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In these podcasts, Gary Fong shares life's lessons learned from his remarkable career. ABOUT GARY: When Gary Fong faced graduation day from UC Santa Barbara, he had a panic attack. Graduating with his BS Pharm degree was a straight path to medical school, but he really, really didn't want to be a doctor. One fateful day, an amazing "sign from the Universe" appeared before him. It told him in undeniable certainty that he needed to become ... a wedding photographer. Nobody could have predicted what would come next...
Gary has made multiple fortunes in a career span that seems completely scattered and entirely nonsensical. After 20 years of photographing weddings, he "accidentally" started a digital photo lab at Pictage, Inc. that would eventually employ 170 employees and became the largest professional online digital lab in the country. Pictage, Inc. eventually sold to Apax Corporation for $35MM.

Suffering from insane burnout from his long hours at Pictage, at age 42, Gary moved to Villefranche, France to learn to speak French. It was there that he had a "Lightbulb" moment. He invented the "Gary Fong Lightsphere" on a total whim. This $60 item went on to sell over a million units by 2014, and is used everywhere in the world, including NASA in space shuttle missions.

In June of 2015, Gary was at a Starbucks when the payment systems went down. This caused him to wonder, what if the Russians were able to hack into all of our financial systems and shut them down? Wouldn't it be so easy to take over our country with a crippled financial system?

With that idea in mind, he went on YouTube to learn how to write screenplays, and wrote his first screenplay, "Noel's Ark" in 18 days. When it was finished, his entertainment attorney sent it to Matt Leipzig, one of the most respected agents in Hollywood. It was with that first screenplay that he achieved a near impossibility: Mr. Leipzig signed Gary on his very first screenplay.

In two years, Gary has completed seven feature film screenplays.

Gary is also the author of, "The Accidental Millionaire", a critically acclaimed 2006 best-selling memoir. One reviewer explained that Gary's approach caused his wealth "to grow only after he stopped focusing on a set goal for success", and that his seemingly random path to a diversified portfolio of business interests came as he "cast his fate to the wind to free himself and let life lead his path".

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In these podcasts, Gary Fong shares life's lessons learned from his remarkable career. ABOUT GARY: When Gary Fong faced graduation day from UC Santa Barbara, he had a panic attack. Graduating with his BS Pharm degree was a straight path to medical school, but he really, really didn't want to be a doctor. One fateful day, an amazing "sign from the Universe" appeared before him. It told him in undeniable certainty that he needed to become ... a wedding photographer. Nobody could have predicted what would come next...
Gary has made multiple fortunes in a career span that seems completely scattered and entirely nonsensical. After 20 years of photographing weddings, he "accidentally" started a digital photo lab at Pictage, Inc. that would eventually employ 170 employees and became the largest professional online digital lab in the country. Pictage, Inc. eventually sold to Apax Corporation for $35MM.

Suffering from insane burnout from his long hours at Pictage, at age 42, Gary moved to Villefranche, France to learn to speak French. It was there that he had a "Lightbulb" moment. He invented the "Gary Fong Lightsphere" on a total whim. This $60 item went on to sell over a million units by 2014, and is used everywhere in the world, including NASA in space shuttle missions.

In June of 2015, Gary was at a Starbucks when the payment systems went down. This caused him to wonder, what if the Russians were able to hack into all of our financial systems and shut them down? Wouldn't it be so easy to take over our country with a crippled financial system?

With that idea in mind, he went on YouTube to learn how to write screenplays, and wrote his first screenplay, "Noel's Ark" in 18 days. When it was finished, his entertainment attorney sent it to Matt Leipzig, one of the most respected agents in Hollywood. It was with that first screenplay that he achieved a near impossibility: Mr. Leipzig signed Gary on his very first screenplay.

In two years, Gary has completed seven feature film screenplays.

Gary is also the author of, "The Accidental Millionaire", a critically acclaimed 2006 best-selling memoir. One reviewer explained that Gary's approach caused his wealth "to grow only after he stopped focusing on a set goal for success", and that his seemingly random path to a diversified portfolio of business interests came as he "cast his fate to the wind to free himself and let life lead his path".

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