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On second thought …

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CEO John Baker will be able to attend Fusion after all - as a new dad.

I think it was Woody Allen who once said: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

Sometimes, just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, life — the universe, fate or whatever you might call it — throws you a wicked curve ball.

In my last blog post, I was telling all of you about my plans for Fusion 2016. They were really simple: I wasn’t going. My wife and I were expecting our daughter right around the time I would have been giving my annual keynote, so I announced I’d be missing Fusion 2016.

Then came the curve ball.

Our daughter — Emmeline “Emmy” Baker — decided to arrive 7 weeks and one day early.

I have to admit having a “preemie” was a bit scary at first, but she’s a healthy, happy baby. In fact, they tell us she progressed through the NICU in the very top percentile of babies — though if you ask me that sounds a little like something doctors tell all their patients. Emmy is now six weeks old — and we’re all happy to be home and settling into this new adventure together.

As I’ve said: kids don’t change who you are. But they sure as heck change why you are.

In any case — it turns out I don’t need to miss Fusion this year, after all. In fact, it’s a great way to maximize my time as a new dad — I get to connect with hundreds of our customers and prospects with one flight to one city instead of a few dozen flights to a few dozen cities. So that’s why I have my wife — and Emmy’s — blessing to go this year.

So, friends — I’ll see you next week. I’m going to spend as much time as I can visiting with as many of you as possible to listen, learn, connect, and share. So if you see me, stop me, and say hello.

Just … be prepared. I’ll probably pull out my phone and show you a few pictures.

All the best,

John

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One response to “On second thought …

  1. Congratulations on your new baby girl John! Yes indeed it can be scarey having a premie. It can also be a true blessing. My premie just completed her first year at Georgia Southern University and she too has always been at the top of her class. They are truly little miracles! ?

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