My “I Made It Moment”

I listen to the Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast every day with John Lee Dumas.  In each episode, John interviews entrepreneurs from around the world.  He asks them a series of questions to inspire listeners and to help them take the next steps on their entrepreneurial journey.  One of the questions, John always asks his guests is “Have you had an ‘I Made It Moment’ that you can share with Fire Nation?”  (Fire Nation is the phrase he uses to describe his listening community.)

The answers to this question always intrigue me.  Some of the answers are pretty amazing, and many of the answers are quite simple.

Last week, I kind of had my own “I Made It Moment” at my son’s middle school band concert.

If you’ve been reading along recently, you know I recently released my first book:  On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field.  It’s been a fun adventure so far.  After three weeks, I think it’s safe to say that this book project won’t be making me rich anytime soon.  But it’s okay.  I’m still extremely happy with the outcome of my first published book.

I haven’t set any major book selling records, but I’ve sold a few copies of the book in paperback and Kindle formats.

On Wednesday night last week before the concert started, I was catching up with a few of the parents sitting around us when one of the parents turned to me with a copy of my book in his hands, and he asked me if I would sign his copy of this book.  This was quite an honor for me.

As a kid, I was a big baseball fan (and sports fan in general).  I collected baseball cards.  I read the sports page of the daily newspaper line by line every day.  I watched sports on television and in person whenever I had the opportunity.  And I even collected a few autographs of baseball players.  I remember going to a Phillies-Cardinals double-header with a man from my church.  We went to the game early, so we could watch batting practice.  During warm-ups for the first game, I went down to the edge of the field and was able to get a few autographs from some of the players.  This was quite an experience for a young fan.

I never imagined that I would be the one giving my autograph someday.  I guess that changed last week when Rick Hansen asked for my autograph.

(Later that night, I had another request to sign four copies of the book.)

Did I really make it?

I know I have a long way to go as an author and writer, but this small moment was a reminder that I am an author.  I made it!

Now, it’s time to keep going.  I have more things to do – more blog posts to write – more books to author – and more moments to create.

Have you ever had an “I Made It Moment” that you could share with the Stretched Community?

If I had a book signing event in the near future, would you come to the event for an autograph?

On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field is now available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.  Click the link below to get your copy today.

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