It’s a commons story told often by people who quit their jobs and take a leap of faith, but it’s that leap that so many people find unimaginable to do.
I graduated from college with a history degree, focused mostly on Medieval English Town Life. Not exactly a shoe in training for many jobs in today’s world. The common question everyone with a history degree gets is ‘Oh, so you want to be a teacher?’ to which I always said no.
The reason I studied history in the first place is because I always loved stories and am continually fascinated by the devices and ways stories are told. So out of college I was able to get a ‘consulting job’ at a local artist’s camp as a videographer. Basically a guy with a camera who can shoot footage and cut it together on a computer. Out of this experience, as the people that ran the camp were somewhat limited in their technical capabilities, I was asked to put together a website.
..And so my first foray into website making began. I was totally new to website making but figured it couldn’t be that hard. After a few weeks as a total beginner I finally was starting to get a feel for how websites make it onto the internet. I had found something called WordPress, that everyone seemed to use and and was trying my hand at coding things – diving into HTML and CSS. That first experience was an eyeopener to the complexity of website making and a lesson that often what you don’t know is unimaginably larger than you thought.
Fast forward from there a couple years – I had stuck with website making, and made a few small business websites before joining a legit Creative Agency in Seattle. There I designed websites for startups, apps for phones, and mapped out full software applications for large companies. It was fine for a while, but like most everyone that works in an office, I soon felt worn down by the grind of office work and the lifestyle.
In mid 2016 I decided to move across the country to New York and essentially restart fresh. I found a group of friends who were just getting into blogging. Since then my goal has been to build successful businesses online by blogging and helping real people with real needs.