The Greatest Mistake My Dad Ever Made…

When I was somewhere between 9 and 11 years old, my dad made a mistake.

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but yes the only ways to play audio in our cars then were caset tape or the radio… we might have had a CD player.

We weren’t behind, I was just born in the 80's.

In fact, we were actually ahead, he worked at Hewlett Packard, and we tested all kinds of stuff way before you ever saw it. I had CDs, CD-RWs, Mini Disc Players, the wonderful diamond rio, and yes I even learned HTML to be able to sell on eBay 1.0

What did he do?

Well, he happened to have Earl Nightingale tapes in the car, and for some reason, one day he played them on accident, instead of whatever we had asked to listen to…

That was the only time I remember listening to those tapes because he wanted to.

I remember repeating something I heard from the tapes to my mom and getting in trouble for it. It was something about being self interested as a way to help more people.

I’m sure I butchered it and removed the context, yet there’s nothing like a mother’s disapproval of a boy’s actions to fuel him in the exact opposite direction she wants him to go.

I’m pretty sure we asked to listen to the tapes again, but I really don’t remember listening many more times, that was it.

Those thoughts, and ideas stuck with me for a long time, and I’ve been hooked on listening to stuff to make me better ever since.

The real credit probably goes to my mom, she read to me like crazy, I went to bed almost every night when I was little, listening to kid books and stories on tape because she was worn out with my insatiable appetite for more stories…

To all parents; thank you for your screw ups and accidents and oversights, they make us all who we are :)

PS: My life was forever changed by all the great speakers…

  • Jim Rohn — The next time in my life my dad gave me some audio to listen to, and the speaker said listen to this 10 times, it was a Jim Rohn speech, I was 21
  • Brian Tracy: I started setting goals in a consistent way, that made me most of the significant money and success I’ve ever made, and more importantly got the girl of my dreams to marry me
  • Tony Robbins — I would not be who I am without Tony, he has made perhaps a bigger impact on me than almost anyone else.
  • Zig Ziglar: No list like this is complete without him