Some days it seems like it was just yesterday when I was attending university, unsure of where my life would take me. I had lots of questions and many paths I could have taken.
Fortunately, I also had a college professor who saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. She helped focus me in on a path… though I didn’t know it then.
This wonderful woman told me that I had a gift for learning languages and she did her best to inspire me. She took time with me after class to help me boost my language skills; she was also the person who asked me if I had ever considered moving overseas to work and to take my language skills a bit deeper.
Melanie Ziegler is this special woman’s name, and I’ll forever remember her, because she wasn’t thinking about herself… she was thinking about me and helping me attain a better life.
Our interactions would have been a thing left to distant memory, except for something cool that happened just days ago. You see, Noni found me on Facebook!
Melanie, if you’re reading this, well, this short video is for you…
Fast Forward to 2017…
At that time my astute professor asked me about my intentions to travel the world using my language skills to put me in a better position in life, my answer was “not really,” because I didn’t have the money to do it.
Fast forward to today and I can tell you that I did indeed take her up on her suggestion. I’ve traveled to 85 countries for business and pleasure, and I speak five languages… six if you consider that I understand the language of real estate investing. (I wrote an article on that around this time last year. CLICK HERE AND I’LL TAKE YOU TO IT.)
Once I had committed my mind to making it happen, I found the money to get to far-off, distant lands where I would find great jobs that would put me in leadership roles, and where I could put my languages to good use.
By applying for scholarships, one to Valencia, Spain, and the other to Pueblo, Mexico. All because someone cared enough to share with me that she saw something in me. All because of a little well-placed inspiration.
I was reminded of her kindness and motivation when she found me online.
What I learned is that you never know who is watching you or who might be looking for you there, which are reasons to be on a few social media sites in the first place.
You can bet that I’ll have a bigger and bigger presence online as time goes on. I’m doing more videos on Facebook Live, which I hope you’re watching, because I always share helpful information about real estate investing.
I’m trying to be more like my professor…
The reason I’m putting all these videos up online is to emulate what my professor and others have taught me over the years. To be selfless.
We are here on the planet only a short time. During our stay, it is my strong belief that we are supposed to help each other, educate each other and support each other… and for no other reason than to inspire and motivate.
Just a few nights ago at dinner, I was moved almost to tears when I shared this with my wife and what my professor had done for me. It could have been lost in the recesses of my mind, but social media brought the events from that earlier time in my life to the forefront.
It was an amazing experience to catch up with this professor. We shared with each other what we were doing now and what had transpired in the years since college. She said she was proud of me, which really means something, because I look up to her.
Today I look forward to her visiting my family and me. She is always welcome. And I’m sure we have a lot more catching up to do!
Speaking of catching up and social media, I’m everywhere you are… almost. At least I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, YouTube and even Periscope (though not as much as I used to be). I have quick links here on the site. Click your favorite and let’s catch up.
Oh, and here’s something else you can do for me. Accept a gift…
We just created a brand new eBook. I want you to have a copy. It’s on the house!