From Pain to Purpose

About 6 months ago, I found out my father passed away. I hadn’t seen him in 26 years.

His passing didn’t bring me pain. Sorrow. Or regret.

It brought a sense of closure. 

As kids, my father abandoned my sister and me, so I often felt I had to mature faster than my peers. I also made many mistakes that I might not have if I had a father figure.

I quickly became the “man of the house” – a role I never asked for but was thrust upon me.

Every missed milestone, every unanswered question, every silent night was a stark reminder of his absence. 

It made me question whether he thought about me or his family at all.

But life has a way of teaching us lessons in the most unexpected ways. 

As the years passed, I realized I had a choice. 

I could let this pain define me or use it as fuel to forge a different path. I chose the latter. 

I channeled that pain into determination, resilience, and an unyielding drive to succeed.

Today, I’ve:

  • Built several businesses from the ground up
  • Started a multifamily real estate investing company
  • Grew my organization at RealPage in 3 years, with nearly 60 people promoted in that time

But my proudest achievements? 

My two beautiful children and the relationships I’ve built with them. 

And the teammates I’ve had the honor of leading and developing that have gone on to do amazing things in their careers. 

They’re living proof that we can rise above our past and create a brighter future.

To those who’ve felt the sting of absence, know this: Your pain is valid. But it’s also a powerful catalyst. 

Let it propel you forward, not hold you back.

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