Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.
I read a book last year about how to manage your finances. Although the author was not American it was still an inspiring read. The book in fact was so successful that the author wrote another one for high school students.
The book title is, The Barefoot Investor, by Scott Pape. I myself am not into finances but this was written in such a way that it really grabbed my attention.
Even if you don’t read the book, give him a google…he is a fascinating guy.