I grew up in a poor family with a single mother that was never home. I was abused by those closest to me, and this caused me to have a poor image of myself and what I could be capable of. It wasn’t until I chose to join the military that I realized what true potential I really had. I learned that I was a natural leader and when I applied myself, I could not only change my life but also the lives of those around me. My identical twin brother and I were both serving on the same base, and he had always been into bodybuilding and weight training. It was tough having a genetic copy of me walking around, with the only difference being he was in incredible shape and outweighed me by roughly 20 lbs. I realized one day the only difference between him and me was the choice to do what it took to achieve that physique.