The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
HELLO, AND WELCOME TO REBEL’S EDGE
Creating New Ways to Change Your Perspective
I grew up in a suburb north of Dallas, Texas. My family dynamics and experiences squeezed the childhood right out of me, leaving me somewhat shy, quite awkward and horrible at maintaining relationships.
After barely graduating High School, I joined the Navy and spent my early “active duty” life as a Navy Corpsman. Funny enough, I soon learned I had an allergy to long ocean voyages on a ship full of dudes! This ultimately led me to volunteer for Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Training. Not that I had a lot of choice in the matter, but if the Gulf War fired back up, I’d rather die of lead poisoning than drowning! I was proud to serve out my remaining time with the Marine Corps “Devil Dogs” as a FMF Corpsman.
Though many didn’t see me ending up on this side of the bars, my post-military career was in law enforcement, serving in one of the nation’s highest crime areas. Ultimately, a career that exposed me to both the best and worst sides of humanity, taught me some of my greatest life lessons.
My earliest test in a real leadership position was as a Field Training Officer and member of the tactical team. It was the first time I really began to understand the long-term ramifications of my actions and decisions. The training I provided, or failed to provide, would be a huge factor in these officers career success, but more importantly, their survival. Eight years into my career I was transferred to the Special Operations Division as a Task Force Officer working with multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.
At the height of my law enforcement career, still not satisfied with my place in life, I did the sensible thing and left a 10+ year career in law enforcement to take a position as a contractor in Afghanistan.
Here I would use my skills to work with specialized units from the U.S. Army to thwart Taliban strategies by gathering critical intelligence information. I enjoyed long walks in the mountains, beautiful sunsets, bullets whizzing by my head, roadside bombs, and sand chafing my nuts!
After returning from Afghanistan, I began a long journey to deal with me, and that has reshaped my life! I mentioned high school was not my favorite subject; I actually graduated in the bottom 10 of my class. I know what you’re thinking, but it turns out I’m not a dumb ass after all! I just found out late in life that I have dyslexia. At first this news sucked, but I found out I can do super human shit normal people can’t! To prove my point, I graduated in the top of my class at Texas A&M University.
I have a unique (sometimes warped) way of bringing relevance to life experiences. Fairly self-aware and highly intuitive, I use my own triumphs, struggles and tragedies to make thought-provoking points as a consultant. It’s usually not for the faint-of-heart and is meant to hit the sore spots, hopefully providing you with life-changing advice.
Why “Rebel’s Edge”?
I‘ve been called a rebel my whole life because I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. And, for that reason, I have given “Rebel” a new definition.
These unique individuals are confident in their abilities and are not afraid to act when others are. True rebels are authentic; there is an alignment between who they say they are and how they act. They are not careless or reckless, but affect change with an intentional, passionate purpose.
As human beings we have this uncanny way of hiding behind our armor, and pretending that everything is great. However, the reality is, under that armor and deep within us there is a war taking place that keeps us from being our true selves and achieving our true destinies. If you know you have more to offer the world and feel like you’re stuck in a vicious cycle, I want to show you a new way.
We all have the opportunity to influence, teach, and leave a lasting impact on those around us, but only some will take the initiative. Understanding the full impact of our decisions is paramount to being confident, effective leaders, and successful business owners.