You Need Two Resources To Change Your Destiny. Fortunately, You Already Have Them

Make the choice to use what you already have, and you will redefine your life

Mike Goldberg
3 min readMar 6, 2022


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My father was a machinist by trade. He would make parts and investment casting molds for companies unable to do it themselves.

And he did pretty well for himself through the 1960s and 70s. He moved to the growing suburb of Thousand Oaks, CA. For a while, he even had his own airplane. And he did this all without a college degree.

But when the 1980s hit, the world started to change. His entire industry became computerized. It was cheaper and easier for companies to simply program in the parts and the machines would take care of the rest.

My father couldn’t figure that out. And so he withered. As his business slowly started drying up, he took lower paying jobs, then eventually signed on with manufacturing companies doing low level tasks — whatever he could do with his limited skill set.

Our family struggled. We had no discretionary funds. Our cars aged out and left puddles of oil wherever they were parked. There were no vacations for us. There was no “future.” It was not going to get better.

My father would come home and spend the evening in front of the TV, the living room floor covered with newspapers he read but never bothered to throw out. Junk piled up around the house.

And there he sat, seemingly content in his kingdom of decrepitude.

I’d ask him every now and then why he didn’t adapt to modern times and learn how to utilize this new technology.

“I don’t know how” was his answer. And that was that.

I watched as other people figured it out and took steps to modernize. Then I’d look back at him as he distracted himself night after night watching TV.

“That’s it?” I thought. “He’s content with that answer of not knowing how?”

It took me a long time to reach the awareness and honesty to realize my father’s problem had nothing to do with not knowing how.

He had the same amount of time everyone else had.



Mike Goldberg

3x Top Writer | Traveler | Real estate investor | Storyteller | Occasional columnist | I talk about personal growth and seizing opportunities.