I’m 22 years old and currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. I spend most of my time reading and writing about education, personal development, philosophy, sociology, theology and comparative religions, classical music, and linguistics (especially phonetics). I also like programming, drawing both digitally and with pencil and charcoal, taking photos, learning languages, and drinking tea.
But that’s all what I am and what I do.
So who am I?
I dropped out of university when I was 19. I had lots of friends there. My grades were great. My future was bright. But I was unhappy and restless. Most of all, I was feeling unfulfilled. So instead of taking out student loans and finishing my degree, I quit.
We talk a lot about “living intentionally.” But during my unfulfilling time at uni, I really came to understand what that means. Going to university right out of high school just because “that’s what you’re supposed to do” isn’t living intentionally. I had no idea who I was or what I wanted out of life, and it occurred to me that perhaps I would be just as clueless and lost upon graduation day.
I didn’t have a business idea or plan for what to do when I quit. I didn’t have a job lined up. I quit uni “the wrong way” according to most people. It was “the risky way,” “the stupid way.” But I survived. I made it work. And I’ve loved every second of the adventure so far.
We’re hardwired for thinking that taking risks and making changes will only end in disaster. We like certainty. We like predictability. We like routines. But there’s a certain danger in routine. Those things that we can “do in our sleep” run the risk of luring us into a slumber we may never wake up from. So I’ll take the discomfort of uncertainty over the slumber of routine each chance I get.
After dropping out of university, I spent my free time studying phonetics and developing an accent reduction course for speakers of Slavic languages. I wanted to teach Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, etc to speak English with less of an accent. Eight months later I moved to Warsaw, Poland with the intention of perfecting my accent reduction method, but I ended up improving a lot more than just my knowledge of phonetics.
I spent 15 months in Warsaw. My drive to learn more and experience more led me to applying to this entrepreneur-apprenticeship program called Praxis. I was accepted and pretty quickly packed up my bags to go work for an accounting startup in Charleston, South Carolina.
I ended up quitting the Praxis program, and lost my job at the startup shortly after. It was one of the roughest points in my life. You’d think that I’d look at all the risky decisions I’d made in my life up until then (dropping out of school, distancing myself from my family, moving abroad and back with no social or financial safety net), and decide to be a little more grounded in “reality.”
But I didn’t.
I packed my bags again and headed to Atlanta, Georgia after reading an article about it being the 4th largest tech hub in the US. Within a week, I landed an internship with the Foundation for Economic Education. And 6 months later they hired me full-time.
I’m thrilled to be a part of the FEE team. More than that, I’m thrilled to be doing work that is genuinely fulfilling. All of the struggles and scariness has been worth it so far.
I love creating, building, searching, and imagining. This is what I live for. This is what I’ve dedicated my life to.
What’s Fishing For Failure All About?
I created this site, which I’ve dubbed “Fishing For Failure”, to share my thoughts, experiences, and failures as I go through life. My approach to life is about trusting your intuition and doing things that feel right in the moment. I’m going against convention by not having a 10 year plan or a 5 year plan or even a backup plan. I’m not going after a “stable” job or a “comfortable” life. My sights are set on a life filled with adventure and uncertainty!
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