~ Patriotism ~
Love of one’s country: the passion which aims to serve one’s country, either defending it from invasion or protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigor and purity. Patriotism is the characteristic of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in the character of a citizen. ~Original definition of Patriotism
Steve has been an entrepreneur, educator, mentor and coach for more than 30 years now and has taken every opportunity to work on many great business and ministry projects! Steve’s introduction to business started when he was just 9 years old as he started his first paper route and realized how to earn extra tips, candy and cookies! Three months later he took over his best friend’s paper route to make even more money. At age 10, he also started to getting up at 5:00 AM every morning, seven days a week, to ride his bike across town up hill to clean his dads business “Mack’s Pool Hall” for the new day’s business. Since then, it seemed Steve always had two or three jobs going whether he was washing dishes, waiting tables, painting houses or pouring cement. Eventually, he learned he could make even more money hustling adults in billiards and on the local 9-hole golf course. He realized at an early age that if you are willing to learn a skill or job and practice until you’re the best, then there will always be money to be made or someone to hire you. Steve took pride in working harder, better and faster than anyone else. He learned that hard work was a gift given for those who wanted a better life!
At age 18, after becoming a born again Christian and graduating from high school, God decided that young Steve needed discipline and structure in his life before He could teach him anything else. What better way than the military? So Steve answered the call to serve his country and followed in his family’s footsteps by enlisting in the USAF, even walking away from a chance to play college golf. For the first time he felt and knew the hand of God was leading him to make a major decision that would be going against the advice of everyone else! Of course everyone said he should go to college to succeed in life. Most of his Christian elders thought he should go to bible school and become a pastor. However, instead Steve decided to obey what the spirit of God was leading him to do and this is where he learned a valuable lesson at an early age. “God’s ways are not man’s ways”. He soon learned that most people follow the crowd or listen to others who have their own agendas. However, God is calling followers for His purpose and many times it is in the opposite direction and, in this case, it was for Steve.
He was proud to honor the family heritage by serving his country like all his uncles, granddads, and father before him. This would be the beginning of his real education learning about discipline, patience, hard work, courage, honor and love for God, America and family. Steve learned that by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead him he could learn so much more, but more importantly the truth! Although God used many great people in his life to train and educate him, Steve felt a strong leading from the most qualified educator, counselor and mentor there is – the Holy Spirit of God! After his tour in the USAF, Steve went on to serve his local church helping them build the children’s and youth ministries, and the music department where he produced, directed and acted in children and family musicals.
After two years of military tech school and two years of college pursuing a degree to teach history and coach basketball and golf, Steve started to pursue business ventures with fellow church members. He joined a Christian business group and was mentored by entrepreneurs including his pastor. This eventually led him to become a lifelong passionate student of business, politics and a full time entrepreneur starting businesses and helping others with their new ventures. Most ventures did not make much money and would seem to be failures to those who are not entrepreneurs. However, to Steve this was just part of the process, knowing that every tough and even painful business experience was an education in itself to learn valuable lessons about faith and God’s goodness, provision and blessings! He learned how politics really works and how business is changing the way we think, live, work and play! These lessons would serve him well and allow him to live an incredibly rich, exciting life meeting thousands of great amazing Americans who loved this nation as he did. By faith and obedience, Steve would trust God to guide his steps that led him on his unique special journey that would call him to become a bold vocal modern day Patriot, a Christian Soldier and Champion for Free Enterprise! Some day he would be called upon to wake up Americans, encouraging all Christians, Capitalists and Conservatives to wisely choose their representatives and start supporting and voting in fellow patriots that once again honor the Constitution and the God of the bible! We must teach and train the next generation of freedom loving patriots who will come together to start the next American Revolution!
This revolution will not be fought and won with guns and battles but by prayer, sacrifice and hard work and turning back to God for His guidance, protection and strategy! America is most certainly at a cross roads and the next 17 months will determine whether we as Americans will continue down the road to socialism, moral decay and bankruptcy or can we turn back this sinking ship around and get back to the road of freedom and prosperity. Where once again a 10 year old kid can still safely ride his bike, learn to work hard and dream big dreams. Can we rise up a new generation of patriots that realize that God put us here to serve and be a blessing to others? That is the America I grew up in and that is the America I love. The question is will this be the America we leave to our children’s children?
For the last 5 years Steve has been busy traveling, doing research and study, interviewing and observing business owners, politicians and pastors and Christians in churches across the country. He is the author of the new educational series, “Eagle Seminars”, a brand new training program created to help all Americans young and old learn more about their own great nation the USA! Steve is currently writing his first book which will be available as an e-book for the Freedom Quest Members.
Steve is the Founder and President of Freedom Quest America. He is also the Chapter President of Phoenix Main Street Chamber. Steve is married to Annie, they live in Phoenix Arizona and between both of them they have 7 children, Stephen, Nicholas, Danny, Michael, Joseph, Sarah and Jacob.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).
“The rights of man do not come from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy