Alfred Armijo

Alfred Armijo

Retired Longshoreman


Los Angeles, CA USA

When a roadblock occurs, go over it, under it, or around it, but get to the other side.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born in the family that had a handicapped brother that always rolled out the red carpet for as I starved for the attention or recognition of my parents.
In school I always wanted to try and be popular and I thought I was until after high school I found out that I wasn’t because nobody visited me.
During my school years from middle school through high school and there after I was involved in drugs and running the streets with gang members.
I knew deep in my heart that I was smart and better than the drugs or the streets. I listened to my heart and began a road to recovery.
I listened to my heart and began a road to recovery.
After relapsing one time I got up and tried recovery a 2nd time only this time I was determined. I walked back with a pen and paper and started writing notes on how to live without drugs and alcohol.
I ended up going to LA trade tech and study labor law. I became an officer in my union. Wrote contract that is still today in use and became a highly respected leader.
Today with the wisdom of my life I wish to help others with the emotional ups and downs that life can bring because the most important part of life is how we deal with it.
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Labor Studies
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College


Retired Longshoreman

Load and unload container cargo from the Pacific Rim countries.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others

Day to Day

Physical, hard labor, lifting and carrying by hand different commodities. Driving heavy equipment like lifts and cranes.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Find your passion. Do your homework. When a roadblock occurs, go over it, under it, around it but get to the other side. Don’t let anything get in your way, be determined. There will always be light at the end of the tunnel. It is up to you to look for that light. It might seem them but it is there. Continue to look for it even if you can’t see it. Never give up. Remember life is how you deal with it and life can be good, if you are good to it.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"I wasn’t worth my own salt."

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction