THIS IS HOW...
I know what you'r thinking, sounds impossible right? Well, before I share with you how it is possible here are a few tidbits about myself to help you understand where I am coming from and how I arrived at this preposterous claim.
At 2 months old I became fatherless.
At 4 years old my mother married a man who had a passion for alcohol and began physically and mentally abusing both my mother and myself.
At 7 years old my mother saved me by helping me escape this toxic environment and flying me from Maryland to Washing State where I would stay with my Aunt and Uncle until she was able to make her own escape. THANK YOU MOM 🥰 ...
At 7 years old while living with my Aunt and Uncle is when I began to acquire life skills, values, and strong work ethics. We cleared land, built structures, tended to the farm and gardens, we built and grew several businesses, etc.. (over the course of many years)
At 8 years old is when I was first exposed to the concept of religious beliefs by attending Sunday school with my Grandmother. She played a key role at her church and I vividly remember feeling very awkward in this environment. So from the abusive environment I was saved from, to the stories that were fed to me about God and Jesus, and being fatherless, I had a lot of questions which led me on my 30 year long quest to find out why I was put on this planet in the first place. WHAT IS MY PURPOSE!?! I questioned God, I questioned Jesus, I questioned others who seemed to know more than me as to what was the purpose of human existence. I was a very confused young boy!
So what happened?...
For many of years during my quest I ran the streets of Everett WA, and the greater Puget Sound area hanging out with people who were just as lost as I was, but what is a teenage boy supposed to do with very little proper guidance?
I have experienced what it feels like to get bullied in school, outside of school and by both kids and adults.
I know what it feels like to jump from school to school trying to fit in with a group of kids.
I know what it feels like to go hungry as a kid.
I know what it feels like to go without presents at Christmas time while watching my cousins and friends open such cool gifts.
I know what it feels like to go without heat during winter.
I know what it feels like to be in constant worry about how we will pay our bills for this month and the next.
I know what it feels like to have to take a bus and walk everywhere due to the lack of a reliable vehicle.
I know what if feels like to...
I could go on and on but the main objective is to give you just enough to get a real sense of where I am coming from.
1ST MAJOR TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE...
At the age of 18 while growing a Landscaping business that I had just started with two partners back in 1996, I made a firm conscious decision to do whatever it took to create a better quality of lifestyle for myself. A family was not in my thoughts at this point. I made an oath to me, myself and I, that I would brainwash and condition myself into doing whatever the good wealthy do in order to obtain this lifestyle I so desired, not fully clear on what this lifestyle even looked like.
The root word cis and its variants cid and -cide come from a Latin root which means 'cut' or 'kill. ' A decision, for instance, is a 'cutting off' of all possibilities except for one; if you are decisive you have 'killed' all other options.
2ND MAJOR TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE...
Fast forward to 2006 where I was working for an aviation company, a place where I was able to put most of my studies of leadership into practice. I was part of a small elite group of aircraft painters who had gotten called upon to help on a specialty project and got chartered to JFK airport on a private jet. In spite of being almost flat broke at the time I used some of the only cash that I had left to purchase a book called Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. This book propelled me into my obsession with personal, professional, and business development...for the rest of my life!
Standing in line waiting to get a disposable camera I decided to pick up this Rich Dad Poor Dad book and read a few pages partly because it was a long line and also because I had herd about this book for a couple of years up to this point. It was the first 2 pages that captured my full attention and after reading Roberts opinions (facts) about how the American school system did not teach Americans true financial literacy (I was broke at the time) combined with my own bias opinions of the American school system, I felt my passion burst into hyper drive and I spent my last few dollars to purchase the book. Now, I didn't do very well in school for a number of reasons and I definitely had very little interest in reading so between my lack of interest in reading and being broke at the time, this was a major step for me. All I can tell you is that I read Robert's book from cover to cover with a quickness and I immediately dove into a solid 2 years of studying and applying the works of Robert Kiyosaki...and got results!
