Hi, I’m Austin.
And I’m passionate about the idea that discipline creates freedom. Not in a “soul-crushing, live-like-a-robot, never-have-fun” discipline kind of way. But more so by becoming conscious of and intentional with the decisions we make around our time, our money and our relationships.
As a college student, I used this mentality to compete in the largest intramural cycling race in the country (Little 500), complete Inc. Magazines “Best Entrepreneurship Course” (the Spine Sweat Experience), server as a member of the executive board for the 2nd largest collegiate philanthropy in the United States (IUDM) and convince my now-wife to give me a shot (by far the most challenging). And! I managed to get all of these things done in four years.
Since graduating, I’ve completed multiple distance-running and triathlon races, found career success by making a 180 degree turn in my work, helped my wife run her creative small-business from home and started a family thanks to the two great kiddos below.
My vision is to help college students and young professionals learn how to find a balance that suits their priorities. I want to provide them with practical knowledge that will help them make the most of their time on campus and in their careers.
If you’re looking for a speaker to present your next keynote or lead an engaging, interactive workshop, I would love to hear from you and learn more about how we can work together. You can fill out this short form to get the process started or reach me through Instagram or LinkedIn.
KEYNOTES AND WORKSHOPS
Adulting: What it takes to take the next step
Day one on a college campus and day one in the work place have a common thread: a lot of uncertainty. Both seasons are full of change. Both seasons can have impact for years down the road. So how do you ensure students on your campus are prepared to approach these moments with confidence?
In this keynote/workshop, I share my own experience in figuring out how to define and find success for myself, both in college and after. With a mix of humor, honesty and relatability, I share with students the importance of managing our time, money and relationships to be able to live life as an…adult!
For underclassman, this creates a sense of direction for how to go about their next few years on campus – staying focused on what matters. For upperclassman, this creates a sense of confidence in entering the workplace – having a better understanding of what they’re walking in to so they know how to manage starting a career.
– time management & decision making
– intro personal finance [budgeting and common pitfalls]
– how long-term thinking empowers more aligned personal choices
Personal Finance 101
In my time since graduation, one thing I’ve become more aware of is the sense of freedom that comes with having my personal finances in order. But the freedom I’m talking about doesn’t mean that I’m a multi-millionaire buying new cars every year. With my finances “in order”, the freedom I’ve experienced is a mental calm knowing that I’m in control of where my money goes every month. It doesn’t get to make spending decisions on its own.
But getting to this place required discipline and routine (like anything else) along with easy-to-use tools for staying on track. In this workshop, I share truths in a simple and impactful way to illustrate how it is possible to manage personal finances.
– understanding your full financial picture (assets v debt)
– how to create a monthly budget
– common pitfalls to avoid