This isn’t my usual post about financial literacy or investing. I’ve been thinking about the life story of folks like Caron Butler (google it, will blow you away), my own story growing up on 88th and Princeton in Chicago, and most recently about Freddie Figgers, and it made me want to share two things with you:
1) God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. You just have to answer, no matter what your circumstances are.
2) Most of kids that I talk to want to be athletes and entertainers. People like Freddy coming from the bottom and running a $60M business may push them toward wanting to become engineers and build their own companies
Did you know there are more jobs available for engineers in the USA than there are engineers available? People are coming from all over the world for these jobs, but for some reason, most Americans aren’t taking advantage. The average salary is 6 figures, for life!
We need more business owners, engineers and people majoring in computer science and engineering. We can’t complain about being left behind if we aren’t both qualified and applying! Minor in English, African American studies or philosophy, I’m all for the liberal arts! But jobs are everywhere for engineers and I rarely see Freddy out there. Here is his story:
29-year old Freddie Figgers was abandoned in a dumpster at birth and was adopted when he was just two days old by two loving parents. He is now the founder and CEO of Figgers Wireless, a black-owned telecommunications firm valued at over $62.3M dollars, that you may have never heard of.
Freddie got his first computer when he was 9-years old. It was broken when he received it, but he quickly figured out how to make it fully operational. That was the start of his innovative future. Later as a child, after learning that his Dad had Alzheimer’s, he invented a shoe for him that had a GPS tracker and a two-way communicator that he sold for millions.
He got his first job at the age of 12 as a computer technician, and by age 15, he had already started his own cloud computing services.