Don’t let the name fool you, I’m still in search of my “fortune,” but I’m very honored to be featured in the magazine. I’ve been reading stories of other entrepreneurs in Fortune for years, so it seems a bit surreal to share my own story with you all in the same publication today:
The reality TV star is cashing in on his ‘Bachelor’ fame to pursue his first love—entrepreneurship.
Long before I was “The Bachelor,” I was just a normal kid raised by two loving parents in Irving, Texas. This Dallas suburb was full of hard-working middle-class families like mine. We weren’t rich, but we fared better than most: my dad had done well as an insurance agent, which gave him the ability to take family vacations and scoot out of the office early to watch me at football practice.
I always appreciated the time he dedicated to our family and knew I wanted a job that would allow the same freedom. But sitting behind a desk all day didn’t appeal to me. I wanted to work toward something really big. I wanted to build something of my own.
After graduating college, I knew I wanted to tackle my entrepreneurial endeavors, but I didn’t exactly have a game plan. I pursued all kinds of jobs. In my 20s, I was a personal trainer (a fun way to make money while devising a real plan), flipped a house (loved every minute of it but the market crashed shortly after I sold it), sold oil and gas investments (learned real quick how much boiler rooms suck), helped two friends start their own oil and gas company (the oil market crashed shortly thereafter), created and sold a discount coupon book for golf courses (not a bad little venture), bought and sold toxic mortgage debt for a startup (helped me better understand mortgages), started my own financial services company which serviced debt (that went down in flames due to FTC regulations), and begrudgingly worked as an insurance agent (hated every second of it).
Buy my New York Times Best Selling Book For the Right Reasons: America’s Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First to learn more about how Catherine and I met!