I consider myself a late bloomer. I didn’t catch the entrepreneurial bug early like some. Sure I had a lemonade stand in first grade. But it was terrible and never lead to anything else. (I remember when the trash collector bought two glasses and paid with a 50 cent piece. I thought it was the greatest thing in the world).
In middle school I remember my mother telling me she thought I’d be an entrepreneur, but I always brushed it off. Perhaps because at that age, you hate to agree with your parents.
Fast forward to college. I was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, just coasting. I had no real direction. I hated my major and hated the classes. But not getting a college degree wasn’t an option for me. So I kept showing up and doing just enough to pass.
Around my junior year, my friends were thinking about their summer internships. Being the jackass I was, an internship wasn’t on my radar. After hearing enough about it, I figured I should create a resume and try and get me one of these internship things. I made my first resume, using Microsoft Word’s Resume Wizard. It basically had my name and address on it. My first resume made a business card look cluttered.
To beef up my resume, I joined a bunch of clubs. One was Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). That’s where, for the first time I can recall, I was surrounded by like-minded students and things felt right. Because of SIFE, I knew I wanted to get into business and I wanted to start my own company.
I know this is a long walk for a drink of water, but I’m actually going somewhere with this.
Go read my post “Prepare.io: Lightbulb Moment” over on my Medium channel, Building the Dream. There I explain how a college kid with the worst resume in the world eventually ended up getting the idea for Prepare.io.