This morning it dawned on me. With a few exceptions, everything I’ve ever done has gotten me to the point where I am right now, in this very moment, at this place on the map.
This past week I’ve had the privilege to join the organization that taught me how to code. Treehouse is a startup poised to change the education system and the way businesses operate in the future.
When you spend four years and over $100,000 on a degree that leaves you ill prepared and grossly in debt, the system is broken. $25 at Treehouse and some invested time could land you a six figure job. This changes everything.
If you own a company, the prospect of having a cross-trained staff that can code and is web savvy, would put you in a position that is nearly impossible to compete against. All for a fraction of most corporate training programs.
If you can’t tell yet, I’m extremely passionate about this topic and this company.
Anytime I undergo a major shift in my life I always take the time to reflect on the steps that got me to this point. Over the last few weeks I decided to leave the consulting world and take my chances on joining an organization that is capable of international change on a grand scale.
After several offers from companies, that honestly I never thought I had a chance with, I chose Treehouse for their team, their mission, and their superior product. I believe in them and their fearless leader Ryan Carson, who is a genuine person and well known in the startup success world.
But I ask myself, “how did I get here?”. What in my life has led me to where I am today? I look at everything that has transpired “Up to this point”.
My childhood, growing up in an entrepreneurial household, being there every step of the way of our business’s growth, learning to love the web, taking the chance to consult and build web platforms for clients (when I wasn’t confident I could), hitting the pavement when it made me uncomfortable, and continually trying to learn everything under the sun, have all trained me for my new challenge at hand.
I say all of that to say this: If there is something you’re passionate about, even if it seems impossible or you’re not wired to do it, go for it. Go for it with everything you’ve got. If a boy from small-town, middle-of-nowhere North Carolina can do it you sure as hell can.
Just remember to be honest with yourself and admit that everything you’ve ever done has gotten you to where you are “up to this point”.