We've all felt it from time to time — the anticipation of getting an autograph from a childhood hero, the nervous energy before making a sales call with the major industry player, the one-of-a-kind rush and paralysis that comes from feeling just a bit out of your league.

No matter how much I personally think I've grown up from being that kid who caddied for his friends' parents and hid in the back of my family's beat-up, green nova, embarrassed at times of the very father who was trying to provide a better life for his son; there are still times when my insecurities from growing up poor among rich friends come rushing back. Recently, at the World Business Forum — New York, I experienced one of those modern day childhood moments.