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ASSISTANT ARCHITECT: From Construction To Design

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As an assistant architect, the day consists of using AutoCAD to create designs, completing drawings, helping other architects establish projects and lots of research. A degree in Business Administration and Architecture led this construction worker to the world of architecture.

Degree: Architecture - Business Administration, Management and Operations
Job Title: Assistant Architect
Employer: San Francisco District

Job Summary: Architects

Job Description

People need places to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places, whether they are private or public; indoors or outdoors; or rooms, buildings, or complexes.

On-the-Job Training

internship/residency

Additional Info

All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a training period (usually 3 years) before they may sit for the licensing exam. Most new graduates complete their training period by working as interns at architectural firms. Some states allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of related professionals, such as engineers and general contractors.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$45,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Organizational skills

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m='16260'>drawings,</span> <span m='17570'>help the</span> <span m='18010'>architects</span> <span m='19030'>establish</span> <span m='20480'>particular</span> <span m='22060'>projects</span> <span m='22456'>as</span> <span m='23840'>per</span> <span m='24180'>his</span> <span m='24320'>needs.</span> <span m='25270'>Most</span> <span m='25680'>likely</span> <span m='26140'>I'm</span> <span m='26290'>going to be</span> <span m='26390'>doing</span> <span m='26720'>a</span> <span m='26790'>lot</span> <span m='27220'>of</span> <span m='27270'>AutoCAD</span> <span m='27480'>work,</span> <span m='28830'>a</span> <span m='28960'>lot of</span> <span m='29230'>research</span> <span m='29690'>about</span> <span m='29950'>the</span> <span m='30030'>particular</span> <span m='30920'>site that we're</span> <span m='31370'>working</span> <span m='31980'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='32680'>So</span> <span m='32930'>there's</span> <span m='33110'>a</span> <span m='33190'>lot</span> <span m='33700'>of,</span> <span m='35410'>I</span> <span m='35700'>will</span> <span m='35850'>say,</span> <span m='37880'>research</span> <span m='38680'>involved.</span> <span m='39440'>And</span> <span m='40090'>with</span> <span m='40560'>that</span> <span m='40890'>said,</span> <span m='40990'>you</span> <span m='41860'>need</span> <span m='42040'>to</span> <span m='42280'>know</span> <span m='42590'>what</span> <span m='42950'>is it that</span> <span m='43310'>you're</span> <span m='43530'>looking</span> <span m='43980'>for</span> <span m='44400'>in</span> <span m='44820'>order</span> <span m='45220'>to</span> <span m='45320'>help</span> <span m='45490'>out</span> <span m='45760'>the</span> <span m='45890'>architect</span> <span m='46270'>of</span> <span m='46650'>the district.</span> <span m='47570'>So</span> <span m='47830'>in</span> <span m='47940'>my</span> <span m='48100'>case,</span> <span m='48520'>I</span> <span m='48560'>have</span> <span m='48780'>to</span> <span m='48910'>know</span> <span m='49070'>a</span> <span m='49200'>lot</span> <span m='49490'>about</span> <span m='50250'>what</span> <span m='50600'>relates</span> <span m='51160'>to</span> <span m='51310'>the</span> <span m='51960'>school</span> <span m='52290'>history,</span> <span m='53830'>what</span> <span m='54070'>are</span> <span m='54640'>the</span> <span m='54860'>things</span> <span m='55120'>that</span> <span m='55230'>they</span> <span m='55290'>need</span> <span m='55560'>to</span> <span m='55650'>improve</span> <span m='56580'>on</span> <span m='56760'>the</span> <span m='56850'>particular</span> <span m='57320'>projects,</span> <span m='58330'>and</span> <span m='58500'>then</span> <span m='58640'>from</span> <span m='58780'>that</span> <span m='58990'>point</span> <span m='59240'>on,</span> <span m='59400'>we</span> <span m='59510'>start</span> <span m='59760'>developing</span> <span m='60240'>the</span> <span m='60340'>projects,</span> <span m='61790'>setting</span> <span m='62220'>up</span> <span m='62460'>what</span> <span m='62730'>we</span> <span m='63180'>need to put</span> <span m='63465'>in</span> <span m='64060'>AutoCAD,</span> <span m='64450'>which</span> <span m='64750'>is</span> <span m='64870'>the</span> <span m='64980'>program</span> <span m='65379'>that</span> <span m='65489'>we</span> <span m='65610'>use</span> <span m='65890'>to</span> <span m='65940'>develop</span> <span m='66470'>drawings,</span> <span m='67990'>and</span> <span m='68170'>then</span> <span m='70350'>go</span> <span m='70480'>through</span> <span m='70740'>the</span> <span m='71040'>process of</span> <span m='72900'>putting</span> <span m='73400'>it</span> <span m='73560'>to</span> <span m='73840'>bid.