Robert Rising was a waiter making a good living and living a great life in New York City. But his real passion was in woodworking, a hobby he stumbled into late in life. Robert has turned his passion for woodworking into a million dollar business two years after devoting himself full time to his company. As part of our series “Side Hustle Success” on Protege Podcast, Robert shares his story of enduring special education classes, and how he talked his way into a private high school, college and his first job. “The Black Lumberjack’ shares with us how his hunt for the perfect wood furniture landed him in the New York Times, and provides advice to anyone hoping to quit their day job to follow their dream!