Most people know I am a college dropout, not a lot of people know that I am a high school drop out as well. At 17 I was living in my car, and after I crashed that (and had no insurance) I was living in a park.
Life was fucking rough, obviously, and I knew I needed a change. I dropped out so that I could get a job and try to support myself. I had a 3.8 high school GPA when I left. I got my GED and started working, I was digging holes for a living in the Arizona heat for $12hr. I decided I would be happy doing anything but this. I ended up attempting to go to college, about 2 years later and over 20k in student loans I started to wonder if college would really pay off. That is when by chance I moved to LA with the woman I was dating at the time (who became the love of my life).
There in Los Angeles I was introduced to a few self taught programmers who hired me to hand out drink samples for their e-commerce energy drink brand. These guys where just a couple of goof-off bro's that I got along with well. Not stuffy business dudes who I typically imagine when I think of the wealthy. I decided to teach myself to code that day. I remember sitting on the curb googling "Ruby on Rails" because its what those guys knew. 2 years later I was making over 100k.
My life changed forever because of a chance meeting and determination. Teaching myself how to code was difficult, but when contrasted to the time I spent in college it was obviously worth it. 2 years in college got me sitting on a curb after a long day of slinging drink samples. 2 years of learning to code has me sitting in my living room playing Skyrim VR. It is a no brainer really. If I could go back in time I would not change a single thing. This was the greatest investment I have ever made in myself.
Now I am trying to help others do the same. I am a true rags to riches story, and I want to show others how to do the same exact thing. If this interests you follow me on Twitter to get updates about my upcoming one-on-one mentoring program and courses!
Self care is a hot topic these days, and I’m not just talking about face masks. There is a growing movement that underscores the importance of taking time to take care of yourself (in addition to all the other things that you already take time for). You can prevent problems down the road by taking proactive steps to ensure your health and happiness.