I graduated Salutatorian in a class of over 1000 engineers from University of Florida. I knew I wanted to start a company for a decade. I didn’t do it. It was too easy to make good money and have a good life. It took a wake-up call in 2012 for me to realize that it was a combination of fear and a lack of a plan that was stopping me from attempting to do something more.
I was lucky enough that a VP and mentor saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. He hand picked me to go to an intensive coaching training program and bring coaching back into the company. He recognized something in me that I didn’t recognize in myself. I realized then and there that helping people make big changes was a far better way to have the impact I wanted in the world.
I still love technology too much to give up on it completely, so I also have a software company that is trying to bring the ideas of coaching to the masses. It’s cliche, but I’ve drank that San Francisco kool aid.
To keep me grounded and to keep my skills sharp, I also facilitate Interpersonal Communications for Stanford MBA’s. The students are phenomenal bunch of motivated, mostly current or future entrepreneurs who test and challenge me every day to be better than I was yesterday.