It was a different era, there was no work available in 08-10. I've had experiences since then that confirm labor is meaningful work. The work is physical vigorous and mentally rewarding when I'm able to do it. It's typical for foreman to make more than engineers in the office and are able to start families young. Best to start young and don't count it out just because you went to college. I'm not sure of the point of your message.Why would you recommend something you failed at?