THE ORIGIN OF GRAND OPTIMIST
Throughout my life I’ve always been an optimist. In my 20’s I wandered the country framing houses, trying a suit and tie job, bartending, plumbing, writing, you name it. While friends dove into their professional lives I changed zip codes and careers like they were socks. Eventually, I discovered that all of my varied experiences and creative energy made me a perfect fit for advertising. It all worked out. And you know what, I was good at it.
Then on April 15, 2013 a bomb went off at the Boston Marathon finish line and my optimistic outlook was put to the test. My wife and I were injured. It took nine surgeries and several months before I was able to return to my normal life. But through it all, not a moment of anger or self pity crept into my heart. I remained optimistic about my future, because I knew that I was fortunate and blessed. I could have lost my legs, my hand, my life, or even worse, the life of someone I love. But I did not.
But the story did not end there, while in the hospital recovering from her wounds, Caroline discovered that we were pregnant. All of the pain and suffering I felt was replaced with joy. When I look back at that moment in my life, I think only about discovering that I was going to be a father.
It goes without saying that going through something like that changes a person. For me I became painfully aware of the folly of my previous ways. I had been working so hard trying to convince people to buy things that they just didn’t need. When what I should have been doing is working with clients whose products and services are in fact helping others, helping all of us. Which lead me to creating Grand Optimist......which leads me to you.
The world needs more good in it. If you’re an individual or company that is offering a product or service that is genuinely helpful to others then I’d like to help you. I think we can make something amazing together.
Founder / Creative Director of Grand Optimist