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Old 12-01-2011, 02:57 AM   #1
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I've been following this forum before I even ventured out to start up my own business. Well, start up might not be the best term. Perhaps, legitimize and grow a business my father started about 30 years ago would be more accurate. In any case, PT has been a wealth of knowledge for me and a tool I hope to make better use of now that I've come out of the closet so to speak.

Moving on... a bit about myself. I'm 29 and have been on a job site literally since I can remember. Started painting houses on my own when I was 17. It was a great way to pay for school, but I never really intended for it to be a career. Went to school, got a degree and a teaching credential then took 3 years off and dedicated my self to a dream. A dream that I think ultimately led me into the painting profession given that after the 3 years jobs in education were basically non existent. Anyways, the dream was an Olympic dream. From 2006-2008 I dedicated myself to making the Olympic team in freestyle wrestling. Long and short of it, I ultimately came up short of making the team, but in the process I was at one time ranked as high as #2 in the nation and #8 in the world and held a victory over the 2x reigning world champion in my weight class. I would have loved to give it another go, but wrestling doesn't pay the bills, so I had to move on.

About my company... Very small, just me and 1-3 employees depending on the season. Despite being in an area hit hard by unemployment and in a state that makes it difficult for small businesses we've managed to do ok. I would definitely like to do better. I've had high expectations for everything I've ever pursued and this is no different. I hope I can learn more from those who have done it well, and maybe pass on a little knowledge of my own here on PT. My goals are to eventually one day be "out of the bucket" and have something worthwhile to pass on to my son if he chooses this path. I'm a long way from that I know, but knowing where you want to be is the first step to getting there.
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Welcome from southern Cali, what part of Cali you from?
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Welcome, great story, hope to hear more from you!
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Welcome from South Florida.

Everything you need are in the threads of this forum.

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