When I was around 16 years old, I had I come to a fork in the road. My father told me many times that I had to learn a trade. Our family was generally employed with-in labor-based careers. He started training me to follow his example. He is a flooring installer to this very day. I have much respect for my dad as he has a passion for what he does. In my opinion, this job sucks. It is extremely hard on your body. Growing up watching my father having back injuries, joint issues and knees drained did not really create the excitement to pursue this type of career.
Instead of planning to one-day take over the family business, I decided to take my chances in something new. I was able to dual enroll in Brevard Community College while in High School through a program called Brevard Air Condition Contractors Association (BACCA). While I was going through the program, they found me an employer and I was able to get lots of on the job training. I excelled in this skill-set.
That decision taught me to always stop and review my options whenever I come to a fork in the road. Everyone comes to one of these choices in their lives that forever change their course. Some for the good and some for the bad. Just always remember you do have a choice. I always recommend to do what my father and I did. Choose your passion!