A Beautiful story of how amazing people are, the courage they have and what happens when you believe in yourself and follow your dreams...
“I grew up in Jerusalem. When I was a child, I loved to paint.
My father told me that he was going to send me to the biggest art academy, so that I could become a famous painter.
But he died before I came of age, so I started making jewelry to support myself. I designed medallions and amulets for Orthodox Greek patriarchs to wear on their robes. I became quite known in the Old City, but when I moved to America, I had to start over.
When I first arrived, I decided to try to sell my jewelry to a fancy jewelry shop on 47th Street.
My friend told me: ‘You are crazy. Why would they buy from you? You are nobody.’ But I told him to watch me.
I went into one of the big stores-- one of those stores with 5 or 6 million dollars worth of jewelry in the window-- and I told them: ‘I have some designs I want to show you.’ And the owners laughed at me.
I told them: ‘You wouldn’t be laughing if you knew who I was.’ And they stopped laughing at me. Then they asked to see my work.
They ended up buying all five of my moldings, and they told me to come back whenever I had something new.”
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