From Poverty to POWER
Hi everyone! I'm really glad that you decided to come by and check out my website and podcast. When I started Blue Collar Consulting Group in 2014, I had no idea what I was doing and certainly didn't think it would grow into what it has become. But, several years later, I am proud to say that we have helped a number of people change their lives and their business. Seeing that growth has been rewarding in a way that is difficult to describe.
Growing up in small town Central Missouri wasn't exactly easy. Having a drug addict father that I didn't meet until I was 8 years old and an absent mother, I really had to learn my own way in life. While most of my friends shared a fairly equal economic situation as I did (we were all poor), my situation lacked real family relationships. I found myself clinging to friends who had big families and still consider them more of a family to me than my actual one!
My older brother, struggling with his own identity as a homosexual, thought that he could ease his discomfort by brutalizing me in a variety of ways. He was my primary caretaker, as our mother was often working two or more jobs along with drinking regularly. My brother had a rough relationship with our mother and it's understandable why he would seek an outlet to his pain. It's just unfortunate he chose me!
As you can imagine, without anyone to balance out this struggle, I had a tough time adapting both personally and socially, but something beautiful began to develop. Since I knew I wasn't safe at home, I started to seek out new places of safety. While others turned to drugs and alcohol, I was more interested in learning how things worked. I was curious about why people did certainly things and how they did it. I was the curious kid who would follow the plumber around during a repair, asking about this and that as they worked. In other words, I became fascinated about the world around me.
That fascination gained tremendous momentum when I joined the Army in 1998. My first job was EOD - Explosive Ordnance Disposal. In other words, my job was to diffuse bombs when they didn't go off! This highly technical specialty required my mind to work at a pace that was both exciting and challenging. A few years later I switch my career into Recruiting and now currently work as a Career Counselor, where I focus my efforts on helping Soldiers continue their career. It's been quite a journey!
My military career has equipped me with insights that many people do not have. No, I'm not an Army Ranger, Navy SEAL or anything like that. However, I have risen through the ranks faster than my peers. I have improved organizations and performed at a high level. I have survived professional adversity more than once and have achieved tremendous success. It is with that in mind that I bring forth my consulting company. I am convinced that I have the knowledge and approach that will help you improve in nearly anything.
Thanks again for stopping by!