Passion. Perseverance. Follow Your Heart.
Deep down in my heart, there was something more I wanted out of life. I always wanted to own a business and be in control of how I spend my time.
I was born and raised in small town Pennsylvania. I didn’t shine in school, most of my teachers either said directly or indirectly that I wouldn’t amount to much in life (wow…funny looking back at that now!), and I had no direction in my life.
Regarding my vision of success all through my college years and well into my 20’s, I felt that successful people were just lucky. (WOW! If I only knew.) I had no idea what I wanted to be in life, and my plan was to work a couple different jobs and just figure things out as I go. (I wish at that point in my life I had access to the same mentorship that I am now providing for young entrepreneurs!)
But somehow, eventually, I started to figure a few things out. Thankfully I made it alive through my 20’s and started taking life a bit more seriously. Looking back, I credit my learning to reading a LOT of books about successful people. I was intrigued by their stories and in no time a fire was lit in my heart.
My story began at age 20 when I started selling items on ebay. I ran into a guy who said, “Hey, come take a look at my basement and tell me if my stuff can sell on ebay.” Well, he had 3 pickup trucks full of golf equipment and just like that …. an entrepreneur’s dream! My very first homerun 🙂 And when I say homerun, let’s just say he had $100,000 worth of equipment and said, “Just give me 50% of what you sell.” I will never, ever forget this man and his generosity.
Fast forwarding 20 years I still try to pass it down to other fellow entrepreneurs. This man showed me that it’s possible. He gave me the break I hoped and prayed for, and so it all started…
One enormous failure came during my college days. It was 1999 and Cisco Systems was a terror! At the same time I felt it was important to miss class so I can study the stock market. I had no idea what was coming.