At 14, I went into fast food as a short order cook...yeah, I
know, they don't do that anymore... I had to get a physical and a doctor's
permission, which I did all on my own...And, as I moved up in the world, I told
my mom that I would cover everything myself. I paid for my own clothes, my own
books, my own transportation to school some 5-6 miles away, everything...I was
self-supportive aside from having an occasional dinner at home and living
there...the rest was all on me...I can tell you that I know the value of one
dollar...And, oh yeah, I used to pay for my own dental work myself...I remember
the surprise my mom had when I got one of my teeth pulled back then.
At 19, I went into the corporate world and began learning the
hard knocks of business...I was self-taught as a typist, getting a book out
from a library and teaching myself on the office equipment...People seeing how
fast I could type landed me a job for years as a speed typist and
proofreader...I typed 120 wpm back then which is still amazingly fast...I wrote
and typed out my first book, The Black Book of Sales Secrets, in one
weekend...I don't consider that any kind of a feat...I just think I'm normal.
I found I did pretty well in whatever I delved into and I
made some impressive record-breaking sales in real estate, collectibles and
other industries...but this was making money for others all the time, which is
fine as I consider that on-the-ground training...I helped form an insurance
technology company and I ran the fundraising, raising $3.25 million from
friends and family in a six-month period; all strictly angels. I took on the role of VP Sales & Marketing and learned lead generation and basic marketing...invaluable lessons.
I put myself through college and university. I graduated
Summa Cum Laude, which is pretty rare and not really heard of much. I got
straight A's in every single class be it biology, mathematics, finance,
accounting, legal basics, you name it, I aced everything. It's like graduating
in the top 1% of the country.