From an early age, I knew my potential was limited due to the fact I didn't really give a crap about school. In this day and age, practically everyone has a degree of some sort to add to their resumes to land their high paying dream job.
I went to a technical school for accounting and flunked out of the program by 2%. For the next few years, I was in/out of school and worked on the side.
While I was working at a retail store, a former classmate came into the store and we exchanged a few pleasantries. She graduated and was now working for a reputable company nearby in her field of study. A pang of guilt stabbed at my heart. If only, I studied for my finals that day. I wouldn't be in this situation.
Determined, I started looking for a full time office position. I sent out a ton of resumes, but I hardly got any call backs due to my lack of experience. Eventually, I landed an accounting clerk position that paid $10 per hour at a small company. My commute was an hour each way and my days were long. But I was happy to be making money on a consistent basis. I worked hard for the next three years, yet I did not get a raise at all. They took advantage of me and I was ready to move on.
For the next 8 years, I have slowly climbed my way out of minimum wage. In 2008, I took on a part time job to supplement my income working an extra 16 hours per week on the side. Yes, I still have my part time job to this day but on a very scaled basis.
As you can see, I never made a lot of money from my day job. I struggled to save money in every way I can. I knew from the beginning, I was never going to get far with just the salary I make from my day job.
In order to grow my wealth, I need to make money work for itself and that's what I have done for the past decade in the stock market. It is not an easy ride up, there have been many hiccups and bumps along the road. But I have learned over the years to adapt and deploy new strategies to improve my overall performance in the stock market.
All it takes is making that one step!