One month from today it will be 12 years since I left corporate America, and I can’t believe how fast the time flew by. I could have chosen an easier path in life, but destiny kept calling, and I couldn’t keep ignoring it. I know the state of our people, and I have been compelled to do my part to help make it better through economics. I knew that through homeownership and business ownership, we could close the wealth gap and rebuild the Black Wall Streets, and most importantly make a difference to the lives that need it the most.

I couldn’t help everybody, but that didn’t stop me from trying. It has taken a lot of sacrifice on my part, as I have failed more times than I can count, to the point where the people that cared about me the most would even beg me to give up, but I wasn’t having it. They didn’t realize that the focus was never about me and my comfort level. The focus was on building a machine to help 200 families per year in Kansas City, and 30,000 families per year nationwide. At times, I would find myself in some really dark and lonely places, but that is when I would have to remind myself why we were making all these sacrifices.

I have reached the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and all points in between. Life is crazy like that, but that is when you find out the kind of person that you really are. That is also why I never forget about the people who have been there for me throughout the years – throwing me lifelines, lifting me up, and reminding me why they believe in me. If I am successful by any measure, it is because of them, and for that I am forever thankful.

The new year is upon us, and with it comes the new energy and new enthusiasm to propel us forward. We still have a long way to go to reach our goals, and I actually look forward to overcoming whatever obstacles await us on the road ahead.

 

 

I say let’s toast to that…

 

 

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