Updated: Sep 25
Everyone is captivated by the prospect of unlocking their full potential. For those of us who have already achieved considerable success, our focus now shifts towards creating opportunities for those who are still trapped in a cycle of limited possibilities. It's important to recognize that a lack of opportunity or the obstacles preventing access to it have caused more harm than all the violence in the world combined.
And I know this to be true. I have witnessed it firsthand.
I have been fortunate enough to have a diverse range of experiences. I was not born into privilege; instead, I hailed from lower town Clarkdale, a factory town where the stark divide between the haves and the have-nots was unmistakable. The managers enjoyed life in the affluent uptown area, while the workers resided in the humble lower town.
But here's the thing: I was given opportunities to break free from this cycle. From becoming a Naval Officer to a Marine Corps Corpsman, from earning a Master's Degree to becoming the CEO and founder of various missions and businesses, and even venturing into real estate investment – I have seen both hardship and success. I am still on my journey, eager to achieve even more. However, I must acknowledge that I have always had support and opportunity on my side. Mentors, a dedicated parent, supportive friends, and the advantages provided by society's structure – all played a crucial role in my journey. The point I want to emphasize is that I have experienced the full spectrum of life, from humble beginnings to great achievements. Yet, throughout it all, I have always had assistance and the opportunity to strive for more.
But here's the exciting part: now that I have access to opportunities, every time I seize one to earn, create, or innovate, I bring more people along with me. They, too, now have the chance to experience failure and success, to grow instead of remaining stagnant. The thrill of embracing a new opportunity has always energized me, but now there's an added layer of joy – witnessing someone else receive a fresh opportunity. It's like doubling my excitement.
Therefore, my friend, those of you who have been fortunate enough to contemplate this shift – our newfound enthusiasm lies in fostering opportunities for others, because we have successfully harnessed our own. Is this not now our duty?
Look at the smiles below – they are genuine because these men now have opportunities that were once beyond their reach.