I utilized the resources offered by the government for the poor to get out of poverty. I enrolled in a business course offered to low income families. S.E.I.D. To be successfully self-employed in a home based business I was taught how to prepare a business plan for to present to a financial lender. There was a demand for upholstery services in my area. October 9, 1991 I was selected to travel to Washington DC and testify to a Congressional Committee¹. My intent was to explain to the committee that regulations at that time was preventing me from acquiring the tools I needed to start a business. Counting the value of assets (tools) for micro enterprise as a personal asset would exceed the income guidelines, exempting my son from being insured by Medicaid, that was not an option.
The fact that I was selected out of hundreds of individuals in the State of Iowa suggests that the program directors recognized my character to be determined to succeed in my goal. The goals were met and the rules allowing an exemption for value of business assets for self-employment were changed.
My formal education in minimal. I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade opting for a GED. The main reason I dropped out was because a required class in 11th grade is mandatory speech class. I am simply too shy to speak in public. I have allowed myself to be bullied most of my life because of my personality traits. I have never felt the need to publicly prove a person to be of bad character until now. I simply disassociate from anyone who treats me in a way that I do not want to be treated. I am self-educated in subjects that are interesting to me, I am self-educated with the ability provide multiple skilled services such as my chosen career as an upholsterer. I have self-educated in many of the subjects I find personally interesting, one of which is human behavior.
¹ United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Hunger. 1992. New Strategies for Alleviating Poverty: Building Hope by Building Assets: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Hunger, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session, Hearing Held in Washington, DC, October 9, 1991. Government Printing Office.
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