I was born to a single mom in Brooklyn NY. It was my grandmother, my mom, my my sister and I. We lived in a ghetto called Brownsville Brooklyn. Those years were simple and scarce, but they were full of love.
At the age of 15 I had the great fortune to meet Nellie Peralta, a young and beautiful 7th grader. I mention Nellie because she was a major turning point in my life. Although I didn’t realize it at the time. As destiny would have it, against all odds we dated and went on to marry just 5 years later. One of my best decisions in life.
I grew up in a very religious Christian family. The emphasis was on serving God, not money or even education. It was assumed that God would provide and that all our attention should be placed on spiritual matters. So by the time I was married at the tinder age of 20, with my first kid on the way, I was ill prepared for the realities of life.
Luckily, I have an inquisitive mind. I wanted to learn, although I had dropped out of school in the 10th grade. Somewhere along the line I stumbled onto self-help books. I remember the very first book I bought was the “Official Guide to success” by Tom Hopkins. That led to a never-ending quest for knowledge about the mind, success, manifestation, marketing and wealth building. I was hooked.
As you can imagine, those beginning years were harder than I care to describe. I was a young father and husband. With little to no education. Attempting to figure out life in the mean streets of New York with nothing but tons of love for my family and a few success books in my library.
I have to say, one of the hardest things to deal with was so many “friends” and family telling me I was a dreamer. For some odd reason, they wouldn’t accept that I wanted more out of life than just to be working for someone else. Yes, I was a dreamer, but at least I was attempting to build my own dream. Not someone else’s.
If you have read this far, don’t allow anyone to distract you from accomplishing your true destiny. Understand you will meet many obstacles. Many road blocks. But if you want it bad enough, YOU can make anything happen.
Here is my best advice for you: Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Never stop seeking new and better mentors. That process will lift you from any circumstance. Maybe you are here right now looking for answers. Maybe you are looking for direction. Hopefully, I will be able to provide some of that for you.
Allow me to continue. In my journey, I attempted a lot of different things. At 22 I read “Think and Grow Rich.” I still have my original copy in my home library. Within 6 months of reading it, I bought my first business. A Tropicana Juice route in New York. I wish I could say I lived happily ever after. It wasn’t anything like that.
I still had a lot of growing up to do. And tons of learning. If I was to breakdown my essential elements for success, I would have to say it was my constant desire for educating myself, my search for mentors and my persistence. There are very few things in life I can, or will guarantee. However, I can confidently say this; if you get clear on what you want. Decide to learn as much as you can about that subject. And most importantly, persist through the ups and downs, YOU WILL SUCCEED.
If you are here because you want more out of life. I’m encouraging you to step aggressively forward. Decide what it is you want and go after it as if your life depends on it. It just might.