As the latest Kardashian branded madness flashed onto our TV screen, my darling bride observed:
"People like that make millions effortlessly. Can't we do that?"
My contention is yes. The sum of my study, training and experience through fifty years in sales, marketing and management bears this out.
Me? I'm Roger Leeper, just a kid from Chicago, living the American Dream. My long, strange trip began in the '50's unfolding with a spectacular lack of linearity. Had some great gigs, yet once came in to find someone else at my desk with my stuff in a box by the door. From Corporate Vice President to business owner to that six-week stretch, cooking Ramen noodles in my Mr. Coffee, living in a pal's RV. Every weird twist, peak and valley of the trip became another lesson in success for me.
Success by the broadest measure, not just wealth or employment. Failed marriages led me to my soulmate. I recently lost 50 pounds, thanks to the Jeni Diet. Not Jenny Craig but Richard Jeni, the dear departed comedian who gave us many a chuckle along with his sage advice for weight loss:
"Keep the cake away from the cake hole."
Achieving greater success often boils down to something as simple as that. The trick for me has been to strip away all the crap inside my head that stands between me and my goals. My friend John helped me start down this path in the early '80's, giving me a copy of Napoleon Hill's seminal work, Think and Grow Rich.
Epiphany #1 - Success can be learned. Wow. Why don't they teach this stuff in school?
Epiphany #2 - Hey! These peeps all talked about the same things, suggesting mastery was attainable!
From these humble beginnings, my lifelong quest for greater success began. Personally meeting leaders like Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy and Walter 'Bitsy" Hailey (the first Billionaire in TX, as his guest for a week) provided tools to leverage time and talents in the pursuit of happiness.
What could possibly go wrong?
Alas, these wonderful tools were put in the hands of a mere human. Me. And while all humans make mistakes, some of my fails have gone waaaaay beyond epic. Hilarious now, when viewed through the filter of years gone by. Not so funny then.
More than once circumstances have reduced me to little more than my name, my skills, and my sisu. In the end, this has always proved to be more than enough.
By reverse engineering my ups and down and learning from my mistakes, I now stand ready to share what I've learned. Since the last stage of learning is teaching, turning my life's lessons into stories for the benefit of others fill my hours. As your shanachie, I'm obliged to ensure that the knowledge I've aggregated through the years lives on.
Study. Practice. Execute. Refine. Repeat. Document. And now, Teach. As I enter the third half of my life, it is time to give back.
As my long, strange trip continues, YOU are now invited to come along.
Seeking greater success for yourself? Want to tell YOUR story, or have it told? Hate to miss a chance to help others and have fun?
Hop on the bus with us. We are now going to go 'Even Furthur'.
Roger Leeper, Chief Conversation Officer
Unlimited Leeper, Ltd.