Most kids have somebody they look up to while growing up. For me, my mom was my role model. She hustled and did what she had to do to feed our family by herself with little to nothing. To this day, I’m amazed at how she did it. But dammit…we here!!!
I won’t bore you with my story, but back then, my mom had to make one of the biggest sacrifices of her life – the decision to have me live thousands of miles away in a foreign world, raised by someone she really didn’t know. With the help of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation and my adopted father Joe, they sent me to America to have a better life and seek medical attention for my vision. This turned out to be a chance of a lifetime and, in the end, my mom had decided it was all for the better.
That right there was the drive I needed for my future. It’s the little things that end up making the biggest difference. Something I also learned by meeting one of my biggest – and youngest – fans.
This little man, Mico Cuadrante, wrote an essay about me in school and was the only one to get an outstanding mark in his class! This really touched my heart on so many levels. For two reasons: Y’all know education is so important to me, but I’m also very humbled that someone so young looks up to me. It’s a great feeling because my achievements in life have only made me want to help others more.
You know, a lil’ motivation never hurt nobody! Everyone needs a little inspiration to get them to really chase their dreams. It’s the best medicine.
My advice: find someone or something you truly admire because it will help to drive you to be the best you can be.
Anyway check out Mico’s essay plus photos with the whole Cuadrante family below. And remember…your dream is only an arm’s length away from reality.