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From a young age, I've possessed that fire in the belly that embodies every entrepreneur and I did many of the stereotypical things a future entrepreneur does.
At 6, I was selling lemonade in my parent's front yard.
At 12, it was candy bars door to door in my neighborhood.
And at 18, I was selling anything I thought could turn a profit on Ebay.
I even earned a business degree with a specialization in entrepreneurship.
The problem was that entrepreneurship can't be taught in a classroom. You can only really learn how to be an entrepreneur by being an entrepreneur.
After college, I didn't think I had any good ideas, lacked confidence, racked up some student loan debt, and had a laundry list of other excuses for not starting a business. The big fire in my belly turned into a little flame.
I took the safe route and got a job as an accountant. Over the course of 10 years I became fluent in the language of business.
I eventually earned my CPA license and an MBA in Finance.
I also learned how to type on an adding machine so fast I could make it smoke!
The job had it's highs and lows. I loved working with businesses on a variety of issues and learned valuable skills but still had a desire to start my own business.
Compensating for my lack of total fulfillment in my job, I did something crazy in my personal life. At 33, I competed in an IronMan triathlon.
What is an Ironman and What Did It Teach Me?