Uniquely You

When I meet someone for the first time, I will usually put them through the drill of 50 questions. It’s not real­ly 50 questions, but I’m sure it seems like it if you’re on the receiving end of it! When I do this, it drives my kids crazy. They feel as though I’m being too forward or that I’m being “creepy.” But truthfully, this is my way of getting to know and under­stand that person better. It even helps me to identify any commonalities we may have.

At one of our leader retreats in Min­nesota, we had a guest speaker that put us through an exercise that I found very interesting. The exercise helped to identify experiences and goals in your life that are unique to you. Things that help you communi­cate to a complete stranger who you are and what you’re about – in just a few short minutes.

Below is a list of my own unique ex­periences; of which I am continually expanding and adding on to.

  • My wife and kids are everything to me and what I do on a daily basis is for them.
  • My first full-time job I made $9,600 annually.
  • As a kid I could’ve been consid­ered a bully.
  • I’ve been in a meeting with a Bil­lionaire from Canada.
  • I’ve flown in a private jet.
  • I’m claustrophobic and there’s no way you’ll ever catch me in a cave.
  • I’ve been on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the open­ing bell.
  • I’ve done a fire-walk.
  • My daughter and I traveled with the Pittsburgh Steelers team to an away game in Denver.
  • I’ve killed a 9’4” brown bear in Alas­ka with one shot at 182 yds.
  • I’m scared as hell to lose my wife or kids.
  • I wish I could play the acoustic gui­tar.
  • I’ve met the likes of Van Halen, Mot­ley Crue, Aerosmith, Billy Idol, Kan­sas, Kiss, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, John Travolta, Eli Manning, Adrian Petersen, Kurt Warner, Ju­nior Seau, Shannon Sharpe, Marcus Allen, Drew Brees, Joe Montana, Donovan McNabb, AC/DC, Damn Yankees, Joan Jett, Jon Bon Jovi, Hulk Hogan and more.
  • I’ve ridden in a hot air balloon.
  • I pray daily.
  • I love winter – the more snow we get the bigger the smile on my face.
  • Building our lake home is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
  • It’s my dream to someday work alongside one of my kids in the fam­ily business.
  • I can’t wait to be a Grandparent.
  • There’s nothing I like about a mush­room – other than hunting for them.
  • It’s my desire to someday own a restaurant or upscale lounge.
  • In December of 2000, I was the number one selling associate for all of U.S. Cellular out of roughly 5,000 associates at the time.
  • I’m a very emotional person.
  • I’ve flown in a helicopter.
  • While hunting black bear in Can­ada a bear climbed a tree and got within 2 feet of my son and I.
  • Two dreams of mine are to some­day own a home in Aspen, Colora­do and a private jet.
  • I have a love for music as it often takes me back in time.
  • At the age of 12, I won a trip to Washington D.C. for selling the most newspaper subscriptions for the Oelwein Daily Register.
  • I turned down my dream job in December of ’95, as the Promo­tions Director and doing mid-days for KGGO in Des Moines.
  • Some of the most prestigious con­tacts in my phone are Tory Burch – world-renowned Fashion Designer, Ethan Casson – CEO of the Min­nesota Timberwolves and Barbara Corcoran – NYC Real Estate mo­gul and star of the TV show Shark Tank.
  • I feared for my life in the Fall of ’17, while hunting brown bear in Alas­ka.
  • I’ve been to 4 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls, 3 Men’s NCAA Final Four’s and the U.S. Open.
  • After having a flight canceled in Denver, Colorado, I rented a car and traveled with a complete stranger for 3 ½ hours to our final destination in Aspen, Colorado.
  • My proudest moments in life are the births of my three children.


After reading through my personal experiences and goals – I hope to en­courage you to start a journal of your own. Use your journal to document all your own experiences to help you discover who you are and what makes you unique!