February 28, 2019

#tbt to the day I told my mom that I was dropping out of school to work at a retail supplement store.
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It was the summer before my senior year at Missouri State. I was at Black River Lodge with a bunch of my family. We were floating down the river in inner tubes, and there was a moment when my mom and I were right by each other with no one else was around.
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I don’t know why this was the moment I chose to tell her, but in hind sight I suppose this was probably the most relaxed she would ever be.
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You may not believe it, but this picture was taken after that conversation. I think we may both be pretty good at putting on a fake smile.
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The conversation was difficult, but the decision was not. It just felt right.
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Shortly after my parents had me drive back from Springfield MO to Saint Louis for one night just to have a conversation about dropping out.
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Obviously, both of my parents were not thrilled about the decision, I mean what parents would be. I tried to explain the potential that came with working there, but it was tough for others to understand. I think it seemed like one of those “to good to be true” fake opportunities.
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I knew my parents just wanted the best for me though. They always have. I’m sure I got pretty frustrated at the time, but I probably would have done the same thing if I were them.
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By the end of the night the conversation came to a compromise where I would still take one class a semester, but I could work at Supplement Superstores full time.
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The coolest moment was a couple months later when talking to my parents on the phone they told me that they had noticed how much happier and excited I was. I don’t know that they fully believed that I could really take this somewhere, but they trusted me and were happy I had taken this path.
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Since then they have become some of my biggest supporters of my career choice. They have helped me in many times of financial stress, and even spend their free time helping with different aspects of the business all the way from taxes to leadership.
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I love them both very much, and appreciate them more than they will ever know.
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