Since I was young, I have been gifted in certain aspects of my life. I was a good student, never having to put in extra effort to get a good grade. I was physically gifted, I played soccer on club and traveling teams, everywhere from Germany, Holland, and England, all the way back to British Columbia, Washington, and California. I picked up Track and Field in High School and by the end of my freshman year in college, I was all conference.
I left college after my freshman year to spend 2 years as a missionary in South Africa. Those were the two of the most important years of my life. Those two years helped me make the transition from a snot nosed kids, to an independent young man. I returned more focused on my studies and on moving forward in my life. Shortly after returning from Africa, I met the woman who would eventually become my wife. We were married and shortly before graduation, we welcomed our first of our four children into the world.
Once I got into the business world, I climbed the corporate ladder quickly. I was hired as an accountant and became the controller of a $100 million company within 5 years. Within 4 years after that, I was CFO at a large residential HVAC company in Portland, Oregon. All that time I was doing things that came naturally to me. I never much bothered with the things that didnít, things that were difficult, things that were hard.
Over time, I realized that only doing what comes naturally gets boring. I was really good with numbers and at interacting with people either one on one or in small group settings, that is how I got promoted, I came across as bright and the people who worked for me enjoyed me as a boss. However, that wasnít satisfying enough. There was always an uneasiness about each position, there was something missing.
I realized that I needed a challenge. I needed to do something with my life that would require me to step outside my comfort zone and do things that made me nervous, and maybe a little bit scared. That is when I decided to start Moving Boulders. I not only want to change myself, but I want to help others change as well. Even if that change is just a little change, it will affect so many different aspects of life. Improvement is contagious, it is inspirational and motivational. Improvement snowballs.