My Why

When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the one answer I gave them that never changed was, “a dad.” Sure I went through all sorts of potential professions and jobs: astronaut until 4th grade when I watched the Challenger tragedy, a doctor until I discovered P.Chem. was terrible. But one thing that has never changed has been my desire to be “a dad.” Not a father, any asshole can be a father, I wanted to be “a dad.” I’m sure a lot of that has to do with my dad and the way he raised me. So thank you, Dad. And it is also the desire to nurture someone, to help them grow, help them become more tomorrow than they are today, to help them learn, help them take risks, help them learn to get back up, and help them succeed.

I’ve been a dad for 8 years now to two beautiful boys who are smart, curious, adventurous, mischievous, stubborn, kind, and at times, absolute assholes. I have my wonderful wife to thank for granting me the greatest wish in the world. And while she would like to keep them small forever, I love watching them grow up and become more mature than they were yesterday.

As I reflect on that question I was asked so long ago, “what do I want to be when I grow up?” - the truth is, I didn’t know. I didn’t know what job I wanted. But I knew what I wanted to do. What that has turned into really isn’t that far off from why I wanted to be dad. In my varied career from starting a personal computer tech help service, to managing several offices at Enterprise Rent-a-car, to being a wilderness guide in Summit County, to leadership and organizational consulting, one thing has been common: helping people grow.

I love watching people succeed. More than that, I love HELPING people succeed. I love watching the light turn on for someone who just realized how awesome they really are. It’s more than just gratifying, it's fulfilling.

So why did I build Ohos? Because I love watching people become better than they were yesterday. I love helping people get the feedback they need to find their passion, find their why or purpose that drives them. 

People do all sorts of jobs. My job, the job I have had the great fortune to find, is helping others be better tomorrow than they are today. That is why I do what I do. That is why Ohos was built. And that is fulfilling.

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