Ever feel like you missed the boat?
Have you felt like you missed the boat a hundred times? That investment you thought about but never
pulled the trigger ended well for someone else who made a fortune. That promotion you were thinking
about applying for but didn’t because you thought you were under-qualified, only to find out the person
who got the job, well… you could have done it better!
We doubt, we fear, we forget that all large accomplishments come from little daring steps into the
unknown. Stretching our muscles when we are complacent is a tough discipline to master. Making
another phone call to that resistant client, stopping by that potential customer one more time or reading
that book that would challenge our ideas all rely in trusting the unknown.
I always wanted a part on the stage. I acted in school plays from junior high up to my senior year. I
auditioned for the lead role in the BIG PLAY of my senior year. I didn’t get it. It went to a junior. I was
devastated. I thought for sure because I was a senior and had “paid my dues”, I would get the role. I
missed the boat.
Shortly after graduation I was asked to sing with a band at a “one-time” event. I agreed never knowing
that a record contract would be signed, an album recorded with sales all over the nation, travels to
different states and meeting thousands of people was in my future.
For five years I walked out on stage in front of audiences of 100 people to 15,000 people!
I missed the boat for that lead role in the play for a one night performance but instead I stepped on a cruise ship for 5 years!
Entertaining others has always been a true joy of mine. Watching the faces of those before me smiling,
laughing or my favorite expression of wonder while doing magic, fueled my imagination. How could I
use the talents God has given me to make other peoples’ lives better? Shortly after the band days
ended, I got a call from a radio station. The operation manager had seen me in concert and questioned
whether I would be interested in doing a short one minute radio spot telling the stories I told on stage.
My band days were over and I was off the stage and my “boat” had sailed. I agreed to write and record
10 spots. I had no plans of doing anymore but my boat turned into a cruise. I stayed on the air for 6
years telling thousands of stories to thousands of listeners and had the opportunity to accept many
My “old” boat had sailed but a cruise ship picked me up.
I met a Japanese student who lived with my grandfather at a very early age. I was intrigued by his
language, his demeanor, his quietness and the overall quality of his person. He gave my family a book
about Japan. The pictures were glorious in color. The pages had photos of mountains that appeared to
spring up from flat plateaus and touch the clouds with cone-like peaks. The scenery of pink flowers in
the spring, the fancy cups of tea on low tables being sipped by “pajama-clad” people and the bustling
streets with a multitude of street signs and lights entertained me for hours. I was no longer content to
stare at the pages of a book…
I wanted the 3-D!!!
After I made my decision that I would one day go to Japan, months went by, years went by, and then
decades went by until my chance had come. I thought I missed the boat. An opportunity arrived at the
age of 39. I thought I was too old to be a part of such a trip but I bought my ticket and went. It was the
dream of my life to walk down the streets in various cities of Japan. To sip the strong green liquid at a
tea ceremony, to finally practice speaking Japanese from my own studies, to sitting in a hot steamy
public bath and to climb mountains, visit temples, shop the stores, BREATHE in the air of Japan. Little
did I know that, not only did I make the boat, I made the cruise ship.
I made SEVEN more trips to my second home, JAPAN!
I always wanted to be a real estate investor. At the age 40, I thought I missed the boat. “I’m too old to
start that now!” I would tell myself. But then I read a book about real estate. And then another book and
another until I pulled the trigger and 10 years later owned 10 properties.
I thought I missed the boat but found out there was a cruise ship waiting for me.
The life-time dream of becoming an author teased me constantly. “What could I write about?” I doubted
myself constantly. I could never make THAT boat. My occupation put me in thousands of homes every
year. The stories I would hear or the lives I encountered numbered in the tens of thousands.
Recounting my experiences to my family, friends and even other customers, would often end in the
words, “You could write a book!” I started “the book” and put it aside where it sat for almost 20
I missed the boat.
One day after rummaging through some old boxes I retrieved a notebook of
handwritten stories. Social media had become a part of the world and the platform for sharing the
stories. I began to post old and new stories. The encouragement was overwhelming. I decided to write
the book. Sales all over the US and outside the US shocked me. I was humbled that someone would
pay money to read something I wrote.
Twenty years earlier I thought I missed the boat. Instead I climbed onto a cruise ship.
Although this article is about my life, it’s really not about ME!
It’s about you!
Have you ever felt like you missed the boat?
Five years may pass, even 10, 20 or even decades, but that doesn’t mean you have missed the boat.
Study the river. Look out to the sea. Scan the oceans. The boat is there! It always has been!
Missed the boat? Don’t worry, there’s another one coming!