"Walid, looking forward to learning from your journey. You've got an amazing story and before we dive into that, let's start with an important building block. Where do you get your work ethic from?
My work ethic stems from two major influences in my life: my parents and my love for the arts.
My parents, who came to the United States with just $2,000, instilled in me the value of keeping my promises and following through on my commitments. I saw first-hand their hard work and determination as they started various businesses, including a restaurant, a mini-market, a limo business, and a housing contractor. My mother worked as a seamstress and nail technician while earning her medical degree and now works as a life coach and homeopath.
Their dedication inspired me and my sister and motivated us to work hard and achieve our own milestones, including earning degrees in college.
My passion for the arts also plays a role in shaping my work ethic. I've been involved in the performing arts since I was four years old after being mesmerized by a Lebanese musical adaptation of 'Romeo & Juliet'. This experience sparked my love for storytelling and entrepreneurship, which continues to drive me today.
In conclusion, my work ethic is a result of my parents' hard work and dedication combined with my passion for the arts." - Walid Chaya, Bold Journey Article