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The Gift of Opportunity

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When I was eleven, I traveled with my family to the southeastern part of China. It was there we adopted my little sister, and then two years later adopted another sister. I was wildly excited for younger siblings, girls especially. I never questioned why we were flying to the other side of the world to get them. But, before departing for our journey, my mother explained it to me. Abandoned girls in China, especially during this era, would have severely limited opportunities and would be lucky even to find themselves working in a factory with exceedingly poor conditions. I see my sisters now, all of these years later, one an incredibly accomplished dancer and academic, the other who embodies generosity and compassion, and I think of what a tragedy it would have been had they not been given the chance to fulfill their potential.

We are taught that America is the land of opportunity. And it has been for many. But more and more we see people left behind. My experience with my sisters has shown me what a gift the right opportunity can be. And it is for that reason that I co-founded and sincerely believe in the mission of CrowdLobby. My hopes for this company are that it provides a voice for the voiceless and an even playing field so that every individual can reap the benefits of his hard work.

Opportunity to me means that chance to fulfill your potential. Certainly not everyone will take it, but the beauty of America exists in that promise made more than 200 years ago of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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  1. AE Curator December 3, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! We join you in being thankful in the freedoms and opportunities American democracy provides us.


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