“The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.
See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency”
-RALPH WALDO EMERSON
When I graduated college with a degree in writing and business, I was overwhelmed with the various paths that I could pursue. Did I want to go into corporate America? Did I want to pursue my passion for health by going to medical school? Did I want to start my own company? I was handicapped by this paradox of choice.
Faced with uncertainty, I figured the best thing to do was get started down one path and see where it took me. I became a Wilderness-EMT, receiving emergency medical training in the snow-capped mountains of Northern California. I learned how to react with confidence, execute with leadership, and focus my efforts on only the important details. This experience became the bedrock for how I look at the world. Having a framework for operating and processes for dealing with situations is an essential skill in any area life and business.
After spending time as an EMT, working on an ambulance, and experiencing things I never imagined, I wanted to test myself in another field.
I pursued my passion for business and finance in the corporate sector. I did not have a degree in finance, so I spent a few months in personal study, not just finance, but the softer skills as well: interviewing, negotiating, navigating the business world. This paid off in the form of receiving an offer from one of the largest asset management firms in the world, overseeing trillions of dollars.
It was here that I learned another work ethic that has remained with me. The CEO had a saying, "Always be a student of the market". He was referring to the financial markets; however, this is applicable to everyone in every field. Regardless of what you're doing, you should always having your finger on the pulse of what's going on around you. What are the latest trends, who are the influencers, what are the undervalued areas that you can exploit? Gaining that finger-tip feel for the changing currents is the most valuable skill you can develop.
After spending time in this world, learning from it what I could, I decided to move into my third area of interest, start-ups. I used the same process that I did to enter the financial world. I spent months reading everything I could get my hands on, taking copious notes, studying the influencers, and building my skill-set. From there I took a more active role, reaching out to the people I wanted to work with and beginning to establish relationships.
This effort led to multiple job offers from best-selling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and multi-million dollar companies. I now had the ability to learn from some of the best people in the industry and continue to expand my skill-set, doing work that I'm passionate about and living life on my terms.
I am currently working as a marketing consultant with technology and food startups around the United States.