In the late '90's, I was working as a programmer with a team that included several other full time programmers for the company, and another programmer who was an outside consultant.
We worked on the part of the system that processed payments which typically worked like clockwork.
Until one time it didn't. While doing my investigation to fix the problem, I discovered that the system broke while processing a check for the consultant programmer on our team.
Up to that point I didn't know what his hourly rate was, but now the truth was right in front of me.
His hourly rate was more than three times what I was making in my salaried position! While he was a bit more seasoned than me, I didn't see his work being THAT much more valuable than mine. We were doing essentially the same work.
I now realized I was doing work that someone was willing to pay multiple times more than I was being paid as an employee.
I was no more skilled at programming than I was the moment before. And without knowing how to get clients to pay me that much money or how to structure a contract, in that instance something had changed.
I had decided right then and there that I was a consultant.
Just a few years earlier in my mid-thirties, I went to get my annual physical. My blood test report came back and the doctor had a different message than usual. He told me that my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers were high. I was curious about what that meant and what I could do about it.
That visit they suggested waiting until my next visit. "Perhaps that last test was a fluke," I thought.
In that next visit, I was more alert than I had normally been. The doctor asked about my family history like they had in the past but it never occurred to me why they were asking about all this.
My father and two of his three brothers died relatively early. Three of the four brothers died from conditions that were partly preventable. Other family members died early as well.
Now in my mid-thirties, the doctor was talking about inflammation and expressing concern over my blood numbers and my increased waist circumference. Mentally, I started relating this to my family history and thinking about this could affect the long term if this continued.
From these meetings with my doctor, something was going to be different. He recommended that I start taking medications, which I rejected as I didn't want to start taking pills the rest of my life.
I knew that I wanted to live longer than my Dad and his brothers and that it was early enough to do something about it. I could no longer be passive about my health as I had been in the past. Without being any more knowledgeable about health, nutrition and fitness, in that instance something had changed which affected the rest of my life.
I had decided right then and there I was going to be a Healthy, Active person.
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