Who is this Greg guy? The Cliff Notes.
My name is Greg Hickman and I have a feeling we’re a lot alike…
We both are trying to make a life we love while working on things that we’re passionate about.
Well, I’m working on that as you read this. It takes work.
I’m a mobile marketing consultant, blogger, podcaster, speaker, coach, advisor, friend, son, brother and soon to be husband.
Since September of 2013, I got engaged, sold my house and quit my job.
On this site, it’s my goal to share my journey, inspire you to live yours, and show you step by step how you can leave your corporate job to start building the life and business you love. I’ve even launched a podcast as a party of my mission to interview the most amazing entrepreneurs to better understand how they were able to escape their corporate job and life. These are entrepreneurs that are just like you and me. They had to overcome the same obstacles: time, money, resources, ideas and make plenty of sacrifices to get where they are today. I hope their stories inspire you and show you not only, how possible it is for you, but the steps you could be taking to make your Corporate Escape possible.
Let’s Get To Know Each Other Better. The Full Story.
Yes, you really want to get to know me! Thank you!
I’m grateful you’re here and excited for what your future holds.
So, I’ve always dreamt big and saw myself running my own business. Actually, as a little kid, I always wanted to own my own bike shop because I loved bikes and riding. Its’ where I found a lot of happiness and joy.
As I went through high school, having to take courses in subjects I had no interest in, I didn’t really excel – to put it simply. I just sort of got by.
I grew up in a nice part of New Jersey (yes there are nice parts) and my high school was always one of the best in the state. My friends were all super smart and applying to Ivy league universities.
To be honest… it was intimidating.
I remember my mother being concerned for how I would get through college since I wasn’t the best student in high school. Now, I wasn’t failing or anything but I got mostly C’s and a few B’s here and there. Needless to say, I got a few talks from my mom about working hard so that I could make it through college.
Well, I leveraged my athletic skills in lacrosse and got into a school I probably had no business going to. College was so different than high school. I was out on my own and got to chose most of the subjects I was interested in.
I was a much better student in college than high school. Mostly B’s and even some A’s. Why? Because I got to work on things I was interested in.
Then I got caught up in the “process” of finding a job and picking my career path. I loved marketing and ended up getting a job at a large advertising agency representing Pepsi.
From there I found my way into mobile marketing, which I fell in love with. I got to work for professional sports teams like The NY Jets (this was hard as a Giants fan), The Florida Marlins, AT&T, Axe and more.
I knew mobile was where I needed to be.
A few years went by and I started getting that entrepreneurial bug…but this time it wasn’t a bike shop. I didn’t know what it was…
I just knew I was meant to own my own business some day. Maybe you’ve been wanting to start something of your own.
So what did I do?
I dabbled. I did some consulting on the side. Then it turned into a small agency with an old colleague of mine. Then we built our own text messaging marketing software company…that failed miserably. But I learned.
I started a blog and podcast so that I could selfishly learn from the top experts in mobile and hopefully get a job or consulting gig.
I came to find out that I knew just as much as most of the people I was looking up to. Hell, I had been in the space as long as they have.
My confidence grew.
When I finally got out of my own way I realized people were actually following my blog and listening to my podcast.
I was building an audience.
As the entrepreneurial spirit grew, I started following people like Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield and Jason and Jeremy from Internet Business Mastery. I even remember watching episodes of Diggnation with Kevin Rose back in the day.
I started following in their footsteps, watching what they were doing and I started getting more focused on my own site and my own vision.
Things were going so well, I got offered jobs. I was amazed at the power of the platform I created for myself.
Then, right when I was ready to take the leap and go full time with my business (yes, I was doing all this on the side) I got offered a job creating and leading the mobile strategy for a large retailer, Cabela’s.
This was also something I always wanted. It’s what I thought success meant.
I accepted the offer knowing it would most likely help me in the long run but I put every ounce of energy I had into keeping my momentum with my Mobile Mixed.
While working on some awesome projects with amazing people at Cabela’s , I kept growing my site. Started generated money through coaching, consulting on the side and even building a membership site.
I was working two jobs. I enjoyed both, but I knew I had to make a decision soon. My relationship with my girlfriend Sarah (now my fiancee) was getting serious. She was the one.
Sarah is going through med school and works crazy hours too. My two jobs at times came between us. I knew I couldn’t do this to her, myself or our relationship.
Now was the time, I told myself.
I had built an audience of 2,000+ on my email list, thousands of podcast downloads a month, and getting speaking gigs at big conferences.
I was ready.
So I did what most people do. I panicked like crazy. I got stressed and wasn’t sure how I would make it work.
It was time to invest in myself and my future with my career and relationship.
In September of 2013, I proposed and she said yes.
In October of 2013, I sold my house and used the profit to get out of the credit card debt I had built up being an idiot.
In December of 2013, I quit my high paying full-time job at Cabela’s to build my own business.
This site is about sharing that journey with you and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
My goal is to help you breakthrough your fears and whatever it is that is holding you back from creating the life and business you love.
It wasn’t easy. In fact, it took a lot of work.
Shit, it’s still hard and takes a lot more work than I could have imagined.
But, I’m happy and I’m enjoying the ride.
I was able to build my own platform through blogging, podcasting and selling products and services and you can too.
I believe you can leave your corporate job that you’re unhappy with, if you want it bad enough.
I also think there is a smart way to go about it.
I’m here to help you find your smart way to building the life you want.
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