I come from an extremely, shall we say, humble background. Without going into the gory details, just know that, like many of you, I had no reason to believe I would ever amount to anything - there was nobody in my early life who set any kind of positive example.
One day, a day I will never forget, my grandmother plucked me out of my dismal surroundings and gave me a brief glimpse of a different world - a world where people cared about each other, built each other up, and expected great things from themselves and others. Unfortunately, she had to take me back home, but I had seen the bright lights. That hope, that knowledge that there was some brighter future out there, that sense that there were others out there who grew to be great achievers, grew inside me.
Because that one woman took the time to give me a new, hopeful perspective, I knew I could break out and become one of those people if only I worked hard on myself to grow into my God-given potential.