I started out a middle class kid with dreams of being a research scientist discovering the cure for childhood cancer and diabetes. Instead, I became a high school dropout, got married, had two children and was divorced by age 24. That wasn’t what I had planned for my life. You could say I have lived a “colorful” life instead!
Life As A Carny Was An Education In Itself
Interestingly, It Developed A Lot Of Positive Traits In Me
After dropping out of school, my mom and I traveled with the carnival all over the East Coast. I was a really shy kid at the time, which is a non-starter at a carnival. The work ethic that I learned from my dad came into play as I worked double-digit workdays.
I learned how words and gestures turn into dollars, and how to make money. Most importantly, I learned how to attract people to the game. After all, that’s what was going to feed us. Interacting with people and turning them into buyers became fun. It’s something I still use in my social media marketing for clients today.
I Joke About Being A Migrant Worker
But I Actually Was One
At age 18, I was sleeping in the back of a box truck in Apopka FL, and picking oranges during the day. This was a huge change in status from being middle class. To me though, it was adventurous and simply showed how life surprises us and challenges us.
I developed my lifelong philosophy of coming out on top no matter what life throws at me. It may sound funny, but this versatility, flexibility and obstacle-overcoming approach is how I accomplish so much for my clients today.