Hello! My name is Kat and this is my blog.
From 5 years old, I’ve always had an interest in owning my own business thanks to my dad.
I would work in my family’s ice cream shop and do everything you wouldn’t expect from a kid. I worked the cash register, I counted the till at the end of the night, and I went to the bank to deposit checks my dad helped me fill out.
But my business learning didn’t end there…
From a young age, my dad talked to me about stocks. When I was 6, I had a mock stock portfolio that I filled with any 6 year old’s favorite companies.
You know, little brands such as Nike and Barnes and Noble (back when books stores were still a thing). Basically, any product I saw in the house I thought was a good purchase. Which actually isn’t too far off from my investment strategy today!
I ran my life like a business before I even knew that was what I was doing.
By the time I was 12, my dad trusted me to run small snack bars at for the local high school by myself. I was even in charge of a few of our high school employees! I would save my weekly tips, birthday money, and Christmas money.
And let me tell you, it’s been a wild ride! I graduated high school a week after my 16th birthday by taking the CHSPE. I convinced my dad to let me take it by making a business report that showed how staying in high school was not creating enough of an ROI.
I started city college at 17. I wanted to go to a 2-year first to save money, but I wanted to go to the best possible one I could. It just so happens that the best city college was located in the scenic Santa Barbara, CA!
My unusual strategies got me into UC Berkeley.
I wanted to go the best possible university I could. So I worked on my athletic ability and made sure I got above a 3.0 in my honors classes at city college.
At the end of my second year, I got athletic scholarship offers to several different universities. None of them were to the kinds of schools that would provide me the academic challenge I craved.
Two years into college and I had nowhere I wanted to go to finish my degree. I had turned down offers. People told me I was crazy. I thought I was crazy. Maybe I was a bit crazy!
I had to do something. So I decided to move to the town of the university I wanted to attend. I guess I was manifesting the life I wanted to live, even though I had no idea what that meant.
I moved to Berkeley to compete unattached in Track and Field for a year to improve my athletic marks and while doing a third year of city college online…
I registered for my own meets. I traveled by myself. I worked part-time, I did classes full-time online, and I trained. Every minute of every day was scheduled. My life was dictated by my future instead of my present.
I improved my high jump marks and impressed the coaching staff with my dedication. Against all odds, I was accepted into UCBerkeley in 2015.
I learned to take risks.
I realized that everything I was successful in, it was because I took the path less traveled. No matter how many people told me I was doing the wrong thing, I followed my dreams.
It was hard. I cried (a lot). I felt, and sometimes still feel, like a failure. And I use that to push me to be the best me that I can.
But after college, I was lost….
My whole life I was focused on school and track…. then it was suddenly over.
I wanted to do what society conditions you to want: a successful career.
I worked for two years at tech startups in San Francisco doing sales. After all, I’ve been selling ice cream since I was 5. Talk about natural career progression!
I booked meetings with fortune 500 CEOs by cold calling and emailing. I’ve generated over 2 million in sales pipeline.
But the funny thing about sales is… it’s never enough. There is always a new quota that is unrealistic. There is always a new workflow handed down from leadership. There are always things you could have done better.
And you never feel good enough for more than a few months. Because you can’t always be on top. And there is always a bad quarter.
I started to question myself.
If I was too afraid to invest in my dreams, why would anyone else?
I felt held back. After working in start-ups, I realized that your career is only dictated in part by your effort and value.
Your career progress is mostly dictated by: the company’s needs, who you know, and office politics.
But if you work for yourself…. your career is dictated by you.
I quit my job in sales at 23 to travel the world, walking away from a $74,000+ income.
I knew my dream was to help others take control of their finances and to work for myself.
I had saved up money for two years after college and it was time for me to practice what I wanted to preach.
In a way, I learned to quit!
Quit doing things that don’t make me happy or serve my 5+ year plan.
Everyone says you need to be dedicated to things. I think “things” is too vague. I think you should be dedicated to your life.
After all, you are the one that has to experience it every day. Why force yourself to do something for 2+ years because the world says you have to?
Travel opened up a world of opportunity for me and I’ve been living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for almost two years! I started my sales consulting business at 24 and this year, I have been working on building my business to the point where I can now live almost anywhere in the world!
I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me! If you would like to read more of my story, I keep a tag of all the posts that are about me under the Kat’s Story tag.