For the last six years, I have been focused on growing my business, Lifestyle Foods, and I suppose I could be guilty of putting my work ahead of my personal life. Looking for additional opportunities to expand both my personal and professional networks I joined an organization called EO (short for Entrepreneur's Organization). Through EO, I developed many new friendships which is how I was referred to The Millionaire Matchmaker and recommened to meet with them in Vegas. The catch? The meeting needed to be that weekend.
I took a break from thinking about the challenge at hand, and figured I might as well take a look at some possible flights to Vegas. The prices were inflated, since I was trying to book at the last minute. Ironically, I had an airline credit for the exact amount of the cost of the flight that was close to expiring. It occurred to me that taking a couple of days for myself might give me a fresh perspective on how to tackle the issue that had been frustrating me, so I decided to fly out to Vegas.
The trip went great. Upon returning, I told a few close friends about the prospect of working with Patti, but considered it a long shot. I chalked it up as a great story, dove back into my work, and forgot all about it.
Around that time, I had the breakthrough I was looking for. Despite a successful business and loyal customers, we were not reaching the markets to our fullest potential. Thats when it hit me. We would launch an online store and develop an innovative way to ship highly perishable goods to consumer's front doors. It might seem like a simple solution, but the logistics of not compromising the quality of our products in order to create a higher level of convenience for our customers was not a small task. A few months of development went by, and I received a call asking if I was still interested in working with Patti. To say the least, it was a surprise. I felt happy, scared, nervous, and excited all at once.
Like anything in life and business, research and preparation are always a smart decision. I met with a few people who have had similar experiences and listened to what they had to say. I knew going into the show that I would be exposed to the world and that there might be some embarrassing moments, in addition to other changes. Once in a lifetime opportunities are extremely rare and this was definitely one of them, so in the end I decided to participate.
I'm really glad that I did. Not only was the entire experience cool, but I met a lot of great people who changed my perspective and perception of dating. Some of the things that Patti said were spot on. . .and some weren't. The body language coach that I met actually did help me, even though I thought it was a little ridiculous at first. I never would have pursued the advice of such a coach, but I do think that it helped me to relax and to be more open. It's already opened a lot of doors for me both personally and professionally.
Meeting the other daters at the mixer was pretty fun. It's impossible to get to really know anyone in an environment like that, so I went with my gut instinct to select girls that seemed genuine. My date may not have gone as I expected, but it was still a great learning experience. However I think my rafting days are over.
In the end, Patti was right. She told me to return to my roots in Pennsylvania and find a girl from my hometown that likes the same things I do. Turns out, that's exactly what happened.
I guess everything happens for a reason.