I am an entrepreneur, an addiction recovery advocate, and fitness fanatic. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA to a hard working and loving family. I have always had a passion for hard work and self-improvement.
How Did I Become an Entrepreneur?
As I said, I come from a very hard-working family. My father was a union rep at the Philadelphia airport and my mother was an inner-city ER nurse. My family worked so hard and eventually, we were able to earn enough to where it felt like we had some comfort… or so it seemed.
After 9/11 my father was let go from his job (a lot of changes were happening at airports at the time) and my mother was also let go from her job because they were tearing down the hospital. Just when it seemed like we were getting ahead, it all came crashing down again.
That was the moment when I decided I would never let that happen to me. I would never let some “boss” dictate my income or flexibility in life.
It has been a long journey. In 2010 I started my first blog called “The 4th Dimension.” Over time, that site taught me how to use content to grow a business. Although that site no longer exists, I still consider it a huge success because it reaffirmed the idea that I didn’t need to have a job to make a living.
Eventually, I founded the company Stodzy Inc. which is essentially a parent company for Stodzy Treatment Marketing and Stodzy Media, which are the two departments of my online marketing agency.
Stodzy Inc. has been a groundbreaking media company which is bringing digital marketing and networking into industries that have traditionally been left behind.
I am flattered and blessed to lead a team of such intelligent and passionate young men and women. We are shaping the future. Check a picture of the #squad below.
Read Some of My Work On Entrepreneurship and Marketing
- On Motivation Grid I Taught People How to Start a Tee Shirt Line
- On Grow Map asked me to write about Specializing in a Niche and Using Opt-In Forms to Grow Sales
- Plum Productions allowed me to explain the Benefits of using Video Production Company
- Boca News did a highlight piece on me and how Stodzy Media is bringing Boca Raton into the digital age
Addiction, Sobriety, and the Recovery Revolution
I never intended on becoming a public figure in the sobriety community.
It’s strange enough being so open about the fact that I struggled with addiction. It’s not something that people like to parade around but over time, I became more comfortable with it. Addiction affects us all in one way or another.
On March 3rd, 2010 I took my last drink. Read more about my story with addiction and how I got involved with recovery.
As fate would have it, the lessons I learned on that original blog I was able to apply to Sober Nation. Sober Nation started off as a simple blog and now has become a worldwide community and resource center for people struggling with addiction. It is an honor of my life to be involved with such important work and to be in a position to help people.
Sober Nation has expanded into a directory, a podcast network and even a sober inspired clothing line. I am extremely proud of the work I have done and as the recovery movement continues to grow, as will the Sober Nation brand and message.
More Press and Work on Addiction and Recovery
- Forbes listed Sober Nation as a leader in the national recovery movement
- More about my personal journey on LifeHack
- Delray Recovery Center did a write up on me and the website
- Veronica Valli and my Recovery Rocks statement
- Life of Purpose interviewed me on my thought on why sobriety is more fun than drinking. How could that be?
What’s Next?? – Control Your Own Destiny
No matter what your circumstances, I believe that we all have the power to control where we end up in life. My life is a testimony to the fact that no matter how far down you have gone, there is always time and possibility to turn your life around.
My goal is to help everyone around me to “design their best lives” possible.
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