Originally, I was successful in IT before I became the person I am now. I was in my early 20s already working my way up the corporate ladder to the point where I became an IT Director making over $100,000 a year. You can call it what it is - I was "Living the American Dream."
Everyone told me to go to college, get a good degree, and then make good money working for a company for 40+ years then eventually retire.
Well, I did as I was told for 5 years. Eventually getting laid off time and time again from different companies for all different reasons. I worked my butt off, not 20 hours, not 40 hours but 50-60+ hours a week so that they would keep me.
I even gave up my free time so that they could control my schedule to ensure I could work as much as they needed me to. No matter what I did, I would keep getting laid off, year after year.
I'm not saying you should feel bad for me or think that I am upset at the 'man' for doing this to me. What I am saying is that this was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Life made me take a 180-degree turn and kept kicking me in the direction to start working for myself and become my own man.
I don't know about you, but my family is too important to me to play around with and not have enough money to be able to financially support them and provide what they need and want.
Today, I day trade for a living, have spoken on stages to educate others, and teach people how to day trade by becoming my own boss, planning out my entire day, and only working as much or as little as I want.