ABOUT DECISIONS UNLIMITED
The difference between us and the other firms – transparency and family. Let me explain.
Each one of our business partners becomes an extended family member. And, the whole Decisions Unlimited team works as a unit to help each other accomplish our goals.
That means if you partner with us, you will now have other business owners in cities near and far that you can lean on for business advice as we all drive down the entrepreneurial road together.
My network is strong and there is nothing in this space I won’t be able to solve. I say that confidently – nothing.
Not only do you get access to our wonderful Decisions Unlimited team, but you are also pairing up with a network of entrepreneurs and beautiful humans that stretch across myriad of industries.
I’m not here to hide behind a logo or fancy website. This isn’t a large corporate empire either, which is by design. And, most of the businesses I work with I do so remotely. I have a small, highly specialized team that achieves and gets results. We love what we do, we love each other and we want to help your business grow and succeed. Period.
Sounds cliché, I know. In that spirit, here are some pictures and a short timeline of my life. It’s been a wild ride with so much more fun left ahead.
Love, peace and health to you all.
Founder, Decisions Unlimited LLC
Let’s start with this, because all my friends would agree this is a good representation of my life. Nature and the road…
Since I left the nest for college, I haven’t lived in the same city for more than 3 years. Part wanderlust, part ambition, I’ve always been willing to pick up my life in order to tackle the next challenge or to climb another rung on the corporate ladder.
Upon graduating from University in 2006, I packed myself inside a cannon, like a daredevil jumping the Grand Canyon, and shot myself across the great big pond.
Landing in Iraq as a Field Service Engineer, I worked on an Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) contract that was awarded to General Dynamics. Simply put, our device propagated out a 50-meter protective bubble around a vehicle that when activated, jammed any incoming signal that could potentially set off a Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RC-IEDs). We were saving lives and truly making an impact. It was awesome.
Here’s a video of my buddy Bert and I playing around with Navy EOD.
At times, we would venture out into the unknown to blow up our defective equipment. It was always a good time with those guys.
One day, just for fun, we made Hollywood bombs.
Shout out to 1-7 Marines. Those Devil Dogs made me feel like I was part of their brotherhood, and I’ve thought about all of you every single day since I came home in 2008. I grew 10x as a man and human being during that year and can’t thank you enough for the love and support you provided a young kid that thought he knew everything.
Little did everyone know, I had other plans running around in my mind. I made good money in Iraq. First job out of school, and I landed a six figure gig. I was offered close to $200k to stay for another year, but joining the military and representing America has been my childhood dream.
I’m from the era of Chuck Norriss and Steven Seagal movies. I guess those days spent dreaming of becoming a Special Forces solider really had a lasting impact. Being deployed to Iraq only reinforced that desire, and I left to join the Army as an Infantry Officer. I was part of the 82nd Airborne in Ft. Bragg, NC. I now have friends that are all over the world. It truly was one of the best periods of my life.
Here’s a picture of my first salute. At the time of this picture, my Uncle was a Brigadier General commanding the New Jersey Air National Guard. A former Top Gun pilot and instructor, Piper was his call sign, but I knew him as Uncle Pip. He is one of the few men to have flown fighter jets for both the Air Force and Navy. How freakin’ cool is that!?!?!?
After my Army days, I hung up my jump boots and flung myself into corporate America. I started by going back to school on my GI Bill to get an MBA. My dad is a college professor and retired Air Force Officer. He suggested the perfect transition from military to civilian life was using my benefits to take advantage of paid schooling.
This was the beginning of me collecting various degrees, licenses and certifications. At one point in my finance career, there were enough letters behind my name to play a 2-hour game of Scrabble.
Too many to name and all inferior to what you learn by doing. What you learn operating in the real world.
All I can tell you is that working for someone else, slaving away as a cog in the machine wasn’t my thing.
I grew up playing in the woods. Being outside, around trees and plants and always moving my body. Sitting behind a desk under florescent lights felt all kinds of wrong. Like a human animal caged up in a glass zoo, beautiful birds would periodically stop by for a viewing. Teasing me as if to exclaim “We are FREE”!
I’ve always been a really positive, fun person. This and the previous slide show a little bit of that mixed with the suit life.
