Today, I am going to tell you my story. Well, not everything but a small chapter of it.
When I was about 9 or 10 years old, I always thought I would ever find a job. As a kid watching my dad go to work and do office work was beyond my intellectual capacity and therefore I mistakenly believed that I can never do a job. I am just not qualified.
One night I wrote a letter to my Dad. I think I wrote something like “Papa, please never stop working. I don’t think I will ever get a job.”
My mom and brother asked me to show what I have written. I was so embarrassed by the fact that I admitted I am totally unqualified that I tore the page.
I had to struggle with them to do it. My brother and Mom wanted me to show it to them. It was kind of cute from their perspective that I wrote a letter to Dad. I ended up crying.
Well, this is when I was in Mihijam, a very small town in the eastern part of India. Years later I moved to the US to continue my education in Computer Engineering.
I took a small bank loan to fund my education. My family was middle class and I knew that I am accountable to every single dollar. The success or failure of my American Dream was in my own hands.
I learned and accepted early on that I am 100% responsible for my own future success or failure.
I started working part-time in College and building relationships with people in positions. I was a regular churchgoer during my college years. This saved me hundreds of dollars and hours by staying out of drinking and partying.
In hindsight, spirituality saved me both time and money and it helped build a rock-solid foundation for my future growth.
I used to read a lot. I was big-time into documentary films. But what really used to motivate me was writing and thinking about starting my own business someday. I used to come up with business ideas and discuss them with my friends.
I was a hungry young man ready for any challenge. One day, a young man in his mid-thirties came with a Business offer and I was in awe. It was like God sent.
It turned out to be the Amway MLM business. I joined and worked hard at it. At my peak, I was almost halfway to Platinumship, the first step of Amway’s success ladder.
Well as most MLM stories end, Amway did not work for me and I went back to focus on reading and writing.
A year later, I started an IT company with one of my college friends, and part-time I was also teaching new graduates healthcare and information technology.
Around the same time, I got a high paying full-time job offer with Dell as Senior Software Quality Advisor.
For three years I worked at Dell and in parallel ran my own side IT business. I made some money that allowed me to buy two real estate properties in Noida, India for $150K USD during the Indian real estate boom.
Since I carried no debt at this point in my life, I was also able to invest heavily in the Stock market.
I bought Apple shares when they were below $400 mark per share (before the stock split).
I bought tons of Medical Marijuana stocks at $0.02 and later sold at $0.30 a share.
Fast-forward to today, I am still working as an Independent IT Consultant, and I continue to write.
Earlier this year, I published my first book “Naked Soul: The Erotic Love Poems“ which surprisingly turned into a big success in the Love Poems category on Amazon.
I have two more books coming out soon (they are currently being edited). I also offer one-on-one book marketing consultation.
I have no debt, my car is paid off and between my current stock portfolio, real estate investments, other investments, and savings, my net worth is approximately $1.03M USD (if I liquidate everything).
Having said it all, I also must add that I do not feel accomplished yet. Most of this money is tied to non-liquid assets such as Real Estate and Gold. Moreover, my goals are higher and I know this is just the beginning.
Hope my story provides hope and inspiration to some of you who may be thinking out loud that if they can make it.
Keep working hard where your heart is. The rest will come to you on its own.
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