I grew up the fourth of nine children. My mother was a homemaker and my father worked from job to job. He was in a car accident in the 1990s that put him out of work for years. Let’s just say money was a constant issue in our lives. Basically, I grew up poor.

My parents did not teach us how to make lots of money, but they did teach us things that are truly priceless, qualities like faith, discipline, hard work, leadership, grit, and most importantly, putting others before ourselves. As a child, I was always very driven. This stuck with me through my teenage years, and I worked hard in school and sports, and I did well—very well. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was a two time All-American wrestler. This paid off—or so it seemed.

I found myself at an Ivy League school (UPenn) as a Division 1 wrestler. However, I watched my friends (who were in the same “great” situation) graduate with these prestigious degrees that meant nearly nothing in this day and age. I did not want to be “highly qualified to be totally useless.”

I started my career with LegalShield in the summer of 2009. At the time, I was 20 years old. I had no car, no money, and no experience. I had a very strong WHY. I had no choice but to succeed and so I did. I earned a solid income my first four months with the company. I decided to leave school and go full time, and I have been a full-time Associate ever since. It has not been easy, but it certainly has been worth it.

No matter what, NEVER give up. Besides, where else can you have fun, help others and make a solid income doing so? Remember, “[You] can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Now get after it. God bless!