At the age of 19 and while attending Indian Hills Community College, I took a spring/summer job as a caustic cleaner at the Cargill plant in Eddyville, Iowa.
I would work 5 am to 4 pm, Monday through Thursday. The 1 hour lunch was not paid.
I remember placing on the caustic suit (full bio hazard), and I would sit there wrapping duct tape around and around my wrists and ankles to prevent every drop of acid from finding its way to my skin.
The temperatures reached well over 115 degrees. It was so hot that we could only work 45 minutes of every hour. My nose adjusted to the terrible smells after a week, but my clothes and car needed thoroughly cleaned every weekend.
Here I am, 10 years later, and I still appreciate how that job helped push me to want more out of life. Every experience, bad and good, has lead me to now.
Another trip to Ireland.
Another opportunity to grow my network.
Another opportunity to grow each venture.
Another opportunity to share some of the amazing initiatives Iowa has for its growing startup ecosystem.
How will it all work out?
I don't know. That's alright.
"This is a story of how a Mooney had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.”
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