I was born and raised in the city of Vancouver, Canada – arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As a result of its beauty, Vancouver is also one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. But to make a long story short, let’s just say I didn’t have the privilege of growing up in the nice part of town. Raised by a single mother, I went to high school just minutes from Vancouver’s downtown east side, the poorest postal code in all of Canada.
Shortly after graduating from high school, I read two books that had a tremendous impact on me and transformed my mentality moving forward. Those books were Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Collectively, those books sparked my interest in entrepreneurship and propelled me down a path of personal development.
After spending a whopping 2 semesters in a business management program at a local college, I spent the next few years navigating the workforce, building relationships and accumulating the skills that I believed would enable me to succeed in business. Beginning with renovating houses, and moving on to network marketing, seminar promoting, financial planning, and trading currencies online, there wasn’t much that I wasn’t willing to try. At the age of 20, I started working as a door-to-door sales rep for a local sales and marketing company. I spent the next 18 months building teams of salespeople in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa before returning back to my hometown.
Immediately after marrying my amazing wife, I began pursuing a career in real estate sales. In 2011, while completing a Diploma in Marketing & Professional Real Estate, I started my first blog, and in 2012 I set up a website called Chatting With Champions, which I used as a platform to reach out to entrepreneurs that I wanted to interview. I published the interviews on the website and used social media to start building an audience online.
At the end of 2013 (when I finally figured out what a podcast was) I launched the Chatting With Champions Podcast on iTunes. Over the next 2.5 years, while working full-time as a real estate agent, I used every spare moment I could to interview entrepreneurs for my podcast, write articles, and publish books.
By 2015 I had interviewed over 100 successful entrepreneurs for my podcast, written over 100 articles for my own blogs and other publications, and self-published 3 books including Lifestyle Business Blueprint. It was during that period that I realized I had more passion for creating and marketing content online than I did for selling real estate.
Later that year, I left the real estate industry to focus on helping other entrepreneurs to focus exclusively on working with other entrepreneurs to create content and help build their brands online. This led to joining Thinkific, a fast-growing startup and software platform for creating online courses, as their Content Marketing Manager at the beginning of 2016.
I am also the Founder & Publisher of Lifestyle Business Magazine, an online magazine about lifestyle entrepreneurship, and the host of Lifestyle Business Magazine Podcast which features my interviews with some of today’s most successful lifestyle entrepreneurs. I often write articles for other online publications as well, including Entrepreneur, Foundr, Influencive, and Funnel Magazine.
When I’m not creating content or interviewing entrepreneurs, you can find me helping other companies and entrepreneurs develop marketing strategies and automated sales systems to attract, convert, and retain their ideal clients.
I openly share many of the important lessons I’ve learned as a marketer and entrepreneur on my blog (check out my articles here), and I’m always grateful to connect with and support other entrepreneurs in any way that I can. If I can help someone avoid all of the trial and error that I’ve had to endure over the past ten years, then it makes it all worth it!
If you want to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me directly using the contact form here, and I’ll respond to you as soon as I can.
To your success,