My road in life has been direct.
Growing up, he was always working, starting with cleaning toilets at his uncle's gas station in Melbourne, Florida
From there, he moved up to a job at Burger King.
He worked his way through college by working at Sears.
Realizing that he liked working in the retail sector, he majored in advertising and marketing.
He feels like his career goals didn't really manifest themselves until his second or third post-college job.
Says that the pressure of going from college straight into career is "a paradigm that needs to be broken."
To keep his job as president of W Hotels in perspective, he tells himself, "it's still a store."
Says that career pressures are almost always internal, so it's just a matter of managing those fears.
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