Once in a while I write posts on all of these parts of my life on my blog.
This is my story, thanks for stopping by.
I have been married to my best friend since 1998. She has been my support in tough times and loved me through ups and downs. Everything I do is in an attempt to make her life better.
These are the kids. They add variety to our lives and are full of energy. We stay busy with their various activities and love watching them grow and develop each day. They constantly amaze me by their potential and who they are and I am honored to be their father.
I got home from my mission to Portugal in 1996 and decided to follow my brother and sister to Ricks College. Almost right away, I decided that I wanted to start my own business rather then spend the next several years in school so I could go to work for someone else the rest of my life. My dad always taught me that I could spend my life working to build my own dream or building the dream of someone else.
I left school after 1 year and started my own business.
I got licensed as a financial planner, investment advisor and insurance salesman. I learned marketing, sales, and gained general business knowledge. My business slowly transformed from general investment and financial planning advice to a focus on college funding and planning for parents of college bound students. It was a great experience and I spent the next 10 years of my career as s Self Employed business owner.
Several years into my business, I read a couple books that challenged my views on how a business is run. The first one was Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I learned the difference between someone who is an Employee, Self Employed, Business Owner or Investor. I had been running as a Self Employed business owner and if I stepped away my income would shut down after a short time.
The second book was the 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris. From this book I learned about setting systems in place to produce income and automate sales. These books both changed my life.
I set up several websites focused on affiliate sales and tasted some success. I changed my focus in business from providing investment and insurance services to helping financial planners market their business. It was and informational product that never took off like I wanted it to. I spent a couple years modifying and changing the product. It never took off and I never gave up. I learned an important lesson about moving on when something doesn’t work. I tried to push it to the market when what I was offering was not what the market wanted.
I knew at this point I was interested in changing from a financial focus on my career to a technological focus and ended up taking a job in Utah, where my wife was from. I spent a couple years learning technological sales and honing my skills around communicating with C-Level executives. It was an invaluable experience while I continued to change the focus on what I wanted to do with my own business.
The most important lesson that I have learned in the last couple years is to set goals, focus on a specific plan and follow through on that plan. It is easy to get distracted by the new shiny object and lose focus on the task at hand.
I have two businesses that I am in the process of starting up. One has to do with selling products on Amazon. I am posting on my blog about what I am learning while running that business. The other one is in the SaaS space and is in the early development process at this time.
I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My membership in the church and the knowledge I have of the restored Gospel gives me an eternal perspective and foundation in my life that is more valuable to me than anything else in my life.
When I am not working and spending time with my family, I tend to find myself in the great mountains of Utah. I love hiking, running and biking the trails near my house. One of the criteria when I was buying my house was it had to be within 5 minutes from trailheads and the base of a mountain. I am lucky to live near American Fork Canyon with many trails and hikes within minutes from my front door.
If you are into this type of thing, you can friend me on RunKeeper and see what I am up to on a day to day basis.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to connect with me at anytime. I read all my email and will respond to each one.