Mere years out of the womb, I was selling rocks to the neighbors. The crazy part was, some of them actually bought! Either I understood that my family needed more money on an intuitive level, or I just wanted to buy more Slurpees and candy for myself. Whatever the case, I did something about it.
To this day my mom still describes me as an independent thinker who did want he wanted to, and didn’t care about what other people thought!
When I was five going on six, my family moved to Japan. In the years to come, I tried marketing and selling subscriptions for a newsletter that I wrote and drew by hand. I barely even understood the Japanese language at the time. The newsletter didn’t exactly bring me the monetary rewards I had hoped for, but for some reason the idea got me excited enough to try it.
In Japan I had many friends, but you can only be different for so long before you begin to notice how often you find yourself on the outside looking in. When we returned to my home country of Canada, my self-image had plummeted to an all-time low and I began trying to please people. It may have had something to do with the fact that my dad died in a motorcycle accident only a year earlier.
I started putting everyone else before myself. I would be the last to get off the bus; I would pass up a relationship with a girl to other interested parties; I would let others have what they wanted over what I wanted even if it was detrimental to my own wellbeing. I do believe in being a servant leader, but I don’t believe in passing up opportunities anymore.
I didn’t really even date until after College. I thought that life was just something that happened to you, completely outside of your control. However, I had several eye-opening experiences that led me on a track of personal growth and betterment. In the pages of books and the voices of experts, I finally found a group of people who thought like me and were just as wonderfully strange. Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Dale Carnegie, Steve Pavlina, Norman Vincent Peale, Derek Sivers and so many others. I would never compare myself to any of them, but I would come to appreciate who I was and who I was becoming.
I am on a path of rediscovering who I really am. I am rediscovering my path in life as an independent thinker. I embrace who I am and who I’m becoming.
My name is David Andrew Wiebe. I’m weird. If you’re weird like me, you’ve found a safe place to come to.
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