I currently find myself in a situation that is not optimal which I’m sure many of you can relate to. I am at a point in my life where things really start to come into focus and a realigning of ones values is necessary. I am working a job that I can barely tolerate at a salary that I can NOT tolerate at all. At the same time I had started dating a girl who in all honesty was in an entirely different life category than me. She made some assessments of my situation and decided that I wasn’t a good fit for her. Now, this all sounds very clinical and I am doing that on purpose because that is how it felt to me. I am a romantic, and that has been my kryptonite for as long as I can remember. But, it got the wheels turning to the practicality, or lack thereof, of how I had been living my life up until that point. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have my hopes and dreams and some are lofty as all get out, but after that breakup I started to approach things in a way that could actually make them come true.
It started with action. I went looking for jobs, all sorts of jobs, any kind of job, that could get me more money. The problem with that is that if you only do something for money it better be a hell of a lot of money. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with what I was finding. To make more money you need more effort. More school, more experience, more time. I didn’t have a lot of that. What I did have was years and years of skill acquisition in content creation. I had gone to school for music, played several instruments, and studied audio engineering. I then had taught myself photography and tried to make a go at it as a professional photographer. Then I got into fitness and became a coach and used social media to help spread my new knowledge to try and help people. I even started a podcast. Even as I write this, being as down on myself as I have ever been, I am getting emotional at the things that I have actually accomplished in my life so far. That perhaps they will lead me to something. Then a friend suggested I look at Udacity. I expressed to him that I was looking to take the formidable skills of content creation I had gained throughout the years and actually do something with them. The very first thing I saw on the landing page was the Digital Marketing Nano Degree and I instantly knew I had found what I was looking for.