When a mother is reunited with her son after weeks, months or years of no contact … well, that mother will obviously have a million reasons to smile! She will probably cry tears of joy and find it hard to believe her eyes. It never matters what caused the separation. It never matters how old the child is. All that matters is that your child, your son, is gone. And, as a mother, you feel like you have lost everything. And then, after the days turned into years, your son is back … and you feel like you have a reason to live again. All the sleepless nights, all the grief and sadness … are instantly forgotten and forgiven, and you experience an incredible feeling of joy and elation. You want to touch him, hug him, and hold him close – and you never want to let him go again. Today, this is how Mrs. Suiter feels … because today she found her son Tommy. The Results: From: B Suiter [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, Oct 26, 2015, 6:32 PM – Mr. Burns, This is B Suiter and the most amazing thing has happened, I heard from our son! Today out of the blue he called; he is in a hospital but is ok so we are overwhelmed with emotion and joy. I just wanted to let you know so that you could update your website or remove him whichever you do. Thank you so much for the service you provide at Video Locators to families in need, the Lord will surely bless you for your concerns and care. I am remaining a friend on FB as I see your post and repost some when I can. Thanks again! B Suiter From: B Suiter [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, Nov 1, 2013 6:04 PM To: Mr. Burns Subject: Re: Tommy Suiter HOW – He heard about your website and someone told him he saw his picture somewhere, so he called the old place where he had stayed at before and they told him yes we had posted it and here is our number! It is so amazing; he calls now every day and his life in good condition again. Thanks so much Mr. Burns!
More Than Halfway
Current goals for funding is $50,000 and just got the word and it’s been confirmed that we’re receiving $30,000, so we more than halfway there for this milestone. Join our rally and be part of something that has growth and merit https://rally.org/videolocators
The lives we save, the lives we share are ours alone and 100% our responsibility
Every day you can help just by looking:
We have been working on searching and passing the word on the web to help find missing people. People like Aaliyah, who is still missing, whose concerned parents are desperately looking for her. We are committed to their cause.
Sharing is all it takes to contribute to this effort. It doesn’t cost a thing, and it’s a good deed for everyone.
A Start is Born
Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while, it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.
I was reading an old article written by marketing guru Seth Godin a while back where he mentions that “it takes about six years of hard work to become an overnight success.” Based on a small sample of household names from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, he is an optimist. Here is some data from Wikipedia:
• Microsoft – Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1974, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. Six years later, he managed to land a contract with IBM to provide their IBM PC base operating system. Even still, it was another six years before Microsoft went public in 1986, making him an overnight success worth $350 million.
• Apple – It took Steve Jobs two decades to become an overnight dot-com billionaire. Established in Cupertino, California in 1975, Apple really didn’t get on the map until the advent of the Macintosh in 1984, nine years later. Even then, it struggled through the 80’s and 90’s, until the advent of the iMac and consumer products.
• Yahoo! – This company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994. In April 1996, Yahoo! had its initial public offering, raising $33.8 million, by selling 2.6 million shares at $13 each. Amazon.com and Yahoo! are the benchmarks in the industry for overnight success, but still required two to three years to really get going.
• Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg, while attending Harvard as a sophomore, concocted “Facemash” in 2002 to get a lost girlfriend off his mind. He later changed the name to Facebook. In 2005, Facebook still showed a yearly net loss of $3.63 million. But within five years it became an overnight success, and now has about 400 million users worldwide.