I grew up in a small village in Lithuania, raised by a single mother. So you can probably imagine my childhood was not one of wealth and luxury.
Just like when Simon was growing up, money was always tight and a constant source of stress in my home. But I’m grateful for that struggle because it taught me some very important lessons.
I realized at a young age that I’d have to make something of myself. No one would give me anything for free, I’d have to earn it.
And most importantly, I couldn’t allow myself to be defined by my environment. If circumstances were beyond my control, I learned that I would have to change my circumstances.
As I got older I always found some ways to make money. I worked all sorts of jobs, from cleaning houses to working as a forklift driver.