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He Made His First Million at 14


ABC’s 20/20 had a very inspirational story tonight about a young man named Farrah Gray.

Living in the projects of Chicago, he began contributing financially to his household at the age of 6. He took something that was essentially free to him (rocks on the street), painted them and with hard work and determination went door to door to sell them.

His story definitely didn’t stop there. He kept going and through other ventures he earned his first million at 14.

Stories like Farrah’s remind me of something that I keep in mind whenever life throws us a curveball….

Adversity Brings Innovation

If you are truly comfortable with your life, what is the motivation to think outside the box and improve things? I believe there needs to be some element of adversity to make things happen…to seek out improvement…to make a difference in your life.

That little boy is now 21 years old and while he won’t mention his net worth I am sure he is very comfortable financially. He took the conditions he grew up in and did something with his life. He faced his adversity head on.

“My story, though unique, is not unlike others who began with nothing more than a dream fueled by sheer determination. I believe my story will remind you of the kid in all of us who know no limits and believes anything – and everything – is possible.”Farrah Gray

What a wonderful source of inspiration.


  • Reply Andrew |

    I saw that 20/20 story also. I had never heard of Farrah Gray. His story is inspirational to anyone throwing roadblocks and excuses in front of reaching their personal goals and dreams. The story also had an interesting but sad twist. His sister has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. Despite all the money he has and the means he can’t make his sister well. He even admitted as much. Money brings a lot but it does not give the rich more control than anyone else in certain situations. It makes you appreciate what you have, no matter where you are in reaching your goals.

  • Reply bill |

    Thanks for the great resource and the inspiration it gave. Everybody, from time to time, needs a boost and stories like this fire me up.

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