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What one corporate lawyer left behind to pursue his 'passion project'

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 13:07:03-04
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This is part of a series on people dropping everything to follow their ‘Passion Project’. See more stories of Wisconsinites following their dreams here and here.

Do you ever find it hard to get into the daily grind?

A lot of people dream of a career switch. A Milwaukee man quit his lavish job to pursue his passion project.

Andy Gehl graduated from UW-Madison Law School, ready to conquer it all.

"I wanted to make a difference in the world you know."

For seven years, he worked at a prominent corporate firm in Chicago, but with a wife and baby number two on the way, something was gnawing at him.

"I was putting in anywhere from 70 hours at the minimum, up to 80, 90 hours some weeks."

While he was adding up those hours lost with his family, a friend approached him with a business venture. It would allow him to get back to Wisconsin and make the beer they love to drink. Thus, Third Space Brewing was born.

"We put our entire life savings into it," said Gehl.

All the hard work has paid off. In three years, their brewery has quadrupled in size.

"So now to have 30 employees and our own canning line it's just amazing, and look back and say look at what we built," said Gehl. "I am so much happier. I love my life, I love my job."

Andy has this advice for becoming an entrepreneur: