My dream was always to attend Baylor University. My sister went there, my uncle went there, and they each married a Bear. I had a few goals from Baylor: Graduate debt free, run a business, and then create multiple streams of income. The trouble was, I had a huge goal of building a self-sustaining business. College made it a difficult task to complete.
I attended a community college in Dallas for two years, one year in person and one online to work with my dad, Steve Westby, at Impact Janitorial and to run my own business. In theory, this would make it easier and cheaper for me to attend Baylor. Everyone told me to get my degree and to get the piece of paper. So, I went for it. Baylor accepted me and I was off to Waco in the fall of 2018.
Baylor was incredible! I made incredible friends, experienced my dream since middle school of running the Baylor Line, and had school spirit for the first time in my life. Everything about Baylor was a dream. I developed incredible relationships with business persons in high positions at big companies. They took me under their wing and taught me more than I could ever learn at Baylor. I was trying to start a janitorial business in Waco, but it was very difficult to do while at a study intensive business school.
But, let me tell ya, those football and basketball games were a blast! Baylor gives their students seats on the 50 yard line all the way across. To make it even better, it is right behind the opposing team’s bench. This gave us the ability to trash talk with opposing players, which I think was fun for them and us. Those games and experiences will be greatly missed. The memories made there will last forever. The basketball games and Spikeball were also a blast. My friends and I did a lot together, and they were the hardest part to leave behind at Baylor. But all of that was overshadowed by one thing.
I started to experience a deep hatred for school. Not for the Baylor experience, but the class work. Wealth is everywhere in the world, enough for each person in world to have $1 billion in wealth. And I was studying school. The frustration grew and grew as the semester wore on. I loved my window cleaning business back home, yet I was working to get a piece of paper that would only help me get a job. My mentors felt my pain, and a few of them recommended I quit going to school to run my business back home, since a degree would not change my career plans at all.
When my mentors agreed dropping out was a realistic option, I began to cry. I was about to face the odds square on and risk it all. I was about to chase my dreams. The inner turmoil turned to freedom, joy. My dreams were about to become a reality. My mentors, Bill and Susan, told me I could go for it, as long as I was willing to do whatever it takes to make it work. They saw my drive, my work ethic. They believed in me. My tears were swift and turned to motivation. This is going to be my first stream of income I develop.
This is what college taught me. I love business, this is what I do. Mitigating risk and winning is fun. There is nothing I would rather be doing than serving my loyal clients. My passion is serving people and giving them a service that improves their life in a way they enjoy. I wasn’t doing any of that at Baylor. Here I am, chasing my dream, my joy. My life is changing a lot, and I need to develop business systems to create a self-sustaining business as I settle into my new life. This is my life now, constantly winning and creating a new life for myself. My initial dream was lived out at Baylor. But Baylor taught me to chase my dreams, and that this is my dream.