Meet Joel

Cara Staff

He’s transforming his life, thanks to your support.

“I came to Cara because I basically got tired of my life the way it was. I went from being successful in all the wrong ways to getting tired of living a life having nothing and no one. I wanted to change something so my family would be proud, and I would be proud too. I want to say that I went to the bottom but raised myself up.

“I felt a feeling of emptiness. I had everything I could want materialistic wise. But then I lost everything and had nothing, and I was on the brink of giving up on everything. My frame of thought was that I had one last fight in me, and the fight as brought me this far. 

“I’m amplifying my voice to be successful in life.

“I went into Motivations for the first time, and it was truly a different experience. Once we started Transformations, the first couple of days changed my outlook on how I perceived things. Mr. Jesse told the class that you have to change the way you think. The way you think is what brought you here in the first place. The way you think has gotten you nowhere. If you change the way you think, you change the outcome of your life. That really stuck with me. It is what made me buy into everything here. I see the value of Motivations now.

“Before I got here, I never wore a suit or dress clothes. I hated it and never saw the importance of it. Now, I wear dress clothes even when I don’t have to like when I go for a haircut or visit my friends. The last time I visited my mom, I wore a suit.

“Dressing up gives you the confidence to talk to strangers and interact with people out in public. You feel good about the things you do, and you want to go out there and do these things.

“Before Cara, I would describe myself as short-tempered and introverted. I didn’t like interacting with people or leaving my house. Trouble would find me when I left the house. I felt stupid not in my intelligence, but I would do stupid things like fail my classes in college.

“After coming to Cara, I feel a lot more confident in almost everything I do. Even when I go on interviews, I enjoy and have fun with them. I am never nervous because of the Motivations circle. I get tapped to go in the circle and I’m ready and always prepared…I’m never quiet. 

“I used to avoid people, and now I talk to them on the bus, on the train, and to my Cara peers and guests who come in. I legitimately like talking to everyone. It is a source of joy for me every single day.

“My dream job is to work in the technology field. I want to use technology for good to help people and a company.”

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