The first case of COVID-19 was recorded in December 2019, and with the rapid spread of the virus, everything went downhill from there. After the declaration of the disease as a global health concern, there was chaos that affected all sectors in all countries. In the United States, particularly, the economy plummeted as the world’s general population panicked about the virus. Still, King Lie found a golden opportunity amid the chaos and managed to invest in real estate and bought ten rental properties, totaling 23 apartment units.
This is the background of how King Lie, with the legal name Lai Ram Ceu, could retire at the fresh young age of 22 years old. Born in 1998 in Chin State, Myanmar, the retiree and real estate investor arrived in the United States as a refugee in 2007. His family moved from Chicago to Moline, Illinois, where he then grew up and later began a music career towards the summer of 2020.
His venture into the music industry became possible thanks to the brilliant move of buying real estate during the recession. Several months after his investment, he has become financially stable enough to leave his regular nine-to-five job at John Deere and focus on his passion for music.
Without the weight of the financial burden on his mind, King Lie has been able to pour his effort and attention into creating music. He released the official music video to his debut track, Cold Heart, in October, and in the span of barely three weeks, he was able to shoot and post-produce his second single, Zooming. Both videos are available for streaming on Youtube, and a third is already expected to follow. Close Friends will be something to watch out for next month as expected to be out in early January.
King Lie is steadily growing his fanbase, and a peek into his calendar indicates that he will never leave his fans hanging. He already has five tracks ready to climb the ranks, and with his innate talent and skill in finding what appeals to the fans and creating great music, he can make each new track in less than a day. The artist has plans of releasing a new single and music video each month of 2021, and while others may find this difficult, it should not even pose a challenge for him. Eventually, the artist/retiree plans to incorporate multiple languages in his songs, and while there is no specific time frame for it yet, the fans are definitely looking forward to it.
Achieving success while barely even out of youth makes King Lie a fitting model of inspiration. From a nobody with no money from a tiny village in a third world country, to now a man who is arguably one of the youngest retirees in the world, the artist has a message he wants to share: “Anything is possible in life, and the only thing stopping us is our own mindset.”