My Story: Discovering Purpose
Updated: Feb 23, 2020
What am I doing? How did I get here? Where am I headed?
There comes a time in life when we ask ourselves these questions. For me, it came at a time when life on the exterior was one most people would look at as a great success. I was 28 years old, had an MBA and the job of my dreams. I did what everyone in my life told me to do. I went to school, got good grades, went to college and worked hard to pursue my goal of becoming a sports agent. I liked the ladder I was climbing, but I didn't want to be on the top of the building it was leaned up against. But I didn't feel successful. I woke up each day knowing I could do more, but I also carried around a lot of guilt for not feeling happy and satisfied with what I had accomplished. I thought that I was somehow ungrateful or selfish for not being satisfied with my accomplishments.
It wasn't until my wife and I were getting ready to start a family that I started to look at the long term direction of my life. I quickly began to understand why I was dissatisfied. I was selfish in my pursuits. I chased a job title and an industry that I thought others would think was cool. I was concerned with what others thought of me and based my self-worth on my job. I was very immature and knew it was time to grow up and be the best me for my family. I left the sports industry and entered the more traditional corporate environment, just like everyone told me to (I didn't think there was another option).
I got a job selling used cars in California. I worked my tail off and in 8 months was promoted to Internet Director and then on to Marketing Director. I was determined to be successful, the only problem was I was still too naive to know what that meant. 2 years down the road my wife and I are getting ready to welcome our first child and we recognized this as our chance to move back out to Colorado. I was able to get transferred and took over as the Director of Digital Marketing for 3 dealerships. I had now been in the automotive business for 5 years and I knew there had to be more to life than this. I had more to give than convincing people to buy a Chevy over a Ford for the next 35-40 years of my life. My kids deserved more, my wife deserved more and I wanted more. All I needed was a platform to perform at a higher level, but I didn't know where to find it.
What I did know is that I had to change my thought process if I wanted my outcome to change. I sought out people who had results in life that I was looking for and pursued them and convinced them to mentor me. My wife and I were fortunate to find people that would mentor us in life and in business so that we could create an asset that would allow us to regain control of our time and our money. We finally found that vehicle that would allow us to succeed at a higher level than we ever thought possible. Our hope is to help others realize that there are ways to create the outcome in life you want. You don't have to sacrifice your life for a job, as long as you are willing to fight for what you want and stop letting other people's opinions dictate your life.