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Thank You to My Big Brothers

Being the youngest of 3 boys, I had the opportunity to see what my older siblings went through. I was introduced to sports, competition, the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. Playing "Pitty-Pat" with pennies for wagers taught me the value of risk and using your knowledge to move ahead.

They may not know how much of an impact they have had on my life and on who I am today but it was tremendous.

I was shown the value of money and earning by doing my brother's chores for a cut of their allowances. I've witnessed the choices they made and absorbed as much as I could from them. They may not know how much of an impact they have had on my life and on who I am today, but it was tremendous

Excellence is the minimum. Don't limit yourself.

My enthusiasm for sports and competition is all about the thrill and excitement now. Defeat is just an afterthought (unless it's with the Knicks, then it's pure misery... Arrrrrgh SMH). Anyway, I graduated from small card games and moved to poker and Rummy 500. Oh, and I'm a problem in Spades, tho. Like, seriously. (I should throw a tournament one day...hmmm?!) To this very day, I still work hard and bust my tail because I know "I can never give less than my best." It's not allowed in our family. But what I thank my brothers for the most is the opportunity they gave me to make my own decisions, so I can shine as they do.

"Excellence is the minimum."

As I write this in my late 30's and making the choices, I dreamed of making. Doing what I love and what makes me happy. Still learning more and remaining ambitious. There is so much to learn, which leaves so much to do. I understand my worth and enjoy making others happy. I love public speaking. I think it gives me that chance to openly inspire people and have them learn from me as much as I learned from my brothers.

Shaheim Kellum

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