Stephon Andrews here! I’m also known as Steph The Mobile Mogul. My pursuit to happiness Story can be somewhat lengthy. So I’m going to start it at my last semester of college.
It all started during a cold winters night in December of 2010. During this time I was finishing my last semester of college. I was a marketing major with a Bachelors in Business Administration without a clue as to where the next step of my life would lead me.
It was already hard enough to obtain a job in that field. However, I was more so interested in becoming my own boss than working for someone for the rest of my life.
So I set my sail right after college..
I started off doing a lot of things that I really didn’t want to do, which included unloading merchandise from semi trucks at Walmart. I did that until I couldn’t stand it anymore in my small college town after graduation. It took me two and a half months to wake up realize that I was slipping back into the same pattern that I was trying to get away from before going to college.
I decided it would be better for me to make my way back to Taylor, Michigan – a small suburb of Detroit to see if I had a better chance of achieving success there. It didn’t take long to find out that I was like a dog chasing my tail. It seemed like the same thing that was taking place in my college town,and literally jumped in my car rode with me back home to Michigan. But this time, I was without work with a $2000.00 stipend from my college in the middle of a recession.
Until I could get myself back on my feet, I used the $2000.00 stipend to buy used cars from craigslist, fix them up and resale them to make a profit. I also drove my 1991 civic hatchback to plasma donation centers twice a week to donate plasma and earn some extra money until I could find a decent job. This all took place over a span of six months.
Although I wasn’t humble enough to take it, I finally found a job working as a custodian part time at a retail store. Graciously, my mother allowed me to stay in a spare bedroom in her two bedroom apartment until I could get myself back on my feet. I knew my time was running short and I would have to move. I just didn’t know when.
Mom was dating and the relationship quickly lead toward marriage with a on again and off again boyfriend. When he moved in, I really knew I’d have to make some quick decisions to establish myself. So I did all I knew to do at the moment since the prospect of me finding a job in my field was very slim. After begging the retail store manager for an interview, he finally set me up with one with the next store manager just as he was leaving. During the interview, I was told I wasn’t cut out for the job and he proceeded to hand me a personality profiling book called, “Do Who You Are. It’s a book that helps to guide you to a career based on your personality type.
After leaving and feeling disgusted with how the interview turned out, I knew I had to do something and I had to do it quick. With all options seemingly few, I enlisted myself into a local truck driving training school. After four weeks of training, I was a professional truck driver with BBA. It was somewhat of a relief to know that people of all walks of life had enrolled in this truck driving training center. I’m talking about people who you would never think would be there. The instructor mentioned that Lawyers, nurses and accountants had even enrolled there. And with me exiting college at the tail-end of a recession, I could understand why.
My heart, however, wasn’t set on making a career out of truck driving. I always had an entrepreneurial streak and I wasn’t going to stop until I figured out how to be an entrepreneur with one of my passions as an online marketer. So although I didn’t want to do it, I drove semi trucks for approximately four years. It was an interesting experience. I can remember during my first year as a truck driver, my younger brother was convicted of a drug charge and I’d write him during my lunch breaks on the side of a snow immersed road.
My plan was to become an unstoppable entrepreneur and I would stop at nothing to get there. So as my four year truck driving tour was coming to an end, I took a trip to San Jose, California for three months. It was probably the best time of my whole adult life. It was something about that trip that changed me. When I returned to Michigan, my heart was set on becoming that unstoppable entrepreneur and with the actions that I had taken, it started to become a reality. I started my online marketing venture once again. The only thing different about this round is that I started seeing success. And I’m talking about commissions from my primary company coming in overnight.
Pretty cool, huh?