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The Grind: July 2018

Welcome to the first FYG newsletter: The Grind. Every month we hope to update you on all things Find Your Grind and to give you some useful advice in your journey as a misfit.


Nick Gross. Serial Entrepreneur. Owner of Recording Studio. Drummer in Half the Animal. Philanthropist. Multimedia Creative. Business Developer. Find Your Grind Founder.

“When I was growing up, I realized that I could play the drums really well from a young age. I practiced every day listening to a new band so that I could develop an array of styles on the drum kit. I would Youtube my favorite bands and study their drummers religiously. At thirteen, I met someone who shared the same passion for music as me and we started a band.

“Although I was the drummer, I also acted as the business behind the band and the “manager” to make sure everything was getting done, that we were booking shows, developing our website - getting our music out there! It was super important to take control of our destiny and our careers. I was super driven at a young age because I wanted success and I knew nobody was going to hand it to me.

“The first 10% is all about the process and writing your own story. It’s the most fun, exciting, and risky part of any new endeavor, and the most necessary. The drums opened up an entire world of connections, travel, and experiences that have led to multiple businesses and opportunities for me. I’m happy I stuck through the first 10% to get to where I am today.”

Today, Nick truly embodies the lifestyles of Creator, Entertainer, and Organizer. He uses his natural musical talents, his creative problem-solving spirit, and his “dream big” mentality to add value to the world and people around him. With so many ventures to be in charge of, his Organizer traits keep it all moving and help make it all profitable.

“Being an entertainer means you have to be creative. But on the other side- that creativity drives my entertainment ventures forward. Staying organized and understanding your process and the “why” behind everything you do can help keep things in perspective and realize your goals much quicker. These three lifestyles fit into a perfect circle for me.”

To learn more about Nick Gross, co-founder of Find Your Grind, or to explore which lifestyles you have a propensity for, check out

Cyber Security Analyst


 ”Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

It is a common misconception that the only way to serve one’s country is through enlisting in the military. While there are many great service, work, travel, and educational opportunities within the armed forces, serving and protecting your fellow man can live in other arenas as well: First responders, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Government Officials, Law, Education, Social Work, Medicine, Community Advocacy and Activism. The list goes on and on and includes a trending field in Cyber Security.

There are over 300,000 cyber security jobs currently unfilled in the United States, with projected global job openings just waiting to be filled topping 1.8 million within the next four years.

So what is cyber security? In summary, it is best described as the protecting of people, assets, and information through the use of technology. In reality, cyber security offers many lifestyle and career avenues in public, private, and government organizations. Rasmussen College has published two informative articles which provide information to consider when potentially choosing cyber security as a profession.

The increasing demand for skilled workers in this career has created an opportunity for teenagers to train early in the field of cyber security. In a competition called CyberPatriot, teams of high school students work together to solve a cyber-related challenge. With each successfully completed challenge, the team moves on to the next round until eventually the best teams meet in Baltimore, MD at the National CyberPatriot Finals Competition.

If you want more information on the CyberPatriot Competitions for teens, access the following links:

For more information on cyber security and similar jobs, check out Find Your Grind.


We’ve all heard it a million times: ”Be the change you wish to see in the world”. It is a powerful call to action, and while we all agree with the sentiment behind it, most of us are able to make an excuse about what is keeping us from being a change agent.

  • I don’t know how to get started.
  • I don’t have any money or resources.
  • No one cares about the same things I do.
  • I am too young.

Jamie Margolin, a 16-year old from Washington state, is living proof that those excuses are lies we tell ourselves out of doubt and fear. Jamie, from a young age, has always been passionate about climate change and environmental justice. At just 16, Jamie founded Zero Hour, a completely youth led movement focused on creating a “safe, healthy, and clean environment” and has grown the organization to employ 16 teenagers. The Zero Hour team has secured corporate sponsors and has received national attention from media outlets such as the Baltimore Sun and Huck Magazine.

Organizing yourself is one thing, but action is a whole different beast. The Zero Hour team will host a march to take place in Washington DC July 19-21. If you want to join them, more information can be found on their RSVP page. If Washington D.C. in July is not convenient for you, but you still want to be involved, check out their Sister Marches in an area closer to you. 

For more information on Zero Hour, check out their website or follow them on twitter.

At Find Your Grind, we believe The Future Belongs to the Misfits. Jamie Margolin and Zero Hour are just the kind of misfits that are brave enough to be the change they wish to see in the world.  


June was a big month for the Find Your Grind misfits.

Find Your Grind was featured at the National Career Development Association’s conference in Phoenix, AZ and at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD. There we met with students, teachers, school counselors and career advisors from all over the world in an effort to change the conversation about how we help prepare youth for the possibilities of tomorrow. It’s no longer about what you want to do when you grow up; it’s about who you want to be and what kind of life you want to live.

We made our debut at the Agenda tradeshow in Los Angeles, revealed our line of Find Your Grind apparel, won best in booth, and helped sponsor a booth for one of our scholarship winners.

And, most importantly, Find Your Grind is now available to schools across the country. If you want your school to offer our exclusive FYG classroom experience check out our website for more details.

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The FYG team will be joining the “School Culture Revival” in Orlando, FL in July with all of our Jostens Renaissance misfits. Over 1,200 students and educators converge for a weekend of fun, energy, leadership training, and difference making, all focused on making your schools a better place. Never heard of the Jostens Renaissance National Conference? Check it out here.

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