Analyze the Past to Prepare for Success in the Future

Analyze the Past to Prepare for Success in the Future

By Geoff De Weaver, CEO + Founder of Geoff De Weaver Inc., Touchpoint Entertainment Inc., or connect with me on Twitter:


I firmly believe that the most successful people today are people that studying the past, review history, fail, get back up and improve a few degrees everyday. In fact, if you haven’t done a ‘SWOT’ for yourself and your personal brand, I suggest this is a great time to stop and think about what inspires you, the things you are passionate about and what draws meaning and more purpose into your life.

So, let me start with a simple definition of what I mean by the SWOT – ‘SWOT refers to strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. SWOT analysis is a process whereby  the management team identifies the internal and external factors that will affect the company’s future performance. The company’s or person’s strengths and weaknesses are the internal factors.’

I personally believe that people are capable of incredible things when they have the support and meaning in their life, that they need. Every great vision is achieved one step at a time and this has been witnessed for centuries now. I often write on passion, innovation, leadership and success, because I love being there every step of the way for my friends and family. I provide the support, help them build the structure, and teach them how to place advocates for them to help them achieve their goals. My goal is to inspire my children, friends and the next generation to have a life of passion, inspiration and to do things that matter.

So, having recently thought long and hard about my purpose and essence, I thought it would be an invaluable part of my plan, to delve deep into my family’s history, heritage, background and explore my personal genomics and biotechnology.

Having verbally heard stories about some of my ancestors including: Sir James Watts (the Scottish inventor and engineer – well renowned for his improvements in steam engine technology); Maureen Kathleen Stewart Forrester, CC OQ  (July 25, 1930 – June 16, 2010) was a Canadian Operatic Contralto,  etc. I thought needed to better understand both parental genetic reports of both my  paternal and maternal ancestry, as family history can offer some valuable insights and even potentially help me connect with my DNA relatives.

So,  I had heard all the old family stories but wanted to dig deeper and learn more about my background, family history, ancestry, personalized genetic health and chromosomes. So, earlier this year I contacted: 23andMe, URL: , a Mountain View, California based Biotechnology company and asked them about their saliva-based DNA service (in fact, the company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell)


Here is a quick overview of some of the facts I never knew about me, my ancestry, ancestry composition, DNA, family, cousins and history. (yes, 99.9% European Ancestry) . Considering I was born in New York, USA, I always grew up thinking I was American but, here in the FACT are all things things, I had wanted to know for decades since hearing the family stories passed on via my great grandparents and grandparents. In fact, this report along with other research I have been conducting over the last few years, has forever refocused me on my purpose, principles and importantly, have helped me to better predict roles, circumstances and environments in which I naturally thrive and am purposeful about. It has also also revealed the specific moments in my past when everything just came together.

Here are some highlights from my 23andMe Study to show you the depth, Ancestry information and history to illustrate the background that was genetically programed in me for over 17,000+ years. Powerful stuff and so thankful I am educating myself on: my Ancestry Composition, Neanderthal Ancestry, Family Tree, DNA Relatives, Paternal Line, Maternal Line and much more, i.e. Relatives, Paternal Line, Maternal Line and more.


Overview of 23andMe Research:

My Ancestry Composition’ illustrates the exact percent of  where my DNA comes from, that is each of 31 populations worldwide (99.9% European) This analysis includes  the DNA, I received from all of my recent ancestors, on both sides of my family. The results reflect where my ancestors lived before the widespread migrations of the past few hundred years.

My Paternal Line:

Paternal ‘haplogroups’ are families of Y chromosomes that all trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of these related lineages, we learn how our ancient male ancestors migrated throughout the world.

  • Haplogroup:R1b1b2, a subgroup of R1b1
  • Age:17,000 years
  • Region:Europe
  • Example Populations:Irish, Basques, British, French
  • Highlight:R1b1b2 is the most common haplogroup in western Europe, with distinct branches in specific regions.

R1b1b2 is the most common ‘haplogroup’ in western Europe, where its branches are clustered in various national populations. R1b1b2a1a2b is a characteristic of the Basque, while R1b1b2a1a2f2 reaches its peak in Ireland and R1b1b2a1a1 is most commonly found on the fringes of the North Sea.

Haplogroups of Famous People:

Anderson Cooper

Charlie Rose, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, John Adams, John Quincy Adams

Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan

Malcolm Gladwell

Stephen Colbert

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, Zachary Taylor

My Maternal Line:

These ‘haplogroup’s are families of mitochondrial DNA types that also trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of DNA types, we learn how our ancient female ancestors migrated throughout the world.

  • Haplogroup:H1, a subgroup of H
  • Age:13,000 years
  • Region:Europe, Near East, Central Asia, Northwestern Africa
  • Example Populations:Spanish,Berbers,Lebanese
  • Highlight:H1 appears to have been common in Doggerland, an ancient land now flooded by the North Sea.

Haplogroup H1 is widespread in Europe, especially the western part of the continent. It originated about 13,000 years ago, not long after the Ice Age ended.

Haplogroups of Famous People:

Luke the Evangelist, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Prince Philip, Susan Sarandon

Dr. Oz

Jimmy Buffett

Warren Buffett


NOTE: Haplogroup H1 is widespread in Europe, especially the western part of the continent. It originated about 13,000 years ago, not long after the Ice Age ended.


Genetic Evidence for Neanderthals


From bones like these three (Vi33.16, Vi33.25, Vi33.26) found in the Vindija cave in Croatia, scientists extracted Neanderthal DNA. Using these samples they painstakingly assembled the Neanderthal genome sequence.

More about Neanderthals

Neanderthals were a group of humans who lived in Europe and Western Asia. They are the closest evolutionary relatives of modern humans, but they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. The first Neanderthals arrived in Europe about 200,000 years ago. Neanderthals — Homo neanderthalensis — and modern humans — Homo sapiens — lived along side each other for thousands of years. Genetic evidence suggest that they interbred and although Neanderthals disappeared about 40,000 years ago, traces of their DNA — between 1 percent and 4 percent — are found in all modern humans outside of Africa. Apart from the curiosity of finding what percentage of a modern human’s genome is Neanderthal, the information has great value for science. By comparing our DNA with Neanderthal DNA, scientists can detect the most recent evolutionary changes as we developed into fully modern humans.



I think to totally understand your future, you must always learn more from the past, in order to focus on your strengths, capabilities and make a significant impact based on your diet, environment and other factors which can influence aspects of your appearance, behavior, and physiology. Importantly, until recently, it has been impossible to see more than a tiny fragment of the DNA code that lies inside each of us BUT, now with the ability to learn from your ‘personal history’ and DNA, there has never been a better time to learn to become your best and to excel in specific areas, to step toward self-knowledge, improvement, success and live a purpose filled, passionate life based on your natural DNA and genetic’s.

If you believe people’s similarities are just as important as their differences, I hope I have got you thinking with this article. I certainly hope you look into your genetics, DNA, family Ancestry so you can contribute to greater human understanding.


I believe genetics influences our lives and learning more and serve to build our personal brand. By better understanding your Ancestry and background  you will only enhance your life, career, purpose and inspire you to achieve bigger and better things than you have ever before. This newfound knowledge will help you to build more meaningful relationships and community.

Win the day! Live with passion.

Finally, I hope this article inspires you and allows you to create, develop a path to find a career that inspires you via your nature instincts, beliefs and DNA. I hope it also inspires you to take actions that brings you fulfillment, joy and happiness.



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