I have never really liked about me sections.
They all read like a eulogy. Everything good you have ever done in your life and none of the bad.
Wouldn’t it be an awesome world if everyone’s life was actually what they said at your funeral?
Well, right or wrong, good or bad, I’ll do my best to give you an actual “about me”.
At the very least, it will be more entertaining!
I grew up in a traditional home with traditional advice about going to school and getting a good job. Even still, before I knew what the word entrepreneur was, I was starting businesses and solving problems.
When I was 21 years old someone asked me, “what would you do if time and money were no object?”
My answer was, “I think I would just be a really good dad”.
At the time, I didn’t have a girlfriend, let alone a kid; but I knew that would be important to me.
I grew up in a single parent family, and got very close to my mom. My mom worked part time rather than full time (as a nurse) so that she could be with me. She chose time over money. I can’t tell you exactly how my life is different today because of the sacrifices she made, but I know for sure that I am a different person because my mom was there when I got home from school. She taught me to make my own decisions, and to believe in myself.
Then, as my mom got older, I saw that she didn’t have a lot of savings, or retirement, and I saw the effects of the sacrifices she made. I decided that I was going to be the type of parent my mom was, without being screwed financially at the end of it.
I also decided that I wanted to give back to my mom and create some cool life experiences with her.
I’m an entrepreneur recovering from “shiny object syndrome”.
The first 5 years of being an entrepreneur I had been in 3 businesses and multiple investments.
I haven’t had success at everything I have done…
…in fact, I have failed at most of them.
But I did learn every time. And I did get up every time. (sometimes I laid on the mat for a few seconds)
In hindsight, the problem was rarely the business; it was almost always me.
I didn’t know how to work through the hard times of a business.
Jumping from one business to another is fine if you want to be an entrepreneur, but its not a great plan if you want to be a leader.
Once you are leading, you have the responsibility of other peoples lives in your hands, and its hard to follow someone who cant make up their mind.
Once I started to focus it only took 2 years for my income grew to 20 times my previous business high. In other words, I started making more a month than I used to make in a year and a half. Its just like a camera; what you focus on develops.
I am a husband and father.
and I am blessed with a funny, beautiful, and fun wife who is an amazing mother to our kids.
Creating life experiences as a family, traveling together, and being together for the little “day to day” moments is what I am most proud of.
I set a goal 6 years before my son was born to be able to be a stay at home dad one day- and was able to honour it.
He has never seen my wife or I go to a job.
I didn’t know my dad growing up, so it is very important for me to have fun with my son, to teach him, and to create memories with him. Henry has traveled to more cool places in 4 years then I did in my first 28 years of my life- but some of my favorite memories with him is sleeping in our back yard on our trampoline on a Wednesday night. We just decided at 10pm that it would be a fun thing to do- and because I get to be my own boss, I decided to call in sick the next day.
Those tiny moments are what make all the work worthwhile.
Now I have a beautiful baby girl named Emery to create life experiences with!
I also have a little brother who is now 17.
He is a miracle.
He had 4 strokes before he was even born- he shouldn’t be able to walk, talk, or have any motor function.
Of course when he was a baby, no one knew any of this, and no one told him; so he just started to develop like anyone else.
He taught himself to talk, and to walk, and to do 90% of what everyone else can do.
The left side of his body doesn’t always listen to his brain (including his left hand, left leg, and left side of his tongue) but he manages; and he has a huge heart.
I love baseball, (I have a goal of seeing the Blue Jays play in every stadium)…
good food (I went to chef school)…
anything to do with business…
and Robert Kiyosaki’s cash-flow game.
My passion now is teaching others.
Giving a hand up, not a hand out.
I want to help people who have a strong desire to make life better for their family.
I want to see more parents who have the option to stay home and raise their kids.
To be in a place where they can live based on their priorities, not just there obligations.
It’s not easy, it certainly didn’t happen overnight, and I had to grow and learn a lot to be able to get here; but without question- it’s worth it!