Have you ever felt lost? Like your value as a person was boiled down to what you’ve done and what you have, but you know you’re capable of more?
One decision can change everything
My journey from working at a grocery store while attending the University of Houston, to becoming a US Marine, stationed at the White House as part of the Marine One HMX-1 Presidential Security Squadron, has shaped who I am today.
After high school graduation, my goal was to be the first in my family to earn a college degree. I did not have a college fund to pay for school and being raised by a single mom who had five other children, I was on my own to pay tuition. I continued to live at home so I could help my family, work at the local grocery store and attend classes. I was stressed. I did not feel like I had a purpose. To make matters worse I had little time to spend with friends. I found myself turning down invitations to parties on a regular basis. I would often see my friends coming into the grocery store, laughing and joking as they bought beer, and waving goodbye on their way out. I felt like I would never be able to get out from under the burden of my responsibilities and enjoy my life.
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“You can do it Griff!” My six year-old was tugging an inner tube twice his size up a steep hill for yet another adrenaline rush down the slopes. He looked back, smiled, and pumped his little legs to catch up with his brother a few steps ahead.
“Are you the driver?” asked Ted, the chief mechanic at my Honda dealership. He approached me with a worried look on his face and a clipboard in hand. I saw a lot of scribbled notes and more boxes checked off than what I normally saw after an oil change. Uh-oh, I thought.
“When did you really win this deal Justin?” My question caught my good friend off-guard. We were celebrating his most recent customer win over lunch in Seattle. In just a few weeks, Justin had flown to Atlanta, met with a bigtime CEO, and nabbed a new partnership from his main competitor. What a win!
“My hat!” You could barely hear my anxious shout over the laughing and screaming on Disneyland’s classic ride, Splash Mountain. On a drop, my son had accidentally knocked my hat clear off my head.
One of the hardest transitions of my life was getting out of the Army, going to and graduating from college, and then trying to get a job in corporate America.
Getting a dog sucked. I don’t mean to say that I was forced to get a dog – or that I don’t love her now – but man, I really hated her when we first adopted her.
It’s no secret that the population of America is changing. But did you know just how dramatically it’s changing for businesses and consumers?
“Climber Stories” is an ongoing series that highlights the stories of our amazing employees – “climbers” – at Populus Group.