Ivan Sanchez

Ivan Sanchez was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1972. He left the inner city in 1993, and earned an associate's degree in applied science from Virginia's ECPI College of Technology and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He currently holds a supervisory position with a major manufacturing organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and works as a youth advocate and motivational speaker in his spare time.
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Ivan Sanchez
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Some choose to dream hard, others wake up and work hard to make their dreams come true.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I’d continue to just be myself. I’ve fought long and hard to get where I am today, to become the man that I am today and I see no reason to abandon myself now.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. First my mother for being strong enough to raise three kids in the Bronx alone… Next, President Obama for bringing an entire nation and world together. He does indeed represent change.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. To be able to write full-time and work with the youth in the process. The written word is a powerful thing that can awaken minds and change the course of lives at the same time.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A.
I don’t believe there is such a thing as perfect happiness. If you are truly a compassionate person you will always feel sadness in your heart for those less fortunate, those who suffer on a daily basis and those who are close to you who haven’t found their way in life or seen their dreams manifest themselves. However, I try my best to stay humble and live life in a way that ensures I don’t inflict pain on those I come into contact with on a daily basis. Living righteous brings me moments of happiness.

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