LEVAR G. WILSON
So that we're not complete strangers, let me introduce myself. My name's Levar Wilson. My story's one that I hope you can relate to. I believed in school that getting good grades in school would lead me to a good job and have a "good life". In 1996, I thought I found the “solution” and enlisted in the U.S. Army. After 14-years of service, to include multiple combat tours, I discharged from the Army to focus on being a better husband, father, and friend. Taking the “go to school, get good grades, get a good job” mindset into Corporate America, I thought it would serve me well. With my military experience and three college degrees I figured I stood a great chance to achieve success. Hard work always pays off, right? Imagine my surprise to learn that I was getting paid the same salary as many co-workers that “specialized” in doing the bare minimum. Fair? Hardly not. Overworked. Underpaid. No upward progression possible. I literally felt like a lion trapped in the cage of my cubicle. I had this dull feeling in my gut telling me that I deserve better. I began my search for the key to unlock the chains holding me back. A way that would give my life deeper purpose not only to help my family but others in similar situations. A way that would give others hope. In 2012, I gratefully found the key that I was looking for. I do not believe that our paths have crossed by coincidence.