</span> <span m='75360'>And</span> <span m='75680'>then</span> <span m='75970'>essentially</span> <span m='76880'>we</span> <span m='77100'>will</span> <span m='77410'>complete</span> <span m='77740'>the</span> <span m='77830'>project.</span> </p><p><span m='81340'>In</span> <span m='81950'>terms</span> <span m='82100'>of</span> <span m='82290'>what</span> <span m='82680'>is</span> <span m='82800'>my</span> <span m='83050'>career</span> <span m='83560'>and</span> <span m='83630'>educational</span> <span m='84150'>path.</span> <span m='84660'>Well</span> <span m='85600'>I</span> <span m='85700'>come</span> <span m='85970'>from</span> <span m='86400'>Nicaragua,</span> <span m='87070'>which</span> <span m='87360'>is</span> <span m='87510'>a</span> <span m='87730'>third world</span> <span m='88010'>country</span> <span m='88270'>in</span> <span m='88370'>Central</span> <span m='88720'>America.</span> <span m='89930'>And</span> <span m='90170'>I</span> <span m='90840'>can</span> <span m='90990'>tell</span> <span m='91200'>you</span> <span m='91300'>guys</span> <span m='91770'>right</span> <span m='91930'>off</span> <span m='92090'>the</span> <span m='92180'>bat</span> <span m='92620'>that</span> <span m='92900'>it</span> <span m='93020'>was,</span> <span m='93370'>in</span> <span m='93700'>a</span> <span m='93750'>sense,</span> <span m='94410'>difficult.</span> <span m='96000'>Because</span> <span m='96260'>when</span> <span m='96400'>I</span> <span m='96430'>came,</span> <span m='96700'>I was</span> <span m='96920'>six</span> <span m='97150'>years</span> <span m='97400'>old.</span> <span m='97860'>So</span> <span m='98030'>basically</span> <span m='98610'>I</span> <span m='98975'>had to learn</span> <span m='99340'>a new</span> <span m='99420'>language.</span> <span m='101890'>A</span> <span m='102230'>lot of</span> <span m='102520'>you</span> <span m='102630'>can</span> <span m='102800'>relate</span> <span m='103200'>to</span> <span m='103370'>that</span> <span m='104990'>when you</span> <span m='105230'>come from another</span> <span m='105300'>country,</span> <span m='105660'>there are</span> <span m='106020'>a</span> <span m='106100'>lot</span> <span m='106400'>of</span> <span m='106720'>hurdles</span> <span m='107110'>you</span> <span m='107210'>have</span> <span m='107420'>to</span> <span m='107520'>go</span> <span m='107650'>over.</span> <span m='108650'>And</span> <span m='109000'>for</span> <span m='109160'>me,</span> <span m='109340'>one of</span> <span m='109615'>them</span> <span m='109890'>was</span> <span m='110440'>establishing</span> <span m='111040'>a</span> <span m='111390'>totally</span> <span m='111740'>new</span> <span m='111910'>life</span> <span m='112240'>completely,</span> <span m='112850'>meaning</span> <span m='113260'>that</span> <span m='113480'>from</span> <span m='113570'>whatever</span> <span m='113940'>I knew</span> <span m='114275'>from</span> <span m='114610'>Nicaragua</span> <span m='115345'>to</span> <span m='115600'>what</span> <span m='116250'>I</span> <span m='116360'>learned</span> <span m='116590'>now</span> <span m='117260'>in</span> <span m='117380'>the United</span> <span m='117510'>States.</span> <span m='118490'>So</span> <span m='118840'>it</span> <span m='119020'>is not</span> <span m='119310'>easy,</span> <span m='119480'>but</span> <span m='120370'>it is</span> <span m='120600'>not</span> <span m='120860'>impossible.</span> </p><p><span m='122050'>So</span> <span m='122240'>pretty</span> <span m='122530'>much</span> <span m='122890'>what you</span> <span m='122970'>gotta</span> <span m='123110'>to</span> <span m='123260'>do</span> <span m='123550'>is--</span> <span m='124810'>my</span> <span m='125450'>career</span> <span m='125830'>path</span> <span m='126140'>was</span> <span m='126330'>more</span> <span m='126650'>like,</span> <span m='129110'>I didn't</span> <span m='129490'>know</span> <span m='129729'>at</span> <span m='129800'>the</span> <span m='129900'>time</span> <span m='130130'>when</span> <span m='130240'>I</span> <span m='130270'>was</span> <span m='130440'>in</span> <span m='130520'>high</span> <span m='130720'>school.</span> <span m='132120'>Even</span> <span m='132420'>though</span> <span m='132680'>I</span> <span m='132800'>was</span> <span m='133000'>a</span> <span m='133080'>3.0</span> <span m='133540'>student,</span> <span m='134810'>meaning</span> <span m='135730'>I</span> <span m='136080'>was</span> <span m='136320'>a</span> <span m='136510'>B,</span> <span m='137190'>A-minus</span> <span m='138270'>type</span> <span m='138590'>of student--</span> <span m='139560'>I</span> <span m='141850'>did a</span> <span m='142120'>lot</span> <span m='142280'>of</span> <span m='142340'>mistakes,</span> <span m='143050'>in</span> <span m='143190'>the</span> <span m='143250'>sense</span> <span m='143540'>of</span> <span m='144000'>because</span> <span m='144310'>I</span> <span m='144490'>didn't know</span> <span m='144680'>what</span> <span m='145140'>I</span> <span m='145280'>need</span> <span m='145620'>to do.