Even though he lived in his car for 63 days, if you ask Billionaire P.A. if he’s ever been homeless, he’ll tell you no. “I don’t like to say that I was homeless,” he explains, “I just say that I was without a home, because the mentality is totally different. I believe that people that say that they are homeless remain there.”
Billionaire P.A. did not remain without a home. Today he’s a successful motivational speaker in Southern California who runs the company Wealthy Minds, which mentors children and teens. He also has his own clothing line featuring inspirational quotes he came up with while living in his car, such as “I Speak Dreams Into Existence,” and “You Can Never Have Too Much Faith.”
While he currently speaks at, on average, four schools per week, where he is “sponsoring kids’ dreams,” Billionaire P.A.’s path to his own dream has been a rocky one, that had an inauspicious start running with a crowd that left him speaking to police officers, rather than the youth of America.
In his late teens and early 20s Billionaire P.A., who originally hails from Alabama, had a knack for finding trouble. He remembers that at one point he was serving five years probation for one felony, and three years probation for a second felony. “All of it happened at the exact same time,” he recalls, “It was like if I got out of jail in Texas on Friday, I was back in jail in Alabama on Saturday.”
He knew a change had to be made. “I was tired of being around a negative environment. I believe that you become what you hang around. That’s how I wrote this quote – police officers hang with police officers, fireman hang with fireman, rich people hang with rich people, wealthy hang with wealthy, and the broke people hang with broke people. I was hanging around a troubled environment, and I decided that I didn’t want to do this no more. Literally, the day I got off probation I left that city, and I didn’t tell anybody.”
Billionaire P.A.’s journey West started at a local convenience store. “I asked the dude, hey man, which way can you just get on the freeway and just drive straight and you don’t even have to think?” When the convenience store clerk gave him two options, East, or West, Billionaire P.A. chose West because it was further away. “I hopped on the 40, and three days later I ended up in California.”
While on his way to California, he called a friend there in hopes of securing living arrangements. The friend said he owned a house Billionaire P.A. could stay in. When Billionaire P.A. arrived, however, he found his friend was living in the smallest bedroom of the house, and, in reality, was just renting a room there.
Relegated to living in his car, Billionaire P.A. was brought into the house after three days of sleeping in his ride, but as his felonies continued to show up on his record, making potential employers shy away from hiring him, rent became too high. Billionaire P.A. bounced from place to place until he once again found himself living in his car.
With his car temporarily being his place of residence, Billionaire P.A. began a habit that would forever change his life for the better. “I would write things as inspiration to me,” he remembers, “and pin them to the roof of my car to surround myself around positive things.” This eventually gave birth to the Dream Wall he now has at Wealthy Minds, on which people from all over the world write their dreams in an effort to bring them closer to manifestation.
Even the most positive of people have bad days, however, and Billionaire P.A. remembers an especially rough one after a job interview. “After the 152nd person said no, I went to my car that night, my mom called me, and out of frustration I screamed at her. I screamed, ‘I don’t look for jobs, I create them!’ It didn’t set in my head until about 30 minutes later, and I said ‘wow, that’s actually something I could live by.’”
Billionaire P.A.’s new credo paid off, as he met both a real estate investor who he began working for, and a woman who let him sleep on her couch. All total, he’d spent 63 days in his car before having something with actual cushions to sleep on.
This was the jump start Billionaire P.A. needed, as he would begin printing up t-shirts with his inspirational quotes on them, and earn an internship at BET working for Reginald Hudlin. In 2008, he took all the knowledge he’d gained, and all the energy he says his grandmother always wished he’d use in a positive fashion, and launched Wealthy Minds.
“I like making money, and I love hustling,” he explains, “but I didn’t find joy until someone picked up the phone and called me and told me when I wrote that quote ‘I Don’t Look For Jobs, I Create Them,’ that quote resonated with them, and they quit their job, and created their own job, and they were happy because now they have freedom.”
A major aspect of Wealthy Minds is Wealthy Wednesdays, which is an event that allows anyone, young or old, to “speak their dreams into existence.” Billionaire P.A. has a number of especially memorable moment from these events, including witnessing a ten year old girl who was diagnosed with brain tumors, and who was told she couldn’t walk at the age of four, stand in front of the crowd and speak about her dreams.
Wealthy Minds, and Wealthy Wednesdays, owe much of their success to how Billionaire P.A. speaks to crowds, which is, he lets them do most of the talking. “I’m going to let people stand up, and speak their dreams into existence,” he explains, “and I’m gonna make my message about you!”
That message has been heard loud and clear, and it has inspired Billionaire P.A. to expand Wealthy Minds to include a musical arm of the company. Recently, under the name Wealthy Minds, he released a single on iTunes titled, “Too Much Faith.” He’s also been busy continuing to speak his own dreams into existence in his numerous clips on YouTube.
“When you watch a lot of the videos you’ll see things like me saying, ‘Send the video to Oprah.’ I’m not saying things just for attention. There’s a reason that it’s being said. Everything that I say, I have sat down eight, nine, ten years ago, and I specifically said this will happen. I’m on a tight deadline with making a billion dollars, or touching a billion people, because I put dates, and I put times, on when this stuff has to happen by.”
When his message eventually does reach a billion people, and they all speak their dreams into existence, Billionaire P.A. says he has one small request. “I am the same struggling type of individual that comes from the exact same background as a lot of these kids who are out here giving up, and just don’t have role models,” he explains, “All I ask them to do, just don’t put me on a pedestal, because I still live a normal life, and I’m telling people it’s OK to have problems, it’s OK to have downfall, you don’t have to put on a facade that you live a lifestyle that you don’t. We’re not a million dollar company yet, but we’re speaking it into existence.”
Follow Billionaire P.A. on Twitter at @BillionairePA
Written by Adam Bernard