Halftime in one 8pm Warrior’s Life

So, I’ve been lying to people for years about my age. I didn’t think anyone would follow a 27 year-old CEO.

Today I turned 30. Hopefully I’m old enough now.

I made this video last night. It gets a bit personal, but I figure over the past year we’ve gotten pretty personal with each other in the comments here so I wanted to share it with you even though I’m a bit nervous…

So, there it is. I’m assuming I’ve got until 60 with the way I’m pushing my body, so this is halftime.

If you’d like to help me reach my goal, visit my project here. The goal is to bring fresh water to 50 families in Africa. If you want to make a difference with your life, please consider joining me with a donation and/or sharing this post.

Every little bit helps.

I only get one life. It’s “go time” for me if I’m going to reach my goal. Thanks for all your help and support.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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29 comments on “Halftime in one 8pm Warrior’s Life”

  1. My dearest and favoritest Biebs,

    Don’t worry so much about numbers. When I turned 25, I thought to myself, “Oh boy. That sounds old. I better get my crap together.” I was still in grad school and still found myself studying for quizzes! Quizzes I tell you! I felt pretty silly about that because I had this idea that 25 was supposed to be something else.

    Then I turned 30, and boy, that REALLY freaked me out. I had been working at our agency at that point for about 4 years, but I didn’t have a family or a white picket fence. No 2.5 kids. I wasn’t a yuppie with all black dishes and very classy cocktail parties every weekend. Somehow, all of these things had been programmed into my head as, “this is what 30 should be.”

    Now I’m 33, and you know, by the time you get past 30 you begin to understand that the numbers don’t mean a blasted thing. There are people who are in their 70s who still haven’t grown up. There are people who are 15 who are already more grown up than I’ll ever be. Age is really just a way for society to keep track of us. Our souls are a different matter.

    As for this being halftime and you feeling like a failure, that doesn’t make any sense to me at all. How can you look at those pictures of your wife and kids, who CLEARLY think the sun rises and sets on your shoulders, and say that you’ve lost the battle? Giving away a billion dollars won’t get you people who love you with that much adoration. Well, maybe in some countries, but that’s a different story.

    I worry about you, Biebs. Don’t be so gosh darned hard on yourself. It leaves the rest of us with nothing to do ;) 

    Happy Birthday. Chin up my friend. I think you’re fabulous. And I’ll always be older than you. 

    1. Margie, you’re so sweet.  Thanks for taking the time to share your story and encouragement.

      I guess I’m just a numbers guy.  Probably need to chill out more, but that’s just how I am.  :-)
      I definitely have a great family and my reference to losing was regarding my ultimate life goal.  Along the way I’ve been very lucky to have two great kids and a beautiful wife.  I’m lucky.

      For me, it’s about doing more.  Making a bigger difference.  If I was only looking out for myself, I’d be happy.

      But this is more.Thanks for all the encouragement.  You make me smile.

      Aaron

  2. 30 is so very young. I don’t mean that in a demeaning way either. I’ll be 43 in May and there are moments where I feel like I haven’t done anything and moments where I know that I have accomplished quite a bit.

    You are not behind, you are right where you are supposed to be. Keep fighting and keep pushing. Good things happen.

      1. I don’t trust people who don’t occasionally question their work, their ability and themselves. 

        It is natural, normal and important to ask questions and the blog is a perfect place to do it. When  you write it out or say it out loud you give yourself the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what you really think and feel.

  3. Happy Birthday Aaron….I was so moved by your video just now on many levels. From the very first time we “met”, I knew that I had met one of the kindest, intelligent, gifted and authentic people out there on the social web. You give of your time, you “listen” and you genuinely care. You are so clearly in love with and proud of Jennifer and your family. You are so generous with your support, encouragement and support. Your desire to help in providing clean water for those who don’t have access to it is completely “Aaron”…the selflessness of using your birthday to bring joy to others is exactly what I would have imagined you would do. That said, as Margie said…I too am worried about you Aaron…the tone of this video deeply moved me and concerns me. I am here for you, my friend, as you have been there for so many others out here. You are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and you are doing it alone. It’s time for you to let others share the burden for awhile. Your beautiful family needs you for the next 60 years and you have friends out here who want to help you make that happen. Tell me what I can do for you to make your journey easier Aaron…I want to help. Donating to the charity was one gift I could give to honor your birthday but, my sense is, what you really need, and may not know it, is the support and love of your friends to ease your burden a bit. Let me know how I can help…please.
    Claudia

    1. Claudia, first of all thank you for caring enough about me to help me with my goal.  It means so much.  You made my birthday special.  You made me feel special.

