Hi, I’m Jess Fields. I’m a serial entrepreneur, public policy expert, and recovering politician.
Like you, I’ve had both success and failure in my life. I’ve learned a lot from both, and I’m always looking to learn more. This blog is about my attempts to live more intentionally, productively, and purposefully.
A Short Biography
I got bit by the entrepreneur bug early. In the 3rd grade, I started a business making and selling greeting cards I printed on our Macintosh to kids at school for a dime a piece. Within a few days, I’d sold a ton.
Unfortunately, my backpack brimming full of jingling coins caught the attention of the school principal, who banned me from selling my wares to the other kids.
A number of businesses later, at 19 I started a small retail cigar shop in College Station Texas while a student at Texas A&M University. After a few years of struggle, it became a successful business and about 7 years after starting it, I sold it.
At 22, incensed by a new law that would have put me out of business, I ran for and won a seat on the College Station City Council, where I served a full term and championed business-friendly policies.
Since selling the shop, I’ve worked on public policy for a Texas-based research institute. My writing on public policy has been published in the Austin-American Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the New York Daily News, among others.
I’ve worked with local officials, nonprofit organizations, and legislators in every corner of Texas and over 30 states.
My wife Courtney and I have been married for 5 years, and we currently live with our daughter, Lacey, in College Station, TX. We do our best to follow Jesus Christ.
I enjoy fly fishing, golf, reading, and getting lost on the backroads of West Texas.