The Island Boy
The Island Boy here, and I guess this is the part where I tell you a little about myself. This is a website and not a book, so I’ll try to highlight the important parts of my business career.
I left for college when I was 19. I had a full-ride scholarship, plus loads more money every semester from extra scholarships…and dreams of being a financial planner. In my small town of 140,000 people, my girlfriend worked for a financial planner. He took Fridays off and had a boat that he would take to the lake every weekend…seemed like a reasonable career path to me.
During my first semester in college, I got “the call.” Yeah you know the call. “Hey this is so and so, do you keep your options open to making extra money?”
I was a young, ambitious money crazed college student so of course I said yes.
The company was Amway. I’m not going to write about them here, you can find my post about that experience here.
After 2 years, I was $40,000 in the hole. I dropped out of college. I had joined the NFL (no friends left) club and was waiting tables to pay rent. Here’s a quick recap. Full-ride scholarship…thousands of extra dollars every semester…the world in front of me…2 years later…dead broke, college drop out with no friends and family who was disgusted with my decision making. Real frickin’ awesome.
I hated my life back then. Really. Hated. It.
Then I got lucky. In my desperate attempt to make more money…plus I was suicidal after 9 months of waiting tables (try it, you’ll know what I mean)…I found a job posting I applied for.
Long story short. I read the job posting wrong and I did not qualify for the position. But the interview lasted over an hour. It turned out, the CEO and I had a lot in common and he asked if he could mentor me. I gladly accepted.
At around the same time, he was just finishing up his book called Mentor: The Kid and The CEO. He hired me to help him sell the book. This turned into becoming his assistant and helping him finish and publish his book. It was fun. We traveled a lot. The book won awards. And he taught be how to be a business person.
After working for him a handful of years on and off, I decided to use the knowledge he had given me and start my own business.
In 2009, my best friend and I opened OKC Gold Buyers. We started with $1,200 and turned it into a million dollar company in less then 2 years.
In 2013, we sold the business so I could pursue my dreams of “traveling the world.”
As I currently write this, I am living in Brazil until the end of the year. .
Thank you for being here. I hope I help in some way to change your life. If nothing else, I hope I challenge you to chase your dreams.
You’ll see a common theme through this website…choose yourself. Don’t ever forget that.