I ♥ my job
I live for these moments.
300 high school students are perched on ripped seats in the crumbling auditorium.
Not a lot of opportunity in this backcountry Oklahoma town. You see it in the faces.
These kids need *hope*.
That’s where I come in. I start to share my story, just one Midwestern kid to another.
I grab their attention with anecdotes and funny stories they can relate to… Like the time I TP’ed a friend’s house—and got BUSTED in the act. And how in first grade I stole my mom’s jewelry to give to a girl.
Woven in the jokes and hijinks is my real message. It’s about taking ownership and responsibility for your own life, and living without excuses.
I see the faces soften. They’re with me the whole way.
By the end, I’m slapping out high fives and handing out hugs.
The mob finally thins, and the principal comes up to me.
“I saw a lot of students laugh that I’ve never seen crack a smile,” he says. “For a few minutes today they got to be a teenager and just laugh.”
I get to touch lives like this week after week.
And the best part?
People actually *pay* me to do this.
Like the gig I did just recently at Iowa State University, when they invited me back to keynote their winter orientation—fifth time they’ve hired me in the past three years..
The day of the event, I stroll into the airport and get whisked right through security and to my leather first class seat,.
And a few short hours later I’m addressing 300 expectant faces—recent HS grads, adults renewing their dream of a degree, international students from around the world.
I’m delivering my polished and proven Life is a Highway keynote. You can’t change what’s in the rearview mirror, I say, but you can learn from it as you drive into the future.
They hang on my every word, and afterward it seems like everyone wants an autograph or a photo with me. Oh, and they also bought a book for every attendee.
Then I’m jetting back—home almost before my wife and 3 beautiful girls notice I’m gone.
After travel and book costs, my take home is $7,500 for a few hours of travel and 45-minute speech.
And I’m booked to do it again in August and January.
Did I mention that I love my job? 🙂
Now maybe you’re thinking that sounds great. You have a dream of making a living flying from city to city and inspiring thousands of people.
Or maybe you just want to speak a few times a year to earn some extra income and drum up clients.
But because you’re here with me, there’s one thing I know:
You have a gift… A way of touching people… And a message that the world needs to hear.
You just don’t know quite where to start.
I’ve been there too. Eight years ago I was holding down jobs as a waiter and sales rep for a home security company—and wrestling with a serious “quarter-life crisis.”
I had no idea what to do with my life. The one thing I knew was that I really loved speaking and inspiring people.
Could an everyday guy from Missouri with no following and no platform really get booked—and paid—to speak?
And over the next few days, I’m going to show you how you can do this too.
I’m going to demolish some common fears and myths that might be holding you back, and I’ll even show you how to get the leg up you need to get started.
So that’s what’s coming over the next few days.
And right now, I’m inviting you to take the first step.
Here’s what I want you to do…
Ask yourself this simple question:
“What is the #1 thing that’s holding me back? What’s the one thing that makes me think, ‘If only ______, I know I could do this!’”
Got it? Great—now leave a comment below and tell me all about it.
I want to see you smash through these barriers, so I’m going to personally reply to every comment.
P.S. I talk to a LOT of people who want to earn a living as a speaker but aren’t sure they can do it.
If that’s you, leave me a comment and let me know where you’re stuck.
Then keep an eye on your inbox, ‘cause I’m going to show you how you can stop dreaming and start getting paid to share your message with the world.