waves of body of water splashing on sand

Safe at the shore

When I was a teen I was body surfing in Hawaii using a 3 feet by 2 feet air mattress. Unfortunately, I was in the surf just after a storm had hit the island of Maui. For the first time in my teen life, I was caught in an unbelievable undertow that was dragging me straight out to sea. I had not ever been in an undertow before. Also, the beaches were very scarce with people because the stormy weather had kept them away.

I began swimming, kicking, paddling as hard as I could, directly forward towards the shore, and I was going nowhere! The unexpected undertow had me. It took 20 minutes of all-out effort, and finally, extremely exhausted, I made it to the shore.

Luckily I was young enough and strong enough at that time to make it. Later I learned that going directly forward towards the shore, was not the thing to do. I should have first turned gone sideways, paralleling the shore, until I got to the outside of the undertow and would have reached the shore quicker and with very little effort.

I think these days here at Compumatrix have been just like that. Time after time, we have been caught in an unexpected undertow of the crypto World and have not been able to go directly forward to get to the shore yet as all of us have hoped.

I know it seems so often we have not gone forward at all. But…..we have never gone backward,…..Only sideways! Henry and his team have many times re-routed us sideways, if you will, to get us out of being pulled backward, out to sea. We are getting there quicker with much less effort! And soon, I believe very soon, we will be beyond the undertow rejoicing and safe at the shore!

There are countless famous people that have failed in their enterprises before they ever made it.

Here are some direct quotes from businessinsider.com:

“Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”

“Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.”

“Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of South California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times.”

“R.H. Macy has a series of failed retail ventures throughout his early career.”

“Colonel Harland David Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before founding a fried chicken empire.”

“As a child, Albert Einstein had some difficulty communicating and learning in a traditional manner.”

“In one of Fred Astaire’s first screen tests, an executive wrote: “ Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.”

“Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, “The Red Vineyard,” in his life, and the sale was just months before his death.”

“A very young Henry Ford ruined his reputation with a couple of failed businesses.”

Well, you get the point! For so many of these people and businesses they had to “fail forward”. They just had to pick up, learn from their failures, and just keep on keeping on.

This is never to say Compumatrix has failed in any way! Compumatrix has always chosen the best and most solid way to get to the top of its field. It has been hindered time and time again by the undercurrents of government regulations, software updates, changes in minor’s fees, viruses, bank issues, power outages, even hacking attacks, but it has always done what it takes to make it out ahead to that blessed shore. Soon it will have its feet firmly on the ground again and what a glorious day that will be for ALL its members. Safe at the shore.

About the author

Jeff is a Compumatrix member and contributor who truly enjoys researching and learning about all things crypto. He believes that digital assets are the future of money.


  1. I am once again thankful for the efforts of so many great and honorable people around here at Compumatrix — I come in here to learn more about our business and I am still learning and I am very grateful that so many here have no issues in helping any of us or all of us — Thank you for a great read and I gotta say i like some moments in my day of going back in my days and remembering —

    1. rjh59, I too am thankful for the Compumatrix team and the opportunity the company provides to members and prospective members. Reading the informative blog posts here, and commenting on them as well, is very educational and helpful in other ways for all of us. I share your gratitude and I also enjoy reading your insightful comments on many of the blog posts. You make a significant contribution to the blog content and your positive attitude is like a bright light to guide others. Thank you and keep up the good work here.

    2. So grateful that we have been encouraged to read and comment on this new area of blog posts for Compumatrix. Sometimes indeed, in fact many times there is a feeling of going away from the shore and being pulled into the unknown…..deeply into the unknown with no sight of the shore. However, then the waters still and the shore is reachable again. (All this analogy from a non-swimmer)

  2. This article reminds me that if you focus on something and think you can you truly can. If you start off with a negative mindset you’re most likely going to fail. Failing is not always a bad thing if you put it into perspective. The times of my life I haven’t received that job promotion or I didn’t make that a sale goal, I try to find something of value to learn so I can do better the next time around.
    I think that’s a valuable lesson to learn and it seems like CompuMatrix has adjusted as the company has learned over the years. Exciting things to come!

  3. so true jennifer that if you start off thinking you are going to have trouble then more likely than not trouble is just a moment away — I truly like starting each moment or each day with that thought that Yes i can achieve success and why I enjoy coming in here regularly and reading n learning from folks here — we can yes we can —

  4. yep, totally get the under current problem on a beach in florida……was swimming like crazy and luckily was being pushed sideways instead of out to sea….because of that I was able to make it back to shore as it took some time and energy….was a rush to say the least…..

