I give credit for my skills in my work to the experiences I've had outside my work.
Short story long:
I'll start by saying that this is a judgment-free zone. Some of the stuff below is illegal, and if you're looking to sue me, then let's plug-in that legal text that says that any resemblance to actual events or actual persons, living or dead (or me) is purely coincidental. Ok? Then let's continue:
When I was six years old, I stole some of my dad’s branded swag from his job, and sold that in my neighborhood for 25¢ a piece. That’s how I made my first $5.
He was mad and explained how he could get in trouble, but instead of grounding me, he gave me an Oriental Trading magazine and told me I had a $200 budget. That’s the first time I had a budget to work with.
I could choose from a world of plastic Made in China wonders, but I ended up some glow in the dark ants, plastic samurai swords and fart-noise-making putty. I sold the shit outta those to my friends.
When I was 8, my sisters discovered my salesman skills, so they took advantage of it. They gave me their fundraising cakes from school to sell for them. I always secretly added an extra $1 markup for profit.
When I was 11, I started delivering newspapers, two years before I legally could. I did it under my next-door neighbor’s name (Thanks Rob!). He didn’t even earn commission for that. That's when I learned that you sometimes have to fake it to make it.
At 14 I started downloading songs from Napster, created playlists, burned CD’s, designed and printed my own album covers, and distributed them in my high school. That's when I learned that design goes a long way.
At 16 I got my first legal job. My criminal days were over, and the aisles at K.B. Toys were neatly kept. Bratz dolls were huge, and I knew every detail about them. That’s where the money was at. That's when I learned to take advantage of buzz.
At 17, all businesses were getting connected to the world wide web. I learned how to certify LAN cables, and installed them at a Pharmaceutical company. That's when I learned the importance of staying on top of technology and innovation.
After that, I went to college to study Architecture. Materials were expensive, so I did everything I could for the extra cash – waited tables, installed light bulbs in parking garages, assisted truck drivers delivering industrial machinery, distributed promotional material. That's when I learned I need to fill my life with challenges.