My name is Shane Nicolich. I am 42 years old and I am finally getting around to telling my life story and trying to help people in the process. I have been through a lot of stuff in my life and I remain inspired/motivated to continue through life, despite whatever obstacles stack up against me. I have seen/known of too many people who have thrown in the proverbial towel when the going got tough and given up trying to reach their goals/dreams. They have simply settled for mere survival instead of continuing to be full of zest for LIVING THE PASSIONATE LIFE!
I am married and live in Washington State, not too far from Mt. Rainier (my favorite place to go hiking). My wife and I have no children but they do have a few pets: four cats, two dogs (a wire-haired terrier and a Papillon), three bearded dragons and a betta fish. One may think that they cannot do things in life simply because they allow their fears and
doubts to rule the day. I thought along those lines for a long time, but now I am living THE PASSIONATE LIFE! Despite a traumatic brain injury (and the resulting 2-1/2-month-long coma), becoming an alcoholic/drug addict, numerous accidents, homelessness, joblessness and now multiple sclerosis, I now want to inspire and motivate people to keep moving forward and living THE PASSIONATE LIFE instead of just surviving.
EDIT: My book was published on 8/15/16. As of a few days before the end of 2016, I have been alone and we were divorced in 3/17. We came to the point that we were on separate paths and so we parted. I wish her joy on her Journey and that's about all I have to say about that.
I had been checking out Gary Vaynerchuk's content online for a few months when I thought to look online and see if he was going to be speaking live anywhere near where I live in Washington. I found that he was going to be speaking at Dutch Bros. Leadership Conference in Portland, Oregon on Monday, September 25, 2017. That was the day that this part of my Journey became SUPER-CHARGED! I immediately felt welcomed by Dutch Bros. employees and I loved the speakers throughout the morning and early afternoon. I was getting tired and sore from sitting on the hard bench in the auditorium, waiting for Gary Vee to get on stage and speak. Hearing him speak was my primary purpose in taking the day off work and driving 120 miles to Portland. Plus, I was HOPING to get to meet him and get a selfie with him during the meet-and-greet afterward. Well, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and I stood in line for about 45 minutes to get on the mic during his Q&A. To this day, I cannot remember exactly what I was going to ask him. When I got on the mic, I gave him a brief rundown of my story and he applauded me for being a marathon-runner despite the fact that I have Multiple Sclerosis. As a result, I got a standing ovation from the crowd of over 1,000 people in the auditorium that day. At the end of our interchange on the microphones, me in the stands and Gary Vee on the stage, he asked me if I just wanted to know how to get my book selling better. I said, "Yes," and he said that rather than giving me one tidbit right then and there, he would fly me to New York City where I would spend the day with him and his team at VaynerMedia.... and they would show me how to do it. From that moment on, it has been nothing but an uphill Journey for me.
More to come....