Mine is an unlikely story.
As a kid, I struggled with stuttering. Not as bad as some kids, but it was significant enough that I ended up in speech therapy. As a teenager, I continued to struggle with anything related to reading or speaking in public. In fact, my career ambitions had nothing to do with speaking or even being in public and I chose to major in Physics and Computer Science.
Then it all changed. Starting my sophomore year of college through the end of my senior year I struggled with the question of whether I was being called to ministry.
Ministry. You know that thing that involves speaking in public - and reading in public all the time? Yes, that ministry. And I was terrified. But, I did it - not all at once, there were a lot of steps along the way, but I stepped out, took a chance, and shifted my course toward work with God's people gathered together in the church. And what an adventure it has been.
Along the way, I took on another role I never expected: entrepreneur. Through a chance meeting with someone I connected with through craigslist, Pittsburgh Lenses was born. Pittsburgh Lenses started as a small camera equipment rental company that was more of a hobby than a business when it started. Over time, it grew to include three locations with multiple agents renting equipment to all kinds of clients - from those just starting out in photography and videography to full-scale professional clients like Dancing with the Stars and Sony Pictures. Along the way I learned a lot - some good lessons, some very hard (but also good lessons) about starting a business, working with clients, getting burned, and bouncing back from adversity.
So what am I up to now?
Adventures of an Unlikely Leader
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