Most of us have big dreams; but not all of us are willing to go to extreme lengths to actually reach them. Enter, David Casarez — a web developer who chased his dream of starting his own company, until he found himself penniless and living on a park bench in Mountain View, California.
But that’s not where this story ends — in fact, it’s right where it begins.
On Friday, July 27, Mr. Casarez woke up from his bench, put on a shirt and tie, and stood on a local road while holding up a sign. It read: “HOMELESS, HUNGRY 4 SUCCESS. TAKE A RESUME.”
Jasmine Scofield happened to be driving by when she noticed Casarez’s sign. Moments later, she took out her phone, snapped two photos, and uploaded them to Twitter.
“I knew that if I were in his position I would want someone to help me the way I was willing to help him,” Scofield tells Babble. “I’ve been close to his position before and could only imagine how hard that was. I had to try.”
Miraculously, it worked. Within hours, Casarez found himself flooded with hundreds of job offers, as the tweet racked up more than 50,000 retweets and 70,000 likes.
The 26-year-old homeless man had reportedly been living in his 2015 Ford Transit Connect utility van for more than a year until it was recently repossessed. But despite the odds being stacked against him, his upbeat and optimistic attitude about still landing his dream job has not swayed one iota.
“It was basically a make-or-break moment,” he told New York Post, adding, “I wanted to keep my head up high, keep looking forward and see what opportunity would come next, I was thinking, you know like this was like my last stop. If this didn’t work, I’d go back home and give up on my dream.”
It turns out, Casarez’s resume is just as impressive as his outlook on life. After graduating from Texas A&M, he went on to become a web developer and even spent time working for General Motors. But he couldn’t shake the dream of wanting to run his own company, and decided to move to Silicon Valley to make it happen.
Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out the way he’d planned — but that’s not to say they never will.
That tweet that Scofield sent out into the Twitterverse caught the attention of Google, Apple, and hundreds of other employers, making Mr. Casarez incredibly popular in just a few hours.
“I called him once the tweet started blowing up that night to let him know he might receive tons of responses,” Scofield tells Babble. “He told me about his story and where he was at in life, what brought him there, and what he wanted to accomplish. He was hopeful, positive, and held his head high.”
In the days since, Casarez and Scofield have talked several times, and can easily be described as friends.
“I hope this helps send out a ripple effect of positivity within our human society,” Scofield tells Babble. “It’s so easy to jump to negative conclusions and I think this story is proof that it’s good to believe in people and help others.”
Talk about an inspiring story of drive and positivity. Good luck to David Casarez on his next job venture — wherever he ends up!More On