Clayborn Williams: Persistence and Perseverance Pays Off
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Clayborn Williams

July 28, 2021
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PenFed teammate Clayborn Williams has dealt with a lot of uncertainty in his life. But with every setback, he persevered. Now, there is one thing for certain, his passion for financial literacy and knack for real estate are paving the way to a bright future for our young colleague!

I dealt with a lot of emotions.
I was angry.
I was frustrated and I was embarrassed
by my situation.
I looked around, and I saw a lot of kids
who had things that I felt like
I might have deserved or that
I should have been able
to experience as well.
But in my situation,
those things just didn't exist.
I just had to focus on survival.
I was raised primarily by my mother.
We struggled a lot,
moving from shelter to shelter
and staying with
different family members.
At one point, we ended up
staying in a car at a point
outside of a local grocery store,
and we had to turn the car on
every 15 minutes to stay warm.
But she did the best she could to provide
and keep us safe in those situations.
And yeah, I was frustrated a lot
with my current situation.
So, the only thing
that I had to look forward
to was my future.
I made it my business
to focus on my education
and get to college
so that I can make
a better life for myself and
obviously my family.
After graduation,
I knew I wanted to move to DFW area.
I had secured an interview with PenFed
and I packed up my car
and just took a leap of faith
to go down there for the interview.
I feel like there
was so many people that I knew
that didn't make it
as far as I did,
but they came from
the exact same background that I did.
I am really passionate
about financial literacy.
I take it very seriously
because I feel like, you know,
people who come from communities like me
don't have access to certain information.
Hope to eventually
make a positive effect on my community
in a way to where
those kids that grew up
the way that I did,
don't have to make the wrong decisions.
I can help guide them
towards the right ones.

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