Any good things attending to me are because of my wife. I had absolutely nothing to do with anything on the good side. On the other side, well, that’s all my doing.
I started out coming from comfortable middle class, but fell pretty far. At one point I was walking alongside the road looking for soda bottles to return for money so I could eat, living with friends. I had a lot of people enabling me for a while. One day I woke up and decided I had to do something, and never looked back.
I dunno, I think that it was a situation of my own creation. But I still worked my way out of it without any help.
By no means is the American dream dead. I have a friend who turned it all around by finding a single clawfoot bathtub, reconditioning it, and reselling it. The buyer asked him if he could find any more tubs; he took the money, bought more tubs, reconditioned them, resold them… that was 13 years ago. Now he has one of the largest vintage tub and bath companies in the US. He’s about 35 years old, maybe 40. Did he start with nothing? Nope. But he was just a regular guy who found an opportunity. It could have been you or me.
edit: I have a friend whose signature is, "Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… you’re right." The guy you’re arguing with, for him, he’s right. For him the American dream is dead, because he doesn’t believe that he can do it so he’ll never try. But for someone who believes that he can take a single item and parlay it into an enterprise, well, there you go.
http://www.vintagetub.com is his website, btw. Norm Dick, super nice guy.
I consider myself "self-made", although I’m not a very good sculptor. [:I]
I worked my way through college, but pretty much partied my way through. I gained enough credits to graduate, then immediately moved to Austin, TX. I sold shoes at Foot Locker and quit as an assistant manager after about a year and a half. Through a friend, I got a job testing software at a company in Austin, BPI, in November 1982, and I met my wife a month later.
Long story between there, but my dream had been to have a job where I could travel, and I started business travel around 1984. When I moved to another company in 1987, I started a career that took me all over the country for 14 years. There is little better in modern life than getting to set your own travel at company expense. [:)]
I was a traveling tech-support guy until June of 2001. Since then, I’ve been a tech-support guy who works from home. (Changed to a small start-up company then.) I own a small piece of the company.
Time will tell if I’m a financial "success", but I can still pay my bills, and I’m content.
I was just curious how many people here started from nothing or very little, and made something of themselves. I m not saying you have to be rich, but your comfortable, paying the bills, saving a bit. Is this still possible? Harder then it used to be? Easier? I m involved in a discussion on another board where some seem to think the American dream is dead unless you know someone or have an in . Is this true? Tell me your story.
Are you a “self made” person?
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