Welcome! My name is Jay. I am 37 years old, and I’m a blue collar worker and investor. I fly planes, I dive, and I travel. My expensive hobbies require more money than I would have if I just had my “regular” job. And that, my friends, is why I started this blog; to help my fellow blue collar, and non-college educated people out.
I held many different construction jobs out of high school: laborer, carpenter, etc. In 2004 I started an apprenticeship as an electrician, and became a Journeyman Electrician in 2008, and a Master Electrician in 2010.
In 2011, I finally was hired by the local oil refinery as a process operator. FANTASTIC job! But it was not easy to get on. It took many years, and lots of persistence, but I finally made it. Still a blue collar job; hot, dirty, dangerous, etc.
In 2018, after living in Colorado since I was 5 years old, I decided I had enough of the cold and snow, and decided to move to beautiful Florida. I got a job as an operator at a power plant, thanks to my oil refinery experience. And this is where I work now. Another GREAT job! Pretty much identical to what I did at the refinery.
I do not have a college education, but I have a brain. My brain has done me right! The power of learning is awesome! Especially for a math and science geek like myself. Maybe my love for math and numbers, has led me to be a successful retail investor.
I learned the power of good financial health, including investing, after I screwed up big time in my early 20’s, financially. I was a financial DISASTER! My credit was destroyed, I had no money, and sure as heck didn’t have anything going in the way of a retirement account.
When I was 30 years old, after spending years repairing my credit, I decided I never wanted to be in that bad of financial shape again. So, what did I do? I picked up books and Googled. Yep, that’s it. I started to read on all topics that had to do with finances, and eventually investing. I learned a lot. I am still learning, actually. But that’s ok. There’s not one person that knows everything there is to know. Learning, and more so, a willingness to learn, has made me successful in what I do.
I could go on and on about my life and how I got to where I am today. But I will spare you those details for now.
I simply want to thank you for checking out my blog, and I hope you stick around as I have a lot of good information to share. So, saddle up blue collar, non college educated people!