Where one comes from matters. This is a very true statement, and being raised in an amazing environment helps a lot with being a better person. For as long as I could remember, I’ve gone to church, but not just the show up Sunday kind of people who do it to tell everyone they go to church. We valued what we were taught, and living in the small town of Burney, California, there was two churches in the whole town, and we felt like we could be getting more, so every Sunday we would drive an hour to Redding just for church, and sometimes twice a week (Wednesday worship). Then it go to the point of every other week we would drive all the way to Applegate Christian Fellowship out past Jacksonville. 6 hours round trip for a morning service. Religion gave me tons of values. I do believe church has had the biggest impact on my life. This helps me be a better person in just about every way possible. And my family, having 3 brothers, and two parents never being apart or having arguments helps me so I always have someone to go to. No divorces, just a typical textbook family. All these small things matter adding up in the end. Sports played large roll considering all of my brothers did sports and were extremely good, and for me I deal with adverse situations, but always find a way to overcome them by finding out what I did wrong and do what I can to fix it. Sports build character and when you have a group of guys with one goal in mind, it really shows how much you can do to make one awesome final product.
Right time at the right place. Well I think just graduating with the weather getting hot, I think starting right up for wildland firefighting would be great start to get money behind me during the summer to get ready for electrician courses. And I have a great mind for mathematics and wiring is something that is widely needed in lots of situations, and for me, cars have a huge wiring situation for so many parts of the car (especially new engines for swaps). And with construction taking off if I as an electrician can get a deal with a contractor that could be large amounts of money to be made and have a constant work flow.
Capitalize on opportunities. For me, I want to start out learning everything from the basics up. Once I know what I’m doing 100% and have enough money behind me, I would want to move further into the private sector and start my own business for electricians and hire people who are willing to work for me and have good standards. This way I will be able to help teach new electricians the basics and help them follow what I did and make it better however they can.
10,000 hour rule. Whatever my career has in place for me, firefighting or electrician, I will put my time in to become the best I can at it to better my future for myself and my family, and for my side gig, Working on scouts is a huge money maker, and most people don’t know much about cars, but I study scouts specifically, and being able to know them front and back, and having a love for them like no other helps a lot. Being able to buy, fix and restore them from the ground up including paint and body work. Scouts values have been driving up about 250% in the past 3 years (max our friend sold a finished one for was 8500, last year 22k) so this is a huge money maker.