Speaking and Consulting Topics
1. Expericing and Overcoming Adversity (Post Traumatic Growth)
Sometimes the best laid plans never come to fruition, no matter how prepared we think we are, because life sometimes throws us a curveball (or many curveballs). I’ve struggled with my fair share of setbacks and adversity. I explain how you can overcome adversity and obstacales in various areas of life and how they can actually make you stronger.
Are you aware of a phenomenon called “Post Tramautic Growth” (PTG)? Most people have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after suffering a severe life event, but did you know that more people in life experience Post Traumatic Growth rather than PTSD after experiencing a tramautic event? Most people who experience PTG actually have less “death bed” regrets than their counterparts because they’ve grown a new appreciation for various aspects of life and have shifted their priorities. I will explain the most common “death bed” regrets and how adversity can actually alieve you of these.
I will share personal stories of various personal setbacks where I was unsure of whether or not I would ever be the same again. Surpringly, after every setback I always ended up becoming a better, stronger person, and gained experiences that helped to propel me to new heights.
Adversity is a natural part of life and is actually a good thing once you’ve learned to become resilient and overcome it. If you do not learn to master adversity you can end up in a position where you are not advancing in life because you learn to live as a victum of your circumstances. Every one of us has the ability to master adversity with the right toolset, which I will explain in detail.
2. Starting and Running a business
As a “serial entrepreneur” I’ve started, ran, and grown, serveral businesses. Not every business may work out, but after every failure you will inevitably learn something that will help you in a future endevear even if you choose to later change your mind about entrepreneurship and get into the corporate working world!
If being an entrepreneur is what you truly crave in life rather than climbing the corporate ladder in your career than this topic is for you.
I will explain what skillsets you will need to become successful and what personality traits are suited for being an entrepreneur. It’s not for everyone, but if this is your dream then I will help guide you through this fun, interesting, and exhilerating world.
3. Getting a job after school and career advice
My parents split up when I was young and I lived with my father until he met his current wife whom was determined to get his kids out of “their” house. She succeeded and I was emancipated when I was 17. Left homeless and out on the street staying at varying friends’ houses I was able to parlay my previous experiences in the working world to get a great job at a mortgage company and obtained my Real Estate License when I was 18.
I was making great money until I was “bit” by the entrepreneurial bug and decided to start an e-commerce business in the early 2001. Business got off to a great start, but as owners we did not draw a salary since we were growing the company 100% organically. I had to sell my car and eventually get a part time job on nights and weekends to pay for my basic necessities.
Eventually the business became a roaring success and we were making more money than we dreamed about in our mid 20’s until we “left all of our chips on the table” by continuing to invest in business growth rather than personally save the money individually and we were crushed by the “Great Recession”.
I had no other choice but to get back into the “working world” in 2012 and was able to quickly obtain a 6 figure plus job in IT doing a really fun and great job within less than a month’s time after making the decision to leave my business behind.
I also experienced a job loss in the midst of closing on a house, but was able to utilize my job finding capabilities to obtain another job within a few weeks working from home and was still able to close on the house! Not only that, but I ended up being promoted to the IT Operations Manager after only a few short years.
I’ve been on both sides of the fence as both a hiring manager (in my various businesses as well as my managerial jobs) so I know what it takes for a successful candidate to shine and “win” their dream job. I will explain in detail how to “position” yourself by explaining what employers look for on your resume and during your interview process. This will allow you to stand out from the crowd and help you obtain your dream job quickly and effortlessly.
I will explain how I was able to quickly find jobs at the highest pay ranges within the budgets of each company and how you can too! There are extremely simple “tricks” and “tips” that I will share with you and pitfalls and mistakes that most candidates make even after being offered a position.
4. Financial Management, Personal Fiscal Responsibility, and Financial Independence
5. Maintaining a work (school) / life balance
6. Coping with Stress and Preventing Burnout
7. How to Become an Expert at Anything
8. Effective Leadership Skills
9. The Power of Persistence
A journalist, Jacob A. Riis, once said:
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter
hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as
much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first
blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last
blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
First we need to understand the difference between what it is we truly want to accomplish and whether it is attainable in the first place. Then, we must apply consistent focus and persistence on accomplishing that goal or task. It may not occur on your first attempt or even your 100th attempt, but eventually if you are disciplined in the area of persistence you can attain your desire(s).
Oftentimes, we must reflect and assess our efforts to see if this is still something attainable and if we still have a true burning desire for it before continuing to allocate resources to it. We cannot be afraid to “pivot” or change course as the inventor of the Post-It note was actually attempting to create a permanent glue and instead gave birth to a widely adopted product, but if it is something that we wish to persue then the only way to accomplish anything worthwhile is to persist! “WD-40” is abbreviated from the term “Water Displacement, 40th formula”, suggesting it was the result of the 40th attempt to create the product.
Persistence is a skill we are all born with, but we must conciously apply it until it becomes second nature and a part of our subconceious. Anyone that has achieved greatness has done so with the power of persistence. If everything was easy, then everyone would have it or be able to do it. It is up to you to make things happen by staying the course.