So today I am doing something that I rarely do. I know it's a bad habit that I am working to break, but I rarely stop to reflect how far I have come since growing up in Compton, California. If all goes according to my desires, I will turn 36 on tomorrow. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy life to the fullest, I hear my friends saying "see we told you, you work too hard." But as I always tell them, I don't consider what I do work, I truly wake up each day excited about helping people succeed in life.
But today, I am sitting in my office, reflecting on this kid from Compton, who many thought wouldn't make it to his 18th birthday. As a get ready for part two of my life, I am truly excited; these first 35 years have been mixed with test, trials and triumphs. The journey, every bit of it has been worth it and I have learned from everything.
My Grandmother, who died when I was 13, was one of my biggest supporters. When people would say that I wasn't worth anything, she always encouraged me and told me I was special. One of her biggest dreams for me was for her to be able to take me on an airplane ride. She died before she was able to, but I'm looking at my passport with stamps from over 25 countries on it and can't believe it.
Growing up, one of my sole purposes was to make my Grandma proud of me. I wasn't quite sure how I would do it. When ever I would get into trouble, which was almost everyday, Grandma would always look at me with those soft brown eyes and say "Willard, you know better right?" I remember the last conversation I had with my Grandmother, as she lay in the hospital, telling me "I am ready." I looked back at her and said "Ok Grandma" A few days later, Grandma passed the torch to the next generation.
As I sit here, I am so grateful and thankful for ALL that God has allowed me to experience. I'm ready for this new chapter. I want to thank everyone that has been a part of my life this first 35 years. Let's make the next 35 years GENIUS!
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