</span> <span m='145960'>I</span> <span m='146200'>had</span> <span m='146530'>to,</span> <span m='146800'>in</span> <span m='146900'>other words,</span> <span m='147360'>try</span> <span m='147620'>to</span> <span m='147700'>fit</span> <span m='148630'>in</span> <span m='149020'>in society,</span> <span m='149990'>with</span> <span m='150120'>other</span> <span m='150230'>kids</span> <span m='151570'>and</span> <span m='152060'>be</span> <span m='152190'>part</span> <span m='152450'>of</span> <span m='152500'>the</span> <span m='152640'>cool</span> <span m='152900'>crowd,</span> <span m='153350'>which</span> <span m='153590'>is</span> <span m='153810'>not</span> <span m='154470'>what</span> <span m='154770'>you</span> <span m='154860'>want</span> <span m='155110'>to</span> <span m='155200'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='156000'>One</span> <span m='156340'>of</span> <span m='156410'>the</span> <span m='156450'>things</span> <span m='156630'>you</span> <span m='156840'>need</span> <span m='157000'>to</span> <span m='157090'>concentrate</span> <span m='157405'>on</span> <span m='157720'>is</span> <span m='158240'>get</span> <span m='158500'>to</span> <span m='158660'>know</span> <span m='158770'>exactly</span> <span m='159300'>what</span> <span m='159520'>is it</span> <span m='159570'>that</span> <span m='159790'>you</span> <span m='159940'>like.</span> <span m='160880'>Find</span> <span m='161295'>within</span> <span m='161710'>myself</span> <span m='162730'>really</span> <span m='162850'>what</span> <span m='163020'>I</span> <span m='163060'>want</span> <span m='163250'>to</span> <span m='163290'>do,</span> <span m='164400'>and</span> <span m='164480'>then</span> <span m='164650'>from</span> <span m='164880'>then,</span> <span m='165280'>I</span> <span m='165440'>decided--</span> <span m='166070'>hey,</span> <span m='166290'>you</span> <span m='166350'>know what?</span> <span m='166740'>I like</span> <span m='166820'>working</span> <span m='167100'>with</span> <span m='167190'>my</span> <span m='167320'>hands.</span> <span m='168100'>So</span> <span m='168510'>I</span> <span m='168770'>did</span> <span m='169100'>construction</span> <span m='169540'>for</span> <span m='169670'>12</span> <span m='169940'>years.</span> <span m='171060'>I</span> <span m='171230'>learned</span> <span m='171380'>how</span> <span m='171720'>to</span> <span m='172070'>framing,</span> <span m='173940'>sheet</span> <span m='174280'>rocking,</span> <span m='175520'>and</span> <span m='175710'>other</span> <span m='175840'>stuff.</span> <span m='176340'>And</span> <span m='176500'>from</span> <span m='176650'>that</span> <span m='176870'>point</span> <span m='177110'>on,</span> <span m='177420'>that</span> <span m='177610'>kind</span> <span m='177780'>of</span> <span m='177880'>gave</span> <span m='178030'>me</span> <span m='178200'>an</span> <span m='178270'>idea</span> <span m='178650'>of what</span> <span m='178830'>it</span> <span m='178910'>is that</span> <span m='179140'>I</span> <span m='179190'>really</span> <span m='179580'>want</span> <span m='179800'>to</span> <span m='179860'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='181030'>Unfortunately</span> <span m='182380'>I</span> <span m='182750'>wanted</span> <span m='183070'>to</span> <span m='183180'>do</span> <span m='183390'>actually</span> <span m='184515'>a</span> <span m='186640'>private</span> <span m='186900'>contractor,</span> <span m='187550'>get</span> <span m='187710'>my</span> <span m='187820'>license.</span> <span m='188980'>Unfortunately</span> <span m='190020'>I</span> <span m='190440'>had an accident,</span> <span m='190650'>which</span> <span m='191490'>threw me</span> <span m='191660'>out</span> <span m='191860'>of</span> <span m='192000'>it.</span> <span m='192850'>So</span> <span m='194700'>that</span> <span m='195000'>came</span> <span m='195360'>another</span> <span m='195530'>hurdle</span> <span m='195580'>that</span> <span m='196440'>I</span> <span m='196470'>had</span> <span m='196620'>to go through in</span> <span m='196780'>my</span> <span m='196990'>life</span> <span m='197600'>when</span> <span m='197830'>I</span> <span m='197890'>was</span> <span m='198110'>about</span> <span m='198950'>22</span> <span m='199370'>years</span> <span m='199650'>old.</span> <span m='200670'>Then I</span> <span m='200690'>had</span> <span m='200880'>to</span> <span m='201380'>retrain</span> <span m='202100'>myself,</span> <span m='203560'>in</span> <span m='203770'>which</span> <span m='204160'>where</span> <span m='204450'>I'm at</span> <span m='204690'>right</span> <span m='204870'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='205340'>I had to</span> <span m='205800'>go</span> <span m='205930'>back</span> <span m='206140'>to</span> <span m='206240'>school.</span> <span m='206860'>I</span> <span m='207160'>had to go</span> <span m='207310'>to</span> <span m='207370'>college.