I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?
My family is the driving force behind everything that I do. As immigrants from Europe, my family came to this country in search of the ‘American Dream’, which to them meant learning the English language, finding good-paying jobs, finding a nice house to live in and raising children to go to college. Not only did they achieve their dreams, but they surpassed them. My parents came here with nothing and were able to provide me with a memorable childhood experience and a formative young adult life that has since molded me into the man that I am today.
Everything about my work ethic and my hustle is derived from my parents and the rest of my family who came to this country and worked hard and earned everything that they now have. The one thing that I admire about my parents is that they continue to work hard and ambitiously chase them as if they haven’t achieved them yet. To give back to my family and to prove to them that I’m chasing my own dreams with everything that I’ve got, I made it my mission to 10x what my family’s dream for me is, meaning that whatever it is that they hope for me, I plan on producing ten times that, and maybe then some.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?
One person in particular that’s helped me to get to where I am today is my Mother. Without her unbiased support and her over-abundance of love and compassion, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am today. She’s the one person that continually pushes me to become the best version of myself, and I know that without her blessing I wouldn’t be half as motivated and eager to pursue my dreams. Which brings me to my next point: You really don’t know what unconditional love is until you get it from your Mother.
How do you push through your worst times?
When times get tough, I know that it’s not all me fighting to try to stay afloat. After experiencing several hardships and digging myself into a number of low places where I never thought I would be, I’ve come to realize that it’s my support system that actually keeps me going.
It’s my family, my friends and my colleagues that are there during the darkest days and who help lift me up after I’ve fallen down. Your network of people who you can rely on is paramount to your success and your well-being no matter what you do, so make sure to let those people know that you love them the next chance you get, because at the end of the day that’s really all we have.