On December 27, 2015 I received a text from a friend that would change my life forever. This text informed me that my best friend had just been shot. Immediately, my mind rushed to the worst-case scenario, but rather than jumping to conclusions I tried not to speculate, especially given that he was an avid outdoorsman. I figured he potentially shot himself in the leg or arm. Unfortunately, neither was the case. He had taken his own life.
I was 24 at the time. The flood of emotions was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I just spoke with him five days earlier - how was this possible? How could someone be here one moment and gone the next? This was not something they taught about in school, how to navigate your emotions through an experience such as this.
For years I struggled to understand how I missed his pain, how I didn't see all that he was going through. This toxic thinking had me looking in the wrong places, blaming myself for the event, and clawing at the past, trying to pull time backwards.
Three years later it dawned on me: what I needed to do was create a platform to help those in darkness, help others shift their perspective, and to encourage others to look inward for elevation in order to see the best in themselves.
And that’s exactly what I did.
On October 15th, 2018 I launched The Motivated Mind podcast. This podcast is more than words coming through headphones. It’s a way to influence a large group of people to see how much they mean to the world and realize their own superpowers. This was just the beginning of my journey.
In 2020 I started offering one-on-one coaching sessions to connect with my audience in an even more meaningful way. In 2021 I launched my newsletter, called Mastering Your Mindset, to bring my message to those who prefer written media over audio.
Most recently, in 2022, I decided to launch my Mindset Academy. All of these offerings are centered around my mission and purpose: to help others build their mountain.
My friend shared a powerful quote that’s grown roots in my mind over the years: “If you don't live for something, you'll die for nothing”. If I can help shift the mindset of just one person, I have lived for exactly what I intended.