From a young age, I was captivated by the world of retail, even as I struggled academically. My passion for the industry was ignited when my father introduced me to his store in second grade. Despite being tasked with mundane chores like vacuuming, I eagerly participated in sidewalk sales and interacted with customers. My father's store, a mini Walmart of the early '90s, offered everything from clothing to bike radios, and I was enamored by the art of retail. My academic struggles continued throughout elementary school, but my love for retail only grew. I vividly recall receiving my first D and being ecstatic, as all my previous grades had been F's. During this time, my father's business was struggling, and he often drove to a bustling flea market to sell items from our store that weren't moving. I would beg him to take me with him, and we would share a hotel room if sales were good or sleep in the van with our merchandise if they weren't. These experiences only fueled my passion for retail. As I grew older, I gained more experience in the buying aspect of the business. I remember convincing my father to purchase a particular boot, which ended up being a best-seller at our store. At that moment, I knew I wanted to work in the fashion industry. I took pride in putting together outfits for customers and never lied to make a sale, following my father's advice to always be an honest businessman. At 13, our family moved to Palestine for a year and a half to reconnect with our language, traditions, and values. Upon returning to the United States, I was still struggling academically, but my passion for retail remained steadfast. As my father's business continued to falter, with seven failing stores, I made the difficult decision to quit school in 10th grade to help my father and brother save the family business. My journey has taught me the importance of discovering what you truly love and pursuing it with passion and determination. I want to inspire others to find their calling, whatever it may be, and to never give up in the face of adversity. Life is too short to settle for a career that doesn't bring you joy and fulfillment. I urge you to reflect on your own passions and interests and consider how they might lead you to a life of purpose and satisfaction. Embrace the challenges that come your way and learn from them, using each experience to grow stronger and more resilient. Together with my brother, we faced the hardships head-on, united by our shared love for retail and our unwavering commitment to our family legacy. Our story is a testament to the power of perseverance, teamwork, and following your heart. I hope our journey inspires you to chase your dreams, work hard, and, above all, to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve greatness.