</span> <span m='208080'>Get</span> <span m='208240'>an</span> <span m='208610'>education</span> <span m='209650'>in</span> <span m='210090'>architecture.</span> <span m='211820'>Also</span> <span m='212195'>I</span> <span m='212570'>have</span> <span m='212710'>a</span> <span m='213095'>degree</span> <span m='213480'>in</span> <span m='213650'>business</span> <span m='213980'>administration.</span> <span m='216610'>Things</span> <span m='216930'>that</span> <span m='217340'>since</span> <span m='217790'>I</span> <span m='217920'>was</span> <span m='218120'>not</span> <span m='218290'>able</span> <span m='218510'>to</span> <span m='218620'>continue</span> <span m='219090'>doing</span> <span m='219440'>the</span> <span m='219580'>physical</span> <span m='220210'>construction</span> <span m='220610'>work that</span> <span m='220940'>I</span> <span m='220960'>wanted</span> <span m='221230'>to</span> <span m='221400'>do, which</span> <span m='221870'>I</span> <span m='222320'>love</span> <span m='222380'>working</span> <span m='222680'>with</span> <span m='222780'>my</span> <span m='222910'>hands--</span> <span m='223820'>I</span> <span m='223940'>felt</span> <span m='224420'>that</span> <span m='224770'>this</span> <span m='224980'>would</span> <span m='225130'>be</span> <span m='226010'>closer</span> <span m='226610'>to</span> <span m='226780'>what</span> <span m='227200'>I</span> <span m='227230'>really</span> <span m='227550'>love.</span> </p><p><span m='229260'>At</span> <span m='229470'>first</span> <span m='229700'>I didn't know</span> <span m='230140'>what</span> <span m='230360'>to do.</span> <span m='230720'>I</span> <span m='230850'>was</span> <span m='231060'>a</span> <span m='231400'>blank.</span> <span m='232460'>Unfortunately</span> <span m='233330'>I did</span> <span m='233410'>hang out with</span> <span m='233770'>the</span> <span m='233860'>wrong</span> <span m='234040'>crowd,</span> <span m='235010'>just</span> <span m='235260'>to</span> <span m='235350'>try</span> <span m='235530'>to</span> <span m='235630'>fit</span> <span m='235860'>in.</span> <span m='236580'>But</span> <span m='237260'>that</span> <span m='237600'>on the other hand</span> <span m='238600'>was</span> <span m='238770'>not--</span> <span m='240840'>I</span> <span m='240970'>needed</span> <span m='241300'>to</span> <span m='241430'>actually</span> <span m='241780'>have,</span> <span m='243380'>I</span> <span m='243450'>would</span> <span m='243650'>say,</span> <span m='244050'>an</span> <span m='244450'>adult</span> <span m='244780'>to</span> <span m='245000'>guide</span> <span m='245350'>me</span> <span m='245580'>and</span> <span m='245800'>put me</span> <span m='246120'>on</span> <span m='246440'>the</span> <span m='246550'>right</span> <span m='246780'>path.</span> <span m='248720'>From</span> <span m='249090'>my</span> <span m='249320'>mistakes,</span> <span m='249600'>I</span> <span m='249960'>can tell</span> <span m='250310'>you</span> <span m='250575'>that</span> <span m='250840'>don't</span> <span m='251780'>follow</span> <span m='252160'>peer</span> <span m='252290'>pressure.</span> </p><p><span m='254170'>The</span> <span m='254330'>only</span> <span m='254540'>way</span> <span m='254840'>people</span> <span m='255110'>can</span> <span m='255250'>succeed</span> <span m='255700'>is</span> <span m='256060'>to</span> <span m='256310'>be</span> <span m='256470'>a</span> <span m='256540'>leader.</span> <span m='258140'>Be the</span> <span m='258260'>type</span> <span m='258430'>of</span> <span m='258519'>person</span> <span m='259140'>that,</span> <span m='260970'>you're</span> <span m='261170'>not going to follow anyone.</span> <span m='261440'>You're going</span> <span m='261690'>to</span> <span m='261750'>follow</span> <span m='262050'>what</span> <span m='262280'>you</span> <span m='262380'>love</span> <span m='262850'>and</span> <span m='263060'>don't</span> <span m='263260'>care</span> <span m='263470'>about</span> <span m='263680'>what</span> <span m='263820'>other</span> <span m='263940'>people think.</span> <span m='264360'>Because</span> <span m='264780'>if</span> <span m='264860'>you</span> <span m='264960'>do</span> <span m='265160'>that,</span> <span m='265780'>then</span> <span m='266080'>pretty</span> <span m='266340'>much</span> <span m='266650'>that's</span> <span m='266940'>what</span> <span m='267300'>you're</span> <span m='267460'>going</span> <span m='267590'>to</span> <span m='267640'>fall</span> <span m='267930'>back</span> <span m='269040'>into,</span> <span m='269630'>into</span> <span m='269700'>a hole</span> <span m='270080'>that's</span> <span m='270200'>going</span> <span m='270490'>to</span> <span m='270650'>be</span> <span m='270830'>impossible</span> <span m='271180'>for you to</span> <span m='271280'>get</span> <span m='271440'>out.</span> <span m='272140'>It's</span> <span m='272360'>not</span> <span m='272620'>impossible.