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  1. Gomer Magtibay says:

    I’m excited to read about the next episode of your story. I can relate to you, as I was also careless when I ditch my job as a pharmaceutical sales representative to go start my own business. I wish I had a copy of Robert Kiyosaki’s “Before You Quit Your Job”, the road to entrepreneurial success would have been easier. Unfortunately, there was none guiding me. But like you, I can say it’s worth the journey. I have learned a lot of good lessons in my life, lessons I would not have gained if all of my travel was smooth.

    By the way, here in my country, people admire seamen. With wide disparity between Philippine Peso and US Dollar, young men aspire to work in vessels. Sometimes I imagine why it would be like if I took that journey instead of starting my own business? But then, operating a business is really my passion and I love this freedom lifestyle that comes along with being an entrepreneur.

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment Gomer and thank you for the tip on the book. I have worked with a great number of Philipinos when I was sailing and I have always loved your guys for your work ethic and musicality.

  2. Kenechi says:

    Your mid life hustle stories continues. I think it hasn’t ended. You ve got a lot of stories to tell about your midlife hustle but that’s interesting. You tried the way you could. Though you may have lacked some essential orientation as a youth approaching your midlife that’s why things didn’t work out on time. But well, I guess you have no regrets.

  3. Cath Anon says:

    I can’t wait for the next part of your story!

    You write with a natural style that pulled me in and making me wonder what is around the corner for you; whether you’ve discovered a passion in life.  I know you have a passion of life, that’s why you readily sign up for one experience after another.  But I can’t wait to read Part II of your story to see how you outline that passion, if you have defined it by then.

    I will keep you updated as I surf through each page.

    Thank you for a great read!

  4. Clement says:

    Wow!!! Such long history of your growing up. I was really following and reading through every bit of this post till the very end. I think your first job came very timely and that was nice. Did you have many friends while growing up and what are the major challenges you faced in your childhood days? 

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment, Clement. The friend I went sailing with was one of my few childhood friends and we are still friends to this day. Fifty-five years and counting.

  5. Emily says:

    That sounds like a very interesting start to your career! I’m going to read part two tomorrow. I love the picture of you with your son too. Do we get to see him growing up across the next installments of your story? Did you end up working with your friend after you went off to study with him?

    • Lars says:

      Thank you for your comment Emily. I am happy that you like my story so far. No, no more pictures of my son but unsurprisingly he looks like me a lot. I did not get to work with my friend from back then but we still see each other. I have known him for almost 55 years now…geez.

  6. Matlhogonolo says:

    Dear Lars,

    Thank you for sharing your life stories with us of how you got here.  I can only say wow, because even as you felt you were not well prepared at the beginning still you had one of the best of life experiences that some of us can only imagine – traveling seeing different place and a family, this is inspiring!

  7. Ayodeji says:

    Hi Lars,

    Wonderful writeup you got here, I like your high-quality blog site design plus your posting abilities. Keep doing it. Allow me to share my first job experience.

    My first job as a teenager was funny. I was 14 years old at the time and I’m a little bit naive about jobs. My boss was very nice and he would give me free time whenever I asked. Even at all this I wasn’t happy because I thought he was giving me too much work. I later quit but I still like him as my first boss and the provider of my first job. My big decision wasn’t getting the job, it was loosing the job. It was an experience I couldn’t let go. 

  8. Alblue says:

    Well hello Lars and nice to read your personal experience. I was searching for some easy workout for my parents to do but ended reading your story. It is nice to read a personal journey that finally bring someone to his midlife now. While that midlife still go far beyond my current age, I get a good urge to live my life to the fullest, so someday I am able to share my experience like yours and maybe open similar website too. Thank you for being an inspiration.

  9. Kehinde Segun says:

    This is pure emotional for me. You have really touch life with your post. I’m in such delima to make big descitions too because I always lost interest in things I love doing, expecially when things go south. But you have really come long way in making big and tough descitions and still stand by them. In everthing i have learn while reading through is the LAW OF ACTRACTION.

    • Lars says:

      Thanks Kehinde. You are right, if there is something you want bad enough, the law of attraction will seek to you somehow get it.

  10. Paul says:

    Dear Lars,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your whole story.

    To be honest I can’t stop on part 1, I went to the last part (Part 4). Very interesting and you are a great storyteller.

    I learned a lot of valuable information form your 4 posts. You walked me through your whole life and after reading your posts I felt like I am with you in the whole walk of your life.

    Hats off to you and I appreciate you on your success and on the decisions you made. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Much Success!


  11. Twack Romero says:

    Hi Lars, I have just read your story, Part 1 through to Part 4. Like a good book, I couldn’t put it down. You have led an interesting life with ups and downs, as we all have. You have never given up and been brave enough to make changes when most would have just settled. It was a story with a happy ending, which is always a bonus. I hope you continue to enjoy life to the full and build your success.

    • Lars says:

      Hi Twack,

      Thank you for taking the time to read all four parts and for leaving your feedback. I am happy that you liked my story and I hope I inspired you.



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