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The Story Behind

David grew up poor. He started working in the 7th grade and by high school he was only going to school half days, leaving at 11 a.m. to go to work.

Lack of money meant lack of educational opportunities, but he had a hunger to learn. In his spare time he read books on human development, vocabulary builders, spiritual tomes; anything that he thought would help him succeed somewhere down the road.

He was a hard worker and rose above his lack of higher education to provide decently for his family, but the factory life was taking a toll on him physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It was, in his mind, killing him like a slow poison.

In 1995 he bought his first computer and a few months later discovered the Internet. He wanted to be a part of it, and worked 48 or more hours a week in the factory, and worked another 30-40 hours or more each week teaching himself computer skills. He worked harder than he ever had in his life, logging over 100 hours a week on many, many occasions.

He taught himself how to create websites, design graphics, accounting, marketing, cost ratios, and everything else he thought he needed to know to find a place on the professional side of the Internet. He saw it as his best bet out of the factory and lack of higher education that had kept him boxed in for so long.

David began applying for jobs in the Internet and computer fields. He was shot down many times, but he never gave up. He had a goal and kept after it even when he didn't feel like it because anything less seemed so hopeless. That kind of drive and perseverance almost always pays off.

I'm happy to say David landed a job in the computing field and left the factory behind. He beat out college educated applicants with 4-year degrees with his self-taught skills.

This is a true story about determination. It's a story about believing in yourself. It's a story about finding what you love to do and following your dreams, and I've only told one lie while relating it to you. You see, David isn't a real person...

...this story is about me. All the hard work indeed did pay off. I landed a job designing web sites for a local computer company. At one point this story ended here, but now there is more to tell.

My own site right here took off well enough that I left the job I worked so hard to get back in 1999. I just work for myself now, right from the comfort of my own home. I love what I do now—and this is the first time in my life I can honestly say that about what I do for a living.

My hope in writing this story is that, if you have a dream, you'll be inspired enough to see it through. Don't think it can't happen because I'm proof it can, but it's up to you to make it so. To go somewhere, you must start where you are. The farthest journey always begins with the first step. Chart your course and take that first step, then keep walking.

One last thing . . . enjoy the journey. The destination you choose is but one point in the timeline of your life, there are thousands of points in between where you are and where you are going. If you don't enjoy the journey the destination will disappoint you when you arrive.


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