His mother, a teenaged single parent, raised him and his three siblings in the Section 8 Projects of Miami, Florida, where the family struggled to dodge evictions and keep food on the table. Despite his own circumstances, Smith was keenly aware of the needs of others from an early age. Wanting to help alleviate his mother’s stress and his classmates’ hunger, he took it upon himself to find a solution. After a trip to the local grocery store, Smith began selling candy in between classes.
By just 11-years-old, he was making $2,000 a week, and helping his mother to pay rent. This moment was but an early indication of the man that Smith would become – an entrepreneurial wizard with unmatched hustle, innovation and ability to pivot.