(View the interview here)

If you’re like me, the number of people who have had a hand in making you who you are today are countless. There have been so many serendipitous meetings, resources that appeared at just the right time, and so much divine intervention, there’s just no way to properly account for the power others have had in my life

That’s not to say I didn’t make it happen. Had I not been willing to pay attention, see the opportunity, and act when necessary, all that intervention would have been useless. I often wonder (not for long because it isn’t useful) how many things I missed because I wasn’t ready for the instruction or opportunity.

I’ve often mentioned Earl Nightingale, my friend and mentor whom I never met, as being one of the most influential people in my life. I’ve listened to his messages so often for so long I often wonder where his words end and mine begin.

What I may not have mentioned often enough is the impact Mike O’Neil (linkedin.com/in/mikeoneil) Lori Ruff (linkedin.com/in/loriruff) had as well. These friends taught me so much, not the least of which is the power of Linkedin when used properly.

Which brings me to meeting Diana Nightingale (DianaNightingale.com).

One day I was listening to a message from Earl and wondered who might be alive that was related to him. I didn’t know what I would find but I knew where to start. I researched Earl and found his wife’s name was Diana. What’s more, I discovered she was still active in keeping Earl’s legacy (and her own) alive. A quick search of LinkedIn and I found her. I requested connection with her, expecting she would not reply (not the best attitude, I know).

Surprisingly, a few weeks later she accepted my request. That was just the beginning. If I had left it there I would be able to say I was “friends” with Diana Nightingale. But having learned from Mike and Lori, I knew I could do more.

About ten years ago I began writing a book called “It’s Easier to Win” based on a message that Earl had shared nearly fifty years earlier. The opening of the book is the story of how I “met” Earl and how I “found” him at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida. I decided to share the story with Diana.

What happened next was amazing. Diana and I connected, shared stories, and have since done her premier podcast together.  But first, we just connected through video and recorded the story of our strange connection in time and place. This is the video of our first connection. Enjoy!

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