Entrepreneurial passion runs strong in my family. As the son of immigrants, I grew up watching my father launch new businesses every time we moved to a new country. Eventually, once we put down roots in Orlando, Florida, he found success running a chain of souvenir and retail outlets aimed at tourists.
This is when the gears began turning in my head. I was 13 years old, and I absolutely hated shopping. I was bored out of my mind every time I hung out at one of my dad’s stores, and I knew there had to be other people just like me.
I spent $3,000 on a used ICE Street Fever pop-a-shot basketball game and installed it in one of my dad’s shops. At my peak, I owned 10 pop-a-shot games and was making more than $50,000 a year on them — and discovered that passion can come in many forms.
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