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Omar Periu proudly wears his rags to riches story for others to hear about and learn from. He went from $147 a month at age 21 as a personal trainer to multi-millionaire status by age 31.
Omar and his family fled Castro's regime when he was only seven years old. They arrived in Miami with no money, no family or friends in America and nothing but what they were wearing when they arrived.
Enduring the taunting of other children, the cold winters of Illinois and the obstacle of language barriers, Omar didn't let it embitter him. Instead, he made the most of his situation. His father, reading from a tattered Spanish copy of Dale Carnegie's book, "How To Win Friends and Influence People", taught Omar an important life lesson. "It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from or what color you are, you can do anything you put your mind to."