</span> <span m='273060'>It's</span> <span m='273210'>just</span> <span m='273440'>that</span> <span m='273700'>you have to</span> <span m='273960'>put in</span> <span m='274150'>your</span> <span m='274260'>mind that</span> <span m='274570'>you</span> <span m='274780'>want</span> <span m='275120'>to do it</span> <span m='275220'>and you</span> <span m='275630'>do</span> <span m='275820'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='276680'>In</span> <span m='276810'>my</span> <span m='276950'>case,</span> <span m='278100'>that</span> <span m='278320'>was</span> <span m='278430'>the</span> <span m='278540'>United States</span> <span m='279030'>Marine</span> <span m='279300'>Corps.</span> <span m='281010'>Since</span> <span m='281230'>I</span> <span m='281480'>was</span> <span m='281950'>in high school,</span> <span m='282040'>I</span> <span m='282250'>hung</span> <span m='282330'>around</span> <span m='282440'>with</span> <span m='282690'>the</span> <span m='282780'>wrong</span> <span m='282970'>crowd.</span> <span m='283910'>I</span> <span m='284120'>wasn't</span> <span m='284350'>in a gang,</span> <span m='284980'>but</span> <span m='285150'>I</span> <span m='285190'>was</span> <span m='285530'>affiliated</span> <span m='285990'>with</span> <span m='286150'>people,</span> <span m='286530'>friends--</span> <span m='287250'>I</span> <span m='287560'>wouldn't</span> <span m='287720'>call it</span> <span m='287900'>friends--</span> <span m='288320'>people</span> <span m='288570'>that</span> <span m='288700'>I</span> <span m='288750'>knew.</span> <span m='289680'>And</span> <span m='290060'>those</span> <span m='290260'>people</span> <span m='290560'>can</span> <span m='290770'>pull</span> <span m='291080'>you</span> <span m='291780'>out</span> <span m='292020'>of</span> <span m='292130'>the</span> <span m='292220'>right</span> <span m='292490'>thing</span> <span m='292640'>that</span> <span m='293040'>you gotta do.</span> </p><p><span m='293840'>So</span> <span m='294080'>in</span> <span m='294210'>other</span> <span m='294400'>words,</span> <span m='294620'>you</span> <span m='294750'>have</span> <span m='295070'>to</span> <span m='295340'>really</span> <span m='295725'>know</span> <span m='296400'>who's</span> <span m='297000'>your friend,</span> <span m='297570'>and</span> <span m='297720'>be</span> <span m='297880'>careful</span> <span m='298200'>who</span> <span m='298330'>you</span> <span m='298430'>call</span> <span m='298630'>a</span> <span m='298680'>friend,</span> <span m='298950'>because</span> <span m='299220'>not</span> <span m='299400'>everybody is</span> <span m='299710'>your</span> <span m='300020'>friend.</span> <span m='300870'>Nobody</span> <span m='301160'>has</span> <span m='301330'>your best</span> <span m='301560'>interest,</span> <span m='302435'>except</span> <span m='302700'>for</span> <span m='303430'>competition.</span> <span m='304260'>And</span> <span m='304430'>they're</span> <span m='304685'>see that</span> <span m='304940'>you're</span> <span m='305030'>improving,</span> <span m='305500'>and</span> <span m='305760'>therefore</span> <span m='306050'>they're</span> <span m='306200'>going to</span> <span m='306750'>drag</span> <span m='306880'>you</span> <span m='306980'>even</span> <span m='307410'>more.</span> <span m='307970'>Because</span> <span m='308280'>since</span> <span m='308590'>they</span> <span m='308850'>actually</span> <span m='309560'>are</span> <span m='311120'>followers,</span> <span m='312300'>in</span> <span m='312460'>a</span> <span m='312520'>sense</span> <span m='312900'>that</span> <span m='313160'>they</span> <span m='313250'>don't</span> <span m='313390'>want</span> <span m='313540'>to</span> <span m='313580'>do</span> <span m='313690'>what</span> <span m='313860'>they</span> <span m='313930'>want,</span> <span m='314990'>people</span> <span m='315370'>who want</span> <span m='315590'>to</span> <span m='315660'>succeed</span> <span m='316710'>don't</span> <span m='316980'>follow</span> <span m='317265'>those</span> <span m='317550'>people.</span> <span m='318600'>You</span> <span m='319220'>got to</span> <span m='319380'>mingle</span> <span m='319790'>with</span> <span m='319880'>the</span> <span m='320270'>ones that we call</span> <span m='320850'>nerds</span> <span m='321400'>or</span> <span m='322210'>funny</span> <span m='322580'>looking,</span> <span m='322960'>but</span> <span m='323130'>those</span> <span m='323310'>are</span> <span m='323360'>the</span> <span m='323460'>ones</span> <span m='323740'>who have</span> <span m='323820'>a better</span> <span m='324390'>future</span> <span m='325180'>because</span> <span m='325500'>they</span> <span m='325560'>know</span> <span m='325730'>what</span> <span m='325900'>they</span> <span m='326010'>want.</span> </p><p><span m='330790'>Again,</span> <span m='331390'>my</span> <span m='331610'>education--</span> <span m='333350'>I</span> <span m='333650'>got</span> <span m='333950'>college</span> <span m='334040'>tutoring,</span> <span m='335100'>which</span> <span m='335900'>that</span> <span m='336300'>helped</span> <span m='336620'>me a</span> <span m='336710'>lot.