My childhood was a typical mid-western one: family, friends, and lots of athletics. I spent most of my time on the soccer field, eventually playing for my high school varsity and a regional travel squad.
I also dabbled a bit in basketball, but still was prone to using my feet, much to the dismay of my coach! I made good grades, had lots of friends, and enjoyed growing up in my small Ohio town. Deep inside, however, I yearned for a change in scenery.
When college came calling, I decided to attend Boston University. This gave me the city, the excitement, and the different perspective on the world I was looking for. I love that town, and a piece of my heart will always reside there.
At BU, I met amazing people, was exposed to a broad spectrum of ideas, and developed a wider sense of who I was in the world.
I also discovered art.
Pictures, paintings, sculptures… I absorbed every medium I could get my eyes upon. This newly discovered passion prompted me to spend a semester abroad, studying in Padova, Italy.
I had never been so far from the house I grew up in, but I also felt so amazingly at home. My thirst for travel was born during those four months, and I continue to crave it to this day.
After graduating with an Art History and Chemistry degree, I felt a bit lost. I was a great student, and a hard worker, but no vocation really called to me. I followed my passion for art to an internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art | Denver, which turned into my first professional job.
But I wasn’t complete.
I left Colorado, and followed the call of year-round flip flop weather in Florida. Leaning on my Chemistry background, I began teaching Physical Science in Orlando. I was NOT a natural, but I was determined to become a true educator. It was a true grind, but with each passing year I grew and matured as an instructor.
Before long, I was looked to as a model teacher and mentor to others. I was creating the type of career of which I could be proud. Although rewarding at times, the school year was a brutal gauntlet with sky high stress.
In my heart, something was still missing. After 10 years, I left the classroom, ready to find my next challenge.
I didn’t wander far from education, and began working in sales for a large textbook company. After being a teacher my whole professional life, I was interested in seeing how the business side worked. And boy was I surprised what I saw.
I was not used to the cutthroat backroom dealings that came with trying to close a deal. My specific role was as a consultant, a liaison to the customer. And at my core I am a teacher, so I relate well with them, and I was good at my job.
I soon realized, however, regardless of how many textbooks and resources I sold, I was not going to see any more zeros in my bank account.
In the classroom, I understood that part of the deal was working for pennies.
Outside of the classroom, I expected to be fairly compensated for the work that I did. When I realized that was not the case, I became disenfranchised and started looking for a way out.
For years, I had watched Danny grow as an internet marketer. I saw his success, his freedom… but I always had a reason for not joining him.
As an educator, it feels like a calling, not a career. I felt I could not turn my back on my students or my fellow teachers. As an educational consultant, I was no longer held to that standard. Instead, I was filling someone else pockets.
It became clear to me that now was the time to make a change, to step out of the traditional path, and join Danny as an entrepreneur.
Honestly, calling myself a novice at the beginning is overselling my knowledge base.
By a long shot.
But the greatest part about this industry is the amount of support and training provided to help you get a quick start. Not only did I have Danny in my corner, I had a slew of individuals to call upon as mentors and examples of what I should model my new career after.
No longer a complete newbie, I love that every day my “job” is to learn something new and share it with others. I love that I am still an educator at my core, utilizing the same skills created long ago.
But now, I use them to create the life that I want to live, where I want to live it, and with whom I want to live it.