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Shane Sams’ story starts in the small southeastern county town of Corbin – best known for the world’s last existing moonbow and of course the place where Colonel Sanders started Sanders’ Cafe, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Corbin is ran by coal and trains. All the millions of tons of coal from eastern Kentucky runs right through that little town. When Shane was growing up there was less than 5,000 people living there! Shane grew up in the city limits of Corbin (not really a city, but for lack of a better word). Living in a rural area Shane never really grew up around a ton of technology or big business. People were school teachers, railroad workers, coal miners, the local hospital, or worked at retail stores.
Shane is actually the 4th of 5 boys in his family. The boys have significant age gaps between them. Shane’s oldest brother is actually 19 years older than him! His younger brother is 3 1/2 years younger than him – huge age gaps there!
Shane’s dad was an insurance agent that had his own office where he sold auto insurance. Have his own business is probably where Shane was influenced into being a business owner and self-employed. His dad had worked for other people and decided it was better to work for himself so he didn’t miss the important things in life like going to Shane’s ballgames. Sound familiar?
Shane’s family was not poor but they were certainly middle-class. They didn’t have everything in the world but he got to see his parents work so hard and what true work ethic looked like.
Shane didn’t always follow that work ethic himself in high school. He kind of stayed in a bit of trouble. But, he was actually very smart he just hated the structure of school (he’ll be the first to tell you he hates rules). He did love football and being the producer of his high school new team!
After a soul-crushing injury basically ended Shane’s football career in high school he became a completely different person. He got away from the jock-culture and became the mellow and humble person we know and love today! (And, most importantly a person that Jocelyn would fall in love with).
Jocelyn grew up in a small town in flat land western Kentucky – like Corbin, it is very much a coal mining town. Jocelyn’s parents were very young when they had her in 1980. So, from a very young age they had to work hard to make sure their family was provided for.
Jocelyn has one younger sister that is 3 years younger than her. They grew up in a small neighborhood with friends that lived next door and spent all day with those kids.
Jocelyn’s dad was a cable engineer and he is still at it! Jocelyn’s dad is a super hard-working person. She can remembers he was always working extra jobs. Being an engineer he was super smart! So, people would hire him on the side to do things like installing satellite dishes, audio-visual type things.
Jocelyn’s mom would always help with homework when they got in from school. She was very diligent in working with the girls, making sure they were reading (which wasn’t hard because they loved it), all while making sure all the stuff around the home was tended to.
She didn’t do a lot of traveling with her family growing up. Their traveling consisted of going to the bigger cities in the area like Bowling Green. Instead of going on far off vacations they would camping, which are some of Jocelyn’s fondest memories!
Just like Shane that theme of work ethic and getting to see how her family worked to get the life they had is a theme that would follow Jocelyn her entire life. She might not be literally building her family home like her father did, but she is continuously striving to give her family the best life possible!
Jocelyn was the polar opposite of Shane in high school! She an over-achiever, always has been. It’s something in her DNA. She wasn’t competitive with other people but was with herself. She was the run-follower, she was in color guard, she was the perfect student that ever parent could ever wish to have. If she would have met Shane in high school it would have never worked out – I think we’re all glad they met in college after he matured a little!
She always knew she wanted more than what most people in her hometown wanted. She didn’t know what that something more was but she wanted it. Luckily, in the early 90s her dad realized that having a home computer was going to be something that would become very important, it didn’t have a lot of memory but it worked!
Their stories are about using unfair advantages. Was it access to the newest and latest technology or trust funds to help them start their businesses? No. There was no magic pill that set them apart. Their unfair advantage was seeing hard working parents that modeled working for everything they had. Because of those life experiences they now know how to reach for something they want and strive until they get it! What’s your unfair advantage?
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