Danny Carlson, founder and CEO of Kenji ROI is one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs of our time. But life wasn’t always this way.
Carlson was what you might call a misguided youth back in the day. As a teenager, he spent most of his days skating, smoking, listening to death metal, and paying no attention to his more significant life goals. Carlson described his younger self as a “party-happy, adrenaline-seeking machine hell-bent on killing brain cells like it was a video game.”
Carlson’s primary source of income was his carpentry job. He worked for six years, sawing and repairing wood from dawn until dusk. He’d wake up at 5:30 am each morning to commute 45 minutes to his construction site. Then, he’d build mansions for wealthy Canadians in the pouring rain until 5:00 pm, only to get paid less than his coworkers who didn’t work nearly as hard as him.
Carlson’s bosses often told him that he was the best on the team. Yet, those same bosses denied all his requests for a pay raise. He also asked for time off to compete in longboard races, but his bosses rejected those requests.