My road in life took a while to figure out.
When I was a senior in high school, I saw the second plane hit the World Trade Center live on TV.
I went to my local recruiter two weeks later; there was a line out the door and down the street.
I joined the Marine Corps; I served for four years and did two tours of Iraq.
That recall letter triggered a huge panic attack; I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with PTSD.
I had to realize that I was my own worst enemy, accept help, and find therapies that worked for me.
Since then, I've graduated from college and successfully published my memoir.
I've realized my passion is being able to help others by sharing my story with millions of people.
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Published Author / Motivational Speaker

I inspire people to use adversity as a catalyst for positive Change

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

When I'm at work, I constantly ask myself a few questions: Am I actively writing? Am I conveying something positive and inspirational? Is my writing going to help someone get through adversity? Is it going to teach them something? Is my writing coming from the heart? I always try to make sure I'm helping somebody, whether it's through my writing, or at my day job advising small businesses. Finally, I make sure that even when I'm working, I'm taking care of my body by exercising and eating right.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

You need to be okay with taking risks. Writing, talking to publishers, pitching news or media outlets: those are all risks that you'll need to take each and every day. Passion for your writing will make you happy; taking risks for your writing will get you paid.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Your writing isn't good enough. There is no way you are going to make money. You need to get a job and stop doing your passion."