Where It All Started
The only way to really introduce myself is to help you guys understand why I do the things I do.
I first got my taste for business in middle school from my insatiable obsession with collecting Pokemon cards. At the time, it seemed as if I had enough cards to build a card house the size of the Empire State Building, but I digress. After spending countless recesses on the playground acquiring so many cards, I learned a lot about the art of negotiating and how one should never accept anything if it seems to good to be true. It still bugs me to no end to know that people still fall for all these Nigerian and chain letter scams. I guess Albert Einstein had a valid point when he said, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity”.
It wasn’t until my days at Babson College that my curiosity for business would spark up again. I don’t know why, but for some reason the thought of an idea growing from nothing and becoming a company or making a difference in the world really struck a chord with me. From then on, I wanted to do amazing things. I wanted to make a difference in the world with my ideas or at least make a difference in someone’s life.
Losing My Little Brother
The most pivotal moment in my life stems from this very event. I lost my little brother to cancer during my Freshman year of college and it’s one of those things that I have never really been able to fully cope with. However, thats not to say I haven’t grown and learned from that experience.
When my brother became sick, I lost all hope in humanity. But the most inspiring thing was that my brother, being in the condition that he was, fought everyday to stay alive and maintain a normal life. Even though he knew he only had so much time left, he would talk about one day being a doctor so that he could save people who were also sick. How could such a little kid have so much courage and strength against such dismal odds? I have never idolized anyone in my entire life, but after those heartbreaking months he became much more than my best friend, he was my hero and continues to inspire me to be great till this day.
After he died, I promised myself I would carry on his will. I would make a meaningful difference in the world no matter how big or small.
My Collegiate Experience
Babson College, my alma mater, was an experience that would take 1,856 blog posts to fully describe. It is the only place in my life I could call my second home. I had shared the greatest moments of my life with so many amazing people during my time there and no other words would better describe them than family.
But it goes without saying that I had an amazing four years at college. Despite many major setbacks such as losing my brother, I had the opportunity to learn and work beside some of the smartest people in this world. I was able to start several companies and help a lot of people through them. I fell in love and learned that some things in life can’t be learned. That until you have someone you can share your life with, you aren’t really living.
I consider myself very lucky to be able to wake up every morning and having the ability to love, to make a difference, and to help my fellow human being.
Making a Difference
But how much of a difference can one individual make? I mean, look at Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and my little brother. They were just everyday people like you and me, but somehow they found the will and the determination to do the unthinkable and somehow touch all of our lives in one way or another.
In a way this all ties into my reason for being, that my methodologies revolve around my past in hopes of a better future and although I may never change the world, I plan to leave a positive mark on this world and have a lot of fun doing it. I mean, isn’t that the point of life, to achieve happiness and build a better world for the next generation?