When my son Jason came to me years ago saying he had an idea for a clothing line, of course I was proud that he was evolving, not settling for a regular 9 to 5 just to get by. I was also apprehensive because it was a stretch, a leap into an arena with many players. But when he described the purpose, the mission of his clothing line, I exhaled, I saw success. Thinking on one of my son's most prominent characteristic, perseverance, I shouldn't have been surprised.
Jason has a passion to persevere. His 'never give up' attitude is commendable. There have been times in his life when he could have given up, slowed down, made excuses, but he didn't. I experienced this in him when he obtained his GED, then graduating from college. His values: family, obtaining knowledge and being an advocate for the underdog, that I saw in him at a very young age, which is heartwarming. Family time, no matter how grand or small of an event, that time he cherishes. His empathy for the underdog is voiced, without hesitation. He showed this side of him when he came to the defense of a visibly handicapped classmate in elementary school. Learning, being more knowledgeable, whether it be from reading or talking to older family members gives him pride and a drive.
I have the blessing to know Jason approximately 18 years and counting. Jason became my brother from another mother. Which, speaks volume because it takes a lot for me to let someone into my inner circle that is not family. When I was a teenager and moved to San Diego, Jason took my twin and me under his wing and taught us things about San Diego. These things included showing us where we could play good pick-up basketball games, church, and things that other teenage boys did in southern California. I still remember the days we stayed at each other parent's apartment and argued “who was better between Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant” all night. Anytime I need a good laugh, I know I can just send him a text and I’m bound to laugh at something we end up talking about. Jason definitely has the characteristic of “compassion” for other individuals in need of an extra hand.
I became extremely proud of him when he told me about the Wealthy Lifestyle Clothing brand because I know where he came from and how he grew up. To see a childhood friend create a profound and compelling brand that represents much more than the “Wealthy” persona that other clothing brands may depict brings a gratifying feeling. His clothing line does not represent vanities but the authentic qualities within our hearts.
I have known Jason Fields half my life and I can truly say that he is an empathy of "working hard." Jason was going through a rough time in his life about seven years ago. He was in-between jobs and really did not have much college credits. Even though Jason was going through these tribulations, he never gave up on his dreams and stayed the course. Fast forward to present time, Jason is now working on a graduate college degree and has successfully started up a clothing line with very little help. I think a lot of that can be owed to his perseverance in getting the job done and never being complacent.
My twin brother and I met Jason in high school. We rode on the same school bus, had several classes together, and played on the same basketball team. We became best friends with Jason instantly. What had drawn us to Jason was his "realness." Jason is never "fake" and that is how he approaches life. He takes pride in anything that he is involved with by being a great father and taking care of his family, making sure the design of his clothing line is in fashion, and having a true devotion to his customers. Most of the time you're born into a family but sometimes you can choose your family. With this begin said, I can proudly say that Jason is not only my best friend but is one of my "brothers." I am very proud of him!!!