My first job at 15 paid 50 cents an hour. Many followed and all paid a little better. Whatever the pay was, I always did my best. Then, when I was 35 I was in the right place at the right time. People needed help in my field and they picked me because I was a hard worker. Over the next 14 years I made more money than I ever thought possible and retired at age 49 on my own assets. That was 27 years ago. What a great country this used to be.