On the Shoulders of Giants, an Introduction

Being that you’re on my website, we probably haven’t met. Which means you could use a little introduction. Hopefully the following will give you a sense of who I am, what I’m doing now, and where I’m going.

I’m the youngest of 5 boys. Born and raised in Rochester, New York.

My 4 older brothers and parents made a big impact on my life growing up.

Looking back, the key lessons from ages 0-18 (pre-college) were simple:

1.) Support those you love, unconditionally. I learned this from my parents. I could be a rebel at times, and despite all my mistakes, they’ve been at my side, they’ve supported me, and they’ve loved me. Even now, my dad still says I have a free bedroom whenever I want it 🙂

2.) Focus on only two things: your attitude and your effort. I learned this from my mother. Unlike most parents of athletes, instead of caring about how much playing time I got or whether or not we won, my mother cared about how positive my attitude was, and how hard I worked. Through this I learned compose, focus, discipline, and hard work all in one.

3.) “I Can” – Nas. I leaned this from my brother John. He’d drive me to volleyball practice two times a week during the summer of 2007 and blast the song “I Can” by Nas. The point of the song is simple, you can be anything you want to if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

To be continued…

End with the bucket concept of past lessons, present learning, and hope for future impact.