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Patrick Macias’ Epic Career Tale

Listen to Patrick Macias’ Epic Career Tale

Patrick Macias’ story is inspiring because he decided at a young age he knew what he liked (Japanese cartoons), and dove in head first. This passion put him on a path to becoming published and paid as an early adult, and he profits and prospers from this passion.  Now editor-in-chief at Otaku USA is just one of many prominent roles that Patrick fulfills.

Chris Beveridge’s Epic Career Tale

Listen to Chris Beveridge’s Epic Career Tale

Chris Beveridge took the leap to self-employment when his kids were 1 and 3 years old. Now he has teenagers with whom he enjoys a strong relationship. They are looking ahead at their futures hopeful that they, like their father, can find fulfillment applying their talents and pursuing their passion. Learn more about how Chris gradually built a passion-led business, which he eventually sold, and then started another.

A Gamer in the Real World

In the real world there is no save feature.

XBox Controller by Claran McGuiggan from Flickr

XBox Controller by Claran McGuiggan from Flickr

If there was I’d probably reload my life to a save from 1992.  That’s the year I entered college for marine biology.  Don’t even ask me why a total geek like me wasted even one semester thinking I should be a marine biologist.  If I had known what was possible in gaming back then my career path would have been an easy one.  I would have been studying computers and computer programing.

Instead I decided after three and a half years and three semesters that school wasn’t for me. I’d like to go back to 1992 and change a few things. In 2013 I’d be designing the greatest post-apocalyptic role playing games anyone had ever played! I’d be a celebrity in the gaming world.  At E3 they would chant my name as I took the stage to peddle my latest title…

But this is the real world and there is no save feature.

It’s never too late to change careers and put yourself on the path you wished you’d taken 20+ years ago. You don’t need to go back in time or “load a save game” to be the job seeker you want to be today. The tools and opportunities are here, now, in the present and they are waiting for you to take them up and be the person you want to be.  Today.

As long as we draw breath it’s never too late!

By Jack Shipley © 2013