Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Aquino.
Joseph, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story is growing up with a pretty bad father, and a hard-working mom who barely saw me. I had a great imagination and loved to joke around all the time.
My mother taught me hard work and my father taught me how not to be a man. I got kicked out of my house when I was in my junior year of high school and moved from Vista, CA to San Diego, CA.
After high school, I joined the military, served my country and now I am married, have a place to call home, and constantly work in order to make my dreams a reality.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, not at all. After getting out of the military, that was a transition that is still in progress. One thing that I took from it is never giving up. I was in a place that was new, and I was recently married, so I have to think of not only myself but my wife. I decided school was the best place to start, and it was. That was easy until I started taking a crazy amount of classes to use my benefits.
Along with that came a new job, a new place, with new people. It was weird. I wasn’t with my brothers any more, but we adapt and push forward. Everything became so blurred together — Job, school, wife, family, podcast, other business ideas. I got burnt out. I wanted to do so much in such a small amount of time that I realized I was more stressed than I was productive.
Now, I’m getting my groove back. If it wasn’t for my wife, and brothers overseas and in the states for believing in me, I’d probably still be stressed. But also, I realized that I needed to take breaks when needed. I’m so used to pushing through, but I was dying with the weight. I know I can do it, that’s why I push myself so much.
Drunken Discussions – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Drunken Discussions is a podcast that specializes in drinking and talking about one’s goals. We drink beer which is something that I enjoy, and I realize that it creates a bonding experience between people. I drink with my brothers in the military, and now I drink with people that have goals and have built something.
With that, there are plenty of people that want to create something are not really sure how. Drunken Discussions shows the listeners that success isn’t an overnight thing. We have people that are successful and some that are still on their journey. I want to show that it just takes some risks and a lot of confidence.
I don’t highlight the glamour, because that’s what most people fixate on and when they actually start, they realize it’s hard, and they quit. So I focus on the work and self-identification. I want people to know why they are doing what they’re doing, and identify if it’s for the good reasons or just money.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, I just want to be as far away as being like my father as possible. I want to be able to provide for my family without any worries. I don’t care how many cars I have, watches, whatever, I just want my family to be good.
Also, I want to spend the rest of my time on this earth happy. I’ve seen so many crazy things that I realize that being happy is such a rare thing now. We are all pressured by people to look happy, but some aren’t really happy.
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