I’m a three-time Amazon bestselling author and have my dream job being an entrepreneur.
I’m honestly loving life right now. What’s not to love when I wake up everyday doing what I enjoy most: helping others become more successful and building online businesses.
But that’s where my story is now. It didn’t start out so hot, let me explain.
My future was last on my priority list in high school. While I had fun at the time, reality punched me in the face when I applied to colleges. Schools either rejected me, or accepted me without the necessary scholarships.
The rejection was painful. My lack of options made it worse. But now I know that struggling in the college admissions process was exactly what I needed.
After having a summer to reflect, I realized that I didn’t have anymore time to waste. I became obsessed with correcting the mistakes I made in high school.
Next time, when grad school applications or job interviews rolled around, I would be prepared.
So, my first semester at Miami University, I committed to do whatever it takes in undergrad to get accepted into Harvard Law School. Because of that ambition, I set out to get all A’s in my classes.
But, more importantly, I knew I needed to pay attention to what worked and did not work to improve. I finished with a 3.8 GPA that first semester, but the lessons, willpower, and belief I instilled in myself laid the foundation for my success later. I continued to use what worked and adjusted what didn’t. The next six semesters in college I achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
During this time, I also learned that there’s more to college success than a high GPA. So, I found ways to keep my grades while improving my productivity for more free time. Achieving academic success without spending all night studying at the library made college even more fun.
With Harvard Law as my motivator, I reached the top 1% cumulative GPA, became president of the Pre-Law Society, worked impressive internships, and studied abroad in Fiji. I also had a blast with my friends.
And the whole time I had Harvard Law on my mind, until the beginning of senior year.
Lost My Direction
As an 18-year-old freshman, I set out the biggest and baddest goal I thought I could set for myself: Harvard Law School and then BigLaw. I knew this goal would push me to attempt and achieve great things in college, and I certainly did.
I first loved the idea of law school because it required me to compete with top-performers at the highest level, push myself beyond my limits, and work harder than I could imagine.
However, by senior year I started to do intense research into law school and BigLaw. And I started to see the uglier side of it (in my opinion):
- Spending three years learning how to study law and not how to be a lawyer.
- Racking up $200,000 or more of debt.
- Terrible dollar-per-hour ratios (how much you earn divided by how much you work).
- Beholden to the every wish of a senior partner at all hours of the day.
- Making a bunch of money but having no time to spend it.
I didn’t want any part of that and being a lawyer. The bottom line is I never loved law, I loved its qualities. And I’m a firm believer that you must do what you love if you want to be great and satisfied.
I had a new problem: feeling scared and lost because I didn’t have a direction for my future. I felt lost since law school served as my north star, and then it disappeared.
So one day during my senior year in college, the idea hit me: I can still get all the things I appreciated about law (compete with the best, push myself, and work insanely hard) as an entrepreneur—plus do what I love and add total freedom to the equation.
This sealed the deal for me to pursue being an entrepreneur. And that’s how TakeYourSuccess.com was born in January 2015.
9 Months In A 9 To 5
A few months before I started Take Your Success, I decided to pursue outside sales jobs for after graduation. I did some sales in college and recognized the power of sales skills in business, plus I needed the money.
The job search became easy for me based on my college experiences and accomplishments. Plus, I studied and practiced best resume and interview strategies, and received many great job offers. And then I leveraged these offers to negotiate my salary for $10,000 higher than the initial offer and took an outside sales job in Cincinnati, OH—where I grew up.
In the following months post graduation and in the sales role, Take Your Success grew in traffic and email subscribers. And these email subscribers requested resume and job hunt strategies far more than anything else.
So based on my recent job hunt and best practices, I wrote the Amazon bestselling book The Golden Resume: Secrets To Acing Interviews And Winning Job Offers.
The feedback on this book hooked me. Getting messages like the screenshot below inspired me more than anything I can remember.
That’s powerful stuff. And this encouragement plus the sales numbers gave me the confidence to realize that I could do this full-time.
(I also actually started SelfPublishingX.com, an author coaching business, to teach others how to become an author. I figured if becoming an author did this much for me, why not share the wealth of information?)
Right before Freedom Money, my second book, came out, I left my outside sales job and made the jump!
Making The Jump To Entrepreneur
Like I said, I enjoyed my 9 to 5 job. The only problem was I didn’t have the same passion and love for it as I did my entrepreneurial work.
Every waking second I’d want to work on my business by writing a new blog post, book writing, learning SEO, building a social media following, and more.
Obviously I couldn’t do that to my best ability when 45 hours of my week were occupied with a sales job. So after only 9 months, the urge to resign and make the jump to entrepreneur became too strong for me to ignore.
I decided if I don’t make the jump now, then when? Despite my parents’ and friends’ doubts, in February 2016 I took a massive pay cut and started working full-time on my businesses.
The result? Best decision of my life.
Doing this is truly my dream job. I get to help others discover and succeed in work they love, while I do what I love. It’s a perfect fit.
Now I’ve published three bestselling books, been a startup advisor, do author and productivity coaching, and I’m creating online courses for TYS.
So that’s my short story up to age 23. If anything, I hope it inspired you to do what you love and dream big.
How Take Your Success Will Help You Succeed
I’ve always been fascinated by those who are successful. I recognized top performers do things differently than the average person. Successful people ask different questions and get better answers, make different priorities and get greater gains, commit to different self-discipline and achieve more freedom.
However, many people say the successful are lucky, have natural advantages, and inherit everything. But I disagree. The super majority made their success happen by learning smart strategies and putting in crazy hard work. Success is not a coin flip.
And I set out on a mission (starting in my college dorm room and continued to now when you’re reading this) to show you that you can be successful regardless of your past or present circumstance.
But no one’s going to hand you success. You have to take your success!
And this is where I come in.
Subscribe and bookmark this website to learn how to take success by being 10X more productive, landing and thriving in your dream job, and reaching your full potential in life.
Whatever success means to you, there’s no reason you need to chase it on your own—all alone. All of the elite performers have had help along the way.
So if you’re ready to live a great life doing what you love and getting paid for it, join the Take Your Success community.
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