My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in the Congo; he was surrounded by people who were either really well-off, or desperately poor.
For most of his younger years, he wanted to be a civil engineer just so he could be like his father, but as time passed, he swayed towards computer science.
He flunked his second calculus class; there were still six or seven more math classes to come before he could get his engineering degree.
He called his father crying and told him he’d flunked; his dad said, “Well, what do you want to do now?”
That moment made him realize that it’s not about failing; it’s about how you react to failure and how you come back from it.
After that he doubled down, retook the class and studied hard; he’d love to say he got straight A’s after that, but it was still hard getting through college.
He took a job in the I.T. department at his college; by the time he graduated, he knew he wanted to move to Silicon Valley and work in the tech industry.
Says he got to where he is today by finding self-confidence: he learned to love himself and to expect big things from himself.
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