Many of us now look back on our lives and say; “IF I ONLY KNEW BACK THEN
WHAT I KNOW NOW”, my life would be different. I would have made better choices
and decisions; I would have asked more questions; I would have taken a different
route; I would have waited longer before I got married; I would have gone to college
or taken up some kind of a trade; I would have joined the military; I would have
started my career much earlier; I would have done more for my parents; I would
have given my parents more Honor and respect; I would have spent more time with
my children; I would have finished college; I would have waited longer before I
started a family; I would have taken better care of my body; I would have paid more
attention to my dental health; I would have started saving and investing earlier, etc.
The list goes on and on.
Having hindsight is everything. However, hindsight is too late when most of our life
has passed us by and we can’t go back and change things. We can only look back
but we can’t go back. So what do we do with the information and the wisdom we
have gained from our past? We should pass it on to the next generation so they can
be much wiser when making those same decisions and choices that will affect them
for the rest of their lives.
these principles with others. This simple guide will help any generation if they take
time to read, listen, and learn. Nobody knows how long they will journey in this life.
Nevertheless, if we could learn a few basic principles before starting off, we could
make the journey with fewer headaches and disappointments in ourselves.
Hopefully, anyone who reads this book will take heed to these simple truths and
apply them to their lives before their journey begins. Those who have already
started can also gain insight and make appropriate adjustments. These are some
of the insights that I have gained along my path.
From growing up on the farmlands of S.C., to earning a B.S. Degree in Electrical
Engineering, a former U.S. Air Force Pilot, becoming a published Author, my life’s
journey has encountered setbacks along this path. Despite what appears to be a
successful career, I had periods of uncertainties and made many mistakes in the
process. Considering myself to be very intelligent and not needing a mentor or life
coach, I started my journey with only what I thought I knew about life. Learning how
to be a man, a husband, and a father while still growing up was not easy. Lifestyle
changes, family dynamics, money, household management, relationships, credit
cards, and world travelling came at a very fast pace. It became very challenging for
me to face these realities of living the lifestyle that I was creating for myself.
Although I made good career choices and decisions, I did not seek wise counsel
when I should have…particularly in the areas of relationships and financial
preparation for the later stages of my life. Those two areas have cost me plenty of
time and money. I didn't know that I didn't know....cont.