When my first company went public, I suddenly had millions of dollars.
I was a farm boy from the country.
When I started the company, I was 15 years old and I did not have two cents to my name. I was still trying to make the company a success when I was 18 years old. I lived in my parents basement for a long time so I could use all of my money on the business. My parents were very supportive. They believed in me and my idea and they thought that I was going to change the world. They were unbelievably proud of me on the day that my company went public. I paid the mortgage for my parents house and I bought 20 acres of property on the same street. I built a house of my own and I hired an interior designer to help make the place look modern and sophisticated. I knew that I would be hosting dinner parties and business meetings at the house and I wanted my home to reflect my wealth and status. I would have been happy with deer antlers and bear rugs, but I knew that wasn’t modern or elegant or sophisticated. I didn’t really love much of the ideas that the designer had in the beginning, but after a few meetings we found a design style that I love. My whole house has a very modern look and appeal and the interior decorator really made the place look great! I can even entertain out on the patio, thanks to a warm and inviting outdoor seating area that was the interior decorators idea.