I don’t consider myself lucky anymore…luck is by chance and as I reflect back on my life and the decisions I have made, luck had nothing to do with it.First and foremost I believe my faith in God has had the greatest influence on my decisions. Beyond that, hard work, failure, rejection, success, boldness, shyness, intimidation, determination, etc. is what brought me to where I am today. The rights and the wrongs I have made in my life carved the course I’m on today.
My wife has always told me to “dream big” – I think I took that to the extreme with this project, I think I have even heard the word, “obsessive” used to describe how I have enveloped myself into the He Wore Black project. My kids even told her, “I don’t think I have ever seen dad read as many books as he has read this year.” When you find your passion, whatever that may be, and you set goals to achieve, the only thing left is to act and let the cards fall where they may.
My cards are still up in the air, some have landed but a few dozen are still floating in the clouds, but I couldn’t be more pleased with how things are turning out. So many people I have randomly contacted have gotten back to me, some have not, but that is okay.
The lesson I have learned from all of this is, if you take no for an answer, the answer will always be no.
Sometimes you just need to sit on the front steps and wait for the person you want to see to walk up to their building.