An entrepreneur was born
Over the years, I witnessed a variety of lifestyles, beliefs, and forms of pursuing fulfillment. I grew up in a toxic, broken home. I experienced heartbreak and severe abuse as a child. I was on my own at the age of 15. I worked my way into management in a security technology business in my late teens and founded my first business in my early 20’s. I’ve built and sold a business, invented new products, and ran an international operation I founded. I survived one of the worst economic meltdowns in U.S. history, lost nearly everything and rebuilt it all from the ground up. For almost a decade, I also led and produced a national business training enterprise with over 30,000 graduates from around the world. Through it all, I always enjoyed helping people learn, identify their potential, and have the courage to pursue their dreams.
After investigating a plethora of faith-oriented beliefs and lifestyles, at the age of 27, I made my public profession of faith in a Southern Baptist Church in West Hills, California. In the following 20 years, virtually nothing in my life had changed. I did not regularly attend worship. I wasn’t feeding my mind and heart by investing in scripture. I didn’t have any real discipleship, and while running large organizations consisting of non-believers, or believers in alternative religions, I was lost and confused. I had doubts about the verses of the Bible I swept under the rug. I had no concept of what it was to lead my family with Christ at the center. I was frustrated and discouraged. At age 45, I met with wife Ingrid. She insisted we attend church, and I found us quickly arguing, and my heart was resisting. Shortly after we married, I was ready to give up. She prayed I argued. Suddenly, there was a change. We had a meeting at the right moment, with the right Pastor, and he opened the right scripture.