How One Childhood Moment Forever Changed My Career Path

Last Updated on February 7, 2014 by 14 Comments

How One Childhood Moment Forever Changed My Career Path
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This is a post by Nicholas Dogulin as part of our Customer Spotlight series. If you have an interesting story to tell and would like to share your experience with WordPress and Elegant Themes on our blog, please contact us!

The Spark That Ignited My IT Journey

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was an 8 year old inquisitive child sitting beside my then 18 year old uncle as he physically pulled apart and rebuilt his computer. I was awestruck. The moment he rebooted the machine, and after a few solid minutes being presented with the Windows 95 welcome screen, technology and all things IT had made their inception into my life.


My passion for technology had ignited that day. During my primary and secondary education, my core subjects were always IT-related, which led me to study for a Diploma of Information Technology (Software Development). It was here where I decided I wanted to be a programmer. Java/JavaScript was the primary coding language being taught and I loved it! What could be better than spending countless hours of coding alongside your peers collaboratively working to produce a masterpiece?

I continued my studies at the University of Sydney by completing a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology with a major in Information Systems. This degree opened my eyes to the business and management side of IT and my passion for coding was reinforced with a new-found love of building, understanding and managing IT systems.


During my degree, I was blessed with a part time position at (then) Omni Meta Pty Ltd, which was a company with foresight of carbon footprint impact management. My role ranged from web development to process documenting to system management and customer relations. The company expanded and joined forces with another player in the field rebranding to CarbonSystems (today known as Envizi). I loved every second working there. I was overseeing IT Operations globally and the company culture was second to none. It felt like family. But alas, my calling was not there, and after 6 glorious years honored with a front row seat in the startup to global powerhouse journey (all the while being mentored by some of the industry’s best) I realized I had the entrepreneurial bug and decided it was my time to create my legacy.

Branching Out On My Own

Many a successful business owner will tell you that one of the crucial ingredients to a successful business is building and sustaining your A team. you should never be the smartest person in your company—always have team members from whom you can learn and leverage, whose strengths are your weaknesses and visa versa. As such, I understood that I had to focus on my strengths—building the systems, processes and partnerships while managing an exceptional team of developers, designers and strategists all of which collectively attain the goals of my web development company.

It is common fact that if your business does not have a website, more specifically not selling your products or showcasing valuable product and company information through the use of a website—your business success is limited. We all have our loves and hates when it comes to website content, layout and technologies (social media is a whole other juggernaut). It takes countless hours to stay abreast with “what’s hot and what’s not,” let alone finding the time to develop the sites which incorporate these advancements. Wouldn’t it be great if design experts already performed the research and developed the themes for us which we could then tailor more specifically to our clients needs? Hello WordPress!

How WordPress Changed Everything

WordPress has transformed the way websites are designed, operated and maintained. Any vision had for a website is now not only operationally possible, but so to financially—after finding a suitable theme and a collection of plugins, designers and developers can tweak the provided code until client requirements are met and exceeded. The consistency of the Content Management System (CMS) provided through WordPress makes user training, site maintenance and documentation a breeze. Updates for a theme and/or plugins are achieved through a click of a button and with some unit/component testing to confirm a successful update the site will again be performing optimally.


One would expect to pay top dollar for quality themes and plugins—that is until you come across Elegant Themes. For less than $90 a year Elegant Themes grants access to a vast array of top notch themes and plugins from all different appeals and purposes. If you cannot find a theme which works for you here—off the shelf or modified—you need to find another profession or designer. Our website, is based off the Modest theme and is non coincidentally one of our favorites. Close second is the MyCuisine theme both of which for their adaptability and simply elegant designs.

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  1. Quite an encouraging story. Its surely our past and aspirations that makes us who we are.

  2. Hi Nicholas, your story is quite inspiring and moving…

  3. Thanks for the inspiring story, Nicholas. Quite encouraging to people like me who are just getting started.

  4. Hi Nicholas! your success story make me become moved so much. good luck to you and get more successful business in the future!

  5. Very Inspirational, Enough for good motivation for a day… Keep sharing Posts like this.

  6. I just love these inspirational stories folks!!!

  7. Very inspiring. True stories like this motivates me a lot.

  8. I just love these inspirational stories, when one little thing can change course of lives!!!

  9. Hi Nicholas,

    The address is bloggingconsult.

    I will definitely alert you for the second website.

    Thanks Nicholas!!

  10. Thanks Nicholas. WordPress, ET and community of passionate developers using the software had also turned a food science and technologist into a web consultant. I shall post my story soonest.

    • Thanks bb!

      I look forward to reading it!

  11. This story is quite inspiring!!

    I started small, it was 2010, I was then the production manager of one man business ( magazine and journalism), and from there, I got to understand the world of the world wide web.

    My foray in the business started with the then hubpages before deciding to go into more of the business side.

    I recently rebranded a new website ( thanks to wordpress), I hope to make my second site to be based on elegant theme.

    On a final note, the blogosphere is a learning curve and interesting field to connect with people and make money….it is better to start now rather than procrastinate.

    • Thank You Dare!

      All the best with your current business (whats the web address?), and do give us a shout should you require assistance for your second using elegant themes. I would love to see it once completed 🙂

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