He was a high-flying, high-achieving entrepreneur.
His career couldn’t be going better.
And he and his wife had their first child. Little Jackson.
Things couldn’t be going better.
Then, the most frightening moment in any parent’s life.
The first day of his life was pretty normal.
They were about to go check out of the hospital – the nurse came to take Jackson for some final tests
A few minutes later, Brian’s mother-in-law rushed in, crying.
“”Something is wrong with Jackson!”
Brian rushed out, and saw Jackson, gray, limp, with doctors and nurses
urgently trying to revive him.
Brian’s son was in intensive care for a week.
During that time, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Brian Horn is the co-founder of Authority Alchemy. He’s been featured by Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine and on Howard Stern. Brian’s worked with the biggest, most authoritative names across multiple industries.
Favourite Superhero: Batman
Favourite Cartoon: Superfriends/Justice League of America
Favourite Video Game: Pitfall
“The greatest thing ever”
Family Tradition: Christmas morning with family (opening presents and having breakfast together)
Motivation As A Child: Marching to the beat of his own drum
“There were 8 people in my entire high school that took Latin, and I was one of them”
Embarassing Moment: His 7th grade drama class teacher pulling him in front of the class and humiliating him.
“It’s one of those things that I look back, and I can still feel it in the pit of my stomach”
Identity Came From: Brian’s been an entrepreneur since 5th grade (lawn mowing, mobile dj’ing, etc.)
“(Entrepreneurship) gave me a reason to get out and do things in front of other people”
Brian says his parents weren’t entrepreneurs, but his dad really pushed him into it.
“He could tell early on that I would be an awful employee”
He says he has a natural incline towards being an entrepreneur.
“It’s one of those things you can’t train someone to do. There are certain things that entrepreneurs have that allow us to do that.”
Brian’s father was an executive, gone from 7 am to 7 pm everyday. They lived on a farm, and his dad would do chores when home, leaving very little time with his children. His mother was more the disciplinarian, pushing them and providing day-to-day guidance.
Brian’s son was in intensive care for a week after being born, and was diagnosed with Down syndrome.
“That gives you a crash course into parenthood”
Upon learning that his son had Down syndrome, Brian went through a transition:
Phase 1: closing himself off to the world (drinking, taking pills)
Phase 2: emerging from the darkness, “like a butterfly out of the dark cocoon”. He joined the board of directors for the local Down Syndrome Association, in the process raising funds and working with other children that had d.s.
Phase 3: he came out better than before, accepting and appreciating the situation.
Brian considers being a good example as being his #1 job as a dad.
Starting out, he would work all the time, but now feels it’s more about balance. For this reason, he outsources a lot of tasks related to his company.
What would you tell your kids 30 years in future?
“I hope they know I was spending as much time with them as possible and tried to be as good of an example. I enjoyed the heck out of every moment I spent with them.”
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