Meet Chad Barnier
The title of my autobiography could be “Doing Things When You’ve Been Told You Can’t”.
Before getting into the world of Personal Branding, I had an entirely different career chasing one of those “unchaseable” dreams.
You know, one of those dreams people would jump at if things like a steady income, a social life, and healthy relationships weren’t important. Things like professional athlete, astronaut, actor, superhero - for me, ever since I was a kid all I wanted was to be a rock star.
I wanted travel around the world with my best friends and play original music for people.. It’s incredible to think that at the age of 24, I can say that I achieved that unchaseable dream.
Around the time of my 24th birthday, an age where most people are still figuring out what they want in life, I had achieved my dream. I don’t say this to gloat, or to big-note myself. I say it because I didn’t celebrate that achievement for a long time.
It always felt odd to celebrate anything to do with my career in music.
It felt strange because music never came easy to me.
In fact, it was probably the hardest thing for me to do.
You see, I grew up mostly deaf.
I grew up with a major hearing loss and the need for hearing aids, which I then followed up with an international music career.
I had emergency retina reattachment surgery when I was a teenager under the impending threat of permanent blindness, which I followed up with a career in visual communication and branding.
I was severely bullied in school for being uncool and different, which is bizarre because I now have a thriving business dedicated to teaching people how to stand out and own who they are.
Just the idea that I might be in business is a never ending source of motivation and inspiration and I am incredibly fortunate to have that opportunity.