My Grandfather’s Resume

Julio Matías — My Grandfather when he was 17

Maybe this will be a good story to later relate to my nephews, or kids. Or not. Today I sat down with my grandfather and spoke for a while about all the different types of jobs / work he did:

  • Worked harvesting rice when he was about 8. Had his knees all cut at the end of the day. Salary: 6 Dominican Cents a day.
  • Worked in construction when he was 12 years old. He was inside the concrete molding for a pillar of a bridge, arranging and distributing rocks and cement. Salary: 1 Dominican Peso per day of work.
  • Loading and unloading trucks with hundreds of boxes full of vegetables. At night, he slept in the truck. One day on the road the driver fell asleep, they crashed and the truck flipped. Everyone survived.
  • Cut down trees, shrubs, sticks and other things then carry it somewhere else.
  • Fixed radios and electronics. Learned on his own, worked with only a screwdriver and soldered with a file.
  • Taught kids practical things. Parents paid him 50 Dominican Cents per kid, per month.
  • Taught adults how to read and write; for two years until the government halted the program. Many of his students were close friends or family members.
  • Was recruited to one of the Dominican armies. At one time, on the facility he was assigned to, there were 800 soldiers and only 200 beds. 4 had to lay down perpendicularly on each bed. He got locked up for complaining. On another occasion they had 190 soldiers on formation and doing drills non-stop for 1.5 (one and a half) days due to a “special” training. In reality, his superiors wanted to overthrow the government. Salary: 46 to 90 Dominican Pesos per month.
  • He was the lookout for a mountain area, kind of like a park ranger around the time I was born (1988).
  • Planted bananas, plantains and bunch of other stuff on a family property.
  • When he moved to Puerto Rico he mowed the lawn, painted houses and did a bunch of other stuff.
  • Currently sells goods that takes to DR from PR.

There are still some gaps of his resume waiting to be filled and I will keep updating it.

I‘m just going to leave this here… and when I even think of complaining about my current situation or my job or the fact that starting my own business is hard, I will take a glance to my grandfather’s resume to get back on track.

Grandpa I respect and appreciate you in the most sincere way possible.


Thanks Gary Vaynerchuk for the boost that you provide through your videos; it’s what got me to start documenting. (the only piece of content I have consumed in the last couple of days).