My name is Eric and like many of you, I’ve never been able to decide what I want to do with my life.
Since I was very little, the seemingly innocuous question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has caused me unbearable amounts of stress and anxiety. As someone with an endless number of constantly changing interests that seemingly have no correlation, having to pick ONE of my passions to build a life and career around was a soul-crushing and creativity stifling prospect.
For a very long time, I thought something was wrong with me. That my inability to commit to one passion was a sign that I was destined to live a passionless and mediocre life, and worse, that my lack of interest in specialization was a function of a mental deficiency. Fortunately for me and those like me, I discovered this is not the case. For every “Specialist” kid who knew they wanted to be a dentist from the time they were 4, there is a “Generalist” kid who couldn’t decide on one passion to stick with. The world needs both.
I have worked in retail, food service, sales, marketing, and management. I have been a published author. I have started a business from scratch and made money. I have started 3 other businesses from scratch and lost it all. I have been an athlete and coach, marathon runner and triathlete. I have been a homeowner and licensed real estate salesperson. I have been a sworn in member of the United States Air Force and an Auto Care Specialist. I have been a landlord and lessee. I have hired people and fired people. I have built a computer from scratch. I am a (terrible) amateur musician. I am an International Baccalaureate Scholar and college dropout. I despise safe spaces and political correctness and people who get outraged and offended over words. I love learning about history and using that knowledge to try and predict the future. I hate when people take themselves and life too seriously. I love to laugh. I love video games, music, and movies. It frustrates me when people lack perspective. I am honest, sometimes to a fault. I believe in moderation and trying new things. I believe in not caring what other people think about you, because only you have lived your life and know what is best. I have failed more times than I can remember…and learned some unbelievable things about myself and about life. I am sometimes terrified, petrified, overwhelmed…and somehow still extremely optimistic and excited for the future. And you should be too.
The title of the blog is “Eric the Eclectic” for a couple reasons. First, “Eclectic Eric” was taken… Second, eclectic is one of my favorite words to say (along with ‘cyclical’ and ‘celestial’) and it describes my personality and interests quite well. Here is the definition:
Eclectic (adj) – deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources
So the purpose of this website is really to get all of my wacky thoughts and interests down in one place, to share my thoughts and theories with the world, and to connect and reconnect with people who share similar interests, goals, and values. Most importantly, I aim to provide value in some small way to your life, whether you’re inspired by something in the business and entrepreneurship section, entertained by my weekly take on sports, or engaged or amused by my my monthly attempt at fiction writing.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy!