I grew up in an economic wasteland. No, not the Soviet Union. LOL. But Central Massachusetts in the 1980s. As a teenager, the only work options I had were McDonalds for $3.15 an hour or a paper route for even less that. There were simply no opportunities to hustle for a buck. You couldn't even mow lawns because no one had the money to pay kids, never mind landscapers.
Moving to Philadelphia for college (UPenn) in 1992 was an eye-opening experience for me. Suddenly I had job opportunities galore at north of $5 per hour and even higher! Though more importantly, I met some truly amazing kids who were light-years ahead of me. While I had spent my entire youth on school, sports, and television (all dead ends!)....
Some of these kids, arrived at college with side businesses of their own already. I was shocked to meet 18 year-old classmates who read the Wall Street Journal. Others were trading stocks. There was even one kid I met who launched a massive textbook business right on campus - competing directly with the University Bookstore.
Read Daniel's full report at Homeschooling Dad.
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