Well, this part of my web site is supposed to be about who I am..
So, I guess I’ll tell you a little bit about me.
I was born in a small town in upstate NY by the name of Waverly. I’m the youngest of 3 boys and grew up always hanging out with my brothers. Hanging out at their sporting events, dribbling either a basketball or a soccer ball or juggling.
When I was younger I had the dream to play professional basketball and would practice day and night, dribbling a ball around and shooting hoops as much as I could. Throughout high school I played soccer, basketball and golf although I ran track in 9th grade, I hate running without a ball to chase so went back to golfing.Needless to say, I’m not a professional basketball player.
Off to College…
After high school, I went to the University at Albany as a freshman. hehe, Albany was a LOT of fun. But, I didn’t get the type of work done that I should have gotten done….first year being “free” and I kind of took advantage of it too much.
After Albany, I went to Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY for a year and a half, switching my major from Chemistry ( I was thinking about being a Chiropractor) to business administration. I got through BCC and graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. Go me!
In Binghamton, when I was living in an apartment by myself, I decided to get into “making money from home” and bought into paid surveys, mailing out envelopes, cash gifting, affiliate marketing, and dabbled in Network Marketing. I spent a lot of time and money doing these events and didn’t really see “the big picture” of it all. Not really understanding how to succeed in a business, I spent time switching and switching and switching, never keeping focused on ONE thing.
Needless to say, I wasn’t very successful. Well, I do consider that a success though, I learned from my experiences.
2 Colleges Later…
I decided to continue my education at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY.
I attended Buffalo State College and created a bunch of great friendships while living there. Some of my best friends who literally helped me grow into who I am today. Thank you all, you know who you all are…especially my 90 Putnam crew 😉
While taking classes full-time I worked directly with some small business owners in the Buffalo area, teaching them how to use Social Media and Blogging to connect with their clients and get them new clients. I also got into information marketing and decided that because I’m a juggler, I might as well create a video course teaching people how to juggle! So…I did it and it’s called Juggling Secrets
Where is Chris now?
As of September of 2010, Chris is now living in Orlando, Florida on the Butler Chain of Lakes on Lake Sheen. Chris has been building niche blogs for affiliate marketing, still working with small businesses, building Florida’s best online marketing company and bartending at a Win Bar part-time. He’s always wanted to move somewhere warm and finally has!
Why Generation Y?
I recently read the book, Never Get a Real Job and came across this interesting quote talking about the people born in Generation Y and thought it was relevant.
“Our coddled upbringing and fearless attitudes makes us willing to take more risks than previous generations. The same outlook also makes us cock, careless, and, at times, reckless know-it-alls who are under the impression that the world owes us something. Although Gen Y has been referred to as the most entrepreneurial generation in history, we’ve also been called irrational whiners, cry babies, spoiled brats, gratification whores, fame-seekers, approval junkeis, and the entitlement generation.”
I feel that my generation deserves this because the vast majority of us walk around as if our brilliance and enthusiasm entitle us to fame, fortune, and instant success. The first step to recovering from issues like this is to first realize that there is a problem. I have felt this way before and it’s the reason I am working so hard now on learning as well as applying the information I’m learning. When I am super-successful I want it to be because I worked smart to get to where I’m at. I earned everything that I received and am deserving of everything that I get as a result of that.
So you can hate Generation Y for that reason, but I’m going to use it as a reason for being me and a reason for motivation. I strive to use my abilities with technology and social media to help others because I’ve been lucky enough to be around it my whole life. I feel that this has given me an advantage in working with older generations and will continue to be a differentiating factor in why people choose to work with me over a competitor. Maybe that’s the self-entitlement coming out, but I truly feel that I have an advantage over hiring another person.
So Who Is Chris Hughes and How Can He Help Me?
I’m a Generation Y Social Media dude. I’m literally obsessed with business and spend the majority of my free time reading marketing & business books, listening to marketing information or going through video courses so that I can learn more. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m passionate about business and now embrace this aspect of my life.
I love helping older business owners learn how to use social media and blogging to grow their business and get real, measurable results. I have experience in video marketing, blogging, and social media marketing and love to teach them over at Brain Smart Success, the company I’m growing with my father.
In fact, I’ll even show you how to juggle your businesses Internet Marketing campaigns so that they flow smoothly together!
What do I want to be when I grow up?
I strive to design my business around my life. Not the other way around.
I am a student of life and will always be.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”