10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me
So in my excitement to share my outlook and knowledge of how to create and grow a business with everyone I completely skipped the fact that I should probably introduce myself and let you all in on what I am all about. So as a way to do that, I would like to tell you 10 things that you probably didn’t know about me.
- My name is actually Jonathan Matthew but I have never been known as Jonathan to anyone.
So this might be a bit of a silly confession but it’s mostly because I have a really great and funny reasoning behind my own personal preference for not using the name Jonathan. When I was in kindergarten there was a kid named Jonathan and he was a chronic bad boy. He always got in trouble during story time and had to sit with the teacher. Therefore, in my small kid brain, I didn’t want to be confused with a criminal and tarnish my good boy status.
2. I am from the State of Tennessee.
Some people may already have known this but because I am aiming to have a worldwide audience for my blog, I thought it may be interesting. Tennessee is definitely an interesting place when it comes to the USA, southern charm and willingness to talk to anyone is pretty much in our DNA. I think that is partly why I have always wanted to teach people how to do practically anything that I know how to do. The other great thing about the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, where I grew up, is that it is known as one of the most Entrepreneurial cities for its size in the United States.
3. I want to visit 100 countries by the time I turn 50 years old.
100 countries by the age of 50 is significant because of the fact that there are 196 countries in the world. Therefore, I want to visit half of them by the time I am at the midpoint of my life. Yes I know that banking on living to 100 years old is a bit of a stretch but that’s why I am only leaving 96 countries to visit after 50. I have so far only been to two so I have a lot of places to see to reach my goal!
4. I worked for two years in the Automotive Industry after college.
The automotive industry is a fascinating industry to be a part of because of the speed at which things start and change. Another thing is because I always want to know how things are put together no matter what it is, it was really interesting to learn how a car mirror goes together and then how it is attached to the side of a vehicle in order for it to not fall off at high speeds. I worked in Human Resources while I was there as a trainer and excel guru.
5. I studied accounting for a few semesters.
For some reason, I thought that because I enjoy working with data that I would enjoy being an accountant. That could pretty much not be farther from the truth! I prefer talking with people and helping them grow their business from the product and marketing side with a basic amount of accounting information and maybe a spreadsheet here or there.
6. I love animals, but currently do not own any.
I have owned or lived with many types of animals. I owned two snakes for a year before I moved out of the apartment and had to sadly leave them behind in the care of my roommate. Also, during the same time, we had a few rats and a bearded dragon. I often thought of it as similar to living at the zoo.
7. I graduate with my second business degree in May 2017.
Tons of people have asked me why I decided to get two business degrees that are both at the Bachelor’s Degree level, to be honest, I just love to learn. Even outside of the formal education system, I research and learn about all sorts of things. The first degree was in Human Resources with a personal focus on training and development (basically I started out at an education student and after a few years, decided I wanted to stay in the teaching realm but more for the adult level). And then the second degree is in Business Entrepreneurship, with this degree, I did it purely for the information and opportunities to get in the practice of coming up with an idea and then turning it into a business. Trust me, I know there is not a specific job field for this degree, I really wanted to have the opportunity to work on creating a business and using what I had already learned about creating a business online and the relevant business courses to help me do it!
8. I swam competitively for most of my young life.
I never really considered myself a competitive person, probably because I was terribly slow, but I still loved doing it! I swam for two different fun leagues during the summer, the Ringgold Tigersharks for many years and then The Fort Oglethorpe Marlins at the end, and then swam for a year round swim club called the Baylor Swim Club. I also had the privilege to coach for a season which was one of the most fun things I have ever done.
9. I have never visited more than half of the States in the USA.
Mostly I have traveled to all of the States on the East Coast and a few in the Gulf of Mexico but never past the Mississippi River. To piggy back off of one of my previous facts, before I turn 50 years old, I plan to visit all of the contiguous United States, Hawaii and Alaska as well as the many US territories. Guess that means I need to start planning a road trip!
10. I love languages!
While I currently only fluently speak English, I have been working on learning Spanish for a few years now. After spending about 3 months in Spain, I have noticed that I understand a great deal of what is being said, but I struggle with the actual conversational skills that are obviously required. In total, I took 8 semesters of Spanish in school and only recently decided to actually pursue learning the language. I am also trying to learn Asturian Spanish, one of the dialects of Spanish mostly spoken in the Asturias Principality of Spain, since I am planning to live in the area after graduation. Aside from Spanish I would really like to learn at least basic phrases in Arabic, ASL, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Thai. Honestly like I said earlier, I just like learning things so I would love to be fluent in many different languages!