Leveling Up Emotionally to Level Up Financially

Building a Better You From Your Past!

Have you ever wanted to change yourself but never had the courage to do so? We all need to level up somehow. Whether it’s emotionally, physically, or spiritually, we all NEED to improve. The moment you think you’re ahead of everyone and stop improving yourself is the moment that your competitors surpass you! Remember this while reading, you attract who you become!

I’ve had a rough past. My father was absent all of my life; I grew up in a not so cookie-cutter neighborhood where people around me were getting killed. I’ve had many abusive people in my life and much more. I tell you this not to feel sorry for me, but to let you know that it is hard going through stuff in your past. Whether it be your partner leaving you, a loved one passing, or losing the deal of a lifetime; it is all difficult. But, I want to encourage you to learn from your experiences, the way I learned from mine!

I’ve battled with severe anxiety and depression for most of my life! Instead of sticking on the booze and party train to get my happy fix, I knew there was something revolutionary out there that I NEEDED, my ”natural high”. I visited my cousin in Miami, Florida and saw his saltwater aquarium. It was as if the world stopped spinning around me, I was hooked! After many panic attacks and aquariums, I found my true self.

My biggest problem with anxiety was the fact that I couldn’t find someone that I could relate to. I was never in control of anything. The world was caving in, and there was nothing I could do... Until I had an ocean in my living room, office, and even right next to my bed - that’s when I felt at peace! In my newest book, “Transforming Your Stress Tank into a Fish Tank,” I talk about my journey into aquariums and how I managed to mold my past into creating a better future for me. I now own a saltwater and freshwater aquarium maintenance business, called Reefalicious, have published four books, and speak to those with anxiety, depression, and stress about how to manage it the right way!

See, if I hadn't focussed on my past in the RIGHT way, I wouldn't be the 18-year-old ’Teenpreneur’ I am today! I advise you to concentrate on your past, look at the negatives and over analyze them. Your problems will ALWAYS have a positive; you just have to look for it! You can either dwell and stress on your issues and not succeed, or you can use the road bumps in your life as a stepping stone to elevate your future one step at a time.

How do you start to build a 10,000-square-foot Malibu beach mansion? You build the foundation… You can't expect to go far in life when you have these burdens tied to your ankles. You're a prisoner to yourself! It's time to build YOUR foundation the RIGHT way!


Leandro is a ‘Teenpreneur’ whose passion is saltwater aquariums; which have helped him through many tough times. Leandro started an aquarium cleaning service in San Diego called, Reefalicious, as well as co-founded a clothing brand for entrepreneurs called “Enspired.” Leandro pioneered the Young Entrepreneur Society (YES) Club at his school and is now a director at multiple schools. He helps fellow students like him who have the burning desire to start their own business and pursue their passions successfully. He aspires to be the person he wished he had when he was younger.