November Daily (8 Part Series)
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!
Throughout the last year, I have worked part-time as a working student and also studied at the university. I was not the first and not the last one who has combined that during their studies, but the problem for me was, that at the end of the day I have felt absolutely exhausted mentally and physically. That caused problems with my health and motivation to continue working on my goals or anything. (yeah, “goals,” I wish I had something more specific at that time).