</span> <span m='338080'>Military</span> <span m='338880'>actually</span> <span m='339740'>was</span> <span m='340500'>my</span> <span m='340900'>turning</span> <span m='341360'>point.</span> <span m='341940'>That</span> <span m='342470'>what</span> <span m='342720'>basically</span> <span m='343170'>for</span> <span m='343350'>me</span> <span m='343640'>that</span> <span m='343870'>did</span> <span m='343970'>work,</span> <span m='344340'>because</span> <span m='345020'>it</span> <span m='345170'>showed</span> <span m='345440'>me</span> <span m='345530'>a</span> <span m='345640'>lot</span> <span m='345860'>of</span> <span m='345920'>discipline.</span> <span m='347070'>It</span> <span m='347220'>showed</span> <span m='347430'>me</span> <span m='347590'>how</span> <span m='347840'>to</span> <span m='347970'>be</span> <span m='348180'>a</span> <span m='349350'>better</span> <span m='349530'>person.</span> <span m='350950'>I</span> <span m='351070'>have</span> <span m='351280'>two</span> <span m='351420'>kids,</span> <span m='352030'>and</span> <span m='352630'>that</span> <span m='353130'>helped</span> <span m='353250'>me to</span> <span m='353410'>be</span> <span m='353610'>more</span> <span m='353810'>responsible</span> <span m='354420'>for</span> <span m='354530'>my</span> <span m='354660'>kids.</span> <span m='355930'>And</span> <span m='356160'>that</span> <span m='356310'>was</span> <span m='356480'>actually</span> <span m='356890'>my</span> <span m='357030'>dreaming</span> <span m='357460'>force</span> <span m='357890'>to do</span> <span m='358000'>better,</span> <span m='358500'>because</span> <span m='358840'>I</span> <span m='358910'>have</span> <span m='359030'>to</span> <span m='359120'>give</span> <span m='359290'>them</span> <span m='359450'>a</span> <span m='359500'>better</span> <span m='359770'>education.</span> <span m='360440'>I have</span> <span m='360900'>to</span> <span m='361010'>be</span> <span m='361170'>a</span> <span m='361230'>provider.</span> </p><p><span m='362720'>Being a</span> <span m='363040'>father,</span> <span m='363310'>that doesn't</span> <span m='363340'>mean</span> <span m='363720'>you're</span> <span m='364070'>going</span> <span m='364200'>to</span> <span m='364280'>just</span> <span m='364850'>have</span> <span m='365160'>kids</span> <span m='365880'>and</span> <span m='366050'>just</span> <span m='366270'>let</span> <span m='366510'>it</span> <span m='366630'>go.</span> <span m='367130'>No.</span> <span m='368230'>Having</span> <span m='368560'>kids</span> <span m='368870'>and</span> <span m='369350'>a family means</span> <span m='370140'>that</span> <span m='370410'>you</span> <span m='370890'>are</span> <span m='371090'>taking</span> <span m='371710'>upon</span> <span m='371950'>a</span> <span m='372080'>huge</span> <span m='372900'>part</span> <span m='373130'>of</span> <span m='373210'>your</span> <span m='373310'>life,</span> <span m='374210'>a big</span> <span m='374340'>responsibility,</span> <span m='374750'>and</span> <span m='375230'>it</span> <span m='375340'>tells</span> <span m='375560'>you</span> <span m='376260'>I</span> <span m='376380'>have</span> <span m='376600'>to</span> <span m='376720'>do</span> <span m='376870'>something</span> <span m='377240'>better</span> <span m='377550'>to</span> <span m='377760'>be</span> <span m='377950'>a better</span> <span m='378230'>provider.</span> <span m='379410'>And</span> <span m='379630'>that's</span> <span m='379800'>what forced</span> <span m='380300'>me</span> <span m='380590'>and</span> <span m='380690'>that's</span> <span m='380930'>what</span> <span m='381140'>actually</span> <span m='381920'>drove</span> <span m='382240'>me</span> <span m='382470'>to</span> <span m='382570'>do</span> <span m='382710'>better</span> <span m='383640'>to</span> <span m='384310'>be</span> <span m='384490'>able</span> <span m='384680'>to</span> <span m='384770'>give</span> <span m='384990'>my</span> <span m='385050'>kids</span> <span m='385390'>a</span> <span m='385500'>better</span> <span m='385730'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='391100'>One</span> <span m='391560'>of</span> <span m='391610'>the</span> <span m='391700'>advices</span> <span m='392130'>I</span> <span m='392270'>can</span> <span m='392470'>give</span> <span m='392810'>in terms</span> <span m='393650'>for</span> <span m='393860'>you</span> <span m='394130'>how</span> <span m='394430'>to</span> <span m='395220'>start--</span> <span m='396210'>look</span> <span m='396450'>inside</span> <span m='396730'>yourself.</span> <span m='397970'>The</span> <span m='398370'>best</span> <span m='398410'>thing</span> <span m='398750'>that I</span> <span m='398860'>can tell you</span> <span m='399450'>is</span> <span m='399900'>my</span> <span m='400130'>experience</span> <span m='400640'>was</span> <span m='401020'>I</span> <span m='401180'>have</span> <span m='401570'>to</span> <span m='401800'>look</span> <span m='402170'>into</span> <span m='402430'>myself</span> <span m='402900'>really</span> <span m='403290'>deep</span> <span m='403680'>and</span> <span m='403960'>what</span> <span m='404280'>I</span> <span m='404320'>want</span> <span m='404590'>to</span> <span m='404660'>do.