified Financial Planner and was teaching things I felt I didn’t have to “prove” to Academia. I knew what I was doing – so I continued my education journey in Self-Education. It became clear to me that a degree was not necessary to serve others and help them with Finance, Customer Service, Marketing, Business Startup and Self-Improvement.
The footnote to that decision is that I have received United States Congressional Recognition, California State Resolution recognition and multiple other honors from Chambers of Commerce and volunteer Boards honoring me for my business contributions. I didn’t need a degree to be recognized for those honors. I am now an advocate of Self Education.
My first business was when I was 14 years old. My reason for starting it was because I wanted a new bicycle that cost $189 and my dad couldn’t give me the cash to buy it. Remember that from 1970 to today the dollar equivalent for that same bicycle would be $1,329 in 2021.
I had learned how to mow our lawn and also mow my Grandmother’s lawn each week (weekly chores). So I started a lawn-mowing business. I needed a power mower because the rotary push mower I had was too much work and time. I borrowed $104 from my dad to buy a Toro lawn mower with a bag to catch the grass. That made the job easier. His condition was that I had to pay him first, then any profits would be mine to do what I wanted. I went door-to-door offering to mow a 1/4 acre lawn for $1. It took me about 30 minutes to mow and edge the lawn, and occasionally got tips too. By the end of the Summer I had paid off my Dad, and purchased my new bicycle – I even had money left over.
Since that day I have always been in a side-gig of some kind. Network Marketing has been around for a long time. I started my first Network Marketing business selling all occasion cards. Over the years I have been in 10 different Network Marketing companies, including the two I am currently sharing product for today (Neora and Green Compass).
After college, my business career started in Banking/Finance and quickly moved to the technology side of that business. After a layoff, due to a merger, I started a technology consulting business and made enough to pay the bills. I later accepted a job as the CIO of a healthcare organization. After that I accepted a job as CIO of a Network Hardware company. I was laid off from all three organizations due to organizational restructuring.
After the 3rd time I was laid off from a traditional job, I decided “Corporate America” wasn’t for me any more – so I started a marketing and ad agency that grew and became successful for 13 years. At the same time I started a boutique winery business and named it Mordasini after my Mother’s family name. I sold the marketing business and closed my winery and stopped focusing on secular work in 2014 so I could spend more time with my family and teach others the Keys to Live Happy.
Each of those stages of my life were important to help me learn how to navigate life’s challenges and find happiness in every moment – not just the positive, feel-good moments, but even the “messy life-challenges” that helped me grow into the person I’ve become today.
At age 65, I have a BIG AUDACIOUS “WHY”/goal – it is this: To find, mentor and learn from at least 100 people who desire to make a significant difference in this world by living happy and learning the skills to make that a permanent reality in their lives – Then, support each of them to find and mentor 100 to do the same, who will find and mentor 100 each and replicate this through all generations. I strongly believe when each of us takes full responsibility for the world we create around ourselves every moment of every day – there will be no more fear. In the absence of fear there is only unconditional love – This will end all wars and bring peace, health and prosperity to every person on this planet.
My hope is this site will give everyone a recipe for success. Whether you are interested in joining me as one of my 100 – or simply apply these principles to your existing career and personal life to grow into a leader that helps others do the same, I honor you for learning and sharing these principles with others.
I welcome your thoughts and testimonials here for others to view. I wish for you to become the best at whatever you desire in your life, and hope these stories will be useful for you to get there!
There are many articles I have published over the past few years. Many are in my BLOG on this site. (Please use the search function to find articles that answer your questions). One I recommend you see first is my article on the Keys To Live Happy, and then to read my article on 20 Habits of Successful People. Check them out and see if you agree.