My Business Life
At a young age, I learned to buy low and sell high, to distinguish the bull from the bear, and not to fear risks. My dad and I would read magazines and papers and watch television together as he followed his stocks, and I learned about business from him. He would look at the cars, condos, and lofty New York City offices and tell me if I worked hard enough, I could have all that. My dad, an Italian immigrant, worked long hours to give me the opportunity to make anything possible. I knew what my dad had dreamt for me, but I would never make such a drastic life decision based solely on his wishes.
I am a person who likes to experience things first-handedly, so I decided to apply for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global Entrepreneurship (PGSGE). This thirty-five day program would give me the opportunity to live the life of a businessman and decide for myself if that is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Soon after applying, I was faced with one of the most difficult decisions of my life: to continue my pending application for PGSGE or take the guaranteed invitation to a service trip in Mexico. I weighed my options and asked those close to me for any advice. Perhaps unknowingly, my father gave me the best advice when he asked me, “What does entrepreneurship mean?” I looked it up and found an answer to both questions. Every definition shared one word in common, risk-taking; therefore, I decided to take the risk of not getting into either program for the chance to be an entrepreneur. From that day on, I have lived as a businessman, and the risk was definitely worth the reward.
Our days at PGSGE were long and strenuous. A typical day consisted of two two-hour lectures on different aspects of business, lunch, two one-hour lectures from an entrepreneur and a country representative, dinner, and late night project work. We learned all about business from marketing and financing to ballroom dancing and dining...