Todd grew up in a German, military household and love was based on performance. He was shot at age 8 in the spinal cord and hasnt' been able to feel or move from neck down since. At age 9 his mom said he would have to move out when he was 20 years old so he knew he had to be successful in school and plan on getting a job. When he was 6 he wanted to be a Navy seal, then he was crippled and he decided to be a psychiatrist. After graduating high school early and taking some college classes, he decided that he needed to forego medical school and get to work. He got a job at a medical software development company, and later went on to start C4 Database Management Consulting. He is married with 2 kids, a dog, and a cat he doesn't want. He has a fantastic life. He can see how tough-love made him strong and his step-father's unconditional love made him the man he is today. He teaches his kids that you don't get a trophy just for showing up. Todd also likes to teach people about how technology advancements have changed his life. He especially likes to show Apple store employees how Switch controls can help disabled customers. To aid in educating people about the enabling technologies available, Todd started the Todd Stabelfeldt Foundation. You can learn more about it at www.thetsf.org.
Emily has known Todd for 20 years. She worked in a pathology lab in Nashville, which used the software that Todd's previous employer developed, and so they got to know each other professionally. When Todd started his own firm she wanted to join to get back to database management where her core strengths were. She loves being able to work in Nashville, even though Todd is in the Seattle area. She's thankful for the technology that makes it possible for them to work together over such a long distance.
C4 Database Management
When Todd left his previous employer, he thought databases were just taken care of. He realized that most people don't know what happens with data in healthcare, or how to restore data when something goes wrong. There is a huge need for database experts and that need will continue to grow. C4 is like an insurance policy that makes sure the data is secure and recoverable in cases of hacking, ransomware, system crashes, etc. www.c4databasemanagement.com.
Habits of success
Emily's habit of success is staying focused. She remembers that patients are more than piece of paper. She says if you lose focus, you just float around.
Todd's habit of success is knowing who he is. He's not a crippled kid, whining about what happened to him. He's grown, real, legit, and comfortable with who he is. He says, “Get up every day and do you; don't stray from the path.” Also, “When your wife tells you to man up, get up and do it.”
3 Absolute Truths
Todd's absolute truths are short and simple: 1-Jesus, 2-Karen Stablefeldt, 3-Emily Warren
Emily says her absolute truths are as follows: 1-Love yourself. Don't let anyone bring you down. 2-Family as a whole is important; it takes a village to run her life 3-She wants to get up every day and love what she does; she loves being able to take care of others.
Entrepreneurship: Changed Over Time
At the beginning, Todd said he accepted anything and everything as a job. He didn't know who he was. A client told him he would be a good employee but sucked at being consultant. She told him to “know who you are and you'll attract the right clients.” He has found that statement to be true. Emily says not to get caught up with what someone else is doing and play to your strengths.
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