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My Story - Epilogue

People. They are the collective secret to the unfolding of our lives. For me, chronologically:

  • There is neither a provincial 1500m championship nor official recognition for achievement from Canada's Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, without Mr. Weatherby.

  • My two, confidence-building math discoveries made as a schoolboy in which I unknowingly duplicated published work of others, are not possible without Mr. Lacy.

  • My life-altering entrepreneurial success as a university student never happens without Richard Hunt.

  • I never start my career in investment banking if a University of Western Ontario classmate, David Lloyd, does not urge me to looking into a field about which I knew virtually nothing.

  • Self-doubt about certain abilities may never have been erased without explicit, evidence-based feedback from Arnold Shykofsky during my last year at UWO in 1980.

  • After my devastating financial loss, I do not take up software engineering and secure a comfortable financial life without my business partner, Mike Tamburo.

  • I am not an adoptive father of my only child without R. J. Kruger.

  • My daughter does not get to travel the world without Dave Loffredo.

  • Finally, without Steve Edelmuth in Boston that day, I may not even be alive.

The Athletic Director at Acadia University, Gib Chapman, once wrote about me that I was “a young man in a hurry.” For

years, I never saw it that way. Upon reflection, perhaps he was right. Today I am no longer young and, perhaps paradoxically with time running out, I am no longer in a hurry. I now understand that it is the journey and the people, that count.

 

Ultimately, this is the greatest lesson that I have learned; lives impact lives.

And so, here I am, retired and pursuing a book dream. As noted on the BOOKS page, my goal is to adhere to the interviewing/listening framework designed by Dr. Dan McAdams of Northwestern University. I would be remiss if I did not recognize his encouraging correspondence and additional material he sent to me.

 

Is it a crazy idea to spend my retirement money traveling the continent to talk with perfect strangers and then seek to write a book about their lives? My friends, particularly some with whom I grew up or those who know me well, would probably say something like, “Not at all, that’s just something Gregory would attempt.” 

Rumi (1207-1273): “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah… it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.

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