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Published by: 2vertigo3 on May 12, 2009
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I started off in life with few advantages. My father was not always employed and

my family never seemed to have any money. I began working and paying for my

own clothes and expenses when I was 10 years old, doing odd jobs around the

neighborhood. I hoed weeds, delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, and raked

leaves. When I was old enough, I got a job washing dishes in the back of a small

hotel. My biggest promotion at that time was up to washing pots and pans.

I left high school without graduating and worked at laboring jobs for several years.

I worked in sawmills stacking lumber, and in the woods slashing brush with a

chain saw. I dug ditches and wells. I worked on farms and ranches. I worked in

factories and on construction sites. For a time, I was a galley boy on a Norwegian

Freighter in the North Atlantic. I earned my living by the sweat of my brow.

When I could no longer find a laboring job, I got a job in straight commission

sales, cold calling from door-to-door and office-to-office. For a long time, I was

one sale away from homelessness. If I did not make a sale that day, and get my

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commission immediately so that I could pay for my room at the boarding house, I

would be out on the street. This was not a great way to live.

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