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I love basketball. But my career pretty much ended in 9th grade when I was 5’2″ tall and had glasses–and though a pretty good shooter, I got cut from my junior high basketball team.

Finally I got my growth spurt, and was about 5’10” as a senior where I tried out for my high school team. I made first and second cuts, but was the final person cut from the team and I’ve never fully recovered.

Back then I was a pretty good shooter. About 25 years ago I once hit 40 consecutive free throws. That was my personal best. About 10 years ago while practicing basketball at my local church (yes, a great reason to join the Mormon church is that they have a gym in almost every chapel) I hit 40 consecutive free throws again and was so upset when I missed on number 41. But my nerves got to me, and I choked.

But this week, I am thrilled to announce to the entire world that I achieved one of my major goals in 2008 by hitting 53 consecutive free throws on my new home court. That is now a very special number to me. And isn’t it the number of Herbie, the Love Bug too? I might have to buy a miniature Herbie on eBay and mount it on my trophy case.

When you were a basketball wanna-be who was the last person cut on his high school basketball team, and you’ve lived all these years wondering where your basketball career would have gone if only that one coach had believed in you…and then you do something like this…well, it just made me feel really good and I thought you might be happy for me.

So now, what do you do if you’ve achieved your year goal in February. I’m not sure what to do next.

I want to know if you have achieved any of your 2008 goals yet? If so, feel free to tell the world here, and then tell us what you are going to do next.

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5 Comments

  1. Congratulations! Yes… I remember the 5’2″ kid with glasses. And I remember you used to be a pretty good basketball player and mathematician. My goal… keep my job through a possible recession.

  2. Adam Chavez

    I’ve begun to achieve one of my goals. The goal was to do a few things:
    1. Think of something that would improve the quality of life for people all over the world
    2. Turn that into a plan to build software
    3. Build a team, set up a business plan, do feasibility and cash flow studies.
    4. Go get angel money.
    5. Revolutionize the world.

    I’m on step 2. Just got the idea a few days ago. I’ve been pretty busy since then. I’ve written up the preliminary business plan. I’ve been talking to software engineers, trying to decide who to partner with.

    I’m talking to a patent attorney next week for some preliminary discussions. I’m going to talk to a BYU entrepreneur’s mentor this week (I’m a student in pre-management at the Y)… Apparently they have some AWESOME mentors that come in… for free!

    I’m excited to see where this goes….

  3. Kurt Buchanan

    Hey Paul! Kurt here I was part of your internet marketing class at Provo Labs!

    Thats cool that you play basketball! One of these nights im going to try to beat the Great Paul Allen at Basketball free throws!

    Im remember when I was attending your class and being in there with so many smart people and sometimes feeling overwhelmed and not sure if I could really build something like you guys cause there was so much to learn. I did at times doubt myself because it seemed like everyone was so smart and had such a great education.

    Here I was in your class the only education I had was with some of the programs online i had bought on intenet marketing. Those days I was driving a hour and 45 min to attend your classes cause im from tooele! I was driven and hungry to learn what you were teaching and I wanted to succed. I just needed a coach to believe in me!

    I bet you know how I feel im the Wanna Be Entrepreneur who is just starting out.

    Anyway Im glad you tell you I made my first 20 bucks online about 3 weeks as a affiliate.
    Sometimes I wonder if Paul Allen was just starting what would he be doing!

    I still really remember the day I found out provolabs was not going to be happening anymore I was so bummed out!

    But anyway That one sale got me excited and gave me faith I can do it!

    I now see why you like helping people everytime I see a business owner I always have aton of ideas to help there business!

    My goal is to start a online business to get me out of my day job! and get the right coaching to be a better business man!

  4. Kurt Buchanan

    Hey Paul! Kurt here I was part of your internet marketing class at Provo Labs!

    Thats cool that you play basketball! One of these nights im going to try to beat the Great Paul Allen at Basketball free throws!

    Im remember when I was attending your class and being in there with so many smart people and sometimes feeling overwhelmed and not sure if I could really build something like you guys cause there was so much to learn. I did at times doubt myself because it seemed like everyone was so smart and had such a great education.

    Here I was in your class the only education I had was with some of the programs online i had bought on intenet marketing. Those days I was driving a hour and 45 min to attend your classes cause im from tooele! I was driven and hungry to learn what you were teaching and I wanted to succed. I just needed a coach to believe in me!

    I bet you know how I feel im the Wanna Be Entrepreneur who is just starting out.

    Anyway Im glad you tell you I made my first 20 bucks online about 3 weeks as a affiliate.
    Sometimes I wonder if Paul Allen was just starting what would he be doing!

    I still really remember the day I found out provolabs was not going to be happening anymore I was so bummed out!

    But anyway That one sale got me excited and gave me faith I can do it!

    I now see why you like helping people everytime I see a business owner I always have aton of ideas to help there business!

    My goal is to start a online business to get me out of my day job! and get the right coaching to be a better business man!

  5. wilsonng

    Cool! Congratulations.

    Sometimes for many of us, these kind of accomplishments are worn with a badge of honor than other business successes.

    It was really suspensful to read. I did not know why the title was 53.

    I thought you were going to say that finally, at age 53, you had a breakthrough (grin)…

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