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Garbage man becomes a lawyer: "I never gave up and I made my dream come true"

May 04, 2022 • By Mark Bennett

The world is full of people, all who different from each other in some way. There are those who are tall, short, blond, dark, young, old - and then there are those who are lucky and those who are not. In cases like these, those who do not have luck on their side, will have to work a little harder to be able to achieve their life goals. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just takes more time and a lot more effort to make a dream come true.

And this is a fact of life that the subject of this story, a 39-year-old man, knows very well. His life hasn't always been a bed of roses, but despite everything, he managed to reach the goal he had set for himself and, for this, he deserves a lot of admiration.


The subject of this story is Flavio Silva, a 39-year-old man who, until recently, worked as a garbage man. He worked really hard and, with all his commitment and all the many sacrifices he made, he managed to change his life and the life of his family.

Initially employed in the municipality of Tibau do Sul in Rio Grande, Brazil, Flavio always had a secret dream: to become a lawyer. Sure, it wouldn't be easy for him to do this considering his work committments, family and various other obligations, but he never became discouraged.

One day, he decided that he would everything possible to take the plunge, so he enrolled in a law school in Natal - a town 78 km away from his home. For 6 long years, Flavio managed to work and study at the same time. Every day he woke up at 5am in the morning, went to work, worked for 6 hours and then jumped onto a bus for Natal. After a two-hour trip, he reached the university and went on to study.

As he stated in an interview: "At first, it was not easy. I didn't understand the things I had to study very well, but it was heartening to compare myself with some of my classmates and know that they had the same problems as me. Then one of them approached me. He said he wanted to create a study group and I accepted immediately. I never gave up. My vocabulary doesn't include the words, 'I give up'. So I continued to soldier on as a student and also as a municipal worker."

Flavio, before becoming a garbage man, had also worked as an administrative assistant and in the municipal area guard. He never neglected his work for his studies and, after several years, he achieved his goal.


Flavio recalled: "When I learned that I had passed the exam to enter the bar, I could not believe it. I cried for 40 minutes thinking about all the sacrifices I had made. From my experience, I learned something that I want to share here: if you have a dream, never give up. Try in every way possible to overcome the obstacles. Each of us is able to pursue the profession we want - just don't give up ".

And this is just what he did. We thank Flavio for showing us that tenacity and willpower are two fundamental elements to make one's dreams come true.

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