Not everyone has the opportunity to go to college or wants to stay on the college path. According to the US Dept of Education, “Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.”
By comparison with the US, Australian dropouts are likely to quit school in 10th grade. Over half of Australian school dropouts left at this year-level, with roughly 40 percent dropping out in 11th grade and those dropping out are likely to pick up a trade. In fact, even more staggering is that a high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
That was exactly Cameron Moar’s trajectory as he walked down the steps of his high school that day. At the time he was working as a carpenter in a wealthy neighborhood, working sixty-hour workweeks, getting a meager paycheck with a boss that hated him. Life was anything but rosy when he had his “aha” moment. He could either work for someone for the rest of his life in a job that was mundane, tiresome and unfulfilling or he could abandon this world and make a change.
He decided to live out his dreams. In fact, Cameron was nearing the end of a four-year apprenticeship as a cabinet maker and was on track to living his parents’ generation’s dream of finding a trade, buying a house, and paying it off gradually over the next 30 years.
Having left high school at 16 due to some life circumstances, he knew his options would be limited. “While I enjoyed the craftsmanship being a carpenter provided, it was not challenging enough for me. While I am not scared of hard work, I wanted to do ‘smart’ work meaning waking up at 5:30 a.m. and doing repetitive work, working 60 hours a week and reporting into a boss that wasn’t sold on me was mentally exhausting,” Cameron says. “All I wanted to do at the end of the day was sleep. That is hardly an inspiring life.”
It was during these dark days that Cameron fell into depression. The relationship with his girlfriend was starting to suffer. He decided to look at his close friends and family to see who has a career that was more inline with what he felt a successful future looked like. After all, it was when he was in those wealthy neighborhoods conducting his trade that he was the most inspired.
Reza Qorbanie was a friend who was just that. An inspirer. A motivator and a successful young entrepreneur in the making. In fact, Reza was working in eCommerce at the time running an online business with amazing results. Cameron Moar decided to ask Reza for advice. Reza started to show Cameron the ropes. Reza was a great teacher and supporter to Cameron, but the hard part, at first, was finding the time to work on his business. After all, rich people still need cabinets made, and Cameron couldn’t afford to leave his apprenticeship just yet. Sacrifices had to be made.
Cameron went onto co-founding a drop shipping company with the mission of helping everyday Australians learn the skills of the internet and build sustainable six figure online businesses. He even continued to run the business during a pandemic at a time when most businesses fold, but this didn’t deter him from continuing. To date, Cameron and his business partners have coached over two-thousand Australians, with several hundred of them quitting their 9-5 jobs to pursue their new online business full time.
They employ a team of 15 full time staff members across Australia and run the online school entirely online – with classes being conducted via Zoom and pre-recorded training videos that get updated regularly. They have coaches, software engineers and marketers who are hired to coach their students. They have the most success stories out of any other eCommerce education platform.
Cameron Moar even found room to make some mistakes to learn from early on but was lucky and quick enough to correct his course to have a profitable first month, earning $19,000.
His success kept snowballing to the point when he realized — after reaching the six-figure benchmark — that he’d be okay leaving the trade and doing dropshipping full-time.
“I was just a regular tradesman from Australia, there are tons of us here with similar stories, and I’ve made it,” says Cameron Moar. “I don’t see why other people who are in a comparable situation wouldn’t give this a go. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, but when you see the results you understand that it’s well worth the effort.”
Now Cameron is living his dream life at 22 years old. He has a lakeside apartment, a new BMW M5, and a business that allows him to work from wherever he likes, whenever he likes.
His greatest advice to other young entrepreneurs is if you aren’t happy with what you are doing and not inspired every day when you wake up, then you are in the wrong field. Do something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. Only then can you find true success.
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