ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Being an electrician was not my first pick of things to do with my life. After flying planes, working construction, being a chef, working in restaurants, being in the Marines, working in factories, and being a corporate salesman I was given the opportunity to try my hand as an electrician.
At first I didn't like it. I didn't want my friends to know I was working with my hands. I figured they would look down on me for being in construction. This is back when I gave a shit about what they thought. After a few years however I started making real money, and working around some guys that changed my perception of reality. I grew up, learned a skill, and found stability in my life because I found a purpose. I was able to raise my son as a single father and found something that would lay the foundation for a great life, as well as maintain my drive and passion to learn.
I've always had to hustle. Being a single dad at the age of 18 is never easy, and between the government taking a quarter of your income and child support taking another quarter, you're not left with much regardless what your wage is. And as an early 20-something, I wasn't spending the remaining 50% of my money well. In the midst of being broke and nearly homeless, having a suspended license, and needing to get my kid to school and get to work, I had multiple run-ins with the law with no money to get myself out of the hole. Since I've been of working age I've always had to hold down at least 2 jobs, sometimes 3. Its the only way I could put food on the table since graduating high school. I made my own bed (of course), and I realized that taking this craft seriously was the only way I could pull myself out of it.
Now I'm 32 and after years of working around wise men, and learning to be really good at something that changes constantly forced me to focus my attention and set goals for myself. I was able to see a light at the end of the tunnel and found a way to climb out of the struggle. Now I have a commercial driver's license, own a home, am married, and have financial freedom that I'd never known existed.
Doing this everyday has given me a way of living and a way of thinking that has changed everything in my life. Now I own a company and have the freedom to make my own way in this crazy life.