From 2006 (14 + years) to date I have spent well over $175,000 of my own money on personal, professional, and business development and not because I wanted to make a career or business out of it, I just wanted to make a positive impact on those around me while creating a better quality of lifestyle for myself and my family. Plus, I had made an oath to me, myself and I that I would do whatever it took. I invested and continue to invest large amounts of money and time into myself not just because of the oath that I took but also because I always get results! I see myself as a sort of scientist and chemist looking for the right answers and formulas to create the lifestyle I prefer to live, constantly expanding and developing.
3RD MAJOR TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE...
Around 2012 just after my beautiful wife Jacqueline gave birth to our dashing son Remi, I decided that I needed to do something very different with my life because I still hadn't found what I was looking for as I continued with my quest. So I attended my first ever Tony Robbins event which was UPW, Unleash the Power Within. It was here were I would begin to really step out of my comfort zones doing crazy silly activities with complete strangers and, I walked on fire 🔥 😎 (hot coals)
If you have never attended a Tony Robbins event it is impossible to describe what type of life experience you experience. It would be like trying to explain to someone who has never smelled a rose before, what a rose smells like. AMAZING AND LIFE CHANGING to say the least!
After UPW my wife and I traveled the world attending several more of Tony's life changing events but I still hadn't found what I was looking for. I was still on my quest.
FINALLY, MY AHA MOMENT...
It wasn't until I was about 38 years old driving back and forth between Lake Charles Louisiana and Ponte Vedra Florida, that it hit me like a ton of bricks! At that time I was helping an aviation company get off the ground during their infancy phase as a Small Business. It was during this timeframe that I began to see a lot things that were not so favorable for the company. (company / business = the people, the teammates) The quality of our work was taking a quick nose dive. Our team had become extremely exhausted from working way too many hours and we had terrible leadership at the wheel causing massive inefficiencies while demoralizing most of the team. We were working 14 to 16 hours a day several weeks in a row and some days were even longer.
One night while driving on interstate 10 heading back home to Florida, it dawned on me. I literally had all of the tools, resources and experience that would help make a major positive impact on this company's current situation. During this 12 hour drive I thought to myself, shit, between all of my past business and leadership experiences and all of the educational material I had acquired over the years I could literally create a personalized program for this aviation company, and why not. This was my passion and I wasn't going to ever stop developing myself in those areas, so...
That's when I began to create and ultimately came up with my 5 components to any winning culture and all of the other concepts that I am now bringing to the table.
Because I was bullied, mentally and physically abused, and fatherless as a child, I have no tolerance for bullies and I feel like Small Businesses including their friends and families, The American People, have been bullied long enough by politicians, large corporations, the health industry and the creators of the traditional school system. (excluding all teachers and all staff) I also feel that taxes, interest rates and a lack of specific education have created modern day slavery.
It's Time folks, to help restore the power to the people.
Now that you have a better understanding of where I am coming from let's get to the main topic of, how can Small Businesses help restore the power to the people, while fattening their bottom lines and creating a better quality of life for all of those on their teams...and their families...and their communities.
By teaming up together and creating a culture for your business that will promote, provide, and keep it thriving throughout the life of your business. Reign Creations will literally help you create, communicate, implement, adjust, and coach, each of the 5 Components to any Winning Culture with you and everyone on your team.
Small Businesses, we are the vehicle that have the ability to support and facilitate this movement in restoring the power to the people.
Small Businesses might consider themselves as an extension of human development and when we do this it will...
1. Strengthen your companies daily operational systems.
2. Fatten your companies bottom line.
3. Help restore the power to the people largely through your personalized training and development programs.
This movement that I speak of has been in motion for a very long with a collection of other companies, organizations and individuals, and when we team up we will help increase the speed, quality and power of this movement.
LET'S RESTORE THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Culture Creator & Business Strategist Extraordinaire