None of us can control how we come into this world. The argument could be made from a statistical standpoint that being born in a western country like the United States is like winning the lottery. With 7 Billion people on this planet and 300 Million people in the US, you have about a 4% chance of being born in this awesome country.
So, on the one hand you could say that I won the lottery in some regards. I didn’t have any say in the matter, but I am grateful that I was born here than in some other country where life could have been much harder.
But then on the other hand you could say I was dealt a pretty crap hand…at least initially.
I haven’t shared much of my early story here on this blog. But I recently had the opportunity to share my story with Even Steven on his blog, where I talked about the following:
- I grew up with drug addict parents.
- My father has spent at least 10 years of his life in prison for the manufacturing and distribution of drugs (Think Breaking Bad, but without the cancer)
- We paid for food with food stamps. My mom lied about not knowing who my father was so that she could collect welfare (so that she could have money without working).
- I slept on the floor in my grandmothers 2 bedroom apartment, where 7 sometimes 8 of us were living.
- Neither of my parents finished high school.
- Early on in my youth I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief.
As you will read, I wasn’t born into the best family. But I was able to turn my life around. I was Lucky enough to have some great mentors enter my life and they opened up my eyes to what was possible.
Like in poker my mentors taught me that you don’t have to play the hand your dealt. You have the CHOICE to ask for new cards.
Go check out the full story over at Even Steven Money.
– Gen Y Finance Guy