The first step to turning chaos into success, is gaining knowledge. That's why I'm going to give you my background.
My name is Mike Younts. Currently I am a 22 year old graphic designer working in a small town as the head of marketing for a company that makes construction equipment. I know, that sounds like an amazing position for a 22 year old to be in, but let me explain how i got here. To do so we are going to have to go way back into the abyss of my memories.
At the age of 8 I used to spend every weekend at my grandparents house. My grandparents owned a cattle ranch and besides spending my time outside being destructive or riding dirtbikes, I loved to sit inside on there computer and fill my brain with youtube videos all day. I wasn't your typical 8 year old on youtube watching gaming videos and funny animations though. I would sit for hours upon end watching tutorials on various tech related topics. From building your own pc, to making your own website. By the time I was 9 I knew quite a bit of html code and had been making websites for people using notepad and microsoft paint. These website weren't the best but for a 9 year old, I was pretty proud of it.
Fast forward a year to when I was 10. I have been messing around with coding for a while but something new had caught my eye. I was getting really into movies, and how they were made. My new found goal at the time was to make my own feature length film. So back you youtube I went studying how to film movies and edit them. For some reason I never bothered to look into how to write them, but that's neither here nor there. Once I gained a decent understanding of video editing I decided it was time to make my own movie, with just myself as an actor, director, editor, and writer. This lead me to one issue though, I had no way to get my movie out there. Then it dawned on me. I had been watching all these videos on youtube, the perfect platform for me to get my movie out there. Well, it would've been had I actually made a good movie. Unfortunately it flopped, but I wasn't done there.
My next venture wasn't until I was 16 years old and in high school. By this point I was working part time as a web developer and social media marketer for a small business in my hometown. One of my closest friends in school was known as the class clown, and my movie making dream kicked back in. I saw him as the perfect star for a comedy movie, but this time I was going to approach it differently. This guy was naturally funny and could make anything up on the spot. So we started a web series with no script, no idea, wild editing, and an affinity for offensive content. Surprisingly this took off within our school and we were getting a couple hundred views per video and creating and selling merch locally to fans of the show. But that all had to come to an end when it was time for us to go to college.
At this point in my life I knew I wanted to make movies for a living, but I also had a few other interest that I wanted to keep up with. I also knew that I probably couldn't do that while I was struggling to make it in the film industry, so I made the tough call to go straight into the workforce instead of going to college. Because of my knowledge of programming I started as an industrial contractor for an automation company. I stayed with this job for a year then went to work at a steel plant. Fast forward a few months and I went to work for a trailer company in sales. Through talking to my coworkers I got into investing, but that only does so much when you have an addiction to making stupid purchases that put you in debt.
I continued casually investing in dividend stocks up until December of 2021. That's when I really ramped everything up. I became more aggressive with my investing strategy while still putting money into ETF's for dividends. At this point I had been working at a new job for over a year and I am still working here to this day. I have developed multiple side hustles and no longer have to deal with any debt other than my mortgage and truck payment. I am by no means "Rich" yet, but I'm doing all I can to get there and retire early. And that ladies and gentlemen, is what this blog is all about!