A Never-Ending Story: Not Yet Complete, And In Many Ways Just Beginning
My dad used to tell me that today was the first day of the rest of my life. For so many years that line bugged me, mainly because it was my dad saying it. But I am beginning to see how true those words are now. Every day I get to begin again. To live out this thing called life. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is just that. Tomorrow. So the real story is all about today and what I do with it.
The story of my today is rooted deeply in the backstory of my yesterday. Within the interesting tapestry of my experiences through those yesterdays is a clue about who I am and what I bring to my coaching engagements, my advisory services, my speeches and my related business and personal encounters each and every today.
"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page." Mark Houlahan
Here's that story.... in a nutshell!
I was born a missionary kid in Chile.
At the age of three, I moved to Canada.
I grew up a preachers kid.
I loved school, mostly because of what happened around it. I was involved in every extra-curricular activity I could be. Music, sports, student council. I would often leave football practice in full gear and run to band practice where I played tuba. Full contact tubist!
I was chosen as valedictorian for my High School graduation by teachers and fellow students.
I went to seminary to become a minister. I got married and soon after graduated with religious education degree with a degree in music perfomance and pastoral ministry. Then into the ministry I went. I was a minister in only two churches. First as a youth and music minister. Then, my next role was as a senior minister. Despite my heritage, it wasn't for me.
So I got involved in the menswear business. I started out as sales person in a small regional menswear chain and quickly became store manager. Months later I was recruited by my former boss to help him launch a new store. We grew it from one store to seven stores in a couple of years... and then into no stores. Yes! That's Zero! We blew it up! Really good in fact. It was painful, but I learned an awful lot through the whole process.
For a short time I was a independent haberdasher for executives. I made custom clothes for them. I helped them with their wardrobe. But inwardly I knew my passion needed an outlet... it was to speak.
So I did. And over time that evolved into a career of it's own. For almost 10 years I traveled around the English speaking world delivering seminars, motivational speeches and keynote addresses.
Within that context I began consulting companies as well. I have been privileged to work with government organizations, large Fortune 500 companies as well small. My most unusual client was a little Indigenous Australian medical center in the outback of Australia. I have worked with military personnel and nurses, retail staff and so many more wonderful people to numerous to mention.
After 10 years I was tired of 1,000,000 frequent flyer miles and daily airport living. At that point I became managing partner of a commercial record center operation. And I fell in love with a industry that I continue have deep roots in to this day.
After growing that company, I sold my share in it, and moved back into a new entrepreneurial realm. I launched my current company, Flourish Press.
The goal for my new company was to build a business whose primary mission was to see others flourish. People, companies, enterprise... I wanted to nourish extraordinary success in those I had the privilege to work with.
I have two television series under my belt. My second show was districuted nationally in Canada.
I am a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. I've written a book and I am writing another one. I recorded a video series right here on tomadams.com called Thrive in 5. As an adjunct to my consulting practice, I founded a web marketing and website development company called WebVitality as a division of Flourish Press.
Along with all the things I've described, I'm also an Executive Coach and Advisor. In this role, I find my greatest joy and fulfillment. I work with extraordinary leaders in business, education and not-for-profit. I support entrepreneurs and executives.
I love what I do. Every day.
I am in love with and married to the most beautiful woman in the world. Without question, I am the luckiest man in the universe to love and be loved by Becky. Not only is she my wife, she is also my business partner.
I am the proud dad to Sawyer and Knox and adoring step-dad to Emma. My kids remind me every day what is really important in life. It's been a huge privilege to see each of them make an impact in the world.
In the fall of 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer. Despite it's massive impact on my life, it has been a gift of epic proportion. I'm stable and healthy now, but continue to monitor for any recurrance on a regular basis with my cancer team.
But my story is not done... it continues. It is a never ending ride. Maybe not here as there is not enough room to write it all. But it is magnificent. And I continue to author it that way.
I hope you do the same.