- David Chahine owns Primal Glass Replacement
- He struggled during school and now makes $5,000 a week
A troubled teen who was expelled from 10 different schools has opened up about how he turned his life around, with his glassing business set to make $1million this year.
David Chahine, 26, from Sydney, always had difficulty focusing at school and eventually dropped out after completing Year 10.
He was told by his teachers he’d never amount to anything and admitted his behaviour left his parents ‘heartbroken’.
During the many times he was on suspension or had been expelled, Mr Chahine would help his brother and father with labouring work.
His father had been involved in the building industry, which sparked a keen interest within Mr Chahine.
In 2020 he launched his company Primal Glass Replacement, which is now raking in $5,000 a week, with their total revenue expected to soar to $1million this financial year.
David Chahine, who owns Primal Glass Replacement, was told he’d never amount to anything at school and is now making $5,000 a week
‘I pretty much couldn’t sit still in class, I couldn’t concentrate and I never did my homework,’ Mr Chahine told Daily Mail Australia.
He explained he had a learning disability and his school had suggested he take medication.
But his parents were of the belief such a thing was not natural, and they told school staff he wouldn’t be taking any pills.
‘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 Year 4 when he got expelled from his first school.
When he was in high school he lasted just two terms at one school, among other expulsions, and ended up going to a facility that catered to students with behavioural problems.
‘School was very bad for me, I pretty much never went,’ he said.
‘The teachers would say ”you’ll never become anything” or ”you’re going to end up a garbage man” – I was always being put down.
In 2020 Mr Chahine launched his company Primal Glass Replacement, which is now on track to make $1million in revenue this financial year
‘My parents were heartbroken, my mum would cry every time I got kicked out of school.’
Mr Chahine’s parents split up when he was a teenager, and the businessman credits his father for being able to pull him out of his bad habits.
He’d saved up almost $15,000 when he decided to launch his business three years ago, and with the help of his parents was able to slowly build up his brand.
While the first year was slow, by the second, business had started to ramp up through word-of-mouth.
Mr Chahine’s team includes his brother, a close mate, and a few subcontractors.
He’s even purchased himself a BMW M3 with his newfound success.
His advice for others who’ve been told they may never amount to anything? ‘Never give up.’
‘The sky is the limit. Even if it looks like something isn’t possible, trust me, it is,’ he said.