I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.  I think that my experiences growing up in a somewhat rough neighborhood have helped me in the business world, and in life.  One of the things that I've learned is that my past does not equal my future.  Based off of statistics, I should have never owned my own companies, been a Regional Vice President for a NYSE listed company, written a best selling personal development book, graduated college or high school, or lived past the age of 19.  I was shot in an attempted car jacking at age 17 right outside of our home in the South Shore neighborhood.  All things considered, I'm a walking testimony.  I always tell people "Mom, dad, and God made me... and the streets helped raise me."  I'm a firm believer in education, both institutional and self education.  What I've learned in and out of the classroom has helped to shape who I am, along with different experiences, and some well selected mentors.

There was a period of time when I asked God "Why me?"  I'm not sure that I ever found that answer, but I do know that everything that I have been through is a stepping stone to something bigger and better.​  One day I just got tired of feeling sorry for myself, so I got out of bed and decided to change my life.  In that moment... that "day of disgust" as Jim Rohn puts it, everything changed.  Why am I telling you all of this?  No matter where you are currently, YOU can change it!  Your back story is just that... a story.  You are the author, and you can write a new chapter whenever you like.  Now go be amazing!