After graduating college, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. But I knew exactly what I did NOT want to do — climb the corporate ladder.
In the immediate years following graduation, I bounced around from job to job with a focus on optimizing for life experiences.The bulk of my income came from working for my friend's construction company building fences during the summer & fall months.I spent most of the winter and spring months exploring Colorado ski resorts or fly fishing rivers while sleeping out of the back of my truck.
I had no complaints. I was making just enough money to get by and have a little bit of fun. This lasted for several years until I sat down to do my taxes in 2016. I was living below the poverty line.
I can specifically remember one sunny spring day in Fort Collins. My friend and I were finishing up a fence job on a ranch property north of town.
"Dude, I can't continue to live only making $15 per hour. I gotta go apply for some jobs." I immediately began to look for jobs when I got home.
I'd heard from friends the commercial real estate industry was competitive, fast paced, and could make a lot of money.
I landed two quick interviews with firms in Denver and decided to take the offer that allowed me to start immediately.
Several months into beating my head against a brick wall while cold calling every day, a facebook ad popped up that said "Build your own business, create your own freedom."
This immediately grabbed my attention as it sounded like something I deeply desired. "Build my own business, create my own freedom." This is exactly what I wanted to do.
I clicked the ad and was opened to a whole new world. In tomorrow's essay, I'll explain more about the insights I learned.
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