What I Would Tell My Younger Self

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

When you reach my age, it's inevitable that you reflect back on your life.  I’ve considered the experiences that shaped my life, how my core beliefs and values have guided my life and most specifically how the hand of God has led me along.  This reflection was one of  the reasons why I published my memoirs earlier this year.   God has blessed my life in such a way that I’ve been given the opportunity to give back to His children. The other day someone asked me what I would tell my younger self if I could go back in time.  It’s an interesting thing to ponder about. Some of you may be young and just starting your career, but for those of you who have a few more years under your belt - what would you tell your younger self? Here are a few things I would advise my younger self about: The first thing I would tell myself is...   You’ve got to relax and enjoy the moment a bit more!   Regarding business 1) Don’t take people at face value.  Initially trust them, but then verify what they’re saying to you.  Unfortunately, there are some people who will…

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Why Christmas Eve Will Make You Laugh And Cry

Why Christmas Eve Will Make You Laugh and Cry

“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives.” -Walt Disney   Here is an excerpt from Ken’s recently penned autobiography My Life Encapsulated when he talked about going to a movies as a kid. One of my Saturday morning excursions was to see the movie Superman.  I decided that if Superman could fly, I could put on a cape and fly off our third story balcony.  I got a towel and a safety pin, put my cape around my neck and stood out on that balcony fully determined to jump off and fly.  A little apprehensive, I was getting ready to leap just as my parents came home.  It was my mother who caught me and saved me.  That was one of the many times God has intervened and saved my life. Speaking of God’s intervention and movies, you got involved with the movie The Other Side of Heaven as a late investor so they could have the funds to finish the movie.  Please share with me the reasons you invested.   To summarize the movie, it’s about a young missionary who goes to Tonga in the 1950’s to preach the gospel.  There is one inspiring scene…

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Recording Your Life

Recording Your Life

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life.” -Robin Sharma I’ve recently been compiling my memoirs into an autobiography. Over the years, I’ve kept a couple of journals, but for the most part I’ve had to recall memories. In hindsight, I wish that I would have been better about keeping journals. For the book, I bought a small recorder and spent many evenings sharing my memories into it. I also had a professional interviewer jog my memory with questions. Thank goodness, I have a pretty, good memory. My wife Linda, our children and other people also helped me recall important events and details. Recently, I blogged about leaving a legacy. I love that my posterity will now be able to read my autobiography; they’ll be able to better appreciate my legacy. By leaving behind journals and photos, your posterity will be able to learn from your life lessons. Now with social media, you’re able to create an album with your posts and photos; this could help document your life for those that consistently post. Another way, if you’re not a writer, would be to audio or videotape as a way of documenting; then…

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Why Legacy Matters

Why Legacy Matters

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill A legacy is defined as something received from an ancestor.  Many people focus on building a legacy once they near retirement age.  I don’t ever plan on slowing down or retiring but I am at an age that many people retire by.  Now my focus is not only building but extending my legacy by passing it along.  One way that I’m doing this is writing my memoirs for not only my children and grandchildren but to publish as a book.  I’ve been talking about this in the past few weeks via this blog as the “Invisible Hand of God” leading me on this incredible journey.  I want to share my experiences that built my faith as well as other life lessons that I’ve learned. What legacy was left for me?  I’ve enjoyed researching my family tree to see where my roots lie.  It’s fascinating to see what countries my forefathers came from and when they came to America to settle and build their legacies here.  I believe that those who came before me helped shape me and that not only…

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What Our Dad Taught Us

What our Dad taught us

Yesterday, I sat down with Ken’s daughters, Sheri and Lisa, to ask them about what they’ve learned from their Dad.  Here are some snippets:   Sheri “We were taught that sweeping the floor wasn’t beneath him and it shouldn’t be beneath us.” “He loves a challenge and taught us to not be afraid to challenge ourselves.” “Be the best you can be!” “If someone told him he couldn’t do something, that would push him to try harder.” “He taught us kids to dream and that if we focused we could achieve anything.” “In regards to achieving our dreams, he never said you can’t do that.” “You go for it, we’re here to support you!” “Because we lost our brother Kenny suddenly and unexpected, we now cherish our time together as a family even more.” “We can call him anytime of day, even in the middle of the night, and he will make time for us.” “Having worked at Zija corporate, I saw that he created a culture at Zija - family first.”   Lisa “We learned perseverance from his example.  He never gave up.  We saw him at his lowest and highest. He never was defeated and just kept going.”…

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Things You May Not Know About Ken

Things You May Not Know about Ken

Ken’s wife Linda shared some things that you may not know about him. Favorite food - salad from a salad buffet Favorite snack - banana cream pie Name one favorite thing to do together - go to a movie Favorite thing to do to unwind - take a bath with Améo essential oils and feed the fish, ducks and geese at their pond in Park City, UT Favorite places he’s traveled to - anywhere with historical significance Where he would love to travel most? Israel “The Holy Land” What does he collect?  He collects books, rare documents and art What is his favorite thing to do?  Read, he loves to read and is always reading multiple books. Please share something quirky about him - he loves his kids or grandkids to scratch his head What is the best gift to get him?  A gift card to a bookstore What did you think about Ken when you first met him? “He was the smartest young man I’d ever been around.” Why do you think he’s been so successful? “He’s driven and he sets goals for himself daily.” by Darci Moss

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5 Cent Candy Bar

5 Cent Candy Bar

As a youth, my parents weren’t rich.  My Father was a school teacher and my Mother didn’t work outside our home.  When I was about 4 years old, I remember crossing the street with my Dad and holding his hand.  I looked up at him and asked “Dad, can you buy me a 5 cent candy bar? (tells you how old I am).”  He replied “Son, we can’t afford it.”  From that experience, I learned that I had to make my own way in life, that it wasn’t going to be given to me.  My parents would support me, but they wouldn’t make it easy for me.  I had to do it on my own.  They supported me in everything.  I had the best parents in the world.  These experiences started me on the path to success and instilled in me a strong work ethic at a young age.* *this story was shared at Zija International’s 2014 Convention

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