“I am successful today because as a 10 year old I was hopeful, I had positive role models, and a teacher and other influencers that helped me focus on my strengths.  My first role model in school was a banker in a dark blue suit, who unpacked for me the mysterious language of money, or ‘financial literacy.’  From there my endorphins began firing in my brain, my energy level elevated, and I became excited about who I could be, and what I could do. School became how I punched that aspirational ticket.”

John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, and co-innovator of Gallup-HOPE Index

 

 

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