I was born in Poland during communism in the 80s... food rations, bread lines and all. My father who was in his early 20s at the time was arrested for importing & selling corn...(yep corn). Running a business was a big no no in those times.
When I was 6 we escaped this world & immigrated to Canada, landing in Toronto, Ontario. We came with a few suitcases & a couple hundred bucks. My father is a trained master mechanic but without a word of English the only work he could find was sweeping the floors of an Audi dealership. He learned the language by picking up car parts for other mechanics at the service counter. My mother, a brilliant woman was finishing her studies in medicine when we made the move to Canada. Her qualifications didn't transfer so she took any work she could while adjusting to a new culture & pushing for recognition in her trade in a new country.
With those experiences serving as a backdrop the entrepreneurial bug bit me early in life. I knew it as a little boy that if I wanted to accomplish anything in life it was up to me.
Before my 10th birthday I was hosting yard sales with stuff lying around the house that was collecting dust. When the inventory ran out I found a newspaper route in the neighborhood. Each Sunday morning, I would wake up at 4am, wipe the crust out of my little brown eyes, pick up my bundle & make my deliveries. Some mornings in the middle of a Canadian winter gave me an opportunity to practice my survival skills!
Fridays after school I would walk the route again & collect payment from my customers. If they didn't pay... I didn't get paid & I still had to pay for the newspaper.. a tough lesson for a kid to grasp.
I RAISED $40 FROM THE BANK OF MOM AND DAD
After a few weeks of working the neighborhood, perfecting my pitch & building a customer base I raised $40 from the bank of mom & dad. I had more customers, needed capital to expand my operations & a small shopping cart was going to take my business to the next level.
When I couldn't get more delivery routes, I spent my weeknights riding my bike to a nearby golf driving range right as they closed.
The field was covered in white gold
There were many areas that the golf ball picker couldn’t reach & each night I would work the field picking balls by hand, filling milk crates to the brim for $2 a crate.
It was hard, repetitive work so a lot of people quit. I kept showing up & eventually landed a full-time gig during the summer months.
My friends played video games while I worked from sunup to sundown tending to the facility, selling memberships, managing the seasonal staff, & resolving conflicts. The hours were long & managing people was new and challenging but I loved it.
Back in the classroom, like most of my friends I went through school wondering "what the heck do I actually want to do?!?" I knew for sure that whatever I did it had to be something I could be fired up about.
Analytically inclined, competitive, & not scared of hard work I gravitated towards business. I worked a few jobs & internships to see what I liked but my real next venture was at 21 when my best friend & I bought a rental property together. We renovated it, rented it out & despite all the mistakes we made, we eventually sold for a nice profit.
I WAS HOOKED ON REAL ESTATE
Many more properties followed thereafter & what felt like a heartbeat later I was recruited by a private equity firm focused on large scale real estate acquisitions. At the time I was barely old enough to grow facial hair but took the opportunity and ran with it!
Since then, I’ve had the good fortune to work with several proven and talented entrepreneurs across various industries employing a wide range of revenue models. & like every entrepreneur out there I've experienced both success & failure.
As of now my team & I have been part of building several businesses including partnerships focused on commercial and multifamily real estate acquisitions, a consulting firm that advised growing companies & a partnership that invested in recurring revenue based businesses.
I continue to invest in my personal development & seek out the right people to mentor me along my journey.
I started with nothing more than an unrelenting work ethic & an absolute conviction that I will win.
If I can do it - you definitely can.
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