One good thing about working in Harlem NY is you’re surrounded by culture and knowledge. After work I'd go to classes, lectures & debates. Even during work after I finish my route I would hang out on 125th & listen to the Gods drop jewels across from the Apollo Theater. I knew I was destined to be here but being a mailman wasn’t my destiny, it was only a stepping stone to my destiny.
It seemed like all the teachers I looked up to knew everything, yet were struggling financially. I always wanted to help lift my people up, but I wasn’t down to be no poor righteous teacher (no offense to the Gods & Earths). Shit, I liked being fly. I used to swag the shit out my uniform. I just took my love for fashion & combined it with my passion for ancient culture and came up w/ Ancient Aura Jewelry. I thought "why can’t I drop jewels & sell jewels at the same time?"
Shit wasn’t easy & I already had 2 failed businesses under my belt. But 2 years later I was making more money in my business than I was at my job. For a while I was doing both, I thought I was caking 💸. I went from living check to check, to forgetting it was payday. But, I was tired & had no time for my family or myself - something had to give. I made my decision after my father passed. He just retired a year ago from working 37yrs at a city job and here I am 12 yrs into a city job. It made it very clear of my genetic destiny, if I continued down the path of a pay-checker. “Work-Retire-Graveyard”, I didn’t want that to be my story. I said peace ✌🏾to the post office & gave up my health benefits, pension, & guaranteed check to enter the jungle of entrepreneurship. Now, my business is making 5X’s my annual post office salary.