</span> <span m='406310'>Find</span> <span m='406600'>something</span> <span m='406990'>that you</span> <span m='407160'>like.</span> <span m='407430'>It</span> <span m='407480'>doesn't</span> <span m='407740'>matter,</span> <span m='407970'>maybe</span> <span m='408260'>something</span> <span m='410890'>very</span> <span m='411190'>small,</span> <span m='411530'>like</span> <span m='412120'>photography,</span> <span m='413130'>or</span> <span m='413990'>if</span> <span m='414150'>you're</span> <span m='414270'>good with</span> <span m='414510'>your</span> <span m='414620'>hands,</span> <span m='415120'>a</span> <span m='415840'>craft.</span> <span m='416670'>Maybe</span> <span m='416990'>be a chef,</span> <span m='417560'>be</span> <span m='417750'>a</span> <span m='417830'>painter.</span> <span m='419650'>You really have</span> <span m='419870'>to</span> <span m='420570'>look</span> <span m='420850'>into</span> <span m='421040'>yourself</span> <span m='421630'>and</span> <span m='421740'>see</span> <span m='421910'>what</span> <span m='422080'>it is</span> <span m='422210'>really</span> <span m='422640'>that you want</span> <span m='422920'>to</span> <span m='423000'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='423630'>That</span> <span m='423970'>way</span> <span m='424960'>you</span> <span m='425160'>can</span> <span m='425530'>actually--</span> <span m='426310'>also</span> <span m='426790'>if</span> <span m='426950'>you</span> <span m='427060'>have</span> <span m='427320'>role</span> <span m='427510'>models.</span> <span m='427920'>If</span> <span m='428040'>you</span> <span m='428130'>got</span> <span m='428330'>people</span> <span m='428670'>that</span> <span m='429310'>maybe</span> <span m='429960'>you</span> <span m='430130'>admire,</span> <span m='430600'>maybe</span> <span m='430870'>a</span> <span m='431010'>baseball</span> <span m='431150'>player--</span> <span m='432100'>because</span> <span m='432280'>also</span> <span m='432500'>you can go</span> <span m='432780'>down</span> <span m='432930'>that</span> <span m='433130'>path.</span> <span m='434430'>I</span> <span m='434590'>do</span> <span m='434840'>coach</span> <span m='435210'>for</span> <span m='435340'>my</span> <span m='435480'>son's</span> <span m='435940'>soccer</span> <span m='436450'>and</span> <span m='436590'>baseball,</span> <span m='437970'>and</span> <span m='438380'>one</span> <span m='438700'>of</span> <span m='438770'>the</span> <span m='438860'>things</span> <span m='439190'>that</span> <span m='439350'>I</span> <span m='439400'>can</span> <span m='439620'>tell</span> <span m='439880'>you</span> <span m='440050'>that</span> <span m='440240'>as</span> <span m='440430'>a</span> <span m='440500'>role</span> <span m='440810'>model</span> <span m='441080'>for</span> <span m='441230'>these</span> <span m='441440'>kids</span> <span m='441785'>that</span> <span m='442130'>are</span> <span m='442330'>coming--</span> <span m='443290'>I</span> <span m='443440'>always</span> <span m='443660'>tell them,</span> <span m='444920'>don't</span> <span m='445490'>be</span> <span m='445770'>a</span> <span m='446160'>follower.</span> <span m='446700'>Because</span> <span m='447030'>when</span> <span m='447180'>you</span> <span m='447280'>become</span> <span m='447600'>a</span> <span m='447640'>follower,</span> <span m='448640'>that's</span> <span m='448940'>your turning</span> <span m='449460'>point</span> <span m='449750'>to</span> <span m='449840'>failure.</span> </p><p><span m='450660'>Because</span> <span m='450990'>that means</span> <span m='451110'>that</span> <span m='451390'>you're</span> <span m='451650'>following</span> <span m='452050'>somebody</span> <span m='452470'>that</span> <span m='452620'>might</span> <span m='452800'>not have</span> <span m='453150'>the</span> <span m='453250'>right</span> <span m='454320'>intention</span> <span m='454790'>to</span> <span m='454920'>succeed.</span> <span m='455940'>And</span> <span m='456220'>you</span> <span m='456240'>have</span> <span m='456390'>to</span> <span m='456820'>basically</span> <span m='458530'>expose</span> <span m='458850'>yourself</span> <span m='459090'>to</span> <span m='459200'>people</span> <span m='459520'>that</span> <span m='459780'>want</span> <span m='460000'>to</span> <span m='460050'>grow.</span> <span m='460400'>People</span> <span m='460680'>that</span> <span m='460790'>really</span> <span m='461150'>want</span> <span m='461510'>to</span> <span m='461870'>focus</span> <span m='462350'>in on</span> <span m='462580'>what</span> <span m='462760'>they</span> <span m='462840'>want</span> <span m='463120'>to</span> <span m='463200'>do.</span> <span m='464490'>And</span> <span m='465200'>then be a</span> <span m='465530'>leader,</span> <span m='465910'>meaning</span> <span m='466250'>make your own</span> <span m='466750'>decisions.</span> <span m='467760'>You</span> <span m='467980'>follow</span> <span m='468340'>your</span> <span m='468430'>own</span> <span m='468650'>path.