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I was an entrepreneur at a young age. I started my first company at 16 making skate videos. I sold my first video at 17, and made $40k from the deal. I knew I wanted to follow my dreams and chart my own course, but I grew up in a risk-averse middle class family that wanted me to go to college and find a stable job. Needless to say, I was the black sheep of the family.

But entrepreneurship was natural to me, although no one in family then or today has run business or been an entrepreneur. With no one to follow but a hunger for a different kind of life, I figured it out for myself.
When I was 17 my father passed away suddenly the day before his retirement. He was in military, and had all of these incredible plans, and died day before he could live them out. In that moment, my whole life changed.

I learned in the most direct way possible that no one was promised a chance at tomorrow. This lesson was driven to the heart of me, and it drives every moment of what I want to accomplish in life. I wasn’t going to wait to receive permission to live the life I wanted to; I couldn’t afford to wait. None of us can.

From that point onward, I promised myself that I would no longer hesitate or wait for the perfect opportunity; I would take action, and look for chances to make my own opportunities.

I am clear on who am and what I want to do and see. Right now I am focused in on growing my media and marketing company, BOLD Worldwide, to over 100 million dollars.