For as long as i remember i´ve loved reading, i read through all the books in my house until i found a collection of Robert Kiyosaki books.
I read them all, and for some reason i felt really connected. My family is a textbook definition of what living in the "rat race" is, so for a impressionable 14 year old the book provided all the answers i needed. I wanted to succeed in business so I could finally "Liberate" my family.
With this as a fuel i dedicated myself to study for Colombian standardized tests, called ICFES, for 2 years. It was a lot of pressure, but i kept studying 2-3 hours daily after school.
I got an excellent grade on the test, but i found myself in a difficult position a lot of people can relate to. My family wasn't eligible for scholarships of financial need but didn't have the money to pay for my education either.
State provided loans or scholarships were also out of the question as I was a foreigner studying with a visa. At 11pm of the last day of applications I registered for one university i absolutely loved, but couldn't afford.
Long story short, all the effort finally payed off.
They gave me a 70% scholarship based on my academic record and my standardized tests results. It changed my life.