THE SUBJECT OF REINVENTION is very dear to my heart. When I was 21 and working as a construction laborer, getting up at 5:00 a.m. in the middle of a cold winter and taking three buses to work all day carrying building materials from place to place, I had a revelation that changed my life. I realized that I was responsible for myself and for everything that happened to me.
Sitting in my little one-room apartment, it was like a flashbulb going off in my face. Imagine! I was responsible. Anything I ever wanted to accomplish from that day forward was completely up to me. No one was going to do it for me.
At that moment, I decided to put my past behind me and reinvent myself for the first time. I looked as far into the future as I could and asked, “What do I really want to do with my life?”
Of course, I wanted all the usual things: A job that paid well doing something that I enjoyed, happy relationships, good health, and eventually, financial independence.
I remember going to a bookstore on my lunch break from my construction job and buying books on subjects that