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The New ’20s

Another Year, Another Decade

Sometimes when something new happens it can take me a little while to realize it even when it is right in front of me.  Even now as we enter into the new ’20s.

This is true for me as we have just moved into the year 2020.  We are less than a week into this new year when I also started to look at this is the dawn of a new decade.

As human beings, we often think of our past in sections of years called decades.   This is often remembered in the entertainment industry.  The music of the ’80s is a lot different than that of the ’60s.

The same is seen in the film industry.  One may recall the first Star Wars movie when many years later it was released again with touchups for the films for the technology of that time.  If you were to see Star Wars in its original format you may say that it is really a ’70s movie.   Maybe the same can be seen in the TV shows of yesteryear.

Our Life

Our lives can be, in many instances, seen in the same way.

I recall for me that the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s were all very different for me.  I am sure they were very different for you too, assuming you were alive in those older decades.

In Reflection

The ’80s

The ’80s were my high school years (1981 – 1985) and also included my traveling the world years while in the U.S. Navy (late 1985 – mid-1990).  I learned so much by seeing the world in the latter half of the ’80s decade. Life, for me, would have been completely different if I did not get to travel overseas.

I can very easily distinguish the part of me in 1985 was quite different than the part of me in 1990.  I  grew a lot when living with other cultures and being “the” minority in the room.  It was a very humbling time for me.

The ’90s

The  ’90s involved both my re-integration to living in America and my 7 years of college.

While in graduate school (1996), I started to think about becoming a stunt performer.  At that time I learned to focus and become persistent in following my dreams.  I started to create opportunities that would eventually land me as a stunt coordinator on multiple independent films and stages.

In 1999 I was downsized after working on a Y2K project and I became an entrepreneur later that year.

The New ’00s

The years 2000 through 2009 were huge and transformational for me.  In 2002, I began to listen to a series called Personal Power by Tony Robbins.  For the next year, I devoured everything about real estate and personal development.  I was a total sponge.

Even in January 2004, I sold almost everything I owned and moved from Wilmington, NC out to Las Vegas, NV to start my investment career.  Later in 2004, I started my real estate investment company which lasted 16 years.

The New ’10s

As much growth that lay behind me was about to change with a proverbial 4″ x 4″ to the head.

This was the year I discovered live personal development courses.  February 2010 I took a course called The Basic offered by PSI Seminars.  This was a benchmark class that would forever change my life.  My eyes opened into an entirely new world of personal development and self-growth.

This decade I began to take better care of my health.  Starting in May 2010, after taking PSI Seminar’s second course, Life Success Class, I lost 60 pounds of weight in just 90 days.  And, I have kept most of it off over the next 10 years.

I took many other courses, as well.  This is when I made new life-long friends in both Las Vegas and Canada.  I started my speaking career and even wrote 3 books.  This is also when I created an international podcast called Life’s Little Lessons where I interviewed entrepreneurs from many different parts of the world.

In 2018 I even survived a stroke to the left side of my head where I learned about the importance of life, friendship, and who to trust or not trust.

Moving into the New ’20s

Looking back at all of the previous decades I am happy to admit that overall they were good.

Of course, I had setbacks along the way.  We all do.  However, when looking at the greater scheme of things I can undoubtedly say that those were all good times.

What will the New ’20s bring to me?  Who knows!?!

All that I can say is I am not only planning on what the next year will be but also what do I want to look back at in the future to say how the ’20s went and what did I do to help create a better future for myself and those around me.

This is going to be one heck of a ride.


Author Details
Kevin A Dunlap has been self-employed since 1999. He is an author, and professional speaker. He specializes with creating innovating techniques to motivate and inspire people to achieve more in what they want in their careers and jobs.

Kevin Dunlap

Kevin A Dunlap is a business and life coach specializing in helping people discover their desires and to help them build a game plan in taking the next steps in their life. He is the author of the books Designing Your Own Destiny and The Winner's Code: Secrets of the Winner's Mindset.

Kevin is also the producer of the podcast Life's Little Lessons where he interviews entrepreneurs from all over the world.

He is a professional speaker and trainer. He has been known to talk at multiple entrepreneurial functions.

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