He slammed his MIG welding gun on the table…
“How can it be this difficult?”
Mark and his wife Michelle were about to celebrate their 20 year anniversary in 2 weeks, and he really wanted to surprise her with something special.
They were NOT rich by any means.
In fact, Mark's day job at the chemical plant just outside Houston TX (where he'd been working for almost 20 years), barely paid him enough to support his wife and 2 daughters Kate and Kristin.
They lived on a shoestring budget, but they were happy nonetheless.
Michelle worked as a hair stylist 6 days a week at her salon, and on Sunday's she picked up random hair cutting jobs around their community to help supplement their income.
With their house payment, car payments, monthly bills, and saving for their daughters college, it was back-breaking. They barely managed to "eek" out a living in their tiny 2 bedroom home.
While Mark couldn't afford to give much to his wife, he wanted to give her a gift that would last forever, and something that came from his heart.
He remembered the magazine clipping she showed him of an ornamental gate for her tomato garden, but they both knew it was too expensive.
So, he wanted to build it from scratch for her. He had never welded a day in his life, but he was determined to learn how so he could surprise her.
Little did she know he'd been mowing lawns each Sunday when she was out cutting hair.
At $25 a lawn, he worked tirelessly all day, slaving away in the Summer heat until he finally saved enough money to buy a cheap MIG welder.
He got a great deal on one for $140, and spent the remaining cash on a $30 helmet.
His challenge now was to learn how to use it, while keeping it a secret from Michelle until their anniversary.
After plugging his machine in the first day, and setting it up, he was a bit scared and unsure. "Can I really do this, or will I injure myself. Maybe I should pay someone to build it."
He reluctantly went ahead and put on his welding helmet. He flipped down the lens, and pulled the MIG gun trigger.
When he lifted his helmet to see the final result, what he saw shocked him.
It looked like bird poop.
So, he tried again.
He flipped his helmet down and pulled the trigger...
Again, bird poop.
He tried 3 more times...
He messed with the wire speed and voltage for a bit and tried for a 6th time.
Again, Bird poop.
Finally, with his jugular vein bulging out of his neck, and with the rage of a cornered tiger, he slammed the MIG gun on the table...
"SC*EW this! This is stupid!"
He thought about how easy it looked for those people on TV, and started to wonder if he needed to attend a welding school just to learn.
"Why can't I figure this out? Am I wasting my time, or just plain stupid?"
It reminded him of the time his own father made him feel stupid for getting married right out of high school, and making him feel like a constant disappointment.
That feeling he got motivated him to do what he did next.
He was determined to learn how to use his MIG welder, so he went online and Googled "How to MIG weld".
He came across makemoneywelding.com.
After reading many of the articles, he discovered my free MIG Welding Mastery guide that teaches beginners the secrets to learning MIG welding fast.
He was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a free video training course along with the free report.
It answered so many questions he had, and by the second video he was jumping out of his skin to go practice what he learned.
He immediately discovered why his welds looked like bird poop, why his machine was feeding erratically, and even how to fabricate his first project.
The next day was D-Day. He strolled out to his garage, and followed the steps I gave him.
He pulled the trigger and heard what sounded like a perfect weld being made, but he couldn't tell until he looked.
So, he lifted his helmet, and to his amazement, his weld didn't look like bird poop.
In fact, it looked as good as a weld made by an automated robot.
He practiced for a while and it was now easy for him to lay great welds. His fear was now completely gone. After I showed him how to fabricate his first project, he started building the ornamental gate for his wife's tomato garden.
With just 2 days to go until their anniversary, Mark made the final touches to his project. A little grinding, smoothing, painting, and it was complete.
On the day of their anniversary, Mark blindfolded Michelle and led her to the garden.
"Don't open your eyes until I say so."
"Ok" She replied
"Ok, open your eyes", he replied.
"Oh, my. That's amazing! Where did you get the money for this?", she replied.
"I didn't buy it, I built it", he replied.
"You don't know how to weld. How on earth did you do that?"
"I paid for the welder with extra money I made from mowing lawns while you were working, and I taught myself" he replied.
"I love it", she replied, and presented him with a gift, too. It was the new bbq pit he'd been wanting.
"I've been working every Sunday to get it for you" she replied.
The next week he was welding in some new floorboards for his broken down 1974 Jeep CJ5. He loved his new hobby.
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