‘From Poor To CEO’


In a time when increasingly younger folks appear to be turning to the proposition that the American dream merely isn’t there for them the best way it was for his or her mother and father — that arduous work gained’t carry them the objectives, the dwelling and the religious satisfaction that they want — how do you counter that?

Easy. You level to Herman Cain.

Cain is a person who grew up within the Deep South when Jim Crow was nonetheless very a lot alive. He was born to a father who labored three jobs and a mom who cleaned homes. He graduated from Morehouse Faculty. Joined the company world and moved up by way of it. Married, had two kids. Grew to become CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Was a member of the Federal Reserve Financial institution of Kansas Metropolis’s board of administrators. Ran for Senate in Georgia in 2004 and president of america in 2012.

That’s the American dream — the dream that Cain captures in his upcoming documentary, “From Poor To CEO.”

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“I used to be a part of how America modified. I used to be a part of the change happening in America,” Cain stated of the expertise not too long ago when he talked to The Western Journal. “I’m grateful for that.”

Folks right this moment, he stated, “want to listen to folks reassure them that [the American dream] is feasible.”

“After I was at Arizona Christian College a couple of weeks in the past, I really had a pupil ask me throughout a Q&A session, ‘What’s the state of the American dream in America?’ I couldn’t consider the scholar even requested me that,” Cain stated. “And my reply was merely, the state of the American dream in America is alive and properly. And I’m strolling proof.

“There’s nothing unsuitable with the American dream. What’s unsuitable is these people who find themselves attempting to discourage folks from pursuing their goals.”

Herman Cain was born in 1945 and grew up in Atlanta, the son of Luther and Lenora Cain.

“My mother and father had been from humble beginnings,” Cain stated. “And each had been undereducated. Not uneducated. They had been undereducated by right this moment’s requirements. However they each had a variety of widespread sense. They knew methods to present.”

In addition they taught him a worthwhile lesson in not letting the circumstances of the interval make Cain right into a sufferer.

“We didn’t notice the unfavorable influence of the social situations of the time,” he stated. “We simply realized to stay with it … and we by no means allowed the social situations of the time to maintain us from dreaming massive.”

Dreaming massive for younger Cain was actual easy. “I wished to make some huge cash. We didn’t develop up with some huge cash,” he stated. “I didn’t know the way I used to be going to make some huge cash. I wasn’t going to steal it. I used to be going to do it actually.”

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Cain stated company America was the best way he noticed his fortune coming. And it was — he moved up the ranks shortly, though he famous that gained’t be everybody’s American dream. It’s a matter, he stated, of permitting “yours to develop and unfold at no matter charge God needs yours to unfold.”

Both means, Cain succeeded past his wildest goals.

That’s the type of story that the manager producer and director of “From Poor To CEO,” Barry Tolli, believes must be heard. He’s the one who satisfied Cain that the challenge was value doing.

“I used to be drawn to the challenge as a result of I used to be really impressed by Herman Cain’s really American dream story,” Tolli stated. “I believed that his story provides no one else an excuse not to achieve success as a result of he has earned all of his success by way of arduous work that he realized from his dad and has now proven his youngsters and grandkids.”

“He needed to overcome obstacles that folks right this moment haven’t any understanding how troublesome they’d be and he did it with none unwell will in the direction of anyone,” Tolli added. “He genuinely loves everybody.”

These obstacles weren’t simply his household’s poverty or the racial local weather of the period. He has survived Stage four most cancers, one thing his religion bought him by way of. (Though Cain has moved out of the lower-class neighborhood the place he grew up, Tolli stated, he nonetheless drives the 30 minutes again to the childhood church the place he was baptized to attend companies each Sunday.) He has undertaken two runs at political workplace, one thing that may deplete one’s vitality (in addition to monetary) assets. And but he continues to be an avatar of the American dream.

Which is why “From Poor To CEO” is extra very important now than ever. Cain stated he believes it would “be an inspiring story for lots of people who’re attempting to pursue their American dream or individuals who have given up on the American dream.

“They usually’ll see on this film that I by no means gave up on my American dream — and actually, I exceeded my very own expectations. … It’s not solely a narrative of my American dream, however a narrative of the place America has come from.”

“From Poor To CEO” can be launched in July. Organizers try to get the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta for the world premiere — a theater during which Cain and his household needed to watch films from the balcony through the 1950s as a result of African-Individuals couldn’t sit in the principle space. A West Coast premiere will comply with in Las Vegas.

The film is in post-production; a Kickstarter marketing campaign to assist increase funds to cowl that and advertising has been arrange and might be discovered right here. The movie will function a mixture of live-action principal images, interviews, archival footage and animation.

Kickstarter donors will have the ability to select many alternative ranges that embody completely different perks. These vary from DVDs and signed merchandise to lunch with Cain and tickets to the crimson carpet premiere. You could possibly even get a producer credit score.

And past that, you’ll be part of reminding our nation that the American dream is alive and properly — it doesn’t matter what the doomsayers would possibly inform you.

For extra info, go to the Kickstarter or the film’s web site.

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