I dropped out of college at 19 with no idea of what I wanted to do instead. I didn’t work out a “life plan” before quitting school. I didn’t even sort that out after I quit. Instead, I committed to my processes, principles, and ideals. External motivation – be it the approval of the people around me or even external goals that I set for myself – doesn’t work for me at all.
My processes, principles, and ideals led me to attend the 2016 Polyglot Conference in NYC, live and work in Poland for 15 months, apply to an entrepreneur-apprenticeship program called Praxis, illustrate and publish a short story, write a guide for building landing pages, and work for a tech startup in Charleston. And this is all just the beginning.
I’m a generalist that’s consumed by a need to understand the subtle nuances of things. I strive to be articulate, courageous, and open to change. I’ve gradually come to realize that my greatest successes and deepest moments of happiness have come out of the things that most people would criticize or pity me for.
I think about authenticity, self-awareness, and failure, and use writing, speaking, and visual media to express and share what I learn.