Hi.  I’m Joe, a regular guy who used to have a regular job.  I love the little things in life and never take myself too seriously.  Laughing with friends and enjoying my family are two of my favorite things.  Today, I consider myself the luckiest person on earth.

But that wasn’t always true…..

After graduating art school, I was afraid of the unknown I faced.  I was afraid of failing.  I didn’t know what the path forward looked like.   And with the economy in crisis, I wasn’t sure how, when, or where I was going to find another job, especially one that I liked.  I did what so many do.  I took what I could and spent years in jobs that weren’t fulfilling for a paycheck.  Thankfully, I learned the entire time.  I learned about leadership, time-management, exceeding deadlines, and that details are just as important as the overall vision.  I demonstrated all of these crucial business skills, but without the satisfaction and fulfillment.  

What was wrong with me?  Was I crazy?  It was all a bit maddening. Then a crazy idea popped into my head: I could work for myself.  I kept creating.  I kept imagining.  I kept my inner child.  I have held on to those dreams that keep the fires of creation burning.  I also learned that the most successful people in the world are the ones that have failed the most.  Like Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Although the entrepreneurial path has been risky, it is invigorating and feels right.  

The rest, as they say, is history….

Huffy Creative’s Guiding Principles:

I have a few guiding principles to keep myself grounded and focused on the right things.

1. The best and worst things in life are usually the things that happen unplanned.

When bad things happen, learn from them and vow to not repeat the behaviors that allowed them to happen. When good things come along, take advantage of them and learn how to stimulate more good things like them to happen. That’s called creating your own luck, which is a far better option than trying to control the uncontrollable.

2. Whether success or failure, I want the satisfaction of knowing my results are my own.

Taking pride in one’s craft and working hard for one’s own rewards is the opportunity of a lifetime. Failures and missteps will happen along the way. That’s natural. When they occur, get up, learn from them, and move forward.

3. The right path is the one you make yourself that leads to your version of happiness.

We all have different ideas about what happiness is, which is why we shouldn’t all follow the same path. To embrace our unique passions and enjoy our own forms of fulfillment, we must be willing to step off the prescribed path and forge our own. No matter what your goals are, there’s always more than one way to realize them.

Find yours.