Umit, 25, tech salesman

By Hilary VizelSmiling Man in front of Colorful wall

“When I was around 9 years old, I was a big fan of Pokémon. The place I lived in, we had a bunch of neighbours with kids my age, and whoever had the best Pokémon card was the coolest kid on the block. I thought, why not create something myself that I could sell to make money for Pokémon? So I went to a shop where they sold small beads and stuff and I started making bracelets that I could sell to my mom’s friends. I only bought the beads that you could pretty much put a string through, so there was no sort of talent needed for that. Some of them I wouldn’t even tie up because they wouldn’t fit people, so they had to pretty much tie them on themselves and then wear them forever. I don’t think my bracelets were so good, but because I was cute, or because I was a good salesperson, I would sell out easy. And then I would go buy Pokémon cards. That’s how I learned about money.”

Interviews have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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