The 40 year plan is over. (B’s Story)
Statistics show that by age 65 less than 2% of Americans can truly retire in comfort without the help of family members or the government. The days of working for the same company for 40 years and then retiring are over. The average person will have 26 jobs in their lifetime.
This is Brian (aka B) by the way. When I was a kid my Dad worked for Gold Circle which was a department store chain. He was the record buyer for the whole chain of stores. It seemed like a cool job he got to travel and always brought home the latest albums for us to listen to and as a kid my parents were always taking us to concerts with them. The concerts I remember going to with them as a kid were Elvis Presely, Cher, The Osmonds and The Jackson 5. Later on when I was a teenager my Dad’s friend Jack, that he had worked with at Gold Circle started his own chain of Record Stores called RTO (Record & Tape Outlet) and asked my Dad to run it for him. So he left Gold Circle and helped his friend Jack get this new business off the ground. He then hired my sister who was17 at the time to work in one of the record stores and hired me at age 15 to work in the warehouse. It was a great job.
I was really into music so it seemed like a great first job for me. My Dad would come pick me up after school and I would work until my dad got off work and then we would go home together. They used to give us free promotional copies of records and free concert tickets with backstage passes and I thought this was the best job ever. I got to meet people such as The Scorpions,Tesla, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Billy Idol, Sting, John Cougar Mellencamp and probably went to over 50 concerts for free back in the 80′s. By the age of 17 I was the shipping and receiving manager and had around 30 employees under me. The business had really taken off and they had over 40 stores at that point throughout Ohio, Indiana and Florida.
My Dad left the company when I was 17 and moved to Arizona. So I had to drop out of high school and go to work full time. So that’s what I did. I worked at that job from 1980-1990 and then the company got in some trouble with the IRS and starting closing stores and laying off people left and right. I knew this ship was sinking fast so I got another job and bailed before I was laid off. My brother in law at the time worked for a company called Computer Transport which delivered and set up Xerox copiers. He got me on as his partner and we would drive from Columbus to Cleveland everyday and deliver and set up Xerox copiers. Although it paid pretty well (by job standards). It sucked driving to Cleveland and back everyday and I just didn’t have any passion for it like I did for music.
After about 6 months of delivering copiers I got a job at a small record warehouse called Campus Records and worked there for about a year and then they starting having troubles and had to lay off a bunch of people and I was out on my ass once again.
Next I got a job at Lennox Industries which was a huge factory in Columbus that made heating and air conditioning units.This factory had been there for fifty years and employed over 900 people. It too paid well (by job standards). After working there for about a year and a half, the union called a meeting and said that they are going to shut down another one of their plants and move all the work to ours and have to hire some more people. Then a couple of months later I show up for my shift and see a bunch of TV news crews outside and I realize… something is up. I am met at the door by a union rep who proceeds to tell me they are shutting down the plant and all 900+ employees are out of a job.
At this point I am 28 years old have 2 kids and recently divorced for the second time and unemployed once again. This is right around the time I meet the love of my life Felicia and after just 4 months of dating we get married (3rd times a charm LOL! (we have now been married for 20 years ) and decide to move away from Columbus and move to Mt. Vernon, Ohio which is close to where her parents lived. I got a job at a new Wal Mart that had just been built and worked in the shipping and receiving department. I worked there for a few months and then found a better paying job at a factory that made toilets. They had the largest kiln in North America and man was it hot in there (90+ degrees all the time). I was a finisher and my job was to smooth out all the edges before they went into the kiln. This was probably the worst job I ever had.
I worked there for about six months and than Felicia’s ex husband’s Aunt told her that she was looking to hire someone where she worked for a telecommunications installer and that I should come in for an interview.
I got that job and it was actually pretty cool. We installed phone transmissions equipment in the Ameritech ( later changed to SBC and then to AT&T) central offices around the Columbus area. After a couple of years I was promoted to Lead Installer which meant I was the boss of my own crew and more money. So I was happy. We moved back to Columbus after 5 years of me driving an hour to work and back everyday. I did this job for a total of 10 years and every time the phone company would get bought out and change their name our work would slow down for a while. Eventually I was laid off and then brought back on as a temp for the same pay but NO benefits. Nice huh?
I did the temp thing for about a year and then once again was laid off due to work slow down. I decide maybe it’s time to make a career change. A friend of mine is a paramedic and loves his job and makes decent money and talked me into going to EMT school. My oldest son Joshua was just graduating high school at the time and said he too was interested in going to school to become an EMT so we both go and enroll in the EMT program at Columbus State. Our instructor said we were the first father-son team he had ever taught. We both went through EMT basic together and then the next quarter we went through EMT intermediate and Paramedic Prep together. We both passed and got our EMT-I certification and then tried to find a job as an EMT and there were none.
Frustrated at not being able to find a job in my new chosen profession. I start looking elsewhere. I had applied for a job with AT&T as a Prem Tech which was a new position they had created for a new service they were coming out with called U-Verse which was going to be a new fiber optic phone, internet and cable service that AT&T had been planning on launching but kept pushing the date back. Then like 6 months later I get a call from them to come in for an interview. I was hired and went though the 7 week training school in Columbus and then sent to Cleveland to work for a month as it was launching there first before Columbus.
I did this job for almost 3 years and was good at my job but was let go because a customer said I stole her Wii Gaming system which was total bull shit and they knew it. This lady was just trying to get something free out of At&T. During the investigation they said I had falsified my application by not putting down a misdemeanor from 19 years ago that I didn’t even do. It was my second wife who was charged and I was with her at the time. So I was fired after 13 years, 10 as a contractor and 3 as an actual AT&T employee.
A few months prior to this Felicia had been let go from her job as an office manager due to cut backs. At this time I was 43 years old, married with 4 sons and getting too old to keep starting over and being at the mercy of Corporate America. We wanted to put our future in our own hands. It was at this time we started looking into home based businesses and network marketing. So glad we did as we’ve never felt this kind of freedom. We are better people because of this profession as it is centered around a lot of personal development.
We now both work full time from home and are never going back to Corporate America.
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