We had the good fortune of connecting with Moe Houston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moe, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from the Metro Detroit area! I believe my background plays a major point in who I am today. I faced a lot of hardships that I had to prevail on, I was disconnected at an early age I feel like. Having to grow up sooner than I felt like I needed to after losing a parent at the age 18-19. However the things I learned before & after that helped shape the ambition and the character I am today. Coming from a small town, I think I grew up just wanting to fit into everyone else’s personality. I finally had the chance to find my way when I decided to go away for college, like any normal kid. As years went on I felt I had a gift that I had to give to the world. Which got me into writing; when it came to my thoughts or telling a story I would write it down. I wasn’t comfortable talking about my feelings at this point, so I went to an area that I know I could voice everything I wanted to voice. Which was processing my thoughts properly with a pen. People have shaped me into the person today, and not everyone has others to depend on, so I want to be a guide for young adults transitioning into this thing we call “life”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Besides me being passionate about being an Author, I have had such a passion for technology. I went to school to originally be a programmer, but I saw that I had more passion in teaching and explaining very technical verbiage from developers or high level IT managers to clients that aren’t as tech savvy. I love going into meetings and teaching others how to use products, and watching their facial expressions light up as they learn and understand what I am saying. Was this an easy road? By any means; no. It took me a long time to get here, because I had to go the route of working full time and going to school full time. I missed out on a lot of opportunities that could’ve boosted my career a little bit better. However I had to learn how to work with the hand I was dealt with. That being said, which is why I decided to put my extra time into writing. I want the world to know that you can do anything you put your mind to no matter how messed up the situation you are dealt with is. You can turn a bad situation good at any moment. You can get surrounded with the right people that can help with anxiety and depression. I want people to know that they are not alone in facing constant battles navigating and trying to be something or someone in life. We are full of rejections, but it only takes one yes from anything we’re trying to do. To change our entire trajectory.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was happening to visit my area, honestly I am big into nature, so maybe some trails or hiking in some sort. A week long trip? Haha I don’t know if I have that much planning in me. You have a good 2-3 days of really worked out planning before I say “well whatever you want to do I am down”. My friends like a lot of breweries so we would probably do that maybe a bar. Wow the more I go on, the more I realize how boring I am starting to become? Is this what getting older feels like? Haha I think I need to fix this! Venture out a bit more, I feel like I want to blame COVID as well, yeah that’s it. I blame that for my lack of living haha.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ahh! I don’t think I would have enough time and characters to place everyone’s name down that has played such a huge part in my success. I’ll try to name a few. My dad has been a big rock in this, he is always there to pick me up. My friends; however I don’t consider them as friends anymore. More like a big part of my family so I will recognize them; Justin Brown, Jeremy Conley, Elijah Brown, Brandon Jaramillo, Deonte Berry, Isaac Johnson. I’m missing so many more, but to keep it light those are some of the people I wanted to give some recognition to. I know I can count on them for just about anything if I needed it, as they could count on me too. They are a big portion of the success I have had.
I also think it was important to have a mentor as well, and I want to give a shoutout to Alec Friel, he is also an author, businessman, father and he has been someone I wanted to be around because of the knowledge he has always been willing to give. He has always been a beacon of light for me throughout the years and has taught me a lot about myself. That man is something I could only hope to be in the future!
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