As a child I saw that my obsessive interest in computing could possibly result in great wealth one day. My child self saw how money could corrupt so I put out a prayer to the universe: That if I ever made a lot of money in computing, that I wouldn't let it go to my head. Fast forward nearly three decades and that echo from the past landed right in my lap.

This is the story of what happened on that fateful day when I turned down a million dollar promotion, the whirlwind that followed, and the true richness in life that I have found.


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Joseph Leedy at 16:48 on 4 Nov 2023

Entertaining and engaging epic to close out an awesome conference. Thanks!

Joseph Thayne at 17:20 on 4 Nov 2023

Really enjoy the stories and the commentary. Very inspiring.

Great talk from the heart. Bigger picture look at why we do what we do. Inspiring and insightful to hear from Sammy and his life experiences.

Thank you for the talk it was a really wonderful story.

Steve Grunwell at 17:22 on 4 Nov 2023

Absolutely beautiful talk that had the whole room absolutely captivated. I turned to Ben Ramsey after the talk and all he could muster was “wow.”

Mark Junghanns at 17:23 on 4 Nov 2023

Amazing talk. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, very inspiring!

What a wonderful keynote Sammy, that was truly inspiring

Nick A at 01:11 on 6 Nov 2023

I'm sorry, but this felt disorganized and pointless

Tadeh Hakopian at 11:25 on 7 Nov 2023

Great story and great talk

James Titcumb at 13:11 on 7 Nov 2023

Great keynote, thought provoking and a great story to boot :)

Tim Lytle at 15:39 on 8 Nov 2023

Great balance to the end of the conference. I'm a bit biased, but I think there was a common thread through all the keynotes and really appreciated this fresh approach to the closing keynote.