It begins with a boy who thought he had all he needed to be successful in life. You see I thought that I could do anything I set my mind to. This was a mindset that was given to me by my mom who always told me I could one day be the President of the United States of America if I wanted to. Now, did I ever want to be President? No, but this mindset had me believing in myself and my abilities at an early age. No matter what the obstacle was, I believed that I could overcome it.
My father had taught me how to play baseball when I was 4 years old and I had practiced all my life preparing for the day that I might be a professional baseball player. However, when I moved to Texas the kids did not want to play baseball as much as they wanted to play soccer. Back then soccer was not very popular in the United States among kids, but one day a coach came into our 3rd grade classroom and asked if anyone wanted to try out for the new soccer team. Believe it or not, I had never played soccer before and my only experience of it was hearing about some great soccer player named Pele. So, I thought to myself, “why not.” I could meet some kids, make some friends and have fun playing this relatively new sport, well to me it was new. Anyway, three years later our Mount Sacred Heart soccer team had won 1st place in the CYO city league two years in a row and over the next four years, I went on to win two state championships with the San Antonio Rowdies. (The power of coaches and teamwork is what got us to be a winning team because we were all playing with one goal in mind….to win!) Nowadays, I don’t play baseball or soccer, however, I am an ultra trail runner, which means I run long-distance runs on paved or unpaved trails in the hills or mountains of the USA. Crazy huh?
Around the age of 15, I began to gain an interest in girls, but I was very shy and I did not have a clue about them. I never had the nerve to approach a girl in any other way than how a friend would approach another friend. That is when music came into my life. All the musicians I had seen on MTV seemed to never have any problems finding girls and they seemed to be having so much fun. So, I decided that I would become a musician. My first instrument of choice was the drums, but since they were too loud, and I was awful playing them, my parents told me I would have to choose something else. I then chose the guitar. I practiced and practiced trying to learn the basics, so I could form a band, play in front of people and get girls like all the rock stars did. Then at my first audition for a band, another guitar player told me that I sounded bad, needed a lot of practice and maybe I should just give it up. Are you kidding me? I was determined to make this guy eat his words. From that point, I practiced my guitar until I could play almost anything and I continued practicing, creating, and performing for many years…. and yes, I did meet many girls along the way.
Education Meets Life / Business
After dropping out of college after my 1st semester, I moved to Los Angeles to be a rockstar. However, I did tell my mom that if by the age of 25 I was not a rockstar, I would go to college, so I ended up going to college. I started off at Santa Monica Community College and then after working with a school counselor on financial assistance strategies, I ended up going to college at Claremont Mckenna College almost for free! (The power of teamwork was displayed to me again by my counselor who knew what needed to be done to get the job done.) After spending a semester at the London School of Economics, I came back to the United States, got a job at KPMG and then graduated. Yes, they extended me an offer to work with them before I even graduated. Pretty cool, huh?
After 5 years of working for some incredibly bright individuals and good companies, I was not very happy with my career path. Being an accountant by day and a musician at night was not working for me. I was not enjoying my day job and since I did not have the desire to brown nose my way up to the top of the ladder, my career path was going to be challenging. My work was a place I did not want to go to everyday. (Does that sound familiar to you?) I eventually got to a point of wanting to do something different. Finally, in 1998 I quit my cushy corporate job and started working on a plan of starting my own business. It was not easy, but now I am doing what I love to do not what I have to do.
Why am I sharing this with YOU? To instill in you the belief that YOU can do the things that others believe you can’t do. I worked as hard, if not harder than anyone on those sports teams, in college, and in those corporate offices, to prove to myself that no one was going to dictate what I could and could not do with my life. My goal is to inspire, educate, and mentor those who want more from their lives. If YOU work harder and work smarter than others there is no reason why YOU can’t get to your goals. Most importantly YOU must believe in your heart that you will reach your goal, whatever it is.
Looking forward to working with you!