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Daily Inspiration: Meet Caleb Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb Smith.  

Hi Caleb, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
In 2018 my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, at 13, in an attempt to make her proud, I started a few businesses and started organizing a charity car show benefiting huntsman cancer institute. That show has now raised nearly $3000 towards huntsman cancer, and through business, I have printed several board game elements and stamps, as well as started a clothing company based around pineapples and flamingos. Now at 17, I’m fairly well known throughout the car community, I produce a profitable income for my age, and am happy with all I have accomplished, especially in regards to the charity car show. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Finding and generating support through advertising has always been a struggle. Still not anywhere near as successful as I hope to become. With charity, car shows finding a location was a major factor that I found challenging along with finding sponsors to support, through business it was challenging to work with a 17-year-old budget. Which meant I was working with cheaper machines that required me to learn and a lot of maintenance to hold them to the quality standards I hold myself to. For clothing, I ended up switching to print on demand which led to me to have to cycle through several different sources to find one that again held up to a quality I was satisfied with. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I consider myself to be more of a free flow influence than anything. I don’t consider any of my businesses to be large enough to be considered a career, but for my age, I think they are helping me develop the skills to one day be successful. I am most proud of my charity car show. My mom was one of the lucky ones and survived cancer, but through that experience, I met a lot of people who weren’t as fortunate. I love people and want to interact with them and help them in any way I can. I think I’m different than others simply because I try every idea I have and am not scared of failure. Often times people my age use their limited ability and age as an excuse not to achieve greater things. I don’t consider myself limited in my capability; I simply see my age and current position as another brick wall I have to cross to prove I want it more than those that use age as an excuse not to achieve. I start businesses, I work hard, I advertise, and I reach out. I’m very much so of the attitude that if I want something, I have the capability to go out and earn it. I want to see everyone succeed and hope that as I grow, I can help them see that they also have the same capability to achieve. 

What’s next?
I’m headed into my senior year of high school. After graduating, I plan to serve a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; following that mission, I intend to continue running businesses and doing all I can to improve. I intend to start a manufacturing business that does what I’ve already done on a larger scale. I want to manufacture board game elements and car parts for all members of the hobbyist community. My ultimate dream is to become a traveling motivational speaker. I’ve been privileged in my current accomplishments to live a little bit of that life. I’ve been invited to give speeches at several social gatherings and a few schools. I’m currently a team captain of an FTC robotics team, and in college (If I go), I want to get on an FRC robotics team and continue on the robotics and manufacturing journey. 

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