This is a TRUE STORY.
It is about Larry and Tom. Two guys I knew back at
the Center of the Universe.
Larry was on my junior high football team, Tom was
on my baseball team.
They lived in the same neighborhood, right near Sill
School. They were like peas in a pod. Nearly inseparable. Nearly identical. Nearly twins.
It has been 35 years since we played sports
together. Both of them were good athletes, far better than me.
Both of them became my clients too.
Larry took golf lessons from me. He had taken over
his father's one man business and now employs dozens of employees. Larry lives in one of
the biggest homes in the best neighborhood in town.
Larry is a success.
Tom was also a client of mine. I was a member of
AmeriCorps and we helped homeless veterans find services. I ran into Tom on the streets of
Tom was broke, penniless, homeless. A burnt out
shell of his former athletic body stood before me asking for a handout. Tom was what we
once would have called a Bum.
Two real men. Similar backgrounds. Similar skills
Now, since I don't have a magazine or newspaper
subscription to sell you (a lot of talk on the forums about the Wall Street Journal
classic sales letter called Two Men),
I'll not try to explain why doing something like
reading a certain paper is what made a difference in these two men's lives.
NOPE. In fact, I'm going to tell you why both of
these men are more ALIKE than they appear.
Larry gets what he wants. He works hard. Has built a
huge business. He does whatever it takes to get his success.
Tom gets what he wants. He knows how to beg, bum or
steal. But he always gets his bottle of wine. He always gets a cigarette. He does what
ever it takes to get what he wants.
You see, in my life, I have worked with many people
at what is perceived to be the opposite ends of society.
As a golf professional I was surrounded by men and
women of means and material. Successful people, in that they had taken care of their
material needs. If you are an adult you probably have learned that money doesn't buy you
happiness and NO it's not because you don't know where to shop either.
I spent many days walking down plush fairways of
some of the finest country clubs in Northeast Ohio. I was able to communicate with these
people on their level. I owned a business. I was successful. I "walked the talk"
as the gurus like to say.
There were twice as many days spent walking down the
cement road of despair as a social worker.
I remember having to go to the local crack house to
pull a client out and take him to work. Many hours spent in the state psychiatric hospital
waiting to see if a client was going to be OK.
Two very different worlds I lived in, almost a
parallel universe it seemed at times.
But here is the point (and I've been off the
Internet for awhile, so remember, sometimes there is NO point, I just love to rant, HA!)
The masses, the ones in the pregnant part of the
bell curve, the majority...
don't know what they want and therefore they never
The reason I've agreed to let Dien Rice publish some
of my work, and there is a ton of it coming, is because I have something that can help.
I couldn't swing the club for Larry, just give him
the best knowledge I had, he still had to perform.
Same for Tom. I couldn't help him in any way until
he was ready, and if any of you have lived around a person of addiction, you understand.
If you need a "model" think of the actor Robert Downey, who is in prison because
he couldn't overcome his drug addiction.
But I had the INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE to help them
both. I felt my obligation was to do all that I could in my position at the time.
I know that most people are addicted to being
average and ordinary. They shoot for mediocrity and they achieve it.
That is not a judgement nor condemnation, just an
observation, feel free to challenge it.
But I have INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE that can help
those people who don't yet know what they want, or don't have a clue on how to obtain what
That is the REASON for SOWPUB and the SQUARE ONE
Now please note this: this site belongs to Dien
Rice. He has paid for it. He owns it. I'm just a contributor, the first of many writers he
Perhaps you will be one of them.
My philosophy is that WE is better than I. Most of
the time anyhow, HA!
This is a COLLABORATIVE effort. Remember that word,
collaborate, you'll be hearing it a lot in the near future.
There is a way, a method, a technique, whatever you
want to call it, to gain control over your life.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.
EXECUTE YOUR PLAN TO GET IT.
DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.
Simplistic? Yes of course, remember I am a simple
minded guy. For those of you that are new to my style, my writings, my musings and rants
will soon come to realize the truth of this.
I'm excited and looking forward to seeing SOWPUB
grow. It is a good seed planted in a good medium with good caretakers.
Thanks to you who have become one of the caretakers
Share your experiences, state your opinion, do
verbal battle (on the adult level) and contribute your KNOWLEDGE and your experience. It
is important to someone who will read it.
You may not glowing THANK YOUs and at times may even
get discouraged that NO one cares what you have to say, that will never be true here,
cause Dien and I care.
The reason I chose to go with Dien Rice is because
he made a special trip to Ohio to meet me. Before we sealed the deal, he had questions.
I told Dien there were no boundaries, to ask what he
wanted. He had some concerns about my conflicts with other people on the Internet. I
showed him those were minor to the conflicts I have with REAL PEOPLE, ha!
He asked questions. I showed him around town. He
spent his OWN money to meet me. He didn't want to be under any obligation, after all, he
has read some of my writings on influence...
I like the scientist in him. He won't accept fluff
for an answer. He is analytical, about things I could never hope to understand.
He is a Quantum Physicist and will continue his
research in his field as he grows SOWPUB to something special.
I want you to know we have a mutual respect for each
other, but make no mistake about it,
THIS IS DIEN RICE'S SITE, not mine. I'm only the
first stage rocket to get it off the ground.
In a year or two, I hope to have a minor role here
and some of you will have taken on bigger roles.
I encourage you all to be thinking about developing
an EDUCATIONAL product of some sort (did you read BYBA?)...Dien will be publishing some
pretty fascinating stuff in the next year.
Thank you all for your time attention, and I'd like
to end my first "story post" with my trademark Triadigm (I made that word up)
DOUBT IS THE SHADOW OF FEAR
CONFIDENCE IS THE REFLECTION OF EXPERIENCE
ACTION IS THE REVELATION OF FAITH.
Both Tom and Larry take whatever action they need to
in order to achieve their personal goals.
We hope you'll take some action on yours too, after
all, you were put here for more than just consumption, you can and should also CONTRIBUTE.