My name is Kaleb. I am 26 and serving on active duty with the U.S. Army. I also own two businesses and actively trade stocks.
I grew up in a small town in the state of Georgia. I learned a lot about being self-sufficient and independent as a kid—being poor in a small town has its ways of teaching you certain things the hard way. However, if I could go back in time and change things, I wouldn’t—everything I learned and went through as a kid has made me who I am today.
At a very young age, I discovered that certain things were naturally easier to me than they were for other kids. I’ll never forget my very first graded assignment in Kindergarten—I made a 100, and the teacher made a smiley-face out of the zeros in “100” and it made me so happy, I vowed to make nothing but 100s on every assignment from then on. Did I achieve that goal? Absolutely not, but my dedication did lead to very good grades for the rest of grade school.
In middle school, I joined the band as a trumpet player. Two years later, I joined the high school marching band and started performing in football halftime shows, which I continued to do until high school graduation. In high school, I also joined several other clubs, including Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); the Academic Team (a quiz bowl team); History Club; Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); and others. These clubs kept me busy and taught me a lot about leadership and community.
After high school, I decided to get out of my small town, so I did so the quick way by joining the U.S. Army. Since then, I’ve been all over the country, I’ve been to several foreign countries, and I’ve gone to school to learn (and become fluent in) Mandarin Chinese, in which I also have an AA degree.
A few years ago, I turned one of my hobbies into a business (software development). A year later, I started learning about and trading on the stock market. Fast forward to 2019, I now have a second business (online retail), and I’ve learned to balance everything the best way I know how.
What are my interests, hobbies, and passions? For one thing, I love to teach and help others—from the ages of 14 to 18, I tutored kids of all ages in all subjects, doing my best to help them learn tough subjects and gain confidence in themselves. I also love animals, kids, the disabled, the weak, the poor, the elderly, and anyone or anything else that could possibly need help or be considered innocent—I believe if we all looked after each other in this way, the world would be a much better place. I also love music—it motivates me when nothing else can. I love technology, computers, software, and other related nerdy things. I love learning about and experiencing other cultures—I’m often trying new foods and meeting new awesome people because of it. I love to read—I have tons of books in my apartment I haven’t even started reading because I get so excited every time I go into a bookstore, I tend to go overboard. I love to drive—even sitting in my car not going anywhere is relaxing to me. I also love getting outdoors and going hiking or otherwise getting lost in the woods. Last (but definitely not least), I’m a coffee fanatic—"grande Cold Brew with heavy cream and vanilla” is a phrase my local Starbucks has grown to know and love.
I’m very spontaneous as well. “Hm, I’m feeling bored. Let’s drive 2 states over and sightsee” is an example of said spontaneity in action, and is very common actually. I believe we shouldn’t tie ourselves down unnecessarily by relying on planning everything or worrying about little things—these things tend to work themselves out in my experience.
One of my hallmark characteristics is that I finish what I start. Even if it takes me years, I don’t give up on things I set out to accomplish. To me, persistence is tantamount to success. Never give up on yourself or your goals or dreams! I often remind myself that if any other human being can do it, then so can I, and so can you!
Let me know if there’s anything I didn’t mention that you’re curious about, or if you have any other questions.
Stay positive, stay healthy, and stay happy!