  5. I cannot wait until Compumatrix is building sandcastles on the beach shore, but until then, I am enjoying the ride. Hurdles always occur in a company, but it is how the company handles them that makes all the difference. Compumatrix is teaching me so much about the business world and enabling me with an entrepreneurial spirit!

  6. Jeff, thank you for that wonderful analogy, I must admit, being a member of Compumatrix has been challenging specially for the emotional roller coaster of 13 years plus. There have been lessons learned along the way, one of the most important one for me has been to put my faith in God and not so much in human effort. As humans we are susceptible to unforeseen changes and challenges, anything can happen, so I trust on those behind the scenes doing their job and pushing forward, but mostly in God, it will happen when He determines it’s time.

  7. Jeffery, that was a great way to put into perspective what Compumatrix has been through to get here. Over the years, I have personally watched those who have gone head-on and fought the currents instead of flowing sideways until the waters calmed.

    The one thing that Compumatrix has going for her is a leader who rides the current until a path opens up. As a wise leader, Henry Banayat identifies the “currents” then always finds a solution to move through them. When there is a will there is always a way around any situation. We are blessed that no matter what unforeseen obstacle is put into her path, Compumatrix, steered by Henry finds a better path.

  8. Let’s put it in another perspective. What if, after swimming for miles, through shark-infested waters, the far shore sometimes out of the site and the lighthouse all but a glimmer, what if we gave up hope? Lost faith in ourselves and in those trying to help us? Wouldn’t it all be for naught? I say indeed it would be! But for me, this is not going to happen. As long as I have breath in me, I will continue swimming and pressing and moving forward so that one day soon I will be “Safe on Shore.”

  9. All of us know that the horizon is far away. We do need get to the other side safely. There is high tide and low tide. Sometimes, we feel that we are not moving ahead, because the sea is rough, throwing us from side to side.
    As they say, when it gets very very dark , then only it begins to dawn. So, despite all the difficulties , we know that it wont be long when our people will get us accross, safe and sound. We have our trust and faith in COMPUMATRIX.

  10. Many times it is taught not to swim against the current but to let go with the flow.
    Crypto ecosystem is not a calm current but a jumpy one. No one knows what’s around the next bend.
    Henry and his team have learned from experience, not given up , He always find a way around it, sometimes even asking for help.
    But at the end he will bring us all to shore and it will be our turn to put into practice what we learned

  11. Jeffrey, your story rings a bell loudly for me since I survived a similar experience at Virginia Beach in 1975. I, like you, was fortunate to be young and strong enough to escape drowning by swimming parallel to the shore after life guards saved my swimming partner.

    Your analogy is 100% on point with Compumatrix maneuvering through a virtual rip tide of negative events over the years. Thanks to Henry Banayat’s vision and leadership, Compumatrix appears to be through with parallel motion and is headed at a 90 degree angle straight toward the shoreline of our opening.

  12. Jeffrey, for me it was being pulled in an undertow in the Mediterranean. Ever since then, I have been too overly cautious around water. But, I lean on that experience as a reminder that you can come close to losing and still come out a winner. BUT, if you don’t ever try, all you will come out is a WHINER!

    1. This blog give creadence to the quote “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again”! As mentioned in this blog most successful people do fail and fail really good. It’s those that can fail and get up on their feet and continue to move forward that will ultimately win the race.

      In order to be successful and to have a successful business we all may feel like we are swimming a little sideways and against a riptide. However we need to remember that we know the strategy to swim out of a riptide and we need to continue to swim sideways. As long as we remain focused and continue to educate ourselves and others with a goal in mind we may be swimming sideways a little but our shore will be right around the corner.

    2. for me, it was my son and I nearly drowning when I jumped in to get him after he fell in. I did not realize until I was in the water that it was a deep deep hole and as I sank deeper in, I felt my son and grabbed him. it was VERY cold that day and the water temperature took my breath. As I came up with him I tried to swim with one arm around him and when I got to the bank, found it was a flat wall and not an incline. I shoved him to his brother who was waiting and that pushed me back out. You never know how strong you are or how big your will to survive is until you are in a fight for your life. It crossed my mind that I would drown but something inside of me said NOT TODAY!! I managed to swim back to that flat wall and used every bit of energy I had to pull myself up on the bank. To say I was thankful for making it “Safe at the Shore” would have been an understatement. I can certainly feel your fear of water Stephen. Thank God we both lived to tell about those adventures.

