My name is Reilly Novak, and I'm 27 years old. I currently own property in White Rock, British Columbia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. I also own and run several businesses including software development, internet marketing and sales, and coin-op machine placement.
I started in construction straight out of high school, and spent 2 years framing and pouring concrete on residential houses and commercial apartment buildings. I then decided that I didn't wish to pursue this career, and decided to go back to school. I went to Joslin Business Training Centre in White Rock, BC, and gained the skills necessary to pursue a career in information technology.
After I graduated I worked for Rogers Cable doing @home internet installs, then moved to Top Producer Real Estate software and became a help desk operator. After a few short months there I was able to land a job with the City of Surrey working help desk. I really enjoyed working there at first, and became one of their top support people in a very short time. I then decided to acquire a Microsoft certified professional certificate so I could handle a larger work load and help with some of the networking calls. This is where I got my first taste of city politics. Instead of giving me the go ahead to handle more calls and solve more problems in less time, I was told that the "networking" calls were handled by the "networking department" and I was not granted access to handle these. (meanwhile things that I could have solved in a day were taking 1-2 weeks to complete) I finally decided that I had reached the ceiling of my growth potential with the City of Surrey and parted ways.
This is where my life started to become interesting. I decided that I wanted to work for myself, and started advertising for companies paying commissions on the internet. At times I was making 3 and 4 times the money I was making at City of Surrey, and at other times I barely scraped by. But no matter what happened I refused to quit, and kept trying new things and starting new companies whenever I had a new idea.
In late 2003 I decided to buy my own house, and it was the best decision I had ever made. My house went up over $40,000 dollars in 6 months. At this point I had just finished reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki and decided that I was not going to work for the rest of my life. The book changed my entire outlook on life, and sparked my interest in all kinds of real estate and investment books. Within months of reading this book, I had created a software company, bought a large positive cash flow duplex, and purchased some coin operated machines for additional cash flow. I now see opportunity everywhere, and am very excited about life and new investments.