I've puzzled today over various ways to begin this journey and chosen to use the metaphor of the stage. Let me explain with a story.
In late 2002 I moved from New York to California and proposed to my wife-to-be. After we got married, I spent a year flying back and forth to Las Vegas where I consulted to Casino baron Steve Wynn (more on this later). My son was born and we decided to stay in San Francisco. Hilary went back to work and I took care of Theo. I needed to get a job but wasn't sure what would be interesting and exciting. Then I heard about a tiny company who had made a virtual world where the users could create whatever they wished. It had an economy, land barons and politics. I remember walking Theo in his stroller past the offices and thinking, "I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I'm going to be part of this". I managed to get an interview with their CEO; we hit it off and he gave me a job. The CEO's name was Philip Rosedale and the company was Second Life.