I’ve never met Barbara Corcoran in person. Despite her obvious wealth, we do have some things in common regarding our life’s path. Now, here’s how I see it:
Barbara was born in a family of ten children. Her father worked two jobs, while her mother remained a housewife. They lived on the first floor of a three story house. Her brothers share one room, while her sisters share another. Barbara’s mother and father slept on a fold-out couch in the living room.
I was born in a family of four children. My father was the owner of Brown Construction Company. He started his business after he was honorably discharged from serving as a World War II Army Officer during World War II. Ten years later, after his honorable discharge, my father began to suffer from PTSD and we nearly lost everything. Barbara’s slept together, but mine didn’t. Father needed a bedroom to himself because of his night terrors. My brothers shared the living room, while I slept in the same bedroom with my mother.
Barbara didn’t make good grades in school. In fact, she mostly made all D’s. Well, at least she passed! Yet, she did have ambition and learn to use the talents she had to persevere through the rough times when she started her real estate business. Barbara did go to college to earn a degree in education.
I made mostly Bs and Cs throughout my years in public school. Two years before graduating from high school, my father received a disability rating from the Veteran’s Administration as being 100 percent, service-connected. As such, I received funding to go to a four-year college. I graduated with a degree in education.
After college, Barbara moved to New York City with her boyfriend. He gave her a loan to start a real estate business. I admire Barbara for taking a chance. It takes guts to move away from her family and friends. I’m truly glad that she persevered and became successful.
After I graduated from college, I move to a rural school district in Florida because where I live there was a freeze on hiring teachers. I began my teaching career in Hardee County, Florida and worked there for three years before taking to explore greener pastures.