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The $100 Journey

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Over 25 years ago my parents made a decision that probably saved my life; they gathered my brothers and sisters and together as a family coax me into leaving my home in El Salvador. leaving behind everyone I loved. With the clothes on my back and $100 my parents gave me, I embarked in a journey full of hope and unknowns. The chronicles within are my humble effort to share my journey with you, with the hope that what I have learned in life and applied in my journey to become the CTO of a multi-million dollar business can help you help others and in the process help you in your own journey.

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J.C. Novoa
J.C. Novoa

Juan Carlos (J.C.) came to the United State in 1989 after graduating high school, enduring an earthquake, a civil war and a kidnapping attempt. Working 3 jobs to pay for college he managed to convince the most beautiful girl in Lincoln, Nebraska to marry him, and give him a family of his own. Throughout his life he has managed to see opportunities where others only saw despair and ventured into this “land of opportunity” by learning while doing – head first.

Every step of the way he found people that believed in him and his crazy ideas to go against the grain and do exactly the opposite of what everyone expected. An entrepreneur at heart, he has left a legacy of implemented ideas at all of his previous jobs, ideas now serving the companies and the people who continue to work there. Having a positive impact on the lives of others has been a trait inculcated in him at a very early age by his parents who lead by example and always sought to put others wellbeing first. 

Today, Juan Carlos is building up his own company and provides career advice and mentoring to whoever would listen. In his free time and in good Agile fashion, he is responsible for keeping a well-groomed “honey-do-list” at home in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Disclaimer
  • Prologue
  • Chapter I - Where the streets have my names
  • Chapter II - El Salvador vs USA – Life is not a game
  • Chapter III - With the clothes on my back and $100
  • Chapter IV – The early bird gets the worm
  • Chapter V - My first car was a motorcycle
  • Chapter VI - On the street again
  • Chapter VII – Chicken Fried
  • Chapter VIII - From Europe with Love
  • Chapter IX - Saved by the belle
  • Chapter X - No focus
  • Chapter XI - Other’s people garbage
  • Chapter XII - A miracle amidst a tragedy
  • Chapter XIII - Moving on up!
  • Chapter XIV - Learning by teaching
  • Chapter XV – Bamboozled
  • Chapter XVI - From fearless to hiding in the shadows
  • Chapter XVII - Winter migration - South Florida
  • Chapter XVIII - The cobbler’s children had no shoes.
  • Chapter XIX - Mamà Tila and Papà Numa
  • Chapter XX – Serendipity
  • Chapter XXI - Around the world in 80 hours
  • Chapter XXII - Farmer the girl
  • Chapter XXIII - From 0 to 90 in… well, 90 days
  • Chapter XXIV - All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten
  • Chapter XXV - The “I” in “Team”
  • Chapter XXVI - Work is a battlefield
  • Chapter XXVII - Where is the Queen – The perils of M&As
  • Chapter XXVIII - A new chapter
  • Chapter XXIX – My social experiment
  • Chapter XXX – Locus Focus is no Hocus Pocus
  • Epilogue
  • About The Author

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