      I am also thankful for your concern.  My experience in life has been that most people don’t care.  At all.

      Most would be happy to have a boat, a beer, and a nice TV.  Their goal is to retire.  

      I think the reason I carry my burden with few people to help me is because most people honestly don’t want to help me.  The fact that you took the time to watch my video, contribute to my life goal, write this heartfelt comment, and share the post shows that you are different.

      It was people like you that I was hoping to meet when I started this 8pm Warrior community.  Yesterday you made the idea a reality.8pm Warriors are now working together to make the world better.

      Thanks for taking the leap with me.  Thanks for sharing my goal.Thanks for offering to help.

      I appreciate you.

  4. Aaron, the old adage “age is just a number” is usually reserved for us old people. I have enjoyed getting to know you through the channels and as a friend and I can say without hesitation, you sir, are a class act and I don’t care about your number.

    Ryan Hreljac worked for four months doing chores for his folks to raise $70. The money was to help build a fresh water well in Africa. Ryan was six years old. Today, Ryan’s Well Foundation has contributed a total of 630 water and sanitation projects in 16 countries bringing clean water and sanitation services to over 700,880 people. The Foundation has raised millions of dollars. http://www.ryanswell.ca/

    Ryan grew up half an hour from my current home. Ryan is in college now and continues to do his work to help people. 

    This old dude has started a new exciting path in the last 12 months which is a culmination of my life’s work to date and it is because of the courage I have gained by meeting people like you.We can all start, re-start or start over, anytime. It’s never too late to do something.

    You want to giveaway a billion dollars, you can do it, you will do it. You are not behind, you are not losing, you are on the journey and it begins today. It’s go time!

    1. Kneale, thanks for the kind words and seeing me for who I am, not just how old I am.

      I love that story of Ryan.  That’s amazing.  I also think you’re story is amazing too and I want to hear more about the new project.

      Thanks for the support! 

  5. Hi Aaron,

    You’ve been popping into my mind this past week, and I’ve wondered where you’d been or if I haven’t been around enough to catch your post. But I subscribe so I knew that couldn’t be it! I’m thrilled to find out that you’re working on a new project!We are very blessed to live well enough to spend time and energy on those who need our help. I love projects that reach out to people in their suffering. There isn’t anything better we can do with our time than that, after taking care of our own families…or maybe at the same time. A close friend has been helping me lately with my struggles. She’s cheerful and thoughtful and amazing. She plopped into my life, saw needs and started filling them. THAT”S what life and connection is about. I think that everyone wants to make that kind of a difference. But there has to be a leader, one who steps up, gets things organized and keeps things moving.Thanks for sharing your heart…one we can relate to. Your family is so  incredibly cute! You are doing great things. I went to watch the project video. Loved it and will donate as I can.

    1. Betsy, I am so honored that you’d think of me.  The last month I’ve been focused on launching Attention Era Media, which is a merger of the marketing operations I’ve been running in several companies.  

      We’re now going to share our solutions with the world.
      It’s been crazy, but I’m not going to stop blogging.  Just had to keep my head down and focus for a bit.

      Thanks for your support, kind words, and donation to help the families get clean water so the women and girls can go to school and be safe.

      You’re awesome!

  6. Beautiful Aaron. Do you realize I am old enough to be YOUR dad! Happy Birthday! Much good is ahead for you – I promise!

    It’s the losing of battles that makes the man, the person!

    I’m NOT laughing at your goal of giving away 1 Billion dollars – I applaud it! That is called “Tikkun Olam,” which means to Repair the World. YOU are doing that and THAT gives your life meaning!

    STOP thinking you won’t live past 60! Live a day at a time. You are NOT behind! YOU are ahead. Look at your family, dude! Gorgeous!

  7. Aaron. Thanks for this beautiful post. You have nothing to worry about. Well, maybe there is plenty to worry about, but nothing that should get you down. You have two beautiful children. If you touch their souls the way you touch ours, they will help you live way past 60. And they, in turn will touch their children, and so on,  and you will live forever. Most of us are limited in what we can accomplish in our one life, on our own. This year I turned 58; two years away from what I see as the the time I may need to start to slow down (really?-maybe). I have not accomplished my life goal yet, because just as I start to get close, I move the goal post. Keeps it interesting. 

