Like many others I am constantly searching for new projects and seeking what are the new technologies that appeal to me. In the last few years I have always searched and found new avenues and new things to learn. I will give you a quick recap on all the jobs I have held since I was a teenager. I started my first business when I was 14 years old grooming dogs but previous to that I use to sell sports cards to friends and classmates and even before that I sold pens and pencils to kids in elementary school. Creating these small sources of income I learned to pay for my own luxuries and sometimes needs.
8 years old – I asked my parents to buy me a few packs of erasable pens so I could sell at less of what the school store sold them and I still made a profit. I kept my inventory in a fanny packet which in 1988 seemed to be cool.
12 years old – I would sell my dad’s Flan (dessert) throughout the neighborhood so I could go to my Boy Scout Outings. At first I use to bike around the neighborhood making my sales pitch in a boy scout uniform. My dad made such a delicious flan they would later on sale themselves and I would spare myself the ride on my bike going door to door.
13 years old – I started collecting baseballs cards at age 10 but decided I could make profit of the ones I did not want to keep. Later on I started selling a good amount of cards to contacts which needed to them to finish off certain collections in various sports or where just fans of certain players. I use to go to the Winter baseball games in Ponce where many Major League Baseball Players where playing. I got their cards autographed usually kept one or two and sold the rest at a premium.
14 -17 years old – I started working at a pet grooming shop in which they later left to the states and I took the opportunity to set up RJ’s Pet Service. With the help of my dad I was able to drive and get dogs and later bathe and groom them. During the time my customers went on vacation I would also charge them to check up on their pets. For those summer months I would make more money in a month than what I made when I left college with a Bachelors degree. I use to work 7 days a week without an issue since I enjoyed what I was doing. Now days the only dog I groom is my Juanga.
At 17 years old I enlisted in the military finished my high school and I can say I forgot my entrepreneur spirit and for 11 years I worked for someone else. After that I worked as a waiter, bartender. Sam’s club associate (Various tasks), AOL Service representative, Accountant, Tax Accountant, Auditor, IT Auditor, IT Consultant, and IT Security Consultant. It was not until I was age 28 where I decided I had enough of working for large corporations and not for myself.
Working for a corporation or organization i felt many times that my efforts where not appreciated or valued so I decided to set up CIMA IT Solutions Corp. Being a Newbie at taking care of a different type of client after 11 years of working and representing other companies was an experience in which I had many failures. From each failed opportunity I was able to identify a lesson a usually one ore more opportunities.
I have to say that what I find unique is that now I can be a newbie at anything I want to learn without restrictions. When you work for an organization you might not be able to jump into new things with approval from your superiors. After coming back from #SXSW I realized how new I am to many of the things I am trying to get off the floor. I look at things very differently than others which brings me the great opportunity of finding the opportunities where other might not.
By always being curious about my surroundings I end up being a newbie at many things constantly. What I really enjoy about being a newbie all the time is that learning new things aligned with my personal and business interest spark passion and new ideas. When I sold baseball cards many of you would have a laugh at the spreadsheets I created out of old notebooks to keep track of the value of cards and my inventory. Many probably thought it was a waste of time little by little I was learning how to organize myself with simple tools such as a notebook and a pencil.
Being a dog groomer I would get up on Saturday’s at 5 am to head out to a pet shop to serve clients that where at a city about an hour away (keep in mind i was just 16 other kids where playing sports or at the beach). I have always seen work as a challenge and extension of who I am. That is why I Feel In love with Monday’s when many of you detest them.
I have been and will continue to be a newbie in many things I do but something that I can assure you that I am never missing is the energy and passion I have for everything I set myself to do or get myself into.
What are you going to become a newbie at today, this week, this month, or this year?
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