</span> <span m='469340'>Don't</span> <span m='469670'>let</span> <span m='470130'>anyone</span> <span m='470350'>tell</span> <span m='470570'>you,</span> <span m='471070'>oh,</span> <span m='471270'>that's</span> <span m='471480'>wrong,</span> <span m='471940'>or</span> <span m='472510'>feel</span> <span m='472810'>that you</span> <span m='473020'>have</span> <span m='473220'>to</span> <span m='473400'>do</span> <span m='473480'>something</span> <span m='474250'>so</span> <span m='474420'>you</span> <span m='474610'>can</span> <span m='474790'>be</span> <span m='475760'>accepted</span> <span m='476200'>in</span> <span m='476340'>society.</span> </p><p><span m='476940'>Society</span> <span m='477740'>is</span> <span m='478120'>cruel.</span> <span m='479100'>Society</span> <span m='479630'>is</span> <span m='480170'>something</span> <span m='480660'>that</span> <span m='480840'>you</span> <span m='480920'>have</span> <span m='481200'>to</span> <span m='481310'>really,</span> <span m='481820'>really</span> <span m='482260'>see</span> <span m='482970'>that</span> <span m='483320'>it</span> <span m='483715'>doesn't</span> <span m='484110'>have</span> <span m='484490'>your best interest.</span> <span m='485130'>Society</span> <span m='485800'>means</span> <span m='485950'>that you</span> <span m='486150'>have</span> <span m='486370'>to</span> <span m='486550'>go,</span> <span m='487600'>be</span> <span m='487810'>a</span> <span m='488140'>go-getter,</span> <span m='488420'>get</span> <span m='488600'>what</span> <span m='488750'>you</span> <span m='488850'>want,</span> <span m='489760'>study,</span> <span m='491230'>and</span> <span m='491410'>concentrate.</span> <span m='492440'>Choose</span> <span m='492710'>something.</span> <span m='493320'>It</span> <span m='493430'>doesn't</span> <span m='493690'>matter</span> <span m='493880'>what</span> <span m='494090'>you</span> <span m='494160'>want</span> <span m='494310'>to</span> <span m='494380'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='495430'>What</span> <span m='495800'>helped me</span> <span m='496080'>was</span> <span m='496500'>concentrating</span> <span m='496830'>on</span> <span m='497160'>what</span> <span m='497320'>I</span> <span m='497350'>want</span> <span m='497560'>to</span> <span m='497640'>do.</span> <span m='498470'>And</span> <span m='498690'>from</span> <span m='498790'>that</span> <span m='498990'>point on,</span> <span m='499140'>when</span> <span m='499380'>I really</span> <span m='499620'>knew</span> <span m='500070'>what</span> <span m='500230'>I</span> <span m='500260'>wanted</span> <span m='500580'>to</span> <span m='500960'>do,</span> <span m='501290'>that</span> <span m='501490'>was my</span> <span m='501780'>main</span> <span m='501890'>focus.</span> <span m='502320'>And then</span> <span m='502680'>concentrating--</span> <span m='503790'>it doesn't</span> <span m='504120'>matter</span> <span m='504350'>whether</span> <span m='504670'>my</span> <span m='504780'>parents,</span> <span m='505510'>my</span> <span m='505640'>friends,</span> <span m='506260'>my</span> <span m='506370'>girlfriend,</span> <span m='507500'>my</span> <span m='507660'>wife,</span> <span m='508360'>whoever,</span> <span m='509380'>tells</span> <span m='509695'>you, oh you're</span> <span m='510010'>doing</span> <span m='510260'>it</span> <span m='510340'>wrong.</span> <span m='510530'>No.</span> <span m='511070'>You</span> <span m='511320'>do</span> <span m='511440'>what</span> <span m='511770'>you</span> <span m='511870'>feel</span> <span m='512220'>is best for</span> <span m='512620'>you.</span> <span m='513720'>And</span> <span m='513880'>that's</span> <span m='514010'>the</span> <span m='514080'>only</span> <span m='514320'>way</span> <span m='514460'>you're</span> <span m='514590'>going</span> <span m='514740'>to</span> <span m='514809'>know</span> <span m='515620'>exactly</span> <span m='516880'>what</span> <span m='517165'>is</span> <span m='517450'>it you</span> <span m='517725'>want</span> <span m='518000'>to</span> <span m='518424'>do</span> <span m='518848'>in your future.</span> <span m='520120'>So</span> <span m='520760'>that's</span> <span m='521970'>my</span> <span m='522309'>story</span> <span m='522450'>I can share</span> <span m='522990'>about</span> <span m='526040'>where</span> <span m='526320'>I'm</span> <span m='526380'>at</span> <span m='526900'>right</span> <span m='527060'>now.</span> <span m='527360'>And</span> <span m='527560'>that's</span> <span m='527790'>also what</span> <span m='528140'>I</span> <span m='528490'>want</span> <span m='528850'>to reinforce</span> <span m='529210'>again--</span> <span m='529530'>family,</span> <span m='530670'>family</span> <span m='530800'>values,</span> <span m='531430'>and</span> <span m='531860'>the</span> <span m='532650'>love that you can give to your kids.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167898,"video_id":"2700324354001","name":"124309828","duration":536568,"thumbnail_url":null}});