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Semipro Everything

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Okay, so I’m getting married in less than a week and I’ll be gaining a new uncle who, I kid you not, is good at just about everything.  He will beat you in pool, he will beat you in golf, he will beat you in darts.  He can snowboard, ski, wakeboard, and waterski better than you.  If you jump off a tall cliff into a lake in the middle of summer, he will dive off a taller cliff into freezing Lake Tahoe in the winter.  Let’s put it this way, the guy is GOOD.  He’s always the guy to beat no matter what game we’re playing or what adventure we’re embarking on.  He is what we call: Semipro Everything.  Not quite professional, but good enough to be better than everyone else.

This is the key to Professional Diversification, just viewed in a different light.  When it comes to your career, you want to be semipro everything.  You want to be good at this and good at that, at least better than everyone else.  To be honest, it really doesn’t take much.  A little research here and a little practice there, and you’re on your way to being able to add some more skills to your portfolio.  Think about it this way, you go home after work and research the stock market.  You learn how it works, how to invest your money, where to invest your money, and all the tips and tricks to being successful in the stock market.  It takes a couple minutes every night, but you now have an opportunity to earn additional income on top of your normal salary because you know how to properly invest in the stock market.  You don’t have to go to school and become a stock broker to make money.  All you have to do is know enough to be dangerous.  Like I said before, Semipro Everything.

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4 Things You Get to Enjoy when You’re Successful

April 28, 2011 2 comments

Gene Gastanaga Eric Chaump Harrah's Steakhouse DiinerI had the honor of getting to know an extremely smart and successful business person over the last 4-5 years.  His name was Gene Gastanaga and he was my Fiance’s great grandfather.  He was a Basque immigrant that not only lived through the Great Depression, but prospered.  Later in his life, he owned and managed a number of Eagle Thrifty stores, which were the first of its kind in Reno and surrounding areas.  He later sold the chain to Tom Raley, who renamed the stores, Raley’s.  He was also part owner in the Ponderosa and Onslow casino in Reno, NV, and the Tahoe Biltmore and Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV.

Unfortunately, Gene recently passed away at the age of 95 years young.  His obituary explicitly states what kind of business man he was.  “In his business career he was a smart, energetic and tough businessman, always open to suggestions yet dedicated to finding the best solutions and solving the most complex problems.”

I attended his small family burial, because he absolutely did not want a full-blown funeral, and as I listened to his family talk about him, I realized he shaped his entire family’s lives in such an influential way.  I wasn’t planning on saying anything that day, but my Fiance’s dad asked if I wanted to say something and for some reason, I just couldn’t say no.  I got up to the podium and shared 4 things that this family enjoyed and they enjoyed it because of Gene:

1. Great Food

Gene valued great food and it didn’t matter what the price tag was.  I had the opportunity to dine at some extraordinary restaurants and eat some extraordinary foods because of him.

2. Scotch

Scotch is one of those things you have to develop a taste for.  Nobody takes their first sip of Scotch and says, “Man, that’s good.”  I’ve learned from this family that Scotch is not just an alcoholic beverage.  It’s a symbol of hard work and success, and carries a sense of prestige.

3. Vacations

There’s a reason why Gene and his family enjoyed vacations and that’s because it brought the family together.  Not only was it an opportunity to get away from the real world, but it was an opportunity to spend quality time with family.  It may be one of the underlying reasons why he purchased a plot of land right on the water at Lake Tahoe and then custom built a house that would accommodate his growing family.

4. Picking up the Tab

There’s something so satisfying about saying “I’ll get that” when the bill comes to the dinner table, isn’t there?  Gene was one of those guys that would take the family out to dinner or on vacation, just so he could get the family together.  It didn’t matter what the price tag was, as long as everyone was having a good time.

I finished my speech that day with the following statement.  “From listening to everyone speak about Gene, I’ve learned that it was him that passed down these traditions to each one of you and it’s my hope that I get the opportunity to pass them on to my own children someday.”

Who are (or were) some of the influential people in your lives?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Eugene Thomas “Gene” Gastanaga