At the age of 17 I graduated high school early to begin working 3 full time jobs at over 100 hours a week so I could attend college when I was 18. I did this to only end up throwing all my savings away into a car (typical guy thing) and left for college anyways at the age of 18. I moved from Las Vegas, NV to Phoenix, AZ with 120 dollars in my wallet and first month payment for my apartment paid for. I moved there with what could fit in my car and that was it. First thing I did was go job hunting, and found myself a pizza delivery job at Papa Johns first day there.
I chose to go to Universal Technical Institute to be a automotive technician, a 2 year program. I worked 2 jobs, the Papa Johns job and worked for the school in exchange to pay my rent. Between the 2 jobs and college it took up about 90 hours a week, what felt like a break compared to before. I ended up graduating top of my class with a 4.0 GPA and got accepted into Volvo manufacture training and then went to graduate from there with a 4.0 GPA as well.
Why am I sharing this with you?Well simply because I was taught the same way most of you were taught. That you must work hard, get good grades in school, go to college, get good grades again, and then pray you get a job after investing thousands of dollars. (55 thousand for me) Then if you were lucky enough to get your job after college you work for the rest of your life to pay back your student loans and all the debt you occurred while going to school.
Sadly I fell for this trap as many do, It simply doesn’t work for most. Now I was lucky to get a job for Volvo after college, but the pay and the job was something I could of got without attending college. I found myself in a worst spot then when I was in college, I was living in a bad part of town with a room mate, had no furniture and sleeping on the ground, and struggling to pay bills while eating top ramen. I lost over 20 pounds from not being able to even afford food.
I asked myself, why go to college to live like this? I knew something had to change. That is when i met Eric…