- David Chahine is the owner of Primal Glass Replacement
- He struggled in school and now earns $5,000 a week
A troubled teenager who was kicked out of 10 different schools has opened up about how he has turned his life around, with his glassmaking business expected to bring in $1 million this year.
David Chahine, 26, from Sydney, always had difficulty concentrating at school and eventually dropped out after completing Year 10.
His teachers told him he would never amount to anything and admitted his behavior had left his parents “heartbroken”.
During the many times he was suspended or expelled, Mr. Chahine helped his brother and father with manual labor.
His father was involved in the construction industry, which sparked a keen interest in Mr. Chahine.
In 2020, he launched his company Primal Glass Replacement, which now brings in $5,000 per week, and his total revenue is expected to reach $1 million this fiscal year.
David Chahine, owner of Primal Glass Replacement, was told he would never earn anything in school and now makes $5,000 a week.
“I couldn’t sit still in class, I couldn’t concentrate and I never did my homework,” Mr Chahine told Daily Mail Australia.
He explained that he had a learning disability and that his school had suggested he take medication.
But his parents thought such a thing was unnatural and told school staff that he would not take any medication.
“The school basically said, ‘Well, if you can’t take them, we don’t want you in the class,'” he said.
Mr. Chahine was in 4th grade when he was expelled from his first school.
When he was in high school, he spent only two terms in one school, among other expulsions, and ended up being sent to a school that served students with behavioral problems.
“School was very bad for me, I hardly ever went,” he said.
“The teachers would say “you’ll never become anything” or “you’ll end up as a garbage collector” – I was always put down.
In 2020, Mr. Chahine launched his company Primal Glass Replacement, which is now on track to achieve $1 million in sales this financial year.
“My parents were heartbroken, my mother cried every time I was kicked out of school. »
Mr Chahine’s parents separated when he was a teenager and the businessman credits his father with managing to break him out of his bad habits.
He saved nearly $15,000 when he decided to start his business three years ago and, with the help of his parents, he was able to gradually grow his brand.
While the first year was slow, by the second, business began to pick up through word of mouth.
Mr. Chahine’s team includes his brother, a relative and a few subcontractors.
He even bought himself a BMW M3 thanks to his new success.
His advice to those who have been told they might never achieve anything? ‘Never give up.’
‘Sky is the limit. Even if it seems like something is not possible, believe me, it is,” he said.