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My name is Jake Blickenstaff. I’m 30 years old and have had quite an amazing life up to this point. From living all over the United States as a child to traveling the world while serving in the military as a young adult. Experiencing the joys of becoming a father, to my beautiful 7 year old daughter, Hailey and the love of marrying my best friend, Sandra, 5 years ago. It’s been filled with ups, downs, lefts and rights but I don’t let any of that hold me back. There’s 2 things that I’ve always been told that sum me up the most. I’m extremely zealous and very stubborn. I don’t think of that as being a negative though. I believe that stubbornness is what will eventually lead me to my success, because I never give up.
"If you quit once, it will become a habit. Never quit.” -Michael Jordan
I have traveled and worked all over the United States allowing me the opportunity to live in 9 different states and attend over 10 different schools, all before high school. This type of upbringing usually results in one of a few different personality types. Either “socially awkward,” the not very outgoing type or the “social butterfly,” like myself, I can usually walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with some new best friends.
After high school, I felt like there was missing something in my life. I was ready for a change and wanted to be part of something bigger than myself. I decided it was time to do something new. So I joined the US Navy and became a Gas Turbine Electrician. I was now given the opportunity to travel the world, along with being able to receive some well needed discipline and work ethic, to correct some of that stubbornness. I had the honor of serving at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, located on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. As you can imagine, it was an extremely rough duty station, with the weather conditions being unbearable, 85 degrees and gorgeous every single day. Being stuck in paradise. Just plain blech! Just kidding. It was such a beautiful, exotic place. Never have I experienced a culture quite as unique or witnessed such breathtaking scenery. But let’s not forget it’s also like an extended version of NASCAR - eventually you have to take another left.
I completed my Navy enlistment and for the last 7 years I’ve been an industrial electrician at power plants. I love my job! It’s so cool! It’s like something you’d watch on the discovery channel, with Mike Rowe. However, even though I love my job, I will admit it is very time consuming. I spend an average of 50-60 hours a week away from my family. Over this past year, my wife and I learned some tough lessons. She unexpectedly lost her very well paying job last June, to no fault of her own. She was amazing at it and had more passion than anyone I’ve ever seen. Going from two very well paying jobs down to just mine was very hard on us. Especially me as a husband, a father and just a man in general. That’s a lot of weight to be added to someone’s shoulders, in the blink of an eye. We tried to stay strong and maintain faith that she would get a job soon and that she could collect unemployment. Fortunately she was able to find a job within 2 months but we didn’t get the first unemployment check for 6 months! That was a very eye opening experience for us. It was right then that we decided to make some changes. Never again would we be reliant on a single income. Never again would we allow an outside circumstance to effect our family. There are just too many factors that you can’t control, the government, the economy or even a company going out of business.
We started a new chapter in our lives, we went into business for ourselves. I started an internet marketing business that I still do to this day and has turned out to be quite successful. Also, my wife and I run a direct sales business together. I’ve heard from many people throughout the years that there’s no way they could work with their spouse. I think it’s the one of the best things that’s ever happened to us. Having the ability to work together toward a common goal. Being able to motivate each other, cheer each other on and celebrate successes as a team. I think if anything it’s made our marriage stronger.
In closing, now that you know my story, I hope you all go out and continue to create your own stories. Go travel the world. Live your own adventure, by actually experiencing life. Don’t just go through the motions. Most of all, if you do what makes you happy you’ll never work a day in your life. Thank you.
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