  13. It seems like there is a lot of deep water around us moving in two directions at once. It’s life! The undertow is like a huckster trying to sell us on a “get rich quick” scheme and the realization that we just got pulled into another raw deal.

    We are fortunate to have solid leadership here at Compumatrix and quite frankly without it, this program would be a disaster. Henry has managed to make a few safe moves over the past few years and everyday it looks like he is a little closer to his dream, and ours! We hang in there despite a few setbacks and that helps keep us as a solid unit. You never panic in an undertow situation or when in deep water. Take the time to analyze your situation. Solve the problem and head for safety.

  14. this has been a great reveal to the many wonders of the why so many around here are successful and as i read through the replies and I say thank you very much so Kevin — hence why I read and re-read all through the blogs — there is so much Great Stuff — or like back in the day “the right stuff” still enjoy that movie — lol but so much that has gone through to make each of us who we are and it is just Awesome

  15. This article by Jeff made me imagine how wonderful our beach will be when we get to it! Gratitude to Henry, Gail, Erline and other members of the Compumatrix team of leaders for bringing us here and always striving to take us in the right direction. Thank you to my beloved sister Dora for presenting me with this possibility of great achievements!

  16. What an incredible story Gail about being able to save your son ! I am dead sure that that very incident bonded you two for life in a way that nothing else ever could. When i was young, a man actually tried to choke me to death in a police station of all places. A police man helped get him off me, but it was actually my Dad who was there also who pulled his hands off of mi through. How thankful I have been all these years for my Dad. I can never ever forget what he did.

  17. Lovely story to share Jeffrey! Life experiences can bring us close to death at times making our resolve to live even greater! Thank you for that beautiful photo and reminding us to swim parallel to shore when caught in the under toe! Clearly freeing ourselves from different circumstances may require a zig and a zag!

  18. Sometimes, we are faced with those pesky unforeseen circumstances. We plan as best we know how and follow that plan, but events seem to pop up that surprise us and all but topple our well intended course of action. As a military aviator, we learned to build “space” in our plans for the unexpected. We played the “what if” game as we built our plans…what if the weather along our course or at our destination is actually worse? What if the enemy defenses are placed differently than intel provided? What if there is a malfunction with the aircraft? Evaluating the possibility of unintended circumstances in business is just as important. Granted, the end may not be life or death, but the cost may be the end of the business.

  19. oh absolutely a zig or a zag is almost always a fact in any or all that we as humans go through every day — and being in business more often than not throughout my life — you must always be aware and ready to make a great cup of coffee from what life gives you — or in baseball terms, if you are expecting a 95mph fastball and you get a curveball low and outside –you have to be able to breathe and see that pitch and drive that pitch into the corner for run-scoring double — miss my baseball — lol

  20. It is easy to be appreciative of Compumatrix and the leaders and members that work so well together. Countless times I have been directed the”other way” to keep me out of trouble and get to the finish line quicker and easier than I otherwise would have been able to do. This is a company whose members work together in the true sense of that statement. Never would a member be caught in an undertow without several other members coming to the rescue. Help comes from almost anyone, even the people you don’t know at all. Everyone is just glad to help and enjoys doing so. It is great to be here!

  21. so perfectly an explanation William F — of the camaraderie and hope that abounds from this day to the next day here — I have felt the that fun inside me — and also I have worked through some of the this’s and that’s of the history here — however if we can imagine and plan out some of the parts that are in the mix — we will also breathe simpler and honestly believe at that point success is literally just around the corner — and that success will be for more of us than not — again my humble opinion only — rj

  22. This article perfectly explained the path in which Compumatrix is going. Although sometimes it seems like there may be little activity or that we are progressing backwards, that is not true. It takes a long time and a lot of work to get to where we want Compumatrix to be, and if we try to go the “easy” way and just go toward the shore, it will backfire.

  23. When I read your inspiring article, the only word I think is FAITH. I believe in letting go and knowing that God’s response is greater than I can ever imagine. There is a knowing and faith in my heart with Compumatrix, just as your safe swim to the shore! Thank you.

  24. Waves will try to knock us down, but we must stand back up and keep swimming toward the shore! Sharks will try and eat us as we swim to safety, but we must swim faster! In order to be able to relax on the shore while sipping lemonade, hard work must be put in: time, money, the leg work. I am waiting until the day where I can rest on the shore, but until then I am going to work as hard as I can and roll with the waves.

  25. Yes Kristin. I love the heart of faith that the BOD and members of Compumatrix have show over these years. Without this faith and hope, where would we be ? The Bible says that with faith we hope for what we do not see yet. For who hopes for what he sees….Soon our faith will completely become wonderful sight, and we will not be just hoping for a good outcome. We will have it.

