I was born is 1983. I know some of you are already thinking well he is so young, and I am. I have a lot to learn and experience. I need to practice and experience everything in this book to be wiser indeed.
I grew up in Bountiful, Utah were I had a typical upbringing with going to public school and playing with friends. I handled peer pressure, me being a bully and others bullying me. I considered myself unpopular and also popular. I was also really good at all sports and was involved in scouts where I earned my Eagle Scout.
What changed from what my peers were doing is that I had fallen in love at the end of 9th grade to a beautiful and adventurous girl and I had gotten my girlfriend pregnant. We knew that the right thing for us to do was to get married, so we did. Two months after our son was born to us. Mind you we were in the middle of our sophomore year of high school. I started my own business to support our family as we moved close to 7 times in the next 4 years supporting a young marriage and family. I sold the business to support my efforts to graduate from college with a Bachelors Degree from Weber State University with a 3.86/4.0 GPA. During college we welcomed our first and second daughters. Upon graduating at the end of 2006 we moved to Georgia to work for Shaw Industries (a carpet manufacturer) for 4 months of training and then moved back to Utah as a Territory Manager selling carpet.
In the fall of 2008 I was able to Head Coach my son's little league football team which pleased me to volunteer and give to others. At this time the economy had forced many companies in the USA to lay people off. I was eventually let go in November. I immediately was given a job from my good reputation with Bentley Prince Street (another carpet manufacturer). Then five months later (April 2009) the economy had gotten even worse and I was let go again. Through daily life stress and many-many-many challenges that affected our family that is personal to us that need not to be shared we have overcome these challenges.
Like many others I have been through many challenging and noble things. My wife and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary at the age of 26. We have three wonderful children ages 9, 7 and 5. I have volunteered in our community many times and continue to coach. I am grateful for the wisdom I have learned thus far. I am pleased with what I have endured thus far, accomplished thus far, and the people I have had connecting with thus far.