In high school, I worked as dish washer at a restaurant, and got "promoted" to bus boy. After high school, I worked for a year as a lab technician in a ceramics factory. During that year, I saved some money, and convinced my JW mother that it would be all right if I went to college. I paid for my tuition and books. The only break my parents gave me was not charging me room and board, as they had done the first year out of high school. I got through two years of college, got doubts and pioneered for little over a year, but my doubts didn't go away. I got married and worked full time, while going to college, and went all the way to a Ph.D. My only regret is that I didn't spend much time with my children, but I am making up for that error, later in life. I had a number of interesting jobs over my life time, and I am now retired. I could have done better. I could have done worse, but I think I had a pretty good batting average overall. I am at peace with myself, despite some major mistakes I made, because I did some good things too, along the way.