If I could summarize the last years of my job before starting my company, I would quote Peter Gibbons from the movie Office Space, “I don’t like my job, and I don’t think I’m gonna go anymore.” The reality, however, was that I didn’t quit because the money was good. The issue wasn’t so much about the job as it was me. The problem was that it wasn’t the right job for me. As a result, I lagged, made errors, and the quality of my work suffered. It got so bad that at one point, management placed me into a closet turned office. There I sat, four years into my career, in a closet with a window on the door. I had a title but loathed to be doing something else. “How did I get here?” I asked myself.
My career started strong but, over a few years, appeared to have withered. Then it happened, after a few disappointing incidents, I was rightfully terminated. The owner called me into his office and said, “Carlos, I’m sure this comes as no surprise to you. I have to let you go.” He then elaborated, “I don’t think this career is for you. Have you considered other options?” Many would probably have felt defeated and depressed. Surprisingly enough, I was somewhat glad. Someone finally kicked me in the behind to do what I knew deep down inside I wanted to do and start my agency. This event was my sign, my blessing in disguise, the catalyst that would change my life. Apparently God had greater things for me.
In 2005, with my wife’s blessing, I founded Pumped, Inc., a brand development and digital marketing consultancy on a “wing and a prayer,” as they say. Pumped started with the idea to help small businesses and entrepreneurs build and grow their brands. Over the past sixteen years, our team of talented professionals has worked with over 100+ startups, entrepreneurs, and businesses across 45 industries. Starting from my home office, I eventually grew the consultancy into a six-figure company. In 2008, desiring to give back, I started Pumped For Change, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit focused on raising funds and awareness for charities, causes, and organizations. That company has gone on to produce some outstanding work and assistance for various organizations.
I want to say it was all smooth sailing from the start, but it was anything but that. When I first started, I barely knew what a Balance Sheet was, let alone a P&L statement. Employee motivation, emotional intelligence, cashflow, servant-leadership? What’s that? I didn’t get the memo!
There’s a saying I came to value over time which is, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” That phrase nicely encompasses my first decade in business. It seemed that everything I learned I did as I went along. Many times I paid with my time. At other times it was financially draining. There were quite a few occasions where I came close to calling it quits, praying for new business. At other times, I rejoiced at our success.
On top of all this, I was trying to be the best husband and father I could be but felt I lacked in that area. Many nights I went to bed disappointed I was not doing my best. I was both present and absent at the same time. Lost in my work, I would come home from a long day and then spend more hours at home behind a computer. Frustrated by my guilt and insecurity, I became short-tempered, impatient, and distant. The strain on my professional and personal life was becoming too much to shoulder on my own.
For most of my life, I’ve pursued excellence in everything I did. Whether it was school, sports, my business, or whatever else, the goal was always the same, “be the best at what you do.” However, even though I pursued excellence in everything, it was still not enough. I had the training, knowledge, and experience, but I did not see that I could not do it all myself. After so many years of pushing, pulling, fighting, and climbing, I burned out. It was then I re-aligned, re-oriented, and re-dedicated my life and business to Christ.
Unfortunately, it was not an overnight transformation and took years to do this. Not because it was complicated, but again, I was trying to do this on my own. What saved me was seeking truth in the Word and insight from other godly men. Men that guided and shared their wisdom with me. It was then I learned the incredible value of coaching with the Word as an anchor. This mentorship and coach approach was the seed for the next chapter in my life, Leadership, Business and Life Coaching and FX3®. Both coaching and the FX3® program have a biblical foundation for men to live victoriously over the challenges we face today. Also, the individual coaching and program are most effective in helping men looking to move from complacency to fulfilling their purpose.
These men come from all walks of life and are looking to get out of their rut, take their business to the next level, improve their leadership skills, heal personal relationships, find meaning, clarify their purpose or elevate their capacity to lead. After successfully overcoming my situation, I decided I needed to help others discover the same empowering truth. Putting in the same pursuit to excellence as I have with all things, I trained formally with PCCI (Professional Christian Coaching Institute – an ICF-approved and accredited institution) as a Leadership & Life Coach and have well over 100+ hours of coaching men overcome to succeed. I’m also hold various professional certifications and well as higher education degrees.
All of my experience, certifications and studies make it possible for me to work with men to help them define their core values, vision, purpose, & mission to align them for success. My Executive, Leadership, and Career Coaching and the FX3® program helps guide men to maximize their leadership potential in their personal and professional lives to positively impact everyone around them for remarkable results. My ultimate goal is for men worldwide to discover and live life to their fullest potential and help them leave a lasting legacy.
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