If you’re young and doing your own thing in High School and you don’t think you’re having an influence on your peers, check out this message I got recently from an old classmate.
Needless to say, it made my month, maybe my year.
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I never got the chance to send this message to you, when you posted your really moving message about Mr. Clague. Funny thing is Cliff, I had a really similar to share, but along with Mr. Clague. I found that my life was the most influenced by you. Ok, before you close this as some stalker fan boy message, hear me out. I was super shy in high school and I wasn’t really that ambitious. When I met you and you were already making video games, it was like seeing an alternate universe. You just has this certainty that you were going to do all these things. And when you showed me Dare to Dream and said that I inspired the little guy in it, I was pretty speechless. The next year, after you graduated, I not only created a bunch of new Drama programs (the multi-cultural group, a shakespeare lunch group), but I also went out and won the Tournament award at the Shakespeare festival (and a full ride to X University which I didn’t take.) On top of that, I tried out for the speech for commemoration and won, standing up there in front of the valedictorian. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you showed me confidence and what it can attain. That sparked the same ambition in me that I saw in your eyes so many years ago. That lead to a double major at X, landing a position at X, and eventually to X. Funny thing is it didn’t stop there. I was five years into a consulting career solving problems at every major company in the world. And then I saw an article with your name in it. It was a promotion for Gears of War, and I just thought it was funny that I recognized your name. And on the next page was the same face I remembered from high school. And I realized that ever since I graduated college I had been settling again. Just going for the safe route that would make the most money. In the next weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. My passion had always been in gaming and I’d built all this expertise in IT software architecture. In the next month I quit X, took a 40% paycut, and joined Y. From there I spearheaded their digital portfolio, and moved to X, to Z Interactive, to X Mobile, and now to my own start up. We just closed our Series B securing $3MM from a Chinese investment company. Even more ridiculous, another investment company was so impressed by my background they offered another $3MM to start my own company separate from my current co-founders. That’s the offer I’m taking. I know you’ve probably heard of all sorts of fanboy lauding over you, and I love everything you’re doing for the community of Raleigh and for gaming over all. But at the end of the day, I just wanted to thank you. It’s a total cliche, but you are the reason I got into gaming, and I’m one of the happiest and luckiest guys on Earth because of it. If I can ever be of help in anyway, I owe you a big one. Excited to see what Boss Key brings in the future. SIncerely, That nerdy asian kid with oversized glasses. - X