How I Became A Tech Fan

Since I am a geek, I love spending my paychecks on all things electronics; you name it, and I have indulged. When I was a child, I envied all the other children that had their Nintendos, Super Nintendos, Segas, handheld systems, and way more. Of course, I was too young to understand that my parents were not only working full-time to make ends meet and to put wholesome food on our table, but that they were also working overtime.

Growing up, there were four of us. As a teenager growing up in a low income household, I felt deprived. Truth of the matter is, we had at least two meals a day, a lunch packed, used clothes but clothes nevertheless, and electric and water on (well, most of the time).

It was the 8 year old me who told myself that when I grew up, I would have the coolest gadgets ever. I told myself I own not one but two Nintendo systems and everything else that came out. Funny how a child’s mind works, huh? It’s also hilarious, the things that really hurt us… propel us forward in life as well.

my beautiful ps 4

Fast Forward…Back TO The Present

Now, at every launch, I reserve my video gaming systems as well as any video games, iPhones, or other gadgets I want to own. My friends seem to think I have a problem, but hey, everyone has something they indulge in, correct?

In their case, it can be drugs or alcohol or food or shoes; in my case, video games and technical gadgets. If I can afford it and it is not causing any harm to others, I find no harm in this.

One of the websites I love to visit regularly is Campad Electronics where I find the most reliable iPhone accessories for a great price. Better yet, whenever I’ve had any problems, which is a rarity, I have found the customer service to be fast and responsive (which let us face it, is half the problem!)

Now, it’s not all bad: I do loath the sedentary lifestyle! I make sure to hit the gym one hour a day, every day. Ever two weeks, I make sure to spend extra time in the gym because both my grandfather and grandmother suffer from heart attacks and diabetes also runs in the family. I realize that video gaming can hinder my health but I believe in balancing your lifestyle.

Just because I love buying the newest in the world of technology does NOT mean I spend hours and hours glued to the couch. In fact, it is quite the opposite!

People love to blame technology but I believe that is a simplistic view: all these advances also have great benefits. It all depends on how you use these technological advances. Sure, you can spend the day looking at cat memes or you can build an online business; you can waste time on Facebook or build your own brand on the same platform. You can play Candy Crush all day or learn to code online for free!

Anyway, now you know some personal stuff about me!

Everyone Should Start Their Own Business

Note: This is an article written by one of my really good friends. I love it and decided to publish it here, as motivation 🙂 Enjoy!

When I started my own business, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was just excited about selling skateboards and surfboards. Ever since I was young, I loved these two sports. I even picked up inline skating and skiing, though the first two would remain my first, hardcore passions. I not only used to be on some type of board all week long, but my friend would come to me for advice all the time. I would read magazines, watch videos, all that good stuff…

i love to surf!

Your Typical Wanderlust

I have traveled and surfed in some amazing spots and have made amazing friends all over the world. In that sense, call me your typical wanderlust. In my last two years of college, I started picking up used boards and customizing them. I’d refine and wax the boards, then create customizations such as art work as well as replace wheels. It all started when one of my football friends stopped by my dorm before we headed out. He asked me where I got the skateboard and if I would sell it to him; he was in love with the look of it. I sold it to him for $99 after about two hours of work. Really, the work wasn’t even work! This was amazing compared to working for $9 per hour around the corner at the hot restaurant.

The Realization: My Hobby Is A Paying Business…

I realized I could make so much more for so much less time and doing things I enjoyed. I had the brilliant idea of selling refurbished and recycled skateboards and surfboards. If I sold around 7-10 per month, it would cover my costs easily.

The start was slow. In fact, it took about six months for word to get around that I was selling some dope equipment and boards. In fact, soon, I started dreaming about a shop of my very own after I graduated. However, I soon found out that my clients were running out so I opened up an Ebay shop, used the local classifieds, the college magazine, and several local online forums to advertise my products.

The more avenues I used for marketing my products, the more my sales would remain consistent. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was putting my business degree to a use: I was launching a business and a successful one at that! How many people do that in their early years and figure things out? That’s not to say that each month I broke over $500… however, there would be a few rarities where I’d break over $1100; so then, those would make up for the lower income months and balance things out, thankfully!

Today, I’m A Success Story To My Friends 🙂

Fast forward to today, I own two shops where I sell inline skates, skateboards, and surfboards. We also offer rentals and more services to keep things in check. I did a grand opening about three months ago where we hired fire entertainers to put on an awesome show for the crowd outside. It definitely got things started right and exposed our brand to a whole new set of eager people walking around. We tossed in some delicious, free food bites and kids and adults were equally excited. I took time out and greeted people as well.

I firmly believe that our children should be taught the essential skill of selling from a young age and I love the idea of a “launching businesses” course for high school students.

Life Should Be A Summer Adventure!

I don’t only care for racing; I love all types of sports. The more adrenaline rush, the better. For instance, two years ago, me and friends camped for two weeks in national parks in California, hiking to our hearts content! We would make pit stops as needed, do the awesome herbal stuff, get drunk, chat, cook burgers, steaks, vegetables, corn, s’mores, eggs, beans and so much more over a bonfire. A good 10 days of that!

The Route!

Here is how the route started: we started by picking up a friend in my other friend’s car… in Mexico, two hours from the border. We stayed there for two days. I had the opportunity to go surfing with my friend, his brother, and his cousins. I thought I was a decent surfer but, wow! These guys could run circles around me! After those couple of days, I have so much respect for them. In fact, I got into slight trouble as the board kind of hit my temple and while I didn’t lose any consciousness, I felt relieved that such experienced swimmers and surfers were around me. An experience of a lifetime and I am craving it right now, as I detail it here.

The next thing we did was enter the United States through California, of course, my beloved home state! Upon meeting new people, I am most often told that I must be a “Cali Kid”. It’s funny because I recognize it in others as well, especially my childhood friends. It is not just our skin cased hair and skin; it is also our carefree demeanor in which we skate through life! Also, of course, most of us surf, camp, skateboard, or are, in the simplest terms, in love with life!

Back In Escondido, CA…

Back to the trip. Our next stop was Escondido, at my sister’s house, close enough to San Diego, my old stomping grounds (and hopefully, in the near future again). I will never forget this trip because due to the multiple vets in Escondido CA; my sister’s 12 year old cat was throwing up constantly at an alarming rate. I love that cat as well and when my sister was at work, I actually took her in to the vet myself. Other than that, lots of time with my niece and nephew and again, we spent time surfing and at local bars with hot women. San Diego has a beautiful, diverse crowd and you will see some of the hottest women you will come across whether you are working out in nature or hanging at bars as we were. Can’t help but appreciate!

Next, we drove all the way up the coast visiting iconic places such as Big Sur (where we camped as well and checked out giant trees!), and before that, San Diego, San Jose, and all the smaller spots around LA, on the outskirts. I loved the whole experience and these guys are like brothers now. When my credit card was declined because I was “out of the usual area”, these boys didn’t hesitate to pay for me. When I tweaked my back, they set up the bonfire on the beach, made us all burgers, and what an amazing time we had, just enjoying the simplest thing in life.

Now that I have a full-time job, I look back at these experiences and reminisce on the good times. It also has me thinking about what I want to do long term because I don’t want to die for an unreliable paycheck that has me indoors 9-5 without a passionate purpose. I want to enjoy life, as I did that one summer!

friendships

Here is to living life with a purpose, road trips, California, and true friendships.