hat had you already accomplished before the ripe age of seven?
For Ryan Hickman of San Juan Capistrano, he's built a business that's saved him $10,000 for college and counting.
How? With trash...
When Ryan was three years old, his father took him on a trip to their local recycling plant.
Why the recycling plant?
From a young age, Ryan always loved sorting. As father, Damion, explained to The Capistrano Dispatch, “he likes to sort pretty much anything, and he liked putting the bottles in the machine. He probably got two or three bucks, and he was so excited about it. And of course then he got to sort his change, so that meant more sorting.”
Ryan watched his father cash in a few bags of empty bottles and just like that...he was hooked.
Clouds parted and Ryan’s new life mission suddenly came into clear focus.
He was going to save our planet.
The very next day, Ryan rallied his entire community to start saving their empty recyclables for him to collect and recycle at the local recycling center.
His business, Ryan’s Recycling, was born.
In just four years, he's expanded efforts throughout the entirety of Orange County.
The business’s incredible growth is likely due in large part of Ryan’s diligence.
The now seven year old devotes time each week to sorting his bounty, prepping cans, bottles, and other recyclables for his recycling center delivery.
This kid's a serious go-getter.
As first grade teacher, Suzanne Devaney, said of the young entrepreneur, “Ryan’s one of those really unique kids who has a passion. He just sees things that need to be done and he does them.”