  26. so much truth in the words being spoken here — Faith Hope are so much the backbone to what is shown round here and the quiet calm– Peace in knowing that we are so close to moving forward and we can not just think we must believe in our hope and faith and trust so important every day as we progress — just smile inside and quietly know –Yes —

  27. RJH you speak of the zig zag that so many of us take on our journey. I love the illustration in the blog of Fred Astaire’s first screen tests. They said he was a little bald, he could only dance a little and could not sing. One persons assessment of him, was SO WRONG. I know that many naysayers have looked at Compumatrix and assessed it also. Many have not seen it in the positive light for which it stands. In the end, they will be wrong in their assessment, as they were about Fred.

  28. I love the way you explained that Gail. Makes it pretty simple. I agree hope is always good to hang on to but when my kids tell me they are trying, that means you are not doing it, if your only trying your not putting your all into it. But if you say I’m doing it, or I AM then you are truly making an effort. Watch your words they are little creations so stay positive.

  29. Wow Jeff, that was frightening! Good you did not panic. I am reminded of my brother’s high school classmate who was said to have drowned because of the undertow that brought him to the deep. You have given us a tip on what to do when we come across same experience; go sideways parallel to the shore until you are out of range of the undercurrent.

    1. Thanks Veronica. Actually I did panic and my heart rate was racing like no tomorrow, but maybe all that adrenaline was what game me the strength to keep stroking. It’s interesting how that if I only had a little more knowledge about rip tides, I would have just calmly swam sideways. This tells me that I need to get all the knowledge I can for this business. It will make it so much easier.

  30. still such a great look into the goings on in our individual worlds and how literally if can then put the twists and turns or zigs and zags that we do everyday to keep pushing forward and truly my hope is that i am pushing forward in Truth Always and my Hope is true success as Days and Life play out — great stuff here —

  31. Your story rings a bell I was caught in an undertow in FL only I was swimming under water and got caught in a tremendous current took me out about 2 to 300 feet I just held my breath and went for a ride nothing I could do it finally spit me out and I was pass the buoy the life guard immediately blew his whistle and was waving frantically at me I swam back and told him to put the no swim flag up and he did. I like the comparison you made with compumatrix and your experience never give up hold on tight we will make it happen.

    1. Wow Timothy. Sounds a little hair raising for you just like my experience. I love being in the ocean, but I have learned that it is certainly nothing to play with. It’s too powerful for us. I get such a sense of God’s might and power when the waves push me around like I am nothing at all. It’s thrilling, but at the same time quite humbling.

  32. I am very grateful to compumatrix for  this wonderful opportunity,We must strive and strive until we reach our destination, what a pleasure it is to get to that destination. compumatrix is also a long journey of struggle and now our destination looks very close. This is a famous quote of Napoleon Hill ” Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”

    1. Thank you for your quote Zahra, Napoleon Hill ” Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”Its the old saying that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Looking back on my past it was the hard times, the rough times, that after making it through them, you really sensed you made some progress in life, and grew up a little.

  33. this is such a good Sunday morning read and the thinking back on different parts of life and the experiences that not just me but so many around here have shared thru times — just a great story and so many great endings to these stories — keep writing and sharing in our Compu Biz — much appreciation —

  34. closing in on a special day for many of us — and had to come back and read thru these great replies and the Blog by JP — and as i grew older numbers wise couple days ago have spent a bit of my days researching and looking back — so much good to draw from and enough mistakes to also learn from — great stuff here — much appreciation —

  35. …good stuff Jeffrey…yep…
    …have seen the undertow in action several times…and yes, it
    is no joke…the correlation with Compumatrix is on the money.
    As has been said, Henry has handled, flowed with, back peddled
    a little and weathered the undertow of this sometimes devious
    crypto storm. Again, as someone stated, we as members are
    adaptive swimmers in this eruptive sea…and as said by a certain
    member, “we will not drown, NOT TODAY.”

    …good stuff, yep…

  36. I am glad you were able to one day write about what must have been somewhat of a traumatic event when you were younger. Your experience seems to detail the importance of not going against the flow but instead working around it. As working around instead of against required the least amount of effort and the would have resulted in the best outcome.

  37. Years ago I waded waste deep within the shores of a beach and had a great time. When I think back, I had no fear but in my current state, I would have hesitation as I would now worry about the occasional shark attack, or a sudden drop off in the ocean.

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