Great question! My first answer is always God. Without God there is no way any of this would have been possible. From a young age I loved selling things on eBay and Amazon. My dad helped me sell my first item when I was 13 and I was hooked. I began selling everything I could get my hands on in our house. It was the start of my entrepreneur journey. I did this all through high school and basically refused to get a real job when my parents requested me too. I kept proving to them I could make money selling things online. I also had a dream of becoming a police officer at a young age.
So I did everything in my power to make that happen. Including joining the local fire department as a volunteer and getting certified as an EMT. I figured the more public service experience I had on my resume the better. I went to community college and changed my major 5 times. I finally ended up transferring to a SUNY Brockport and fell in love with their business administration program. Out of college I did insurance sales for a couple weeks, quit. Tried being a UPS driver, quit. Tried being a full-time drop shipper, failed. Got hired into law enforcement as a Jail Deputy, did that for two and a half years, quit. Took at job as an office manager, quit.
Turns out my dream for law enforcement was not a real dream. The hours, stress, and work environment I wanted nothing to do with. I even turned down an offer to move to road patrol. I felt like a complete failure. No identity and had no idea where I was headed in life. I knew I HATED working for someone else. I could not stand trading my time for a paycheck. And the one thing that makes me happy in life is having complete control over my time. FREEDOM. We started our blog. I quit my job nine months later after we made $50 and have never looked back.