Are You Sure That Is What You Want To Do?
For some of us, we have been at the precise moment where we knew our lives were about to change. Some call it the Tipping Point, or The Last Straw or the Breaking Point. It is where we became aware that the path we are on is about to change, it was a big decision, but we knew we had to take that path or forever wonder “what if?” It was the moment our inside voice said “Fuck It, Let’s Do It” and our whole being got behind that rally cry and sprung into action. It is a story that others will tell because it not only changed our course, but those around us and those yet to meet us. This is our story, your story, my story and this podcast will tell them all!
Fuck It, Let’s Do It is my new podcast for Kilt & Cork. My own story of Kilt & Cork was started with those exact words. After leaving my marketing agency job in 2014, I started my own digital media company, Reyes Digital Media. I found some consistent success with it, but I never really was able to grow to where I needed it to be. I was under pressure to find a “real job” and was applying at every company looking for either a digital media manager or a senior graphic designer/creative director. I went on a ton of interviews and had many call me back for a second or even third interview, but always got the “thank you we have moved in a different direction call”, if the company even bothered to notify me at all! I realized, I was experiencing a form of age discrimination coupled with a career field filled with young people with the same knowledge I had, and willing to work for a lot less than I could.
Disheartened and facing increased pressure from home, I took an internet sales job at a large car dealership in August of 2017. I was at my lowest point in both spirit and confidence. I told my wife I would give it 3 months, because I had a lot of big-ticket sales experience and knew I could sell. But ultimately, what I sold was my soul, and I was completely miserable, unmotivated, and defeated. A week before Christmas 2017, I left the dealership and decided my future would be in my hands and my hands alone.
It was a difficult spring 2018, and I knew I had to figure out what I was going to do with myself. It was a real internal struggle, pitting my reason against my passion, my heart against my logic. And it did not get settled until June, 2018 when my heart and my passion won out. Waking up on morning, laying in bed staring at my ceiling, I was looking for signs or messages in the random patterns of the textures above. I didn’t see anything, but I did remember the brand idea I had crafted two years prior and even started a Facebook page and had the URl, it was called Kilt & Cork. When I had the idea two years prior, I had no idea what it would be, so it was shelved for a couple of years, til that morning in June. I literally said to myself out loud, “Fuck It, Let’s Do It” and decided I would figure out what Kilt & Cork was and how it could reflect who I am, what I am passionate about and somehow earn me a living!
July 25th, 2018 is the official launch date of Kilt & Cork, and I certainly figured out my passion, and the brand is a reflection of who I am for sure. My focus and spirit has never been higher.
Fuck It, Let’s Do It will focus on the story and the person (people) behind the story. I am looking for inspirational stories that the listeners can relate to. I am looking for those stories where the odds were against you but you continued the course in spite of the risk. I am looking for the stories of being faced with a defining moment and a choice. I am looking for the stories of feeling like a square peg in a round hole world, where nothing “fit” you except what you are doing now. I am looking for the stories of an entrepreneur who was compelled to follow their passion, or from the person who could no longer just exist and had to make a choice to somehow make the world a better place. The story of the artist who need so make their voice heard, or the craftsperson going to the extremes to find new ground.
It is the stories of people doing something they never thought they could – the one who ran their first marathon, the hikers on the longest trails, the explorers finding new meaning in a place or the adventurers who are up for anything, and when asked to go out on that limb – they respond “Fuck It, Let’s Do It!”
Contact me with ideas for people I need to meet, and let me reach out to them! Until then,
Go out there and follow your passion!