I am Alan Alaníz from the state of Puebla, Mexico. I attended the Academy in January of 2011. I had felt for too long that I was failing as a husband, a father, and a provider, and I needed help. While I attended the course, I remember feeling in my heart those same feelings that I felt as a missionary. I felt hope, excitement, and faith.
From what I learned at the Academy, I have started a successful greenhouse building company and taught my children how they can be self-reliant. I have 20 employees which means 20 families are eating three meals a day now. Thank you for teaching me how to overcome the culture of poverty and how to live the culture of business success. I recognize that I am very small, but I feel very blessed. I know that the Rules of Thumb have changed my life and I have started to teach everyone in my branch how they can become more self-reliant. Thank you very much for your support and examples. I love my career. I am an LDS, self-reliant entrepreneur!