“Your past circumstances do not dictate your future.” One of the most beautiful inspiration lines from a former immigrant who worked very hard until he became successful in his professional career and business. On many occasions, storytellers narrate stories of less fortunate people that turned their miserable circumstances around to create their business empire.
The chronicle of Cesar R. Espino who rose from poverty and built his own business is splendid. It is a story of an immigrant who battled and overcomes life’s challenges such as racial discrimination, the language barrier, being a teenage father, and imprisonment. But Espino never gives on his dreams. As a result, his dreams also did not give up on him. His aspiration to become successful that fueled him to face all the challenges head-on.
Espino’s journey is not of glitz and glamour but a tale of rising from the rubble of poverty. His ascension to become a successful entrepreneur is truly a story of rags-to-riches. It is proof that anything is possible if a person will put his heart and mind into and have the courage to persevere no matter what comes along his way.
Rising From The Ground Up
Espino came to life in Mexico in a time full of uncertainties and probably, one of the darkest periods of the country. At the time of his birth, Mexico was experiencing a financial crisis that crippled its economy. On top of that, the state also accumulated one of the most massive foreign debts in its history. Espino was born to a single mother who has little financial capability to support a young child. Also, there was no father to help him. “Since I was born, I have never met my biological father. I never knew him,” he said.
Espino’s childhood was a picture of poverty. He and his mother lived in a small, crudely built shack. Espino, his grandmother, mother, and old brother lived together in a small room, which is made of some metal sheets and plywood. “I vividly recall that our home has no floor. We must live and sleep directly on top of the dirt. It had no insulation, so we barely had any protection from the elements. And our house had no running water inside,” he narrated. But, for little Espino, it was the definition of home for him.
Espino failed to experience a normal childhood full of fun and play. At an early age, he was already aware of the harsh realities of life. When he was four years old, Espino had no choice but to look for work. His mother migrated to the United States to pursue the American dream and find better opportunities to support the needs of young Espino and their family. “I started working while I was very young. At that time, I was only four years old. At that young age, I was already working to survive and to put food on the table. Finding a job is the only option that I have at that time so I can contribute my fair share on the financial needs of our family,” he explained.
Migrating To The Land Of Opportunity
Espino’s life took a positive turn when he migrated to the United States in search of a better future. As an immigrant, finding better opportunities in a new, unfamiliar place is not a walk in the park. Espino encountered so many roadblocks along the path to success. He experienced discrimination because he is from a different race. When Espino migrated to the United States, he could only speak limited English. “The language barrier was an obstacle that is hard to overcome, but it didn’t dishearten me. I find ways to get past that barrier,” he said.
All his determination paved the way for better opportunities for the young immigrant. Espino was able to go to school. He even earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He worked and held positions in several global companies. “Despite being an immigrant, I successfully moved up the corporate ladder. I was getting six-figure earnings,” he noted. By 27 years old, Espino already acquired three houses, which are far more spacious than the home Espino knew when he was young.
Now, Espino is a full entrepreneur. “At one point, I thought I was destined to work for somebody else for the rest of my life until I made a self-transformation after I found what is my true purpose in life. My true purpose in life is helping others find their true potential and purpose and assisting them in creating a business,” he shared. He offers them a variety of programs to help improve their current situation, educate them, and guide them on how to have their own business.
“Coming from having nothing at all to having more than what I could have ever imagined, I was grateful that I never gave up on my dreams. That is what has been on my mind ever since I set foot here in the land of opportunities. True enough, I was able to find the opportunities that changed my life,” Espino remarked.
Espino’s passion is to empower and educate others. All the struggles that went through offer a gold mine of lessons. At present, he is busy creating opportunities for others to have a chance at life regardless of their background and current situation
Espino’s life is an image of courage and perseverance. An inspiring story that teaches us that no matter how difficult a person’s current situation is, he can find a way to rise from it. “Find your passion and never give up,” the parting words of Espino.