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But you have to bring to the table the willingness to allow many, many people to come in and nourish that.
Organic, heirloom quality, free-range chicken eggs, goat's milk, honey bees--all on this farm that's free to everybody that lives in this community.
You're going to see the most awesome, the most beautiful urban farm in all of Austin, Texas. It's unbelievable what we're doing out here from a mustard seed of an idea.
The mustard seed of an idea was 'could we go out and purchase one gently used 5th Wheel RV and lift one human being up off the streets' . . . just one.
This is a product of what can happen when creativity collides with vision.
All of this happening from somebody that you could look at and stereotype as just being a worthless . . . gang member that has no value in life. And it was one of the many extraordinary lessons that I've been blessed with over the course of this journey with Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
He told me that when you really wanted to keep warm, you took your toothpaste, and you squeezed it out over your body limbs, and then wrapped yourself in newspaper . . . these are these little things that you begin to learn about what it takes to survive outside with no resources.
My mantra for life is to dream, to plan, and to execute.
In my life, my desire to be free, my creative mind that's kind of all over the place, at some point had to figure out purpose. You can lead with that creativity, but you've got to put some structure around it and have an end goal.
Though we had become successful, we weren't really making a huge impact for anybody other than ourselves.
Four years later, we had a company that had done ten million dollars in sales through this process of being creative, of sticking to it, but then putting those barriers around it to actually give us something that could scale.
The mature version of the entrepreneur started to emerge.
So I figured my way forward creatively and that's been my journey.
I told my friend . . . ' I cannot work for anybody, not in that sense,' and I was 14 years old. And so I started cutting hair in the basement. I started selling t-shirts in the halls of North High. And by the time I was 16, I was making 950.00 a week.
My punishment was I had to get a job.
I remember getting out of juvenile detention on a Sunday. No one gets out of jail on Sunday.
My wife passed away seven months ago . . . and I mean it's tough, you know , . . . but when she passed away I decided that I was going to harness all my grief and burn it like jet fuel creatively, and she is still teaching me to this day.
The only person I want to be is myself. But I want to learn from folks. I want to be challenged. I want to push back. And I want to create a rich legacy.
So I think it's just being able to just say 'no' sometimes. To myself first, because I've got, you know, two business ideas a day.
I am not going to get to my objective if I try to absorb everyone else's stuff.
For me, I'm a businessman. I bring people solutions. This is a solution to a state problem. This is big.
It is important to me to at least set the framework for how we make sure there is improvement, but not displacement.
And I said, 'Now that 's what I want to do. I want to learn more about solutions. I want to know how to get people to come together to talk about solutions, not just a problem.'
Now I am learning about solutions instead of just constantly saying what the issue is.
If you don't have a great support system, the Halfway House is going to send you back to jail.