24-year-old businessman Gary Barnhart believes that our own success is not measured in dollars but in days you’ve spent helping others. Gary has created his own business focused on helping the masses utilize personal development to become successful, driven, and altruistic leaders, creating financial independence for themselves and those around them. This is his story.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Gary attended the University of the District of Columbia studying computer science. When his funding for the school was unfortunately pulled, he set off in pursuit of real-world experience to better prepare him for his future.
“Since God didn’t want me to take this path of completing my education, I thought, ‘okay, there must be something else he wants me to do’. And it’s definitely that time,” says Gary.
The new path of network marketing and trading in the financial markets presented itself to Gary in October of 2020 by a friend of his sister’s, and he knew this was the chance he was looking for to mark the beginning of a new chapter in his life.
To date, Gary has created his own organization called U.F.O. which stands for Unrivaled Fortunate Overachievers, consisting of a group of individuals working towards a common goal of attaining financial independence through unconventional means such as trading, investing, and entrepreneurship.
When discussing the concept behind his business, Gary said:
The objective of U.F.O. is to connect like-minded individuals so we can all move as a unit and positively change the world. To do this, we’re making sure that financial literacy is at the forefront of our business model, as well as personal development which ensures that all of these new skills are understood and actually incorporated into our day to day lives to make a real change for the better and become the best version of ourselves.
Gary says that in the digital age, financial literacy is of the utmost importance as new platforms to create an income online become increasingly prevalent. In a society where a 9-5 employment and a paycheck to paycheck lifestyle is the norm, Gary is working hard to prove that this no longer needs to be the standard by which we measure our success.
When discussing the appeal of digital entrepreneurship, Gary says:
In this day and age, financial literacy is crucial, and being able to make an income digitally is essential for success in a time where everything is done online. This is not something that’s taught in school, so this is a top priority of mine; ensuring that people understand how to digitize their wealth in a way where they can earn an income anywhere and at any time.
In addition to helping create financial solutions for his business associates, Gary ensures that equal focus is placed on personal development for all of his team members. Gary says that while creating additional sources of income can be difficult, keeping the income flowing is just as hard without consistent growth and discipline of character.
When discussing how U.F.O. helps individuals to unlock new potential within themselves, Gary says:
“We’re learning and teaching new skill sets, but it’s also the mindset that needs to be enhanced as well. Your mindset is what’s going to help take your business to the next level. You don’t want to join a business and still be in the same position a month from now than you were when you first joined. If you’re not growing your mind, then your business can’t grow either. Learning these income-generating skills is important and improving yourself in the process will ensure that everything you’re learning is retained so you can keep elevating higher. Ultimately as you elevate in life, those around