My name is Pablo Salas. I have a sister 3 years older than me. My dad is a doctor, OB/GYN, my mom is a housewife. When we were little my father was starting his career. The truth is we had many financial problems, things were not going well. Dad could barely pay the bills. When my dad started to take off a bit financially, their priority was to give us a better education. And they thought our children have to go to a good school. So we started going to private school and I was very excited about the idea because I knew at that school education would be better. They had workshops; there were extracurricular activities that got me very excited. But I realized that the students were different. I didn’t have the same lifestyle as them. They wore nice clothes, expensive clothes. I was used to wearing the same uniform every day.
I begin to try to make friends, to try to integrate with them. It was very difficult because students there, the more educated just looked at me over their shoulder, they wouldn’t talk to me. The more rude ones said to my face "You’re broke. You're screwed. You don’t have money. You are a Redneck. You’re Ghetto." It was a big blow on my self esteem because I wanted to belong. I wanted to be part of something; I wanted to be part of a group. I wanted to have friends.
On day the teacher did an integration game so we would learn to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. We had to take our shoes off, run and take someone else’s shoes and wear them. I was very ashamed because I knew that day there were holes in my socks. So I ran and grabbed my own shoes and put them on again. A student saw me and told the teacher: "Teacher, Pablo does not want to do the exercise. He put on his own shoes."
The teacher got angry and turned to me and said, "You know what, if you don’t want to do the exercise get out of my class." I felt exposed, I felt vulnerable, and I ran out of room. I didn’t want to come back to that school ever again. I was very hurt, I felt crushed, and I felt my pride had shattered, my self esteem vanished. Something inside me changed. I felt very angry, eager to get ahead. That sparked something within me, a burning desire to succeed. I said to myself, I don’t want to be broke, I want to be successful, I want to be somebody, I want to belong. I finished college and started looking for work. I thought: "I have to get into a good company to make good money, so I can do well."
One day a friend from work told me "I just started a business with friends and I thought of you." When I meet this group of people I realized they were people who really were interested in others. They were people who wanted to get ahead and I immediately felt attracted. I said "I want to be part and this" and after a while I learned how to do it and began to make good money. I made in 2 years what I would have made in 20 years of employment. My life changed, my lifestyle changed.
I met incredible people like Azyadeh Gutierrez, Salvador Fragoso who have been mentors, friends. They have been with me since day one. I met someone that is congruent, who has values, who is willing to sacrifice his life for this company, for the dreams of all us: Dennis Wong, my mentor, someone I consider one of my best friends. For me it is a pleasure to share this with everyone I meet because I know there are people like me who are looking for something and that can’t find the way. And here at YOR Health I found a way and I think if you stick with us you can also find yours.
Thanks a lot.