50 Cannonball Moments in 50 Years: A Journey of Self-Belief, Perseverance, and Cannonball Moments.

January 8, 2024

As I stand on the cusp of my 50th birthday, I reflect on a journey that’s been nothing short of extraordinary. My story isn’t one of academic accolades or inherited success; it began with a modest 1.6 GPA in high school,  no college degree and a very faulty self believe system.

Yet, here I am, having lived a life filled with experiences that many only dream of. This isn’t just my story; it’s a testament to the power of self-belief, hard work and an example that you OUR DESTINIES AREN'T CARVED IN STONE BY OUR BEGINNINGS;


1. The Beauty of Santorini:

Imagine watching the sun dip below the horizon over the iconic blue dome roofs of Santorini. That moment was more than just a beautiful sunset; it was a symbol of the beauty in our world, waiting to be explored.

2. A Swing on Pebble Beach:

Golfing on Pebble Beach isn’t just about the sport. It’s about standing where legends have stood and embracing the challenge.

3. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Experiencing this iconic parade was a reminder of the joy and wonder in the simple things – a celebration of life itself.

9. The NYC Marathon:

Running the NYC Marathon not once but five times taught me about endurance, both physical and mental. Each finish line was a victory over self-doubt.

10. A Voice Through Writing:

Writing a book was a journey of self-expression, a chance to share my voice and story with the world.

20. The Majesty of Yellowstone:

Seeing bison roam free in Yellowstone was a humbling experience, reminding me of nature’s raw beauty and power.

24. Nights Under the Stars:

Sleeping on the beach, under a blanket of stars, was a reminder of the peace and tranquility that comes from connecting with nature.

33. The Joy of Giving:

Being a ‘Room Dad’ for my daughter’s 3rd-grade class wasn’t just about participation; it was about experiencing the joy and innocence of childhood again.

42. A Gamble in Vegas:

Playing the slots in Vegas was more than a game of chance; it was about taking risks and embracing the unknown.

45. Entrepreneurial Spirit:

Starting my own business was perhaps one of my greatest challenges. It was a leap of faith into the world of uncertainty, driven by a belief in my vision and abilities.

49. A Nation Explored:

Visiting 46 of the 50 states wasn’t just about travel; it was about discovering the diversity and beauty of my own country, understanding the different stories that each state had to tell.

These are just a few of the 50 amazing experiences that have marked my first 50 years. My journey is proof that life isn’t defined by how you start but by how you choose to live it. To those who feel limited by their circumstances: remember, every day is an opportunity to write a new chapter in your story. Your past does not define your future; your actions and beliefs do.

As I look forward to the next chapter, I’m excited about the unknown adventures that await. My message to you, as I celebrate this milestone, is simple: Believe in yourself, embrace hard work, and never underestimate the power of a dream. Here’s to the next 50 years!

Chad Sanschagrin

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