A little about me ...
I've grown up in Fargo, ND since I moved here when I was a young child. The only thing I was good at in school was Art Class, Gym & Lunch. I've always been a chronic daydreamer thinking of new ideas and the desire to create something cool. When I graduated from high school with a 1.6 GPA I had no idea what to do. Society says that you have to go to College and get a degree so you can get an 8 to 5 job working to make someone else rich ... So that's what I did.
I enrolled in a Tech School because that's the only place that would take someone like me. I ended up in a few different fields of study trying to find my niche, until I finally stumbled onto Graphic Design. Bingo, I was in love. I knew this was exactly where I was supposed to be and exactly what I was going to do for a career.
During my first year in Graphic Design I was on the President’s List for having outstanding scores. This was something I had never experienced before. After my first year of college I ended up competing in a design competition for an internship at some hot-shot design agency downtown. I remember waiting in the lobby sizing up the competition. About a dozen other students from fancy universities around the city. I’d be lying to say I wasn’t intimidated. These students were mostly seniors from what I could get out of conversing with some of them, while I was only finished with one year of school. There were about a dozen interviews that we had to go through, trying to impress every person at the agency. But at the end of the day it was the best design that was going to take the cake, and it just so happened to be mine!
I loved the work, but hated sitting at a desk all day staring out a small window. I never liked people telling me what to do and when to do it, even if it was for my dream job. After the summer ended I returned to my second year of college, but had similar problem; sitting at a desk for hours-on-end looking out the window. My professors told me I was at the top of my class when it came to my work, but I didn't feel challenged at all.
During my second year of college I applied as a Website/Graphic Designer at another local agency. The only problem was that I had no idea how to make a custom website, but I knew I had the graphic design down. I applied regardless. A day later I got the call. They wanted to interview me. I knew I needed to impress them with my website skills that I didn’t actually have. So I scheduled the interview a few days away so I could get to work learning how to make websites. With a major lack of sleep and a ridiculous amount of hours on Youtube and Google learning how to build a website from scratch, I was ready for the interview. During the interview I could tell I was impressing my potential new bosses with my graphic design skills, but I had nothing to show for websites. At the end of the interview they told me that they are asking all the interviewees to build a custom website for them, and the most professional looking one gets the job. Oh, and we are only given 24 hours to complete this site. As soon as I got home I began busting out this site, and I didn’t eat or sleep until it was perfect. Once I had completed it I sent the email to my potential boss for it to be reviewed, and went to sleep. I woke up the next day around 2PM with a missed call on my phone. I panicked and called the number back, it was him congratulating me on my new job asking when I could start.
I knew what to expect with job, but didn’t realize the toll it would take on me mentally. Wake up at 7AM, be at work by 8PM, get a lunch break at Noon, work until 6PM, go to the gym, be home around 8PM, have a couple hours of relaxation, go to bed at a reasonable time, Wake up at 7AM, be at work by 8PM, get a lunch break at Noon, work until 6PM, go to the gym, be home around 8PM, have a couple hours of relaxation, go to bed at a reasonable time, Wake up at 7AM, be at work by 8PM, get a lunch break at Noon, work until 6PM, go to the gym, be home around 8PM, have a couple hours of relaxation, go to bed at a reasonable time … Gets depressing just reading it, doesn’t it? But that’s what we’re all told to do. That’s the END GOAL. No. I quit. There has to be something besides this.
I realized that after leaving this job I was running out of options. I didn’t want to get sucked into this 8-to-5 grind that society had constructed again. I knew that if I wanted to be truly free I would have to be self sufficient. A few months later I was delivering pizzas at night while living with my parents. Waiting for the right opportunity to become an entrepreneur. The only problem is that success doesn’t seek you out, you have to seek IT.
It was 2015 and my little sister was graduating from high school. We were all sitting around planning out a graduation party for her. The only problem we were having was finding chairs and table for everyone that was going to be attending … ‘Light Bulb Moment’ … If we can’t find a company that can supply us with rentals for a small event like this maybe I could start one. My first business was born. That same day I researched how to legally start a business and jumped through every hoop I needed to. It actually wasn’t nearly as hard as people made it out to be. Not even a couple days later, I legally owned my own business. With my experience in Web & Graphic Design I created my own website where customers could place orders online, and they wouldn’t even have to talk to anyone over the phone. And since I had experience in marketing and advertising working for multiple advertising agencies, I began marketing my company through online advertising. I got my first order a couple days later. Everything was in place except I didn’t even have any products to rent out. My first order was 33 chairs for a graduation party. So I went to a wholesale store and bought 33 chairs. the next week another order came in, and another, and another. So I just bought the exact amount of products I needed to cater every event. Soon I had a warehouse full of chairs and tables and orders steadily coming in. But more importantly I was free of the 8-to-5 grind, and was becoming self sufficient.
Since then I have used what I have learned through digital design and marketing to start new businesses and help others do the same thing.
"For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way."
"When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world.
Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That's a very limited life.
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."
"No matter what, people grow. If you chose not to grow, you're staying in a small box with a small mindset. People who win go outside of that box. It's very simple when you look at it."
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
-Neale Donald Walsch
"Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?"
"That is the only time a man can be brave."
-George R.R. Martin / Ned Stark
"The World only makes sense if you force it to."