Machining is something that has always been in the genes. I've been machining parts, and working on the shop floor since back in 1972, when I was 9! It's rooted through the family as my father was a machinist as well. In 1982, I decided to go full time with it, when I graduated high school (college at night, yes I graduated). Throughout the years, and learning the trade, I even decided to write a book on CNC.
I worked as a A/E for a major tool builder and training coordinator for same. A few decades later, I made the decision and started my own shop to carry on family tradition. For me, it's not going to work, it's going to my passion.