Have you heard about the college grad that chooses to start his life again with just $25, and without ever mentioning his education? It's not a movie plot — a recent grad from North Carolina crossed the state line and rebuilt his life in the sister state to the south, starting at a homeless shelter.
Adam Shepard wanted to test the American Dream and his experiment was developed with these specific goals: Have a furnished apartment, a car, and $2,500 in savings all within a year. He started out living on food stamps and sleeping in a homeless shelter, but within 10 months he completed all three of his goals — he even saved double the amount he set out to save from his job with a moving company.
You can read the details of his 10-month experiment in Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search For the American Dream. The gist? No surprise — there were tough times, but he's a believer in the essence of the Dream.