I didn’t come from a wealthy family. Don’t get me wrong, my parents were comfortable middle class. There was always food on the table, clothes on my back, and presents under the tree. But they worked themselves raw. I always appreciated that my siblings and I were taken care of, but I wanted to live a life that didn’t revolve around my job. When I was young I was always looked at as having no work ethic. It was the only thing my parents agreed on. I “needed to learn a work ethic”. The truth of the situation is I just thought differently about work and about life. My attitude was if I didn’t at least enjoy what I was doing 90% of the time then what is the point? Many view this attitude as idealistic. But this idealism turned into my reality.
I graduated from college with a double major in Information Technology, and philosophy. I also graduated over $40,000 in debt. Right from college I got a corporate tech job and was running my eBay business on the side. I was going crazy. People telling me when and where to be somewhere for 8+ hours a day was torture. I lasted 6 months before I quit and started focusing on perfecting my eBay craft. While learning all I could, at this point I was living at my girlfriend’s parent’s house (no idea how they put up with me for so long). I talked to the best ecommerce minds in the world. People that knew the ins and outs of eBay, Amazon, and Shopify. I didn’t have any upfront capital, so selling on Amazon and Shopify were out of reach for me back then. As someone $40k in debt and because there is very little upfront expense, eBay was my only option to break the cycle of living my life to make someone else rich.
Fast forward 2 years, by now I’ve learned every aspect of selling on eBay, and outsell the people I initially learned from. This business changed my life. There are no words to express my life, but if I had to express my life in a word, that word would be FREEDOM.
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