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mcpretelin

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Jun 1, 2020
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Hi everyone, I am Marco Clark Pretelin. Thanks for reading my intro!

I'll try to keep my story concise and pertinent. A few years ago a friend recommended I read TMF, so I did and it helped my confused mind a lot. At the time, I was about a year into recovery from my traumatic brain injury in 2014 where I broke my neck falling over my bike on the sidewalk. Before the accident I had worked countless barista jobs, security guard work, production assistant, bus boy/dishwasher, host, construction, sears sales job, some food places, and maybe more my brain's blocked out. After the accident, a friend suggested I enroll in massage school, so after a year at A2Z in Thousand Oaks, CA, and a failed first state test, I passed the second try and became licensed. I worked not for a company but instead tried to implement what I could from TMF. Although I was (and still am) tied to temporal prostitution, sacrificing my time to go and make money, I have been able to earn much more per hour by working for myself. All the clients I have are my own and I can make the money directly. It was very satisfying at first, and I even saved up a few thousand $ to go on vacation to Italy, which had been a bucket list dream, and well...since I almost did kick the bucket, it was the first to cross off as soon as possible.

I still work as a private massage therapist and it accounts for some of my income, but most of my money I make working for my dad and his construction business. He is a carpenter and we do kitchens, baths, custom cabinetry out of his garage, etc. We also do electrical, plumbing, tile, almost everything ourselves. I have learned a TON with him and honestly, it's the reason that ever since I was young I wanted to be an architect. When I got together with my girlfriend in 2017, she encouraged me to follow my dream and finish school. Since then I have completed almost all courses necessary to transfer, with a focus on Architecture from Ventura Community College.

I work most days a week, sometimes weekends too, or some massages. In order to pay for half the rent of a two bedroom apartment in Camarillo, CA, I have to work all month. Dad pays me 200$ a day which is better than minimum so I'm barely help afloat. Massage income too, I can make a great hourly, but barely any hours, and still tied to my work. I have to leave my dog and girlfriend on the already limited weekend time we have to go massage some dude? C'mon. And my week? Again, I'm gone and my dog has to hold his pee all day. My roommate won't take him out even tho he's collecting unemployment on top of BHA from the government because he's an ex Marine going to school now. I get frustrated because I often see many lazy people around me seemingly rewarded for their lack of effort, and I meanwhile put in a lot of work daily, and for the same or less pay. (Unrelated, but again I have still not received my pandemic aid $). The point is, I am so sick of relying on anyone else, my dad, the govt, my roommate, etc. All I want is for my hard work to be properly channeled so that I can build a financial foundation to start a family. I don't want money to ruin a marriage or fatherhood. I don't want to stress about my car breaking down. I also don't want to be tied to a life at a desk, working as an architect but discovering it's not my life dream but instead nightmare.

I have been reading Unscripted aloud to my girlfriend in the mornings and we are both passionate hard workers. She is so smart and an extremely talented artist. I also encouraged her to signup here. She's a personal trainer who worked for a gym but I helped her start her own private clients. She's also going back to school, currently at CSUN for kinesiology to become a physical therapist. After just a few days of listening, she and I are both having second thoughts about our future plans. I intended to apply to USC hoping to take advantage of their free tuition program. We intend to stay together. I am so thankful that she's on board, open minded and supportive of us working together, learning more and planning our best future.

TLDR;
27 male mid-college idk wtf to do lol
working working working
 

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Maybe not the what you're looking for but did you consider doing google ads for other construction businesses.
It could be better for you since you can find common ground with other construction business owner since you know it from inside.
 

mcpretelin

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Read Millionaire Fastlane
Jun 1, 2020
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Camarillo, CA
Maybe not the what you're looking for but did you consider doing google ads for other construction businesses.
It could be better for you since you can find common ground with other construction business owner since you know it from inside.

Thanks for the idea, no I had not considered that before. I'm not at all familiar with that territory but I'm always open to learning!
 

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