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Julio Llerena

Play to Win!

Steven Juarbe

By Julio Llerena

Steven Juarbe had a promising future as a baseball player, until a shoulder injury put him out of the sport forever. However, this Puerto Rican warrior was not giving up. Looking for something new to make a living, he found a career in network marketing, allowing Steven to play the best game of his life.—J.L.

What were you doing before you got into this business?
Believe or not, my plan was to become a professional baseball player. I was born in Puerto Rico, where I started playing at an early age. In 2010, I won a scholarship to play baseball at the University of California. Unfortunately, one day I broke a bone in my right shoulder. I was a pitcher, so my dreams of making it to the major leagues disappeared overnight. That was an emotional shock because of all the time I had dedicated to my sport. I was 17 years old and had already major responsibilities, like paying a rent, driving a car, all the obligations you find when you live by yourself, away from your family. I was “growing up fast” in California, so I had to find, as soon as possible, a way to support myself and move on beyond my studies.

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