Jake Messier, MBA: Career Coach for Older Entrepreneurs

EVERYONE’S JOURNEY IS DIFFERENT, BUT IF YOU’VE FOUND THIS PAGE IT’S LIKELY yOU AND I HAVE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES. OUR CAREERS ARE BUILT ON A SOLID NETWORK AND WE’VE SERVED IN DIVERSE POSITIONS OVER THE YEARS WITH SUCCESS. WE ALSO HAVE A YEARNING TO DO MORE…TO BE MORE. 

I OWN THE FACT THAT I WAS A COLLEGE DROPOUT…WAIT FOR IT…AFTER MY JUNIOR YEAR. I KNOW…BUT I WAS TRYING TO FORCE MYSELF INTO A MOLD THAT WASN’T RIGHT FOR ME. AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL (AND PROMISING MY VERY DISAPPOINTED PARENTS THAT I WOULD FINISH MY DEGREE AFTER SEEING THE WORLD) I JOINED THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AS A COMBAT CORRESPONDENT. NINE YEARS LATER I HAD FINISHED MY BACHELORS DEGREE, STARTED MY MBA AND BEEN TO 43 COUNTRIES TELLING THE STORIES OF U.S. SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN. BY MY 30TH BIRTHDAY I HAD WORKED IN VARIOUS ROLES IN TV NEWS, MARKETING, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND FILM & VIDEO; NEVER AFRAID TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP OR BROADEN MY SKILLSET.

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There was always something lacking. I wanted more.

BY 45 I’D WORKED FOR SEVERAL FIRMS AND BEEN OFFERED PARTNERSHIPS, BUT I STILL HAD THIS NAGGING NOTION THAT I COULD DO IT BETTER. THAT I COULD CREATE SOMETHING my way. SO I LEFT A SUCCESSFUL STARTUP THAT I HELPED CO-FOUND AND STEPPED OUT ON MY OWN. I LEARNED TO NAVIGATE PAYROLL, TAXES, INSURANCE, UNEMPLOYMENT… EVERYTHING… WHILE STILL DOING ALL THE WORK THAT MY CLIENTS NEEDED. IT OBVIOUSLY HASN’T BEEN EASY, BUT IT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING POSITION I’VE EVER HAD. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES OR PASSING THE BUCK. ACCOUNTABILITY STARTS AND ENDS WITH ME…AND IT is TRULY WONDERFUL.