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Once I found my inspiration, there was no turning back. I interned at Bear Stearns (when I was 16) in the investment banking division. I knew that nothing was going to stop me from achieving my dreams and I would ultimately be rewarded with the taste of success. It is clear to me that the biggest steppingstone I had to get past was dealing with my insecurities. After college, I became more successful and made a name for myself. I realized that people who were coming into my life wanted to know the "real" Chad and not a "representative" of Chad. It felt good to know that the more I lived for me, the more people were attracted to my "energy." It didn't bother me if people didn't understand me, because I was happy with myself.
I know I have a certain fashionable look and I agree that not everyone understands it (mainly my hairstyle), but that's okay, because I'm living my life with no regrets. There's no public figure that has gotten as much criticism for their hair as Donald Trump, and look what he has accomplished with his "DO." The amazing thing is that we are all unique!! If we all looked and dressed the same, life would be boring.
My biggest challenge now is trying to help make a difference in people's lives. I want to give back by helping people realize that it's okay to be who they are. I am grateful each day for what life has given me. I have two amazing parents and a brother, clients who believe in me, friends who have been with me through the good times and the bad, and my amazing girlfriend, Victoria, who has truly been "an angel in my life."
I hope that people will accept other people no matter how different they look, because there is something special in everyone, if you can just get past the surface and see what's on the inside!
For more from Chad, visit his website at http://www.chadrogersblog.com!