Going To School and Advancing My Career: My experiences

Whenever I talk about middle-school memories with one of my friends, he always remembers me checking my eBay feedback while in music class. Since the 6th grade, I have gotten myself involved in the world of business and have seen success working for myself online.

During my sophomore year of high school, however, I started to slack off grades and sports wise. My grades weren’t at the status of my potential, and I had put much time into sports and my results weren’t up to my expectations. As a result, I ended up quitting football due to the fact that I needed to put more time into baseball and focus on managing my time and grades. Those two decisions have helped me get to where I am today because I used the time I would be at football to study business, started investing and changed my mindset to long term. Something else happened that changed my life: Towards the end of my sophomore year of high school I got involved in a serious relationship with my current girlfriend, which brought up my maturity level while keeping me focused on foreseeing my near future.

 

Right before college at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida I started working at a restaurant and was able to experience working for someone besides myself and learned how much work can go into a low paying job. It taught me that while my eBay business is still going on, I had another stream of income and I was able to use this job for my “fun money”.

 

In August 2016, I went off to college and maintained my eBay business while networking, maintaining my grades and so on. My freshman year consisted of multiple weekends listening to Andy Frisella podcasts and thinking of ways to improve my life and the life of my family. My main thoughts during that first year away from home were money, happiness, and personal health. I knew that becominging successful was not free and I needed to understand what I was getting into and what it takes.

 

After my freshman year ended, I decided to get an internship and dip my toes in the professional waters for the first time. I worked for a mobile marketing company named Lime Cellular, while also starting a pet waste removal and mobile detailing service which taught me how to communicate with clients in person and building trust within the customers. It certainly wasn’t easy: My summer consisted of working thirteen hours a day. Picking up dog waste and cleaning windows of cars was definitely not the most fun thing to do, but it nonetheless taught me valuable lessons. It taught me that, as I cleaned a person’s $100,00 vehicle, it should soon be me who is driving a six-figure car and getting it cleaned. Those few months were hard, but on the bright side I was able to be home with my family, girlfriend, and close friends for the summer. This was what was most important to me, because being away from everyone who I knew in another state is not easy when you consider yourself a family guy.

 

After the summer ended, I was determined to start a professional company on my own. However, I wanted to get some more work experience under my belt. I applied for a job at the famous Breakers in Palm Beach and the Apple retail store in Palm Beach Gardens. I ended up getting both, thus beginning the difficult journey of working two jobs while being a fulltime student, having a long distance relationship, and managing family values while my parents are divorced. I now enter the summer of 2018 with starting the company I wanted to and maintained all my objectives.

In conclusion, the purpose of this article is to inform our viewers that everybody has their own sorts of problems/jobs and being able to grind through all obstacles is the way to success.

One book I would recommend to our readers would be "Cold Hard Truth On Men Women and Money" by Kevin O'Leary, it has great tips on how to deal with money at any age in your life. Link is listed below from Amazon!

 

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Matthew Engel