I never thought this would be the story I would tell someday...
I took one business class in college and I hated it. It was the worst class I had to endure. Within a few weeks, I dropped it.
The class was dry, boring and didn't seem to have any relevance. But I enjoyed reading and writing. So I became an English major and soon after embarked on a career as a journalist -- and I absolutely loved it!
Funny thing happened along the way. I jumped at an opportunity to work for a small B2B publisher writing a newsletter covering the auto industry. To me, that was the "big time!" Soon afterwards, I got involved in managing several publications covering the financial industry, Wall Street, insurance, telecom, the postal service, government contracting and many others. Before long, I was given struggling publications to turn around and make then profitable again.
I became known as the "turnaround guy." I got involved in the strategic planning, the marketing, the hiring, the P&L, new product launches, product re-lanches -- whatever was needed to make the business successful. Once again, I loved it! I enjoyed the challenge of pursuing creative ideas and seeing others get just excited about launching something new that had never been done before. Some ideas failed miserably. Others earned tremendous success!
While learning the hard way, I also earned my MBA from Johns Hopkins University and developed a new appreciation for the study of business and its practical applications. Since then, I have run several businesses and started Breakthrough Pros in 2007 -- about 3 months before the Great Recession.
Within the first 2 weeks, the business was turning a profit and we have been profitable ever since helping other entrepreneurs turnaround and grow their businesses. During my career, I have launched more than 100 products and businesses and enjoy serving as a consultant to business owners and as a college professor where I absolutely love working with aspiring business managers and entrepreneurs who have a passion for turning their vision of a better future into something real.
It certainly has been a road less traveled, and I work and pray that along the journey we help to make a difference.
A road less traveled...
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.