There’s More Than One Way to the Top: Frank Austin’s Roadmap to Success!

By Megha Goel

A quick Google search might not pull up many articles about the 19-year-old Frank Austin from Cleveland. He might not sound or look like Jobs, Gates, or Zuckerberg, but his story will leave you as inspired. A steely determination and a competitive spirit from an early age made Frank win the 2019 Youth of the Year pageant by Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Frank shares how his passion, inspiration, and ambition helped him take the first steps towards success in a candid conversation.

Childhood & Survival

Loss of parents at an early age often leaves children responsible for their younger siblings. This was the case with Frank and his older sister. “My mother’s death required me to do more in life. I had to support my family. My oldest sibling, 18 then and a mother of two essentially became the legal guardian and parent to six kids overnight. I wanted better for my siblings. I wanted to work hard, become wealthy, and not just work to make ends meet.”

Frank remembers, “My childhood was different from that of other kids. My days included rising at 5 a.m. to get my siblings ready for school and then taking two buses and a rail line to Max Hayes, a career and technical school.” He put in after-school hours for two years as a lube tech at Liberty Ford in Maple Heights. The young talent is now doing a paid internship at the Ford Asset Program.

Chasing Speed to Achieve Dreams

His Ticket to a Successful Career

Investing in the Future

An Inspiration

The bright lad aspires to make lives better. He wants to be able to have a non-profit and help children live their childhood, “I have missed living my childhood days, and I want other kids to take advantage of it.” He concludes with a message for parents, “Spend time with children and give them the knowledge and guidance they need. Don’t endow them with too much responsibility as a child. Let kids be kids.”

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