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June 2016 - Carpe Diem

Just like you, I will always believe that my parents are the best parents in the world. My mom constantly supported me, nurtured me and was there for me. My dad made me adventurous, taught me new things and pushed me. Of course, we attempt to make sure our parents know how much we love them and what they mean to us. Family ended up being my driving force to become an entrepreneur. 

I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. Whether it was selling lemonade or flowers or participating in fundraisers at school, I loved the concept of business. High school was when my first real idea of starting something was born. Since then, I have read books, listened to podcasts and watched movies about business. I’ve tried to start businesses by making shirts, creating new social networks, developing e-commerce sites, etc. Just about every idea you can think of, I've tried to do it. Why wasn’t I successful?  Excuses. I didn’t have the money or talent or resources. But in this day and age, there are no excuses. Don’t have enough money? Use Kickstarter or Indiegogo or find investors from family and friends. Don’t have the talent? Find someone who does on Craigslist or Fiverr. If you want to do something, go do it.

My dad always encouraged me to follow my dream of starting a business, and I wish he could have seen it happen. In December of 2014, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, and eventually brain cancer. To me, he was a superhero partially because he was the one who introduced me to Marvel and DC. When he was diagnosed, there was a part of me hoping my life was a comic book, and he was about to become Deadpool… but he didn’t. On June 9th, 2015, at about lunch time, he passed away. Like anyone else in that situation, I was devastated. How was I supposed to move on after that? When a friend tells you that their parent is sick, it sucks terribly, but it may not directly affect you. But it's different when it's your own parent.

He consistently conveyed to live each day as if it’s your last.  You never know when your time will be up. If you knew that you had a month to live, or a week, or a day, what would you do? This put my life into perspective.  

I realized that if I were to die tomorrow, I would make sure I did everything today to accomplish my dreams. I had just graduated from college, and I always saw myself going to a big company and being successful there first. But I couldn’t do that anymore. Thus my motivation to pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur had begun…