Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Bryan Leblang | Entrepreneur & Advisor

Though I didn’t realize it when I was young, both my parents were entrepreneurs and it seemed to leave an impression. I had the opportunity early in my career to develop in a corporate environment or partner with a good friend and spearhead an entrepreneurial venture. I chose the latter and have never looked back. Being able to shape both your own future and the world around you is integral to entrepreneurship, and I believe brings a healthy balance to modern life. Read more>>

Orlando Cordero | Entrepreneur & CEO of ValleyWide Mobile Detailing

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Arizona in 2016. I believe it circles back to your environment and the circles you are in. I was raised in a very hard-working, business/ self-growth embracing family. Where independence and being your own boss is praised. Having many role models to family friendly, uncles, and even my own parents all which were very successful and motivated people. It was a conversation at the dinner table of topics like what was your new projects, what were we working on, and brain storming of how to create multiple streams of income. This being the norm in my house made/taught me work ethic and to always pay attention to small details and look into things that people usually would not. Read more>>

Gabriella Alvarez | Small business owner & Health care worker

I was born and partially raised in Deming, New Mexico and then moved to Phoenix in elementary school. I was raised by a single mom and spent a lot of my childhood around family. I was raised by a family who taught me what hard work means. Coming from a family of immigrants I learned the importance of working hard for your goals and what it takes to be “self made.” Excuses will keep you at square Read more>>

Fe’La Iniko | Hip Hop Activist & Human Advocate

I’m From a Gentrified City of LA County Called Palmdale. I found out early as a kid that you could have an impact on how people choose to feel and living in a community where there is so much Struggle and Oppression, it influenced me to want to be the person people look to for Peace and Love. Read more>>