Human Optimization is my passion. My bold goal in life is to help as many people as possible design the life of their dreams, live life to the fullest, and find fulfillment and success in life – whatever that means to them.
How did I come to care about this? Well here is a summary of my story. Only read on if you’re ready to take life into your own hands:
I came to college with this “I love life” and “Everything is Awesome” mentality, and I wanted to share those feelings with others. I felt blessed that I never really struggled, but rather thrived, in transitional phases of life. I wanted to help other students struggling in college to have a positive mindset and see all the beauty that surrounds us at UW-Madison.
Well I got my chance when my good buddy Matt Schlidt approached me and said he wanted me to join him as a co-founder of Smile On Wisconsin – a lifestyle company that inspired people to keep smiling through the ups and downs of life. We sold about 500 shirts, gave about 10 speeches on campus, and hosted a few mindfulness events. After about a year and a half, our team of 4 started falling apart a bit, and one by one people left. Eventually, it was just me, and I decided to shut the project down. A few lessons I learned from my first endeavor was having the right founders is essential, branding and consistency is extremely important, and it’s a lot of work to start a business.
The next logical step was to become an Investment Banker….
Looking back at it I’m not really sure what I was thinking. The logic at the time was that I will become an Investment Banker, make a ton of money, learn a lot about business, and then break off and start my own business again. I applied for the investment banking club, got in, and started attending the weekly meetings. After about 6 months in the club and going through the process of applying to financial firms, I had a breakdown. Or, as I like to call it now, a breakthrough. But on the real, I was losing it. I was sitting in a club meeting, and I thought to myself, “Why am I here? This is not what I want to be doing.” The thoughts included a lot more swear words than that, but I figured I should leave those out. I then looked around, and I could tell a lot of people in that room were feeling the same way – I think one of my gifts are reading people’s emotions. So, I quit the club, quit my internship I was supposed to have for the summer, and I started over. It was one of the scariest things I did. But, it was followed by extreme bliss and clarity. The big lessons here are important:
- There is “the right thing” for everyone. Don’t stop until you find it and don’t follow someone else’s path. Create it for yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to start over. I’ve done it many times and I’m only 22 years old. Giving yourself permission to restart and stop doing something you don’t like is something you NEED to learn or else you might find yourself in a job and career you don’t like for 40 years.
After this phase of my life was over, I felt so free and open. I went to work for a startup accelerator company in Minneapolis – Gener8tor – and life was great. The following year I went and studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand for 5 months and my life has been changed ever since. If you want to hear me talking about it, check out this podcast I was featured on: https://studyabroadsmarter.com/2019/06/28/timmybishop/
Coming back from Thailand, I knew I wanted to impact the world in a big way. I tried working at a marketing firm for a bit in Minneapolis, but it just didn’t feel big enough. I had just seen a different country, different cultures, different ways of doing life, and I wanted to share that with the world.
I thought back to my Smile On days. What did I love about that? Well, I was spreading a good message and making people happy. At the time, this was true. But, now after traveling around the globe, trying investment banking, and seeing how a lot of people are going through a lot of hard times in life, I knew it was deeper than that. I realized that “Smile On” was a mindset I wanted to instill in people. It wasn’t just about being positive … it was about having the proper mindset to handle the ups and downs of life. I looked around at the world and saw the rising rates of anxiety, depression, and life dissatisfaction – I knew I needed to be part of the solution to solve these huge issues.
So, going into senior year, I told myself I wasn’t going to apply to one job the school of business told me to apply to – oh, by the way, I studied Marketing. I told myself I was going to dive into my why: to help people awaken their dreams so they can live the highest quality of life possible. I want to work in the business of human optimization. I don’t want to help businesses grow as much as I want to help people grow.
Since making that decision to lead with “Why”, this is what has happened:
- I met the Innovators Coalition founders and helped turn the club into what it is today
- I met two Executive and Life Design Coaches and am now helping them build a brand to help people find fulfillment and success called Finding Your Z
- I started lifestyle and dream coaching myself and have had 3 clients
- I am working with 2 other health based companies helping them with their social media management
- I traveled to Europe for a month to learn more about the world
- I am meeting people who care about the things I care about
- My vision for what I want in the world has never been clearer
- And, I’m only 5 months out of graduating….
I’m not going to lie to you this hasn’t been easy. I made it sound all sunshine and rainbows but to pursue your dream life takes real work and with that comes failures, moments of doubt, stress, uncertainty about the future, and more. However, it also brings me more happiness, gratitude, and joy then I have ever had in my life because I know I am on a path to having a huge impact on the world, finding fulfillment in my life, and doing the things I love 24/7.
Please, if you could do one thing after reading this, spend all your waking minutes trying to identify your WHY. Your why is your compass of life that should guide you through all the things you do. If you don’t know it, that is not a big deal at all. I’m lucky to know mine at a young age. Finding it is part of the journey – just don’t ignore it. Don’t push it aside for later because then you are risking never finding it.
One thing I didn’t get to talk about and is something I think is the most important thing in life: finding community and finding your tribe. If you want to discuss this or any of the topics I talked about, you’re going to have to reach out.
Here is my number 612-710-4605. Call, text, Facetime me whenever you want. My line is always open. Seriously do it. Oh, and read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho – you won’t regret it.
Peace, Love, and Smiles