Something a Little Different: A Note From Justin
This Isn’t Our Normal Content
With all of the new content and the shift that our brand has made, I felt like it would be a good idea to drop in and tell you a story. You may already know this story, or if your new to this family, this may be your first time hearing about how I got to where I am today. This story isn’t about how successful I am, this isn’t a guide to “get rich quick,” and it’s not to gather pity. We all have hard stories and I am no different. But, maybe, by sharing my heart with you guys, someone will be able to be encouraged and motivated to keep going.
Where it All Began
Long before I knew Ami, I lived in New York City. I was successful and living with a self-destructive mindset. Childhood traumas left me convinced that the only way to fix my problems and feel better was to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, and womanizing. I thought that I was untouchable. After all, I had dealt with my share of pain, what could hurt me now? Then, when I did suffer the consequences of my actions, (DUI’s, arrests, and a few stints in rehab) I would wonder why all of this had fallen on me. I would attend TedTalks and self-help seminars in the hope that someone would give me the key to fixing myself. But the problem was that I couldn’t get past the distractions in my life that kept me from moving towards a better way of living. I couldn’t get past myself.
Has your life ever been so disrupted that everything changes? If you have, then you’ll understand how overwhelming it was when something finally broke down the wall that was keeping me from my potential. My moment came while watching a movie on Netflix. Unguarded the 2011 biopic of former NBA star, Chris Herren. It was a story of recovery and redemption and it was real. I watched that movie and realized that it may as well have been titled: Unguarded: Justin McClure Get Up and Take Control of Your Life. Like Chris Herren, I had to become the hero of my own story or I was never going to make it out alive.
I put down the alcohol that night and I have never taken a sip since. It wasn’t too long after that when some of my better life choices led me directly to Ami. She also disrupted my life in the best way possible. Ami, Ava, and Alexis were the light at a very long and dark tunnel. Because of those things that shook up my mindset, I have what I have today: A beautiful and loving wife, two daughters that make me proud every day, and a son who makes the world better every moment that he is in it. The rest is secondary. I love the business that we run and I love that my children get to be a part of it. They are learning to work hard for themselves. That’s what I needed when I was their age and I hope that all that Ami and I pour into them will only prove to them how strong and smart and capable they are.
We Need More Stories Like This.
So there is a part of my story. You can watch a full TedTalk about this here and get a little bit more of my story. I know that this isn’t our usual content, but the world needs redemption stories now, more than ever. We have to have hope that we can do better for ourselves and for our children. Please feel free to ask me questions in the comments! Don’t forget to Subscribe and find us on Facebook I hope to share more of my life with you as we go along this journey. Thank you for being a part of our family!