Facebook recorded 5 million additional notes written over the past week. Someone started this little viral exercise of writing 25 random notes about themselves and then tagging 25 of their friends with a request for them to do the same. I am joining the millions of others in writing 25 random facts about myself because of my random fact number 1. I am doing it a little differently than everyone else since I am posting it on this blog as opposed to on Facebook like everyone else. The theme of this blog is about finding opportunities all around us and taking advantage of them to increase our luck. I took this opportunity to invite 25+ people to my blog. I challege you to find a way to take advantage of this opportunity as well.
1. I am only writing this because my wife tagged me and said that I had to and I would do anything to make my wife happy.
2. I own a whole bunch of domain names but I can justify it since most of the sites more than cover their costs.
3. I first logged onto the internet in 1995 and I had no idea what to do. I accidently found a chat room for stamp collectors and was amazed.
4. I wrote a thesis paper in high school about Homer Simpson.
5. I walked (2.5 miles) home from school on my first day of grade 7 because I didn’t have a dollar to take the bus.
6. I watched 9 seasons of Friends in 2 weeks. There were no commercials so it was only about 21 minutes per episode.
7. Until I got a Wii, my favourite game system was Intellevision II by Mattel. I used to play Burger Time and Lock and Chase for hours.
8. Most of what I know I learned online.
9. A few months ago, I lost 23 pounds in 30 days.
10. Las Vegas was my favourite show on TV because on some level, I wanted to work in surveillance and security in a Las Vegas Casino.
11. When all other kids wanted to grow up to be firemen, astronauts and garbage men, I had no idea what I wanted to be until I was 14, saw Renaissance Man and decided that I wanted to go into Advertising.
12. When I wrestled in college, my body fat was less than 10% of my weight.
13. I used to rarely eat breakfast but since I moved to Montreal, I eat it every day.
14. I wish I knew what I know now when I was younger but I am glad that I at least know it now and can do something about the future. Some people have this realization much later in life.
15. Since I moved to Montreal, I cut my weekly commute down by over 12 hours.
16. In high school (I went to a boarding school), some of my friends and I convinced every student in the school on mass to wake up and go to a coffee shop at 6:00 AM so that the school would be empty when the wakeup crew showed up.
17. I am most creative in the middle of the night but I need to be rested enough to function to be productive. A perfect schedule for my creativity would be waking up at 12:00 PM or later and going to sleep at 4:00 AM. My productivity doesn’t follow the same schedule.
18. I had the song Runaway Train by Soul Asylum playing in my bedroom on repeat for over 2 weeks in grade 10.
19. I once went to an all you can eat pizza buffet, ate close to 30 slices of pizza (they were smaller than average) and I couldn’t even finish my free small soda. I was pretty sick the rest of the day and I think I even hallucinated a little.
20. I went to Roger Clemens’ first game on the Blue Jays in Toronto where they gave out posters with a “K” to lift up every time he struck someone out and got it autographed by over 50 SkyDome employees from vendors to ushers. The reactions were great.
21. I stood in Times Square for 13 hours waiting to bring in 2001. It was freezing but I had a great time. It’s the kind of thing you have to do once but if you do it twice, you’re nuts.
22. I’ve been to 43 states in the US, 7 provinces in Canada and a few cities in Mexico.
23. For my 21st birthday, my friends tried to take me out to a bar or club but none of them could get in since they were under 21.
24. I never wanted to live in New York but ended up staying there for what was 25% of my life at the time.
25. My first job paid me $3/hour. I worked all summer and barely broke $500.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, especially how you are taking advantage of this viral opportunity for yourself. If you are new to my blog, please look around and share articles that interest you.
I am a typical person more or less that has always tried to get away with doing the absolute minimum to get by. In school, I did my assignments last minute, I barely passes some of my tests, I crammed for everything and didn't care about retaining any information. I always wanted to be successful and get lucky but my problem was that I thought that luck and chance were synonymous. One day, all that changed when i found out that there was more to "Luck". I learned that it was possible to make your own luck and that people that were "lucky", all had very similar characteristics. I made a conscious decision to become one of those lucky people and the world started to open up. It didn't happen overnight and I'm still not there yet but at least I know what to look for and what to do. Recognizing the opportunities to get lucky is only the beginning of the battle. Now I have to train myself to jump on every opportunity and one day be truly "lucky".