At an early age, Leon Howard saw entrepreneurship in two drastically different ways. On one hand, he saw his grandmother who owned a small store that serviced the community. On the other hand, he saw his mother earning her living hustling on the streets in New Orleans. Howard would eventually learn from both paths of entrepreneurship, albeit after following in his mother’s footsteps first.
During his time in prison, Leon was taught a valuable lesson by one of his fellow inmates. The inmate shared a piece of advice on how the wealthy acquire and maintain their wealth. This advice stuck with Leon every day through his sentence. Once he was released from prison, he used this advice and began investing his money wisely.
Leon began his own business, From the Trap to Wall Street, which focuses on creating wealth in the black community. His goal is to educate underserved communities on creating generation wealth especially when those methods of wealth accumulation aren’t common place practices.
Leon has faced many obstacles when beginning his business, overcoming his past proved to be the most difficult. After he faced another trial and the possibility of another 25 years in jail everything changed. With his fate in the hands of the lawyer and jury, thankfully Howard was found innocent.
What pushes Leon to never give up? It is normalizing wealth in the black community. With so much stacked against the black community, Leon wanted to make sure that he did what he could to make a difference. Investing in the stock market can make all the difference in someone’s life and Leon wants to help guide people to that.