I first went into business for myself at the age of 19 and was audited by the IRS that very same year. I found the ups and downs of the business cycle deadly, though, for participants with no capital.
I've been in a dozen businesses over the years and usually made good money when the money was making, but when the market would turn south, I'd see it suck cash out the door like a runaway rip-tide.
I'd often come up with what I thought to be an earth shattering idea, figuring when I put it into action the money would just come rolling in. And it did, sometimes, but inevitably the economy would sour and I'd find myself having to sell everything for two cents on the dollar, then have to watch as, five or ten years later, somebody else would come along and do the exact same thing and make millions.
My idea was always: I was going to make a lot of money and then write books.
Of course many celebrated writers, like Jack London and Mark Twain, wrote dozens of successful books, then went into business only to see their enterprises turn into disasters, and went back to writing books. I just got it backwards, but that's not unusual for me.
After thinking all of this through, I decided I'd just write the books, then five or ten years later, when the public was finally ready to accept them, they'd still be there.
So I'm writing the books now and Estate Bottled Tears is the second one.