The important thing is that regardless of your age, it’s time to stop daydreaming about what could be. Now, at this moment, pick up the phone, or go to a library, or check on the internet to locate the nearest automotive training center and set an actual date to talk with that center’s advisor.
Armed with her/his advice and the schools brochure, you can list exactly what courses you'll need, where you'll get a loan if needed, and a precise date for starting. You can also make a list of the dealerships and garages in your area along with their phone numbers, so you are prepared to find a job the day you graduate.
Throughout Start Where You Are, Gardner empowers you with the self-confidence and will power to work hard, to keep going, to face any difficulty you might encounter. Can this be done in a day, or a week? Surely not, but it can be done, and you are poised at the starting chocks.
Start Where You Are I would recommend to anyone who feels stuck in a rut. Often people feel that they come from a downtrodden family line where one simply accepts the hand that life deals them. It has always been that way so why “beat against the goad,” or “No one else in this family has ever gone to college, so I probably couldn’t make it either.”
Gardner would say that’s plain BS so if you’ve stepped in it, leave your shoe there, pull your foot out, and move on. You are what you want to be. You were born in the image of God and have the intelligence not to just dream, but to wake up, trust your inner voice, and "make yourself proud!"