“If you never seek a yes, the answer is always a no.”

That saying has been imprinted in my mind as long as I can remember. My dad told me this over and over, whenever there was something I wanted and was too afraid to ask for or pursue. Watching my dad as I grew up is one of the main reasons I am able to do what I do, day in and day out. Seeing how he pursued his passion, and always found a way when it seemed impossible, made me believe and gave me proof that there is always a way, as long as the passion and belief exist. As they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

About two-and-half-years ago, I decided to take the plunge and pursue real estate as a full-time profession. No formal employment, no boss, and no pay check. If I was going to make it and survive, it was going to rest 100% on my shoulders. There would be no clocking in and accumulating hours at work.

The experience has been anything but easy; the moments of frustration and questioning if I made the right decision were always settled by talking with my dad and looking at his life as an example. If you never go for something, it will, quite literally, be impossible to attain.

On this day, I hope this serves as a tribute to the incredible man that he is and the amazing passion that drives him day in and day out. Knowing that I always have someone like him to bounce ideas off of, talk to and be encouraged, makes the risks just a little easier.

For every success story I having moving forward, they will always be rooted in the belief that was engrained in me from a little kid: “Yes, you can do it.”

So here is to you dad, a tribute, and a reflection of the lives you have touched and of the stories yet to be told. Thank you for your dedication, belief, and the sacrifices you have made up to this day…I am where I am because of you! Feliz Día del Padre.