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The Journey Begins

Posted by matt on March 13, 2016

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The last six months seemed to take forever, yet they flew by.   Getting myself and my family prepared for this season has been like no other before it.   This dream that I am chasing is the biggest leap of faith of my entire life.  Walking away from my career and my business of 15 years is scary to say the least.  To walk away from my income into my rookie season was a tough decision for my wife and me, but yet so easy.  A decision that has put a lot of pressure on both of us.  But a decision that we both agree is the right one.  She asked me, if you choose to walk away and stay here instead of saying yes to this opportunity, would you regret it in the future?  My answer was yes I would regret it.  At that moment the decision was made.  I could not pass up this opportunity!  This is my dream! 12 years in the making!  My chance!  Then came another struggle, how will I pay for it?  How will I make it through the season financially?     People think sponsors just come out of the woodwork when you qualify for something like this.  Trust me, that is not the case.  I am so thankful for the sponsors that I do have and the support of all my friends and family!  But I am still working everyday to find that title sponsor!   Let's face it, they don't know me and how hard I will work for them!   What makes me different from any other angler out there? Here it is.  I am hungry!  I have worked hard for everything in my life and I always will!  I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth.  Life is not a fashion show.  I entered into this because I have the passion, the knowledge and the work ethics to make it to the top!  I refuse to take no for an answer!  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  I am here, in Palatka FL, 4 days before day one of the first tournament, determined now more than ever!