If you had to map out my career path, on paper, it would look something like this:
The beginning of my career was music music music. Writing, teaching, performing, I did it all. But when I turned 27, I reached a breaking point. I confronted the reality that I wasn’t going to be able to live the life I wanted (read: earn a lot of money) while being a musician. So, I did a little soul searching.
That squiggly line in the middle represents two years of dipping my toes into many different subjects and industries. I tried real estate, fitness training, customer service, food service, and a tech startup. I even started attending classes at Harvard’s extension school in their post-bacc pre-med program. But nothing resonated with me.
My life changed when I met Jim and Ben.
Jim and Ben were two guys I knew from the gym, having worked out with them in a weekly group fitness class. I asked them one day, “Can I donate my time to you guys, maybe once a week? Just give me grunt work.”
Jim and Ben were (and still are) financial advisors. I wanted to see what the industry was like, but there was no way I could ever get a job. I had zero experience, and zero qualifications. So I did what I thought might get me in the door: offer up some free labor!