Come Dance With Me

by michael friedlander

when i was younger, i was better looking...

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about your diarist...

Prior to arriving in Los Angeles…

Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1979, I worked as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then, after leaving South Africa, I worked for an international trading company in its London and Zurich offices. I also lived in Paris and Montreal.

I have absolutely no recollection of learning anything from my London, Zurich, Paris and Montreal experiences…

Moving to Los Angeles…

After moving to Los Angeles in 1979, I was admitted to the California Bar. Since then, my law work has focused on assisting clients in the negotiating and structuring of their national and international business deals. It's also focused on trying to get paid by those clients. Getting paid was, by far, the greatest challenge of my professional life. Fortunately, they all paid me – eventually...

In the late 1990s, I ventured from the dark side and left the law firm a friend and I had founded. I wanted to explore life on the bright side — the world of business. I became the CEO of an international music company and then the CEO of an award-winning international architectural design company. While I'm now CEO of a strategic consulting firm, I do occasionally still venture back to the dark side, where I clearly belong.

My best-kept secrets…

I've written “Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela’s Gift,” which has been critically acclaimed by The Jerusalem Post and by my close family and friends. The book highlights how we can learn from Nelson Mandela’s moral authority, common sense and negotiating skills to help us better detect and avoid fraud and scams. This book is my best-kept secret.

I've also just written "A Winner Is A Dreamer Who Never Gives Up." As I looked back on the epiphanies I experienced during my dance with cancer, I couldn't help but notice how Nelson Mandela had put into practice those same epiphanies during his harrowing journey in persuading the South African regime to abandon apartheid.

The epiphanies I experienced were the importance of finding balance, hope, courage, optimism, common sense and laughter in facing adversity and life-challenges.

My background and worldly experience…

I was born in South Africa and graduated with BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. I also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the McGill University law school in Montreal. You'd think this would have made me really smart, but it didn't...

I've done business in many of the most interesting cities around the world. Apart from Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Fresno, I've done business in London, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Rome, Istanbul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Dubai, Mexico City, Caracas, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver – and a few others I've forgotten like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

I know this will sound glamorous and exciting to some. Actually, it was just really very tiring…

My hopes and most fervent wish…

I once grew a beard and drank a lot of beer hoping to be considered for the-most-interesting-person-in-the-world. I thought that earning a fortune for promoting beer might be something I could live with. I knew this might be a huge sacrifice, but I'm a trooper. I was willing to make that small sacrifice for my team...

(Incidentally I haven't changed my mind about this. So, if you know anyone who is looking for me to promote their beer either with or without my beard, you know where to find me...)

Tragically, I eventually discovered the position of the-most-interesting-person-in-the-world was already taken. I then realized the beard had obviously failed me. It had to be punished, so it became history. In the aftermath of my cancer, however, I'm now considering a new beard. For me, the more hair that returns to any part of my head, the better. If my beard grows back, this would be VERY good news for me.

Just to emphasize my major hope again, I'm still available to explore any opportunity to make a fortune promoting beer – even without being named the-most-interesting-person-in-the-world. After all, isn't life all about compromise? Stay tuned...

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