Like many immigrants, I started working in restaurants and bars at 16 to support myself and my family. It was one of the highest incomes I could make at that age without formal education.
I worked as a server to put myself through college until I started bartending when I was 22 years old. Immediately I felt like I had discovered some missing piece to myself. It satisfied my creative urges, let me exercise my people skills, and made me more money than some of my friends with bachelors degrees.
While originally I was going to use my income to pay for college, I decided to bet on myself instead. I had many frustrations with the bar industry. How difficult it was to get started, the lack of proper and unique bar tools. Eventually I said fuck it, I’m going to be the change I want to see in this industry.