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Tim Branyan: Air Force Vet Turned Tech Mogul Shares His Origin Story

From episode: Breaking Through Your Own Obstacles with Tim Branyan

so how old were you when you left the Air Force and started becoming a tech mogul? Yeah, so I don't remember exactly how old I was. I think I was 23, 22, 23. I got out and I didn't fully get out. I still had my toes in. I went to school, was really burnt out and depressed pretty quick and decided to jump at the chance to do contracting. So I did a similar job as a civilian contractor on an army contract. And really that's kind of where the tech adventure started was just after getting that job and playing a position, the mission as a civilian and making really good money, I was just like, man, I really want freedom. I want to own my life. Making this amount of money is great, but I worked a lot and I didn't really own my time. So I just became obsessed with like, how can I actually own my time? How do I make half of this money, but not have to trade hours for it? And how do I extend my vacation time? That was kind of the thought, how do I actually create freedom? I think so many people get feeling that way, but very few people end up asking those questions in a way where they're gonna seek to find those answers. So what did it take for you to leave something that was bringing in good money, but was taking so much of your time freedom away to kind of turn and be like, I'm gonna do something bigger here. Yeah, so belief, and I just got to a point where I was more afraid of regret than afraid of failing, attempting something that had a high probability, or at least that had a high belief level that could potentially work. So I'm pretty risk adverse. I know that's not maybe what you hear normally, like from entrepreneurs, burn the bridge, sink the ships, do your thing. That's not really my mantra. I'm more tactical with regards to working your job, working the thing that's paying you, and minding your freedom. So whatever it is that's paying your bills and taking care of your foundation, and I even try to limit the foundation that I really need. What I mean by that is reducing expenses and living small so it's easy to manage, and then working double time, triple time, focusing on the thing that's going to be my escape. And when I say escape, the thing that I was always working towards was this life I didn't need a vacation from, and the vehicle that would take me there. So that ended up becoming tech. It made sense. Like apps made sense. E -commerce, the digital real estate sort of world made sense to me, versus anything else that I racked my brain on. And yeah, I just, I gave it a shot, and I've been giving it a shot. I'm still learning, and I don't feel like you ever really arrive as an entrepreneur. If you do, maybe, I don't know. That's still, I don't think it's possible, especially at the rate at which things are always evolving. But yeah, I'm still a student. I'm still aggressively curious, and I'm still learning and figuring things out. I just have a different response when things go wrong, I think, or when things need edited, adapted. I think that's what, at least a lot of the people that have hit high success ranks, titles, money in their bank accounts tend to have those characteristics of adapting and overcoming. Absolutely. So that's really kind of the name of the game.

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