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Independence | Trial & Error | Risk & Reward | Foundation
I believe I can change the world.
At my foundation are 4 core principles:
1. Know who you are.
2. Know what you are about.
3, Know what you are doing.
4. Know why you're doing it.
Keeping these 4 principles at the forefront, I've been on a journey via the road less traveled.
In 2011, I made the toughest decision of my life in leaving both a full ride, $180,000 scholarship from the United States Department of the Navy, and Marquette University; in order to pursue a creative journey centered around customizing footwear with GroundBreaker Customs. After building in Milwaukee for a couple of years, I made the decision to move to Portland, Oregon in September of 2013; to be in a more creative and opportunistic environment. I attended the Art Institute of Portland, but even with earning a 3.9 GPA and Deans List honors; I left after a few terms and invested my energy into my development as an individual and entrepreneur without a college degree.
I want to encourage the creative individual who either doesn't fit into the traditional collegiate structure, or have the same opportunities for a college education as their peers. I want to show them that contrary to the stereotypes of a "dropout"- it doesn't mean they're a failure, it doesn't mean they're lazy, it doesn't mean they "quit"- and it doesn't mean they can't excel. They may have to work 3x sm(hard)er than someone with a degree, in order for their value to be considered/understood- but if they focus and believe in their foundation; if they know who they are, what they're about, what they're doing, and why they're doing it- the power to be great is theirs.
I want to change the world by inspiring creatives, particularly the youth- through my experiences. I express myself in whichever way I can, in order to connect/relate in as many ways as possible. I wish to lead by example; showing people that versatility throughout multiple creative avenues will produce opportunities.
I believe I can change the world, and I know you can too. Join me as we continue to strive for maximum potential through trial and error.
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