For years people have been asking me, “But what is it that you do?” and for all of those years, each time I was asked that I have had to pause … for a long moment … jut to figure it out for myself. Then I would pick the answer that I felt the asker would be most comfortable with, or understand the best.
In reality, I have no idea what I do. I simply have no idea how to answer that question anymore.
I do know that I hate to be bored.
- I have started several businesses, some retail, some consulting, some professional services … some were successful. Most were not. I would say that I am 60/40 when it comes to small business success (which is actually pretty good).
- I have helped to found two public charities (one a fantastic flop, the other a current success), and I have been able to help and advise others on how to start and succeed at their own businesses (this has been very rewarding).
- I have been a martial arts teacher, a SCUBA instructor, and a soldier.
- I have been an EMT and a Medical First Aid and Emergency First Responder Instructor.
- I have worked for large aerospace and defense companies and managed massive logistics programs.
- I have directed and guided small defense contracting agencies doing cutting edge scientific work.
- I have created international outreach programs for defense cooperation and security studies.
- I have written and published children’s books and sci-fi novels as well as contributed poetry to anthologies.
- I invest in residential real estate and do property development.
- I am a blacksmith, a silversmith … and most importantly … I am a husband, a father and a grandfather.
… so what am I? Anything but bored. Really though, no one should be. It is all a matter of perspective.