My name is Angelo John Gage. I am a former Marine who served two tours overseas. I came back and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and also have few other physical ailments, like the majority of war vets do. On top of this, I have made very bad life choices; experiencing many ups-and-downs, ever since I was honorably discharged and tried to reintegrate back into the civilian world.
Despite these issues, I have attempted to do many things in my life. I am the type of person who always had a drive and a thirst for knowledge. I never had a fear of trying new things, which lead me to always have a new project lined up, a new life goal, or a new dream to achieve. People thought I was crazy; friends and family would roll their eyes when I told them about any new idea I had in mind. Little did they know that my entrepreneurial spirit was trying to figure itself out, and was experimenting with everything that it came across in the process.
However, unbeknownst to all of us, the reason why I didn’t see many things through was because of my PTSD. One of the typical symptoms of PTSD is not being able to commit to something and losing interest in things in life. My two tours in Iraq during my service in the Marine Corps had left me with this disorder, but it didn’t really manifest itself until I tried to get back into the world. Now it was up to me to navigate through life with it on my shoulders.
I attempted to complete college, but this too eventually bored me and I lost interest; despite the fact that I was accepted to Rutgers University with a GPA of 3.86 and only had one month left to complete my Associates Degree. I attempted to work in sales, massage therapy, and then energy consulting. Nothing kept me satisfied, even though I excelled among my peers and colleagues. I would refer to myself as a nuclear weapon with no target – so much wasted potential.
The journey to understand my own inner-workings led me to study and become a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which introduced me into the world of life-coaching and self-improvement. This helped me discover that I could help people solve their personal issues as I was solving some of mine. I opened my own life-coaching practice, but over time, I felt that helping one person per session was not enough, and that I wanted to help the world on a mass scale. This I believed could be achieved by getting involved in politics; especially when I realized how politically correct and backwards the world now seemed.
As usual, I dove into a new passion and went at it 110%. I researched and studied all sorts of things; questioning my reality in every way, which turned my world upside-down. I drifted into and supported some very controversial narratives and conspiracies for several years, while associating myself with certain people with whom I shouldn’t have gotten involved.
With my passionate and intense personality, I eventually went overboard; getting involved in petty arguments, drama, negative thinking, and ultimately embarrassing myself to the point of self-destruction. I realized that I had once again entrenched myself in another delusion, and so I broke down and decided to destroy what I had built. I denounced my stances, and ripped myself away from that which I had worked so hard for. It was self-sabotage, but it was necessary. But it wasn’t all in vain. There was much activism that I did do that was good and people that I did meet whom I influenced positively; helping them escape the same delusions and finding a better path – and that I am not ashamed of.
Despite all the ups-and-downs in my life, there was one theme that was consistent: I loved teaching people how to better themselves and overcome their challenges. And so here I am again, doing what I have always done, but this time with no distractions and no responsibilities other than dedicating my time to creating content which I hope inspires you.