Life After High School: Interview with Todd Rouleau

We continue my ongoing blog-to-book project: Life After High School: Secrets To A Successful Life By Those Who Have Had Twenty Years To Think About It (or) What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School with an interview featuring Todd Rouleau. If you missed the last post, click here, otherwise, you can start at the beginning here.


Todd Rouleau

Martinez, CA

My Life In High School

Who were you in High School and how did you feel about it?

Recent move to Anacortes felt a little like an outsider. Tough time in life due to divorce

What did you think your life would become when you graduated?

Wasn’t sure

My Life After High School

Todd Rouleau wedding
What happened in your life to you, for you, and by you in the last twenty years (how have you used your time and who have you become)?
Got grades up at Skagit Community College. Accepted to University of Washinton business school. Found interest in the stock market in an internship. Spent a lot of time on my career through investment education and took a job opportunity in Walnut Creek, California 10 years ago. Met my future wife playing coed rec soccer. Married 4 years and have two young kids just 15 months apart. Life centered around them. Spend weekends doing activities they can enjoy and just working on the house.
Todd Rouleau Christmas

My Life Lessons

What were the major life lessons and wisdom that you gained during your journey over the last 20 years?
Set goals you’re passionate about and they’ll be achieved. True happiness comes from within. When you’re happy people will be drawn to you. Your energy, positive or negative is felt by others around you and it’s your choice which to radiate.

Letter To My High School Self

If you could write your 18-year-old self (or however old you were when you graduated) a letter, and send it back in time, what would you say? What lessons, wisdom, encouragement, or warnings would you give yourself?
I would say there’s more to focus on in life than having fun. Stay in the moment but be open-minded to the differences in others. Accepting the differences and understanding yourself will lead you down a path to being a happy and well-rounded person.

In the next post, I will continue with more interesting interviews, like this one with Hayley Berrey.

Are you from Generation X? I want to hear what you think! Please comment below and participate in the conversation about What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School. What do you wish someone told you when you were eighteen?

About the author

Featured in CNN Money Edition, Jesse Stoddard’s primary aim is to make his mark in the world by exploring new ideas, enhancing collaboration and cooperation with teams, and working in his unique ability, which is transferring infectious enthusiasm, taking action, and loving people in order to gather and connect with others to pursue a bigger, brighter future.

Jesse’s mission is to make good bolder with his writing and art, to serve God, and in such a way that he illuminates truth, shines a humorous light on our human imperfections, and reminds us all to be humble while pointing us to what’s right.