Geoff Lichy was born in New York to military parents. Early interests included STEM, drawing, and music (with piano and guitar lessons starting in third grade). He was a member of the Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol, and became a certified SCUBA diver at 14. Being interested in music and art led to an interest in logos and album cover design. When Geoff started recording his own music, he created logos and album art for nine releases before entering college for graphic design.
After three and a half years in college, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in Graphic Design. At this time he worked as an English tutor and fashion model while doing unpaid design/marketing internships. Unable to land a design job so soon after the 2008 financial collapse, he worked sales/retail to survive, often 70-80 hours per week, for less than minimum wage. It wasn't enough and his situation continued to deteriorate, bouncing off rock bottom with increasing frequency.
To improve chances of success, Geoff completed online classes; this included teaching, first aid, financial analysis, and cybersecurity. He also freelanced, doing graphic design and ghostwriting for dozens of clients. During this self-betterment he even fixed his weight problems and began publishing his writing. Eventually Geoff got a graphic design job in the advertising industry and started MMA training soon after. He now works full-time, freelances, sells art online, runs an independent record label, and continues to write.
Perpetually curious, this blog covers different topics and life experiences. Geoff's story is both cautionary and hopeful—you can do everything you're supposed to and still fail, yet perseverance can overcome adversity.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
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