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The "Accidental" Farm

In 2019 I was living my life, just kind of going along with the prevailing winds and currents - when my daughter was involved in an accident that changed my life. It was a rainy day, she was driving on the highway, when suddenly her 10-year-old blue Honda Fit began to hydroplane. I don’t know if you have ever had the experience of your life being out of control, but at that moment – in the middle of traffic – she lost control of her car.


There have been many times that my life has seemed out of control and denigrated into somewhat of a hot mess. But one of the key things I have learned from the John Maxwell Team program is when John Maxwell talks about the Law of Intentionality. He details out 15 Laws of Growth, and the first one is the Law of Intentionality.


The Law of Intentionality simply states that, in order to grow in life, you have to be intentional; you have to have a plan to grow. Before I joined the John Maxwell Team at Boeing in March, I didn’t have a plan for my life. I was just kind of going along for the ride to see what happened. It was kind of like watching a movie when you are the starring character but you don’t have a script to tell you what is going to happen next.


I consider myself successful, but throughout my life it has been an “accidental success”. What I mean by that is that I wasn’t intentional at all but was often surprised at where I ended up. My story about our “Accidental Farm” is a good way to demonstrate the difference.


When my daughter’s car hydroplaned on that highway in 2019, fortunately she wasn’t hurt. But her car was totaled and she was looking for a used car to purchase. At one point, my wife Sook said to me, “Why don