(I'm employed so this is the VP of the company I work for - obviously not my internet business)
I shook hands with a company VP today at his retirement reception. I waited in line for about 15 minutes to shake his hand. Most of the other people shaking hands knew him. When I got to the front I shook his hand and said congratulations and then shook his wifes hand and he made a point to read my badge and address me by first name.
Then I popped the question I had prepared:
Me: "When you started here at this company 37 years ago, did you imagine this?". (By "this" I meant this retirement reception or this high station in the company, I didn't care.)
He thought (it was obvious he didn't have a rote answer to this question) and he shook his head and said no. Then I asked his wife the same question and she said "oh no".
Me: "I think you said before that when you started you were at a somewhat low position right?" And then they got all animated and wholeheartedly agreed.
Him: "Oh I started at the very bottom ... I was a weenie ". (here he intentionally shook my hand and slipped me something as we were talking ... I kept staring right into his eyes and didn't look ... yet) Then she surprised him and me when she volunteered "you want to know how much he made when he first got here?"
He got a bit of a look of discomfort and she said "I remember ... " (slight pause)
Him: "fifteen thousand dollars" and I raised my eyebrows and nodded and we all shared appreciative looks (NOTE: I did the math and adjusted for inflation thats a totally normal salary for an engineer back then, but a TON less by any measure than he's making now (7Mil total package (1Mil salary 6Mil bonuses) according to the stock data I looked up)).
Me: "but I bet you had high hopes right?" and they both said yeah and he asked rhetorically "but doesnt everybody?".
*** Then he got pensive and sized me up and said something I'll never forget:
Him: "Look ... What you've got to do is ..."
"Don't let yourself hold yourself back".
I realized immediately that what he said was just like the material I've been studying about resistance. I said that I could tell that I was holding myself back a little bit at least (UPDATE: A LOT) but that I was going to tear that off right now and they were both very encouraging and enthusiastic and said "yes! go do that! You can do that!" as I left.
It was an incredibly memorable experience since its not everyday I receive genuine encouragement and some awesome applicable wisdom from a millionaire!
Anyway I wanted to share that experience and quote with all the Mind Warriors.
Have Fun & Make Money.
P.S. What did he slip to me when he shook my hand? A $1000 Bill!!! Not. It was a commemorative coin - its actually pretty cool, and an ideal reminder of the experience.