I am a private investigator because I fell into the business. Truth be told, it was not my first choice. I hear people say, “You were born to be an investigator.” That’s not true at all. I was probably the most awkward greenhorn private investigator you will ever find. I hated being put in awkward situations. I wasn’t really good at thinking fast on my toes. I hated rejection.
Fifteen years ago, I was at a crossroads. I was working in the sports industry pursuing my dreams of being the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association. That was until an overconfident kid walked into their New York City office and blew the interview.
Crushed about my prospects in the sports industry, I ended up joining my father’s investigative firm to hold me over while I figured out my next move. Fast-forward 15 1/2 years and I’m still in the business.
I’ve been featured in Lifehacker and quoted in the ABA Journal, Fox Business and The Washington Post. I’ve been named one of the young, promising members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
The point is that you don’t have to be born to do the job. You don’t have to be a natural. You don’t need 20 years in law enforcement.
What you do need is some grit and determination, a few tools to help you along the way and an insatiable appetite to learn more. Couple that with a strong sense of self-awareness, a little hustle, some humbleness and mindfulness, and you have the makings of a private investigator.
I love what I do because this business shows me something new every day. It keeps me on my toes. I am constantly learning. I love helping people find answers.
And by owning my own business and building my business around being flexible and mobile, it gives me the ability to makes choices about my life, instead of people making choices for me.
I absolutely love what I do, but I became a private investigator, because that’s where life led me. Not because I was chasing a job I loved or was predestined to be an investigator.
What about you?