Published By: Alex Crowley

When I look back and think of who or what inspired me to be the person I am today and what continues to inspire me, I immediately think of my family and friends.  There are always other temporary inspirations in my life, but I always find myself returning to those two sources.

Growing up, my family always encouraged me to pursue new hobbies and passions.  I was given an endless supply of Legos to play with that fostered my interest in creativity and design.  In school, my parents always encouraged me to pursue Math and Science. When I became interested in computers in 7th grade, I was given our old Desktop and I proceeded to accidentally wipe the hard drive by installing Linux on my machine and taught myself how to program.  I can say it’s more than a coincidence I ended up as a Software Engineer.

Friends come and go but good friends are always there for you in the toughest moments.  I can always count on my friends for advice and to pick me up. As I’ve grown, friends have moved away but I still find myself asking the same ones for advice regardless of how far away they may be from me.  One quote that sticks with me for friends is “My father always used to say that when you die if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life” (Lee Iacocca). True friends take tremendous time and energy to develop.  Without some of the friendships I’ve built over the years, I don’t think I would’ve been able to make it through school or take on the new challenges I have faced in my adulting quest in the last two years.

The older I get, the more I find myself reaching out to my parents and grandparents for encouragement and advice.  I also enjoy sharing my successes with those who helped lead me to my achievements.

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