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From the southside of Chicago to halls where he is the main speaker, the story of Farrah Gray is nothing short of inspirational.

Gray, who grew up in an impoverished household where the fridge being empty was normal, became an entrepreneur at the young age of 6 until the age of 14 when he moved into the prepaid calling card business.

Farrah Gray got his start selling hand-painted rocks. Growing up in inner-city Chicago in the 1980s, Gray grew accustomed to days “when the only thing in our refrigerator was the light that came on when you opened the door,” he writes in his book, “Reallionaire.”

It was also an event worth recording when a month would pass without anyone being shot in his housing project, he writes. So he was determined from a young age to become self-sufficient. He told AOL Jobs that he credits the poverty of his childhood as the great motivating factor.

Read more at AOL

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