“I work with what I learned in the classroom. My mother was a school teacher, so my teacher and I worked very hard to learn how to use my hands. I worked in an automotive company as a body panel and interior installer. I knew how to do it for about 5 years. I thought, ‘I’m gonna get good at it, because I see the work I’ve done. I can do it.’ It was a very easy way to learn and I think that I would have been successful if I wouldn’t have gone into the car industry. It’s been an interesting journey, but it’s been worth it, because I had a great life and I’ve made a lot of money.”
How do you keep your sanity despite traveling from country to country?
“My first trip was to Thailand, and I made a lot of friendships. In Thailand I met a lot of nice people doing things that were good, and it was a lot of fun. I had a wonderful time and just got really bored and wanted to do something better. I saw another person doing something similar, and I wanted to have a go at it. I didn’t go to Thailand for another 2 years, and that was the end of it. The second time I was in Thailand, I spent 1,000 baht [US$13] getting my license and studying on my own there. That was about eight to nine months.”
How long did that take?
“Three or four months, when you’re not working in a car company. Three years after that I started doing it.”
Are you going for the car-shipping business?
“I do it with my mom, because I want her to get a job. In the US you need a college degree to be a car salesperson. Here you can just make $50 a day, so I’m trying to make money by doing what I like, and getting away from the corporate America. My mother is also making a lot of money in this and is a certified teacher. It’s a win-win that I’m doing something I love for myself and for her.”
As a boy you had a lot of friends, was there one who became a father figure to you?
“It was the same way as in Thailand. In Thailand you can make up to $1,500 by yourself working in construction. My brother was a carpenter in Japan, but he wasn’t allowed to have more than
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