My road in life took a while to figure out.
My father quit his job in order to be self employed setting an early example.
A teacher took special interest and helped me get my first full time job.
I worked and put myself through college.
An older mentor from my scouting days gave me a career start after college.
I moved to Arizona because that is where things were happening.
I pursued the best in the industry for jobs as an appraiser & consultant.
I returned to Ohio, and re-careered a couple of times.
I took some business risk that did not all pan out and started over, back to real estate.
Keep following my journey



I am a realtor, in a rural, college town.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

I am very eclectic with diverse interest and friendships so I spend a lot of time reading, studying and following almost random thoughts and ideas. My doctor told me I have ADD when I was about 50. My work habits may not be the best example but I've found ways to deal with things in my own style and I have had a fair amount of success doing things my way. Although there are always a variety of task to do, I always put people first when the opportunity arises.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Take some risk early, even if you fail, better to fail a few times early on. Get up and try again. Most successful people have failed one or more times before their successes. Many of them will fail again and start again. Everyone has a story and struggles. Find positive and uplifting programs and people to plug into to help keep you motivated and encouraged. Begin early and always strive to be a better person, better with others, better at what you do and better at what you want to do.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find people who you think are successful in the field of your interest and pursue them as mentors and friends. Stay in touch with older friends and mentors. Be the one who picks up the phone and calls, stops to visit, writes letters. Don't give up! The power of association is everything. Where you will be years from now is a direct result of the people you associate with.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Associate's Degree
There are so many.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"I repeatedly considered working for the Boy Scouts as a professional. Friends discouraged me from the idea. In the appraisal business and later as a financial planner I often came to conclusions and recommendations different from the majority opinions."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
First-Generation College Student