I can describe a lot of things about my life and growing up that was very hard. I lived in a house at 12 years old without gas or electric utilities, I wasn’t able to finish high school and my brother introduced me to drugs and alcohol — after our other brother had just passed away from an overdose.
My parents were hard-working people, they always provided a good example for me. At 14, I got my first job as a bus boy and I have been supporting myself ever since. But at 30 I found myself in a bad situation professionally and financially where I lost all of my savings. My boss even ended up going to federal prison. And, in my personal life, things were becoming even worse — my dad was dying of lung cancer just as I was going through the worst part of my marriage. He finally passed away while I went through my divorce.
I’ve always gotten through but at the cost of worry and extreme anxiety, always feeling like I was trying to keep up and never getting ahead. Before I went to UPW, the general state of my life was stressful and worrisome. After losing my dad, losing what I built financially through my divorce and bad business decisions, it felt absolutely impossible to get back to where I wanted to be in life.
UPW was a life-changing event for me. I was so energized by Tony Robbins and going through all the activities and experiences I realized something very important — I’ve always figured things out and have kept moving forward in life. I’d worried about my job, money and what others thought about me, but being at UPW I learned to focus on trusting myself and figure things out as challenges come up.
The moment I walked across that fire, I knew there wasn’t anything in this world I couldn’t accomplish or do in life. I felt like I could conquer the world and haven’t looked back since. I stepped up and worked as hard and smart as I could, deciding to let nothing get in my way while taking control of my life.
That was just over three years ago and I’ve been energized ever since. I’ve changed the way I live my life, a sunrise-to-sunset difference in how I look at things now. I not only got back to where I was financially, I have been able to double it. I’m interacting with people in a new way and setting goals I never would have imagined possible before. I cannot even believe where I am in life today compared to where I was before UPW. It was an amazing game-changer for me. I’m now a co-owner in my own business and I’m stepping it up to see how far I can go!