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I want to attend a wrestling school to be either a professional wrestler or wrestling manager. The cost is $3,500. Is there money for this?
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Dear Mr. Z.
Boy, this sounds like fun. Maybe too much for someone at my age, so I hope you are a lot younger than I am. I was trying to encourage one of my boys to get into wrestling in high school but he did not show an interest. This kid turned out to be 6' 4" and 220, and likes the camera like me so he may have made a good pro wrestler.
Enough of that nonsense, let's get to your question. The first thing that comes to my mind is training money that is available at your state government. This is money that every country has at its disposal to help people like you train for a good paying job. So if you are out of work that could be for you. Here is a description of the program.
If you have found yourself on the losing end of a plant closing or mass layoff, apply for money and re-training under the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act. The program is administered by each state, and because of that, the program differs from state to state. Workers can receive classroom, occupational skills, and/or on-the-job training to qualify for jobs in demand. Basic and remedial education, entrepreneurial training, and instruction in literacy or English-as-a-second-language may be provided. For more information, contact your state Department of Labor in the blue pages of your phone book, or contact Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-5426, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-693-3580; www.doleta.gov Go to this site to find your local center: http://www.servicelocator.org/
If they turn you down. Don't stop. Many times in the government they turn down people the first time just to see how serious you are. So if this happens to you contact the office that runs this training program in your state capitol. Get someone there to talk to you to explain in greater detail why they would have turned you down. Remember, people in the government have no idea about the very programs they are suppose to be running. Like the clerks in department stores who can't tell you anything about the stuff that is for sale there. That is why people will buy on line.
But don't stop at the state level. Contact your congressman and senator's office. Tell them all that you think you deserve the money because this is the job you want to do and these programs are suppose to train you for a job.
Also thru the other education and training programs at the federal and state levels, there may be something there. Here is where to find them:
There are close to 400 programs worth almost $3 billion dollars in financial aid available through all 50 states. Every state has grants and other money available for higher education. Look for the state office of higher education. You can find them by dialing 411 and asking for your state capitol operator or by going to the web at www.govengine.com and clicking on your state.
A bigger opportunity probably is in private scholarships and funding. But sources for these programs can cost you a bunch of money. But here is how to get that info for just $3.00
There are dozens of scholarship directories available. And because one directory cannot possibly have everything, it is better to have a collection of scholarship directories, but this can become too expensive. So, you can go to your local library as they have the latest edition of enough directories that can help you, or you can go into a local large bookstore that has a coffee shop and buy a cup of $3.00 coffee and spend an afternoon at the bookstore looking through all the books. You are only going to get a few scholarships out of any one book. Copy down the info and do your follow up. This way, for the price of a cup of coffee, you have access to hundreds of dollars worth of directories. Most of these big book stores have big comfy chairs to encourage you to spend time there using their books. Such a deal.
If these sources fail you, and you really want to be a wrestler, you should not stop. You should not stop no matter what anyone tells you. If this is the most important thing you want to do in life right now, you have to keep thinking of possible ways to achieve it. There is no one way to do anything in life, even though someone who is selling you a product to tell you that their product is the way to do it. Life is full of exceptions. The 2 people who started the Apple computer and the personal computer industry could not get a job in the computer business. Bill Gates did not finish college. Abe Lincoln lost a lot of elections before he became president.
Start thinking of other ways to keep you in the game, or near the game. Contact all the wrestling federations and say you will intern, work for free, cut their lawn, anything. Do the same with the wrestling school. Tell him you'll be the wrestling dummy, clean the rest rooms, wash jock straps, do anything to just watch and see how he trains people. If you are there enough he will probably teach you.
Your desire will be the main ingredient that will get you where you want to be and not money, contacts or anything else someone tells you.
Also contact other wrestling schools all over the country.
Good luck and keep following the dream. Not knowing exactly where you are going to wind up is one of the greatest satisfactions in life. Don't let others throw cold water on your dream.
Matthew Lesko Best Selling Author and Entrepreneurwww.lesko.com