Make Your Mark …In Life
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Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I’m a motivational/anti-bullying speaker. At some point in our lives we trade the vision we have for our life for a paycheck; 20 years later we find ourselves burnt out and unsatisfied. I’m able to connect to audiences in a way that compels each attendee to reexamine how they define success. I help audiences understand the importance of placing value on their dreams. It definitely found me.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
My first job was at McDonald’s. It taught me responsibility, and I learned I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life smelling like pickles.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
I realized when I was 40 years old that speaking was my gift and that my gift had value to the world. I’m most proud of working as a contract speaker in 2008 with Making it Count.
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
Typically when the going gets tough I go to the park (one of my local favorites is Maidu) and walk or run. Walking or jogging tends to clear my mind – allowing fresh ideas to come to me.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
My favorite local restaurant is The Cheesecake Factory – they have the best shrimp and grits and jambalaya.
If you could be any other profession, what would it be?
Motivational/inspirational speaking is my true passion and my life’s calling. I believe we don’t begin to live until we find our purpose in life.
And finally, customer service is?
I’ll do whatever it takes to deliver 100 percent satisfaction.
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