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How I Got My Start As An Entrepreneur
It’s circa 2006, I’m a teenager living in Houston, Texas, and I’ve broken into a house so that I can do drugs with my friends for days while the homeowners are away. This is my rock bottom.
When we left the house days later, I felt terrible and I knew how far off course I was from the person in me who as a kid used to tell everyone that “I was going to achieve big things in business.”
Here I was, breaking and entering, doing drugs, and hanging out with the wrong crowd.
Why I was hanging out with these kids has roots in my childhood. When I was three my parents divorced, and I began to compare myself to those kids who were living seemingly normal lives. By my teens, I felt like an outsider and was hanging out with other kids that were outsiders doing drugs.
As a teenager, I wanted to change. I wanted to still fulfill my dreams of being successful, but I had no clue as to how. So shortly after that ‘breaking and entering’ fiasco, I did the only thing I could think of.
My parents were working in Austin, TX for the summer, so I seized the chance to spend the summer with them, away from my friends. I didn’t tell a single one of my friends where I was going or even that I was leaving. I just disappeared and got away from the bad scene I had
gotten myself into.
But the problem was I still didn’t know how
to be successful.
Then one day in college, my sophomore year, I found a book, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield.
It was as if the book was written solely for me. Reading it, I had epiphany after epiphany about what I wanted to do and how I could do it. The experience set the course for my future and I got started on my passion
I went through twenty business ideas before achieving success, but by 24 years old I had found my way to success in ecommerce, and was living a life I loved that was on my terms not someone else’s. By 25, I was teaching others to do the same thing, and by 30 my business
had served millions.
I love entrepreneurship but what really fulfills me is witnessing people building a business of their own that makes them the money they need to live a free life.
To this day, I’m grateful that my teenage self made the bold break to Austin because I’m pretty sure that unexpected, intuitive move saved my life.
My Work At Amazing…
When I formed Amazing.com with Jason Katzenback, our intention was to create a handful of successful entrepreneurs by leveraging Ecommerce on the Amazon platform. To my complete disbelief, we inspired more than just a few people!
Aside from the big success of our new company, I was blown away by the even bigger success of our members.
It was clear that the students who REALLY took action, who listened deeply, absorbed the right information, and followed through on every element of the process did incredibly well for themselves.
With more than a million people reached around the globe, the number of people who have achieved their dream of becoming an entrepreneur and achieving financial freedom is constantly growing.
Not to mention, Amazing.com has been able to give back over $650,000.00 to charities worldwide, making an impact for Virgin Unite, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Kiva, The Red Cross, and many others.
We firmly believe in entrepreneurship, the freedom it provides, the impact it creates, and its importance to a thriving economy.
The world needs more successful entrepreneurs. Will you step up and become
one of them?