Johnny Devoe started adult life as a stock boy at a paint store. He was blessed with a mind for business. While working for minimum wage, Johnny was saving money. Soon enough money had been saved to buy a rent house. It was not many years before Johnny owned 12 pieces of rental property. Then, he owned the paint store that he had advanced to manage. Soon, Johnny owned a chain of paint stores. Today, Johnny Devoe is worth millions.
When Johnny was 21, he was met Sharon. She was a beautiful young lady working behind the counter at McDonald’s. Sharon and Johnny fell in love and married. Three years later their first daughter was born. She was a darling child, and a musical prodigy to boot. The girl played in music recitals as early as four years of age. Then Johnny and Sharon had a son. He loved the things most boys enjoy: tee-ball, video-games, fishing, and flying kites.
Somethings go unnoticed. While the boy was playing tee-ball, and the little girl was giving music recitals, Johnny was not there. He didn’t have time for music recitals, play video games or endure a kid’s baseball game. There were important things to do; stores to manage, rent to collect, money to be made.
As years passed, Johnny and Sharon drifted apart. Eventually they divorced and Johnny seldom seemed to have time to pick up the children for his parental privileges and responsibilities.
When the girl was fifteen, in her desperate desire for attention the girl was easy prey for the “sweet nothings” of a teenage Casanova. Soon she was pregnant. Another statistic - a pregnant teenager who dropped out of school. Johnny’s son had his teenage battles. He was involved with a gang, using drugs and eventually drug pushing. He just got out of jail.
Today, Johnny lives alone in a $900,000 home, and drives a $120,000 Mercedes to work. That Rolex watch on his arm cost more than a stock boy in his paint store makes in six months. Others in the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary look at Johnny and point him out as a self-made man, a true success story.