What about Bob?
"From here, all stories are just that and have no 'real meaning,' except to the story teller. I am not 'my story' . But for those who insist on a story, here is the 'Cole's Notes' version of Bob's Story..."
Society would likely say I had a “successful life.” I had a successful corporate career, a successful business, a successful family and a lot of successful friends. My motto was...
“There are three kinds of people in the world...
Those who make things happen.
Those who watch things happen.
And, those who don’t know what the hell is happening.”
Of course, I was one of those making things happen!
After the sale of my company to Caterpillar in ‘96 – depositing a big cheque, buying cars for all the kids, plus his and hers silver Mercedes and the big house; taking lots of trips and such – I was standing on the practice range at my golf club. It was early October and the weather was closing in on the golf season in Ontario. A colleague, Joseph, came up and asked...
“So Bob, you’re only 49, what are you going to do with the rest of your life?”
Yikes! It was like someone had just driven a dagger into my solar plexus snapping me out of the fog I seemed to be in for months following the sale of the business. Upon honest introspection, I had to admit that there was still an underlying, niggling unrest and dissatisfaction. This is what everybody said success looked like, but somehow it just didn’t ‘feel’ like it. Joseph invited me to join his group of independent financial planners, which I did – obtaining my mutual funds and insurance licenses.
Not long after this wake-up call, I contacted and hired an executive leadership coach, Jonathan – whose picture was on the front cover of that month’s business magazine. We met for weekly coaching sessions. However, after a year or so we both came to the same conclusion – I should throw in the towel and get back into some other entrepreneurial business venture(s).
Jonathan and I parted ways and I started several new businesses over the next 4 or 5 years, including, One Hour Printing, an upscale jazz/blues club called “Boomerz,” a natural health supplement business, and an offshore investment business."
We reconnected at his book launch six years later and realized we were both ‘into’ David R Hawkins’ book, “Power vs Force.” Jonathan and I became partners – working together as a team in Toronto, London and Windsor – coaching senior and junior executives, owners and managers of companies in transition, over a two or three year period; until everything went up in smoke – the Jazz/Blues club burned to the ground just shortly before the marriage did.
I signed over all of my assets to my wife and moved to Costa Rica, then Victoria and Salt Spring Island, where I & my new partner, ran an ocean front B & B and a book of humorous philosophy "The Logic of God - A divine Cosmic Joke" was written and published.
In 2010, Bob found himself homeless and penniless on the streets, with a medium-sized suitcase and an old laptop. This proved to be a pivotal point in shifting his perspective and another book came out of this experience...
"As I See It" - This is a story of Robert Keegan’s rise to success and abundance in business – to his fall into poverty and homeless on the streets of Victoria British Columbia. His hilarious escapades with an abundance of women.
His apparent journey from being a special somebody to the extraordinary abundance of being an ordinary nobody.
He currently resides in a beautiful cottage on Vancouver Island where he enjoys writing, coaching, biking, golfing and anything outdoors.