Belarus, early entrepreneurship and U.S. visa
Russell was born in Belarus and studied in an ordinary school. His parents always worked hard — his father drove cargo all over Eastern Europe, and a mother that helped him with the business side of things. He was bright in school and was involved in different activities — competitions, events, etc. that contributed to shaping his personality and leadership.
Russell was always dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur and having a trucking business like his father and planned to go to a special college for learning truck driving. His parents talked him out of it and suggested he find another occupation in the direction of self-development.
Nevertheless, when he got to be 18, Russell obtained his driving license and started his own small business — he was delivering all kinds of goods to Poland, buying electronic goods there, and after returning to Belarus, was selling them to the local populace.
Apart from driving a truck, Russell had another dream — to move to the USA and work there. One day he and his friend decided to go to Warsaw, Poland to apply for an American visa in the U.S. Embassy.
Their path was full of challenges, and twenty minutes before reaching their destination, their car broke down. Russell's friend started panicking and thought this problem was a sign not to go further.
But Russell decided, by all means, to get to the American Embassy. He was trying to stop every car on the road, but no one stopped. With much difficulty, they pushed their car to the nearest gas station. And Russell started asking everyone there to help them in getting to the U.S. Embassy.
They negotiated with a stranger, and he agreed to take them. This fellow was working near the U.S. Embassy — and he was on his way to work.
Russell got his U.S. Visa, but his friend — unfortunately, didn't.
Making his first money in America
After arriving in the United States, Russell was disappointed. His dreams and vision of the country were completely different from reality.
America was in crisis, there were almost no jobs and fewer possibilities to survive. Nevertheless, Russell succeeded in finding a job in a construction company — he replaced an employee that had been injured.
After a year of working for this company, Russell believed that he understood how business in America worked. Being an entrepreneur by nature, he had the idea of starting his own construction business. He understood that he needed partners, and destiny helped him make new friends.
It appeared that other guys from Grodno (Belarus) had also come to the US in search of a better life and started working together with him in the same company. They didn't work in the same department, but got acquainted after work. They talked a lot and decided to start a new business together.