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How crying in the car with no job began my path to millions

The New Investors video series brought to you by Yahoo Finance reveals the secrets of the most successful entrepreneurs and business people in Australia today. This is the eleventh episode of the season.

Sam Bashiry was a young man who had fun at university but was going nowhere. He was 25 years old, living with his folks and had no job.

One day he realised this.

"I remember coming home and sitting in the driveway in the car. And, I'm kind of feeling lost. Feeling a little bit like a phony - being that cool kid at school, but really not having any direction of where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life."

Bashiry couldn't get out of the car and started crying uncontrollably.

"I just felt like I was trapped. I didn't want to disappoint myself. I didn't want to disappoint my parents. I didn't want to be a failure."

His parents had brought him to Australia as a refugee, then he spent two years in immigration detention before the family was allowed to settle. He couldn't squander that life opportunity.

After he composed himself, he reversed the car off the driveway and went to the nearest Centrelink office. Sitting at the job search terminal, he realised he wanted to play with computers for a living.

"I like computers. Computers were quite new back then. I didn't know a lot about computers - I just had an interest in it. I remember having your old Commodore 64 where I used to play games on it."

Sam Bashiry and the car that he didn't cry in as a young man. (Image: Facebook/Sam Bashiry)

Bashiry printed out a job advertisement for a technical support officer, and the next day he headed to Collins St in downtown Melbourne for an interview.

His interviewer was a young man himself, "probably in his 30s".

"He goes, 'What do you know about computers?'" Bashiry told Yahoo Finance's New Investors.

"I said, 'I know how to turn them on and I know how to browse'. And he says to me, '50 an hour, you start tomorrow.'"

That was the start of Bashiry's successful career in technology. He now drives a Ferrari and builds townhouses as a side-hustle after creating his own massive tech company, Broadband Solutions.

The moral of the story? Do something to get a start, any start.

"Get out of your comfort zone. It's the only way you're going to grow."

The New Investors video series brought to you by Yahoo Finance reveals the secrets of the most successful entrepreneurs and business people in Australia today. This is the eleventh episode of the season.