My youngest uncle has always been more of a big brother to me. He’s 9 years my senior. He’s been married for 20+ years to a judge and he is a successful lawyer, father, and community leader.

My mother wanted my big brother to lecture me, to get me out of this entrepreneurial world and back on the straight and narrow.

Instead, he spent 45 minutes telling me how proud he is that I have charted my own course and listed his brother and my brother among the members of our family who have done the same and dominated.

So, rather than a lecture I got an attagirl.