Meet Clay

MY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL

I was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1995 to a Marine father and stay-at-home mother. Being in a military family, we moved around a lot, living in California during my early years and then eventually settling in Virginia.

As a young kid, my dreams often changed. I wanted to be an astronaut, then a politician, then a concert pianist. I studied piano for two years at Shenandoah University working as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, until one day after changing my major from piano performance to English I decided to  pursue my dreams of becoming a writer and owning my own business. Right now I’m studying business at Shenandoah University, working on self-publishing a historical science fiction book based in ancient Greece, and eventually you can expect to see more books from me interviewing people about and writing research articles about topics like personal development, leadership, and business. One of my strongest beliefs is that the best thing you can ever invest in is you.

 

One of my strongest beliefs is that the best thing you can ever invest in is you. 

 

I also believe in living a life centered around principles and a mission that you choose, and I believe I can help you live the life you want, and deserve to live. A life free from worry and full of realized dreams and with a clear vision. I’m committed to growth, lifelong learning, and doing good for others.

I’m the only one without my head covered.

 

My top three role models are John C. Maxwell, Dale Partridge, and Dave Ramsey. John Maxwell is the father of leadership in the modern age, Dale Partridge is a young business owner and family man, and Dave Ramsey is a multi-millionaire real estate investor that is known for helping thousands to get out of debt and build wealth. I’ve actually gone through a program of his called Financial Peace University, which you can sign up for here.

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

I have a 19-year old sister who’s a professional violinist.

I’ve been a U.S. Marine since 2014.

My favorite book is “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” from Dale Carnegie

I love running and lifting weights (one of my goals for the year is to run a Spartan race).

Another goal is to read 20 books, however I’ll probably end up reading a lot more.

I used to have a teacup poodle named Fufu. He passed away a year ago, and I cried.

MY FAVORITE QUOTES

“Shut off the future as tightly as the past . . . the future is today, there is no tomorrow.” – Dr. Osler

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” – Montaigne

“When you build others, you build yourself.” – Martin Berkofsky