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about this episode
Chris Atoki shares his inspiring story: from homeless to homeowner in 4 years through grit, technology & hustle
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1:02 Jason intros Chris Atoki to tell his homeless to homeowner story
8:06 Getting fired from his warehouse job & being forced to drop out of college
13:30 Chris describes hitting rock bottom, contemplating suicide & getting his fire lit to turn around his life
19:47 Doing odd jobs, getting introduced to MLM & learning how to sell products & himself
27:13 Getting his first secure job at Mattress Firm, joining Lambda School after emailing CEO Austen Allred
34:56 Lessons from Chris’ story
42:02 Learning to code on Lambda School while working at Mattress Firm
46:52 Getting his first tech job, getting a taste of financial security
51:30 Rising up the ranks as a developer, what advice he would give people at rock bottom
56:19 What were blockers in Chris’ journey that could be removed for future generations of people pulling themselves out of poverty?