While slaving away for “the man” I began to focus my attention on starting companies and building websites. Mostly in the world of trading, blogging and e-commerce, I jumped into the deep end and taught myself how to swim. I’ve failed at most, but slowly I was gaining momentum. After years of figuring out what not to do, it finally clicked.
I was beginning to change. I was beginning to push myself more than I ever have. And, as the years went by, I knew I was growing.
Flowing and growing is my new motto. Say it with me. It really makes you smile!
I decided to go full time entrepreneur in 2016. I left behind a kush finance gig making good money to pursue something different. I wanted to call the shots. I wanted to work on meaningful things. I wanted to help people and businesses in my community and not just the bottom line of a billion dollar corporation.
I sold all my stuff sans clothes, left my swanky studio apartment in Philadelphia and headed out West. It was laptop lifestyle now. I was finally free.
Remember my Iraq days? Well, I spent a year living in close quarters with a man named Humberto. He’s now one of my best friends and became a big brother to me out there. When he found out I was on my own, he said I should come out West.
He spent ~7 years in Iraq as a contractor (and even more as a Marine) and decided to settle down in Phoenix on a horse ranch. Yeah, you heard me right. A horse ranch! The man wasn’t a rancher hahah but his sweet girlfriend grew up in that world. Ahhh, exactly the speed I was looking for - animals and nature.
I was planning on moving to Thailand and traveling around SE Asia when I left my corporate life. Cheap living and being a digital nomad sounded right up my alley. Well, my time out West passing through a horse ranch turned into 3 life defining years.
There’s something about the desert that makes a man find his true self. I’d suggest reading “Where Mountains Roar” excerpts from a book by Lesley Hazleton.
I met some incredibly beautiful people out there and cherish all the time I spent with them. They nurtured me as I violently struggled to adapt to my new reality.
Going from a bi-weekly guaranteed paycheck to an ‘eat what you kill’ entrepreneurial life was challenging to say the least. I relied heavily on the grace of family and friends and made the desert my home while I figured it all out.
I’ve always been active, but my journey into health took on a life of its own. Now, mostly plant based, I live a life that hopefully sees me through 150 years of good living. No, seriously, I’m living until I’m 150!
I’m a big runner, hiker and explorer. These slides capture some of my favorite memories from my time out west.
By far, the most challenging thing I’ve ever accomplished was completing my first ultramarathon, the Charleston 100. 100 miles of pure joy, wink wink.
It blasted me into a whole new dimension of life that I’ve yet to completely understand. There are a lot of things I discovered about myself during those 35 hours.
The most important?
My unwavering commitment to relentlessly push forward. Never quitting. Knowing what it means to suffer. The power of love and human connection.
When you are stripped raw, living so intensely in the present moment, all you feel is love, appreciation and gratitude. At least that’s what was flowing out of my soul. This wasn’t a one-man finish. It was due to a tribe.
My Charleston 100 Tribe.
I was so wrecked after that race, I couldn’t run for 2 months. And I loved it! BUT, it made me realize anything is possible if you persist and don’t quit on yourself. Now, it’s time to get back after it. Time to push myself even further, in business and in life.
During my recovery, I started looking into thru-hiking. That athletic challenge pairs my love of nature with an insanely long hike. Plus, I can still work while on adventuring.
Enter the Pacific Crest Trail.
The PCT is a footpath that extends from the border of Mexico all the way up the west coast through California, Oregon and Washington and slightly into Canada.
It symbolizes everything there is to love about the outdoors while venturing through three unique ecosystems: the desert, the Sierra Nevada and the deep forest of the Cascade Range.
Carrying myself by foot over 2,650 miles through the wilderness excites the hell out of me. I was gearing up this spring to take my shot at the PCT, but then the world told us to go inside. As we all adjust to this new normal, the trail is healing and calls to me through whispers in the wind.
I hear you and I’m on the way….
I hope to see all of you out here one day living life as you see fit. By your own rules. By your own definition of success.
“Roll the Dice” by the late Charles Bukowski
If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.
If you’re going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.
Go all the way. It could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. it could mean jail, it could mean derision, mockery, isolation. isolation is the gift, all the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. and you’ll do it despite rejection and the worst odds and it will be better than anything else you can imagine.
If you’re going to try, go all the way. there is no other feeling like that. you will be alone with the gods and the nights will flame with fire.
Do it, do it, do it. Do it.
All the way all the way.
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter, its the only good fight there is.