Fast forward a couple decades.
After 9/11 and the subsequent crash of the markets - in which I worked as assistant trader and clerk - I decided to ditch that dream and head for a 'walk about' journey through Europe and the Middle East for 2 years.
During that time, I was the 'illegal alien' working on boats in Portugal and Greece and at small boutiques in Crete, Skopelos and Oia on the island of Santorini.
When I got back to the USA I dove deeper into the "online thing" and in 2004 learned how to code my first webpage.
At the time I wanted to date (yes, men), so I started a dating page where people would know when the next gathering was at the nearest wine bar in Carmel, CA before Match.com and Meetup there was "The Carmel Wine Clutch". (yes, like the purse)
I never got a date. Ended up 3 different couples got married from meeting at the events, and the wine bar made a fortune. I moved to Vegas.
In 2009, as a USAT Coach and NASM CPT, I started using Youtube to get my videos about my team Nix Tri Planet. I would video tape my TRX workouts and show the team training and racing for their triathlons. It was the beginning of Socially Smashing.
Since that time, I've been online marketing and haven't collected a paycheck since 2008.