In first grade my elementary school teacher asked us to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. I had the bright idea that if I owned my own toy store, I could play with the toys at my leisure. It was at this moment my love for entrepreneurship was born along with my clear failings in artistic ability.
I grew up training in the martial arts earning black belts in several styles so when I graduated from Queens University with my business degree it seemed a no brainer to open my own martial arts academy. I found a mentor and dropped my life savings into the goal. In just 8 short years, it was an overnight success. My academy became one of the largest and most successful martial arts schools in the Carolinas.
We eventually grew so much that we bought land and built our own 5,400 sq ft training facility and were a featured school in the international martial arts business magazine MASuccess. The learning and experience I had invested in the development of our own facility became a springboard to launch my next entrepreneurial endeavor as a buy and hold real estate investor.
We bought other commercial properties in the Carolinas and Florida flagging us a national company. During this time I earned my Master’s Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship and wrote 2 books; Dojo Success 101 and Small Business Millionaire.
I’m a father of twins and these amazing tiny humans have given me new perspective on how my time is spent. When my father approached me with the Success Breaks idea, I jumped on it as a way to spend time with my dad in a shared experience. These videos aren’t just lessons, they are a record of another adventure to add to our list of experiences together as a family.
I may not have the Midas’s touch that my father possesses but if I can achieve even half of his awesomeness, I know there will be plenty of value for the viewing members of our SuccessBreaks family of subscribers. From years of teaching in a high energy martial arts environment, my focus for the team is not only to provide great content but to deliver it in a way that is palatable, fun, and clearly demonstrates the passion we have for our content.
I particularly enjoy speaking at conferences and events, snowboarding, traveling, training martial arts, and loudly singing along to the Spice Girls alone in my car. A big thank you to our subscribers and the people who support SuccessBreaks!
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