Started From The Bottom

started from the bottom

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For those of you who think you can’t make it, that you are too underprivileged and poor… You are wrong. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your mom does or your dad does. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, orange or purple. It doesn’t matter how smart or skilled you are. You. Can. Make. It. To. The. Top.

One of my best friends is from Detroit. He had a mother who neglected him and a father who left him. He basically grew up on the streets. Talk about starting from the bottom. He forced himself to graduate high school, worked to put himself through college to earn his undergraduate degree. College is where I met my boy and we clicked instantly. Now he owns five different businesses at the age of 27. Yes, I said five. Just so you know I’m not bluffin’ you can check out oneĀ of his company sites at www.treeservicespokane.org. It makes him a killing.

The guy could not have started at a more difficult spot. Growing up in one of the most violent and brutal cities in the nation, not having a dad and barely having a mom. I honestly wonder sometimes how he is not in jail, but he is a true testament to the fact that anyone, no matter the circumstances, can persevere and overcome. He saw other people around him from the same neighborhood and culture and wanted nothing to do with it. He told me that one day in early high school, he decided that he was going to set himself apart and be apart of the middle upper class. Well little did he know that he would be apart of the upper upper class! Point is, even though my boy had a rough beginning part of life, he made up his mind to make it out of there and didn’t look back.

I wanted to post this short little story about my homie to give people a hope. If you are in a place in your life where you feel like you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, look again. Anything is possible when you set your mind to it. Don’t give up and don’t give in. You can start from the bottom and end up at the top. Remember, it doesn’t matter where you start, it only matters where you finish.