Who Am I?
“Hi, I’m ‘Ben McGary’ and I’m ________.”
I really don’t even know where to start when describing myself. I hate this part.
Tell people what you do…
Is that my profession, my hobbies, my family role, my affiliations, or something entirely different?
I customize, integrate, and automate tools and systems that power small business owners’ sales, marketing, and service operations.
I’m a Systems Architect at tactical.software.
I help business owners make more revenue and maximize profits by leveraging time-tested, proven strategies, tools, and resources.
I’m a Small Business Coach at Painless Improvement.
I provide the brand, image, and messaging for businesses all over the country.
I’m a Marketing Strategist at Full Choke Marketing.
I invest time, energy, and resources into companies where my teams can add value or expertise in markets with growth potential.
I’m on the Board of Directors at Startup Cartel.
I am working to provide an entry-level education to as many as possible on the basics of blockchain and cryptocurrency in hopes of establishing a deeper understanding and furthering the development of what’s possible in the space.
I’m the Founder of #CryptoForTheBeginner.
I read…a lot.
I just started skateboarding…poorly.
I hike 6–10 miles per weekend.
I love to jog.
I love to cook.
I think I could spend my life on a paddleboard.
My family role?
I’m a son, brother, uncle, godparent, and hopefully…
A great friend.
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend over 1/3 of my life (and counting) with the love of my life.
That’s easily my biggest accomplishment.
Again, where do I start?
Just say a little about you…
My mood changes, my interests change, and my goals change frequently. Where should I start?
I’m probably absolutely crazy or, at the very least, bi-polar. Let’s just get that out there. No jokes, just dealing with it my way. It’s a really good thing…most days.
On any given week, you’ll find me talking (way too much) about, or learning something about:
- Lead Generation
- Business Management
- Homeopathics/Natural Health
- Quantum Computing
- and more.
I’m all over the place but I promise…it all connects somehow.
I believe knowledge is the only true freedom. I’m always going to be free.
I’ve accomplished so many already that it’s a struggle to come up with new ones. Not a brag, it’s just real talk. I’m very specific and focused when I set a goal and don’t work on anything that could distract me.
- I think I want something
(this is usually something crazy)
- I research what it takes to have/obtain it
(do I really want this/want to do what it takes to have this?)
- I specify exactly what I’m going after
(SMART goals are my go-to)
- I clarify why I want this goal and what I’m willing to sacrifice
(must serve a purpose other than “I want it” for the days when it’s not fun)
- I do whatever it takes to make it happen.
(and avoid anything that could possibly distract me)
There are many more detailed steps involved to accomplish each, but you get the picture.
From there, I’m just relentless. I know that particular type of grit can’t be taught, however, I believe when we have specificity and clarity, focus and dedication come as bi-products.
Here are a few of the past goals that really seemed to matter at the time:
- Job Promotions
(Salesman > Consignment Manager > Internet Sales Manager > Floor Manager/Closer > New Car/Desk Manager = <4 years)
(Bought 1st house at 26 > Sold it 2 years later > Moved away > Lived in the “Fancy City Apartments” in NYC, Denver, SF, SD > Sold everything and moved more…)
(Ordering new cars, Owning my dream car, Motorcycle, blah blah blah, 5 years without owning a car was seriously the best)
( US > Costa Rica > UK > Indonesia> Singapore> Greece>Netherlands>France — and counting)
- Business Ownership
At one point, I wanted to make the Forbes list.
Then I got to Wall St and realized I hated being the kind of person that tries to make the list.
I still want my own helicopter.
But mostly, my professional goals right now are centered around processes and systems. My personal goals, however, are focused on mindfulness, presence, and patience.
Maybe just use your name…
Got it. Is that my childhood nickname, my current legal name, or my birth name?
See, my “name” is kind of a whole thing…
Legally, it’s Benjamin.
I prefer to be called Ben.
My family and childhood friends still call me BJ (Benjamin John)
My birth name?
But “Earthwalker” sounds like a fun last name. Maybe we’ll test that one soon.
Just be simple…
Okay, really though…how can I be expected to simplify “and I’m _____” down to just one label or title?
How can anyone?
Clearly, I can’t.
Instead, I’m going to use this blog as a way to write about who I am, what I’m thinking about, and what I’m working on — in the moment.
While it may be business today and make perfect logical sense, it could very well be philosophy tomorrow and sound crazy.
I guess that’s just who “I am.”
I don’t expect anyone to read anything here but if you do, I hope you find it worth your time, or at least — entertaining.
How do you introduce yourself?
Let me know!
To get in touch with me, visit www.BenMcGary.com