Just under a year ago I was contacted by Russ Moore to see if I was interested in appearing in a book called YiseGuys. The idea was that 20 men would be profiled who view the world through different eyes, in pursuit of a better life for themselves and their families. His wife Shar runs the Sharanis Publishing House had carried out a similar exercise for 20 women.
It is old trope that there are two types of people in this world, the first type divides everything into two types while the other type doesn’t. In this case one type being more modest would pass while the other would consider the proposition. As someone who goes into a tap dance when the refrigerator door opens, I fell into the latter category.
The investment was well within my marketing budget. Time wise I was to tell my story to a professional writer who would then write the chapter. As I as in the throes of developing my online video courses I actually produced a PowerPoint presentation of my life delivered as an online video. Susannah Pask, who was somewhat bemused with my approach, did an excellent job writing the chapter about me. I thought she really captured my “voice”.
I finally received my 50 copies of the book several weeks ago and read the other 16 biographies. Here is short video introducing the 17 contributors.
First, and this an occurrence that is increasingly common, I am the oldest person in the collection. You can think of me as the Father of the House for this book. So compared to the other people in the book I have had the advantage of the most time.
Nearly all the men in the group are highly competitive which is not surprising. A lot had challenges in their childhood but I do not fit into that category. Indeed I had a terrific childhood growing up on US Air Bases followed by teenage years in Bath, and then gaining degrees at Cambridge and London Business Schools.
A number of the contributors are on their second marriage or partner, again that is not me. I am still married to Vivienne who is a terrific wife and mother. She did a great job raising our two daughters and we now have five grandchildren.
As to my career compared to the others in the book I have no complaints. Australia has been very good to me financially and living in Sydney has been terrific. Nearly all the men in the book have an entrepreneurial bent. I just hope they get through the challenges of Covid. One of the things I am really grateful about is that I retired before Covid hit. I would hate to be running a business now.
At the end of my chapter, I quote the Chinese secret to happiness: get a degree, have a son, write a book. Omitting the usual Chinese chauvinistic overtones, I translate this into get educated, raise a family, leave something for posterity. I always say I have been doubly lucky: Two degrees, Two daughters and Three books.
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This blog was first published on LinkedIn on 8 August 2021.
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