    I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of this one life we are given, as I am here in Boston visiting my oldest daughter who just gave birth to my second grandson. That is where the future lies. I have put my life a bit on hold to revel in the joys of family, and to ensure that these two wonderful humans will learn something of their grandmother, and learn in some way to do good.

    I wish you joy, and happy birthday. (I will donate as soon as I convince myself the site is safe–wish they would accept pay pal). Hang in there, and do try to get more than a few hours’ sleep. Eventually that will slow you down.

    1. Alice, you are very welcome.  Thank you for the wonderful thoughts you shared with me.  So heartwarming!

      I want to assure you that Charity: Water is a completely safe site and 100% of donations go to the actual cause because it’s expenses are privately funded.
      This post I found googling Charity: Water shows a couple more videos and one person’s thoughts on how legit it is.  It also shows that this charity has been around for a while now.  Making a huge difference.http://swiftor.com/f56/charity-alternatives-charitywater-org-22911/ 

      Family is important and I can’t wait to have grand kids.  You’re a lucky lady.  

      Oh, and I’ll try to get more sleep.  I always follow the doctor’s orders.  :-)

      Thanks again,

      Aaron

      1. I keep thinking of your post so I had to add another comment. Even if you do only live to 60, I suspect that most of your life so far has been you getting ready for this moment. Now you are on life’s journey with MOST of the journey still to go. We cannot measure momentum toward our goal(s) in years but rather in milestones and landmarks. 

        I checked out the Charity:Water. Seems ok. Now that I have donated, I think everyone else should too.

  8. Man, you are a warrior. I’m happy to be connected with you. I’m only 24 and am hyper-aware of my life slipping away. I hate sleep too. Hang in there, man. I have no doubt that, by 60, you will have given away at least 2 billion!

    1. Doug, thanks for the encouragement and blog sharing over the past year.  You have no idea how helpful that is and how much it encourages me.  

      I hope you’re right about meeting my goal.  I’ve got a LOOOooong way to go.
      Time to get started.  

      Aaron

  9. I think we all feel behind in life. That is why we are here to figure out how we can each give a purpose to a better world. Some people achieve that goal and others do not, but if it were not for the dream of how we can achieve this goal there would be no point.

  10. Aaron, thanks for sharing this video and post. I have known you on one level only, now I really feel like I do know you. I will share only that I have dealt w/chronic disease for last 12 years. (6 major surgeries in 12 years). We never know what the future holds. That said, we need to make every day count. I will support your effort! I think it is a great cause. I know from experience that a great way to cope with uncertainty is by looking beyond oneself. You are a great example of doing just that my friend!

    1. Lois, I had no idea!  Oh goodness.  I can’t even begin to understand what it’s like to have 6 major surgeries in 12 years.  Wow!

      I really like what you said about coping with uncertainty by looking beyond oneself.  For me, that’s exactly what happened.  I found meaning in others.

      Thanks for the support.  You’re a great one.

  11. Dear Aaron,

    I cannot tell you how much I admire your strength and your generosity. I have always been awed by your commitment to make a true difference in this world, and i applaud you. Your video was very moving as we were blessed to see some insight into the man behind the warrior.  You are an amazing leader, an amazing man. You are not alone. And you matter.

    In honour of you, I would like to make a donation to help you with your efforts. I give a lot here in my cmmunity and do believe we can all make a difference in many ways.

    So here’s to you. We’re all behind you. Here’s to living the second half with even more vim and verve than the first!

    1. Shelley, thanks for the very generous words.  Hopefully I can move enough people to make a difference.  We only get one life to do it.
      Here’s to making a difference with our lives.
      Cheers!

  12. Hey Aaron,

    Well done and what a mission. I’ve tweeted, shared and I’m following.

    Please consider the implication of your words and thoughts about your life and the impact they’re sure to have on family and friends. 

    We need good guys like you on the planet for a very long time, so I say live long and prosper.

    Only the Best,

    Les Dossey
    Now Business Growth
    http://nowbizgrowth.com
    @nowbizgrowth:twitter 

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