How I Found My Niche


I can still remember when I was 7 years old...all I did was play with Legos and pipeworks. It wasn’t just the playing, it was the building and construction that I loved. Arriving at the finished product of the Lego toy pictured on the box came easy to me and my imagination was probably at it’s peak.

If you asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life I would have said an engineer or architect.

After picking up my first golf club, and subsequently falling in love with the game in 1998, I traded in Legos for drivers and putters.

If you were to ask me again in high school where my life was headed I would have said a “PGA Director of Golf.”

After being inspired by great teachers and coaches in high school, I went on to college. Early on in college, if you asked me what I would do in life, I would have said “teacher.”

Everyone’s had these moments or has been asked the question “what do you want to do when you grow up?”  (unfortunately, too many times). Well, I am letting you all know I don’t have that answer yet, but everyday since I launched the Niche Movement in January 2013, I feel closer to it.

In this journey, I have been very fortunate to have so many friends, relatives, and colleagues support my endeavor. Over the next 30 days, I am going to share who these people are and how they have helped me inch closer to finding my niche. This isn't going to be all about me, but truly it is a story of the heros and influencers in my life. This is about the people that inspired me, motivated me, picked me up when I was down, told me to take a risk or told me I was a leader.

Lastly, I plan on injecting as much personality, emotion and authenticity into my posts as these people at one time or another have been near and dear to my heart.

Enjoy, and thank you for reading.

#NicheTip: Take 15 minutes a week to reflect on those that are important in your life that have helped you get to where you are today and thank them.

Day 1 - Appreciating Your Parents

Day 2 - Pushing Your Comfort Zone

Day 3 - Best Man or Better Man

Day 4 - Let Your Talents do the Talking

Day 5 - The First Big Pivot: How a Conversation Changed the Trajectory of my Life

Day 6 - They Said I was Leader...Here's What Happened Next

Day 7 - The Ripple Effect

Day 8 - Office Crashers: When I asked for Help I got More Than I Imagined

Day 9 - The 2nd Pivot: A New Career Path & A Boss That Believe in Me 

Day 10 - Learning Relational Leadership

Day 11 - Take Time for the Most Important People Around You

Day 12 - Build Your Network Before You Need It

Day 13 - Taking Advantage of an Opportunity

Day 14 - What Can Happen When People Believe In Your Vision

Day 15 - How to Make the Most of Your Days

Day 16 - People Come Into Your Life for a Reason

Day 17 - Other Duties as Assigned: Not Always a Bad Thing

Day 18 - How I Learned to Get Things Done with Purpose & Personality

Day 19 - Life as You Climb: Creating Environments Where Everyone Can Thrive

Day 20 - Running Toward Your Passion

Day 21 - Putting Intentionality and Efforts Into Your Relationships

Day 22 - Activators vs. Cheerleaders: How To Find Action Oriented Supporters In Your Network

Day 23 - 3 Ways To Tell Your Story In A Noisy World

Day 24 - There Are No Gatekeepers

Day 25 -Could Twitter Lead You Onto The Set Of A Documentary? It Did For This Student

Day 26  - How A Movement Gaines Momentum After One Year

Day 27 - Sometimes It's More Dangerous To Be Cautious 

Day 28 - The Remarkable Story of Passion Project Turned Start Up

Day 29 - Silencing The Negativity To Unleash Greatness

Day 30 - I Found My Niche