They say that you should never meet your heroes because the real person rarely lives up to their public persona. Well; none of us are perfect and I have certainty fallen short in areas of my life that need improvement, that is why I look for genuine authenticity in the people I look up to. Christ is my standard bearer for perfection, but men like Herman Cain consistently show that human limitations cannot limit greatness.
The American spirit thrives on imperfect people pushing past their adversities to create a more perfect union. Every day, millions of us wake up to lives that are unfulfilled and face hard choices for our families. Mr. Cain grew up knowing the value of hard work being born in 1945 and living in Memphis, Tennessee during a time where most families were still recovering from the worldwide financial collapse of the Great Depression between 1929 and 1941. His mother Lenora was a cleaning woman and his father Luther was raised on a farm and worked three jobs as a janitor, barber and a chauffeur to Robert W. Woodruff the president of the Coca-Cola Company. While his father set the example of persistence and never giving up on your goals, his mother always told him that "Success was not a function of what you start out with materially, but what you start out with spiritually."
This brand of parenting helped Cain and his siblings realize that regardless of their financial woes, true happiness and success are found from within and will later materialize outwardly. Paying attention to what’s important and focusing on empowering people led Cain to graduating from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, became Vice President of the Pillsbury Company, was promoted to CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, was appointed chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch, CEO of the National Restaurant Association, is a Best-Selling Author, a syndicated radio talk show host with millions of fans worldwide and was an inspiring Presidential candidate in 2011.
That inward approach to happiness has worked very well for him as he is an example of American Exceptionalism. All of those accolades are impressive but what inspires me the most is the love he has for his wife Gloria as they celebrate 49 years of marriage. I had the pleasure of meeting Herman and Gloria on a plane as we were all leaving Las Vegas and returning to Atlanta. I took the opportunity to thank them both for their service and for all the sacrifices they endured to help make this country great.
Mr. Cain has no idea that his journey helped me to conquer my own personal adversities of coming from a broken family, being homeless and suffering the loss of my eldest son in 2008 to becoming happy with my life as a proud father of 7 children and deeply engaged in empowering people as I travel around the world. I pray that God continues to bless him and his family for many years to come because he is what the American Dream is all about and a true hero to me. It was an honor to shake his hand and if you ever had the pleasure of meeting him, give him a huge hug and tell him “This is from me and YG…THANK YOU SIR!”
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