Stephen has always been drawn to the written word. When he was only a baby, his parents found him scribbling down “words” in his crib and by age 14, he had written a novella and started a monthly magazine. Dozens of projects later, he has embraced the opportunity to write full time and help others through his articles. Stephen’s love for both writing and people collided to create an interactive blog called Thoughtful Growth. He gives his readers the tools to achieve personal growth and develop the best versions of themselves.
What is your business? Thoughtful Growth is a blog that provides the platform to teach people how to reach their personal goals using data and analytics. Science has an answer to almost everything we want to achieve and I explain those answers through writing and coaching.
Who are your clients? I work with motivated individuals who want to improve their lives, with a focus on international readers looking to move out of poverty.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I’ve had the entrepreneurial bug my whole life. I’ve started and quit close to a dozen side ventures, but after I decided to make my side-hustle my full-time gig, I haven’t looked back.
What are some business wins? I’m most proud of the relationships I’ve built with my readers and fellow writers. I’ve also had articles go viral, which is exciting!
Why Lakeland? I’m a fourth-generation Floridian, so Lakeland is home! Plus, there is an exciting culture and community of local entrepreneurship.
What are your favorite things to do in Lakeland? I love riding my bike around town, buying local produce at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market, and checking out more books than I can carry from the library.
How has Catapult helped you? I’ve built great relationships with business partners and friends — at the same time! These people give me valuable insight and hold me accountable.
Secret Sauce? I’ve found that the more you write, the quicker ideas come. Don’t stop creating and write the things you would want to read.
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