The power to create whatever we want is our greatest gift. We should use that power to start companies that create impact, sell products and services that empower customers and become better versions of ourselves every day.
At my core, I’m focused on empowering others. My hope is that everyone (1) feels worthy to accomplish their dreams and (2) has access to the information and tools to make those dreams happen. That passion drives everything I do – from speaking and writing to starting businesses that positively impact a customer’s life.
My personal journey from depression to success
My personal journey has been a story of triumph: from struggle to achievement and fulfillment. For most of my early 20s, I battled depression – living completely disconnected from true self and my potential. I worked a job I did not like (financial planning), felt absolutely no sense of worthiness or hope, and believed that life passed me by.
Everyday I would go to TechCrunch and read about entrepreneurs. I would tell myself: “I’ll never be like them. I’m not good enough.” I did that for two years, until a series of panic attacks took my health to a lower level. I hid all this from my friends and family.
Then one day I witnessed something that woke me up. In that moment, I realized that I was not supposed to be depressed. I started on a personal journey that turned my life around. I started meditating. I designed an exercise routine with a retired Army Ranger and got in great shape. I started bio-hacking my diet to restore my energy and performance. And I read countless books, from healing shame to quantum physics – which helped reset my spirit and my mindset.
I continued on that path for two years. I reached a point where I could no longer deny my truth: I am here to create things; I’m here to be an entrepreneur. A few months later, my co-founder came to me with the idea for a video doorbell. I was ready. Just three months after that, I created an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for our idea of a video doorbell. I clicked “launch” on our campaign page and went surfing. In 5 days we raised $100,000. Fast Company called our campaign an “Indiegogo Sensation.” A few days after the campaign, I was covered by TechCrunch!
I learned many things, mostly, that we must find our truths. It’s not easy, but our ability to find and follow our truth is our true power. It’s our true purpose. Sure, there’s lots of tactical lessons, but the key is finding your truth.