Since as far back as I can remember, I have been in love with sports. I have played just about every sport, but my first love will always be basketball. I started playing at 7 years old. My god-brother taught me how to play with a metal shopping cart hanging over are apartment fence. We were poor, but resourceful. I still remember the first day we stepped out on the “court”. He told me to stick him…I literally poked him in the chest. I had no idea what I was doing, but after an hour of playing, I was absolutely obsessed with it. I spent all of my childhood and teenage years playing sports.
Now let’s fast forward to college. I majored in computer science, but it was never my dream. I just knew that it would be the future and it was a way to make money. Shout out to my high school history teacher for forcing me to come up with a backup plan for my NBA dreams. I really wanted to play in the NBA, but it was mostly just a dream. I had to go into the workforce just like everybody else.
I ended up earning my degree in bachelor’s degree and later my master’s degree in business. I landed my first 6-figure job! I was ecstatic. I was making more money than my parents and reached heights that most people growing up where I am from never achieve. However, I was bored out of my mind. I would be at my desk glued to ESPN, when I should be working. My productivity was fine, but it I was no longer going above and beyond. My mediocrity was beginning to show. At this point I knew it was time to leave my job. Instead of sticking it out for the guaranteed paycheck and ruining my reputation, I left and started consulting for myself.
The freedom was unmatched. I would make the same amount of money I did at my regular job but I wasn’t tied to a clock and chained to a cubical. It has not been easy by any means. I actually work, on average, twice as much as I did at my regular job. However, I don’t get tired and I love what I do. My job is to help other people grow their businesses. How much I make is directly determined by my efforts. I can pick up and go work from Spain for a month, as long as I keep my clients.
At the end of the day I realized that I needed to do what makes me happy. Making a lot of money isn’t what’s core to I am. I realized that helping people achieve their goals and having freedom to do what I want, when I want was way more important to me.