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Even at a young age, I was an entrepreneur without even knowing it.
Born in a small town in western Colorado on a farm we had our hands full with chores every morning and evening. Weekends we were cutting hay or picking spuds or irrigating or plowing fields. On top of all of this, we still had cows to milk morning and night, eggs to gather and chickens to feed.
Once we moved to town and stopped farming, I found out the town actually had a movie theater. When I would ask for .25 cents to go to a movie, I was told that money didn’t grow on trees and no I couldn’t go. This is what started my inner entrepreneurship movement. I wanted money to do some of the things I wanted to do instead of depending on my parents. So I started plowing gardens and spading gardens and running a newspaper route. Picking up pop bottles and milk bottles to sell at the local store for 2 cents to 5 cents each.
At the age of 12 I found out I could still trap and decided with my dads help to start trapping. I ran a 7 mile trap line up brush creek out of our little town and later pulled back to 5 miles a day. I trapped mink and muskrat for 3 years and was able to buy my first car at 16.
We were one of the poorest families in town and I was the first kid to have a car. At 17 years old, I joined the navy and finished my high school in the navy. Once out of the Navy, I worked odd jobs until I found a construction job installing ceramic tile, marble and granite. I worked in the union for 6 years and decided I could go out on my own and I started my own business installing ceramic tile, marble and granite. I ran that business out of my home for 37 years before retiring.