Live distinctly, be happy, and break the mold

Credit: Steve Irwin Day (Australia Zoo)

When I was in elementary school I used to watch Steve Irwin on the Animal Planet every chance I had. I made a notebook and started writing notes from his show like “Komodo Dragons. Eat meat. Have very big jaws.”

When I was in middle school I told everyone I wanted to be a TV Chef like you see on The Food Network. Alton Brown was my idol. To prepare for my future career, I spent most of…