This was cool when I was in my early twenties. My family thought I would outgrow the phase and start getting serious about my life. I didn’t.
In fact, I was still partying and enjoying myself at the age of 30. Never holding down a job for more than a few months, and still living in my parents basement. Heck, I even got fired from McDonalds for being too lazy.
Then one day everything changed. I overheard a conversation between some of the neighborhood housewives. They were talking about me, and when they giggled about the fact that I was a financial failure at the age of 30…it really lit a fire inside me.
I didn’t have any qualifications, experience, or special skills…but I was now determined to succeed. I set the goal of becoming a six figure earner within 3 years.
My first port of call was to enroll in a business study college class. I also visited onlineschoolsthatofferlaptops.org to get a free laptop.
You see, I was pretty low on finances, and although my family offered to help me out, I was determined to go this alone and pay my own way.
I also got a job at Burger King. Flipping burgers for 8 hours a day, before attending college in the evening. When I wasn’t at Burger King or college, then I would be working on my laptop.
After 2 years I completed the business course at college and was now ready to put my newly found knowledge and skills to the test.
I’d noticed that there was a gap in the market in my local area for window cleaners. Sure, it wasn’t a glamorous business, but there was a real opportunity to quickly build up a customer list and expand.
That was my life for the next year. Getting new customers and cleaning windows. Once I started to make a good profit, I invested some of the money in hi-tech window washing equipment, which meant I could clean the windows on a house in half the time it usually took.
By now I’d moved out of my parents basement and was renting an apartment for $600 a month. Pretty soon I was hiring my first employee, and within a few months I had a team of 4 guys who called me boss.
That was 15 years ago. I now own the biggest window washing company in Florida.
They giggled when I was a financial failure at 30…but when I went back to the old neighborhood in my brand new Ferrari…
Thanks to Paul Smalling for the post.