Birthday Reflections

Today is the big day – the beginning of the end of my twenties. Now I know there is a wide age-range that reads this blog so for some of you I’m still a baby – for others I may as well be thirty!

Well since this day comes only once a year – and my twenties have been a pretty incredible segment of my life I thought now would be a great time to reflect.

Just for your own information I am writing this post on an Airplane on my way to Toronto from Los Angeles.

So how did I get here? Now that’s an interesting story – or at least I think it is!

My twenties started with me in the thick of the most challenging academic environment of my life – Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. At the age of twenty I was enjoying my third year of school and spent most of my time in the computer lab programming. I was doing both computer science and engineering so had a full-schedule of tech-heavy classes.

I was living in Pittsburgh – across the country from my home state of California – and I was kicking butt! At this point I was already well on my way to graduating with honors and inspired as ever by my courses.

During my summers I worked for IBM in North Carolina and enjoyed some great evenings on Franklin Street partying with friends on the weekend.

Now fast-forwarding a bit to being 23 – at this age I was graduating with my Masters degree in Engineering and had made a very important life decision – I didn’t want to be an Engineer.

Well – at the age of 24 I had successfully dodged the Engineer-for-life bullet and was traveling about 40 weeks a year for a brand-new digital music company called Sonos. We were just starting to get our business going and I was learning everything I could about my new job role.

At this point in my life I loved every minute of my hectic travel schedule. I didn’t know too many people in Boston so for my first two years there I felt more at home on the road than I did at home…since home really wasn’t home to me!

By the age of 25 I had been promoted to become the Manager of our International business in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Canada. Before I knew it I was on a flight to Hong Kong to get our Asian business started.

It was also this year that I met the love of my life – Daina. I’ll have to do a separate post sometime about how we met as it really is an incredible story. Suddenly Boston was home, I had someone to come-home to and someone to miss when I traveled. Gallivanting around the world wasn’t as fun without my other half and my perspective on life changed a bit as I found myself constantly having to say goodbye.

At the age of 27 I was ready to make my first big real estate investment…but the market wasn’t ready so I had to make a different move – I put my money into domains.

Boom! At that point I can honestly say my life changed. I quickly faced the multitude of challenges that any business-owner has getting their idea off of the ground. Sadly I found-out that about half of the domains I bought were garbage…luckily the other half made my business what it is today!

I quickly started developing properties and selling domains and before I knew it I had a profitable business. In October of 2007 I started this blog. At that time I didn’t know much about blogging and didn’t really read many other blogs – I just knew that I wanted to document what I was doing.

{ 24 comments… add one }

  • Tia Wood April 13, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I just turned 29 April 1st. Happy birthday to us!

    • Morgan April 13, 2010, 5:08 pm

      @Tia – wow – that is great! Happy belated birthday!!

  • Kevin April 13, 2010, 5:02 pm

    Happy birthday dude.

    You have one year left before it all starts to fall apart.

    Enjoy it.

    😉

    • Morgan April 13, 2010, 5:09 pm

      Thanks @Kevin for the doomsday prediction 🙂

  • Jim Holleran April 13, 2010, 5:32 pm

    Morgan,

    Happy Birthday, you done a lot in your early life. I am impressed.
    Keep up the great work.

    Thanks, Jim

  • jeff April 13, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Happy birthday Morgan! Many more to come and very interesting to read what you have done..sounds like a lot.

    i turn 35 next week and wish i was your age or tia age, lol…

  • Michael April 13, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan!

  • Attila April 13, 2010, 6:55 pm

    /me sobs and sends a over the hill card and hair coloring to Morgan

    Happy birthday man! :-p

  • owen frager April 13, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Happy Birthday, Morgan. Thanks for sharing that impressive background.

  • Rosco April 13, 2010, 8:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan,

    Crazy, we share the exactly same birth date!

  • dad April 13, 2010, 8:52 pm

    Morgan,
    Great post. It has been, and is an amazing journey you are on. I am glad to be part of the “fan” club!…but with all you have accomplished it is still your warmth and sense of humor that I appreciate the most.
    I feel so lucky to be your dad!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  • Phyllis Greene April 13, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Morgan-what an extraordinary journey-you’ve accomplished alot for 29! The thirties only get better-take it from one who knows.
    Love

  • Jessica Sweeney April 13, 2010, 10:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan! Feel kind of like we’re missing the second half of that story . . . what happens next?

    All the best to you and Daina, see you soon!

  • Johan April 13, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan! Interesting read about your life story as well!

  • Anthony April 14, 2010, 12:38 am

    Happy Birthday Morgan 🙂

    Anthony

  • Ed Keay-Smith April 14, 2010, 12:43 am

    Happy Birthday mate!!!

    I was almost a father at that age!

    Have a great day and speak soon.

    PS. I sent you a message on Skype, make sure you check it out.

    Cheers

    Ed

  • Valentin April 14, 2010, 2:53 am

    Happy birthday! I wish you much success in your business and life. Keep up the good work.

  • Michael Castello April 14, 2010, 3:31 am

    The good news: Happy Birthday Morgan
    Tha bad news: The BIG money comes when you reach 40.
    jk

  • Jim Holleran April 14, 2010, 7:24 am

    Morgan,

    Michael is right. I “f@cked everything up in my 30’s. In my 40’s I wised up and invested right/smart.

    Happy Birthday, JIm

  • Mike April 14, 2010, 8:08 am

    Morgan, Happy Birthday! Keep up the good work and I’ll be joining you in the 30’s realm later this year. Best wishes.

  • Morgan April 14, 2010, 10:17 am

    Thanks for all the great Birthday wishes everyone!

    @Mike and @Jim – haha, okay now I’m scared 🙂

    @Dad, @Phyllis and @Jessica – thanks for the Birthday wishes – thanks for the comments as well!

    @Ed – thanks for the Birthday wishes – you have to come to LA so I can return the favor for the excellent adventure we had in Perth!

    @Rosco – wow – that is very cool! Happy Birthday to you too!

    @Owen – thanks! Glad you liked it – sometimes I feel like I can ramble on, and on, and on…hehe you get the idea!

    Thanks again to everyone – felt great to wake-up this morning and see all these comments!!

  • Dave April 15, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I don’t know you, but I hate to be left out.

    Happy Birthday Morgan! 😀

    Very interesting read too!

  • Cate.TV April 17, 2010, 11:22 pm

    Morgan – Happy, Happy Birthday dear 🙂
    http://www.twitvid.com/Q3T3O