I have always felt that I hit my mental age cap at about 12 years old. I think the stupidest things are hillarious, I am always on the go, when my feet hit the floor I am annoyingly awake, and I joke all the time that spending time with me is exhausting. It has to be, I am exhausted by myself. 🙂 I love spending time with people. It is truly my passion to see people achieve the greatness that is within them. We are all build with this God string tying us to something bigger than our flesh and bones. I want to be a catalyst to unlock that within us. #bettertogether
The thing that saved my life was becoming a husband. I never realized, until I met Ellen, that I had created deteriorating foundations on which to stand. I was too chameleon and not on purpose for much. She shows me what a true relationship is. She is personified grace. She is the reason I have been able to be so creative in my adult life. Ellen encourages it—and with a certain accountability/responsibility, pushes me to jump into my dreams without inhibition. We are one.
Dad is my favorite name. I have two kiddos: Adam Armour Olive (who carries the name of three generations of Ellen’s family) and Willow Beth Olive (who carries a derivative of a key patriarch in Ellen’s family and beth from the two families who have helped Ellen and I grow in marriage throughout the years).
I am a believer—I have a rocky relationship with my faith in God. Not that he isn’t faithful, bu rather I am not consistent in drinking from that well. However, my challenges in this do not do not take anyting away form the fact that my faith is in the unseen. I have encountered miracles. I am a miracle. And LOVE is inexplicable without the God thread. Love is truly God. I truly understood that at a high level the day my son was born. You cannot deny God when you wrestle with love.
Freedom is by far my favorite word. Reject the tyranny of being picked, pick yourself (Godin). One thing that I have learned as my leadership has grown is to live in the space of being in control, not controling. There is a fine balance there. It’s mostly putting yourself in a position to not be at the default of anyone else. Do not rely on the actions of anyone to move yourself forward. I truly want to be in a space to help people realize freedom in their buisness to have a big life—not one that is reliant.
I have had a myriad of careers, not just jobs, that have each catapulted me into the next level. I started out in the church world working with students, moved into the world of non-prof: starting one that failed and rebranding one part time, to starting a photography business, to working with Paul Mitchell the School in Houston, to an oil and gas service company, to an oil and gas frac company, to real estate agent, and now team leader for a brokerage of 243 agents (and growing). My business acumen has been inherited from the mentors and leaders I served in each of those spaces. I am grateful to have had each experience—thier differences in business sector have brought perspective to my leadership.
My goal in life is to be inspirational to those around me. I want to leave a legacy bigger than arms length. I am naive enough to believe I can impact this world—so I am going to!
1982: Born in suburbs of Atlanta; second of 3
2000: Graduated from Lovejoy Highschool and left for UGA
2001: Started working for the church
2004: Moved to Texas for an internship with mega church
2007: Married Ellen
2009: Resigned from church/started non-prof/started photo business
2010: Started working for PMTS Houston
2013: Started working with oil and gas service co
2014: Started working with oil and gas frac company
2015: Started working as realtor
2016: Adam Armour Olive was born
2017: Shifted up into brokerage Team Leader
2018: Willow Beth Olive was born