Anthony — your sacrifice is very impressive and portends great things down the road IMO. Please don’t forget to hang around winners. That’s critical.
Sacrifice, education and study are not enough. Neither are examples (except for live examples) and willpower. The right environment (as any number of people contributing on Medium have attested) is essential. The right environment includes, but is not limited to, being around winners. Associate with people who are where you want to go, who are more successful than you.
Take no advice from anyone who is not where you want to be. Ever.
Since you don’t know me from Adam, I’ll just add that I did this for over 20 years, it worked beyond my dreams and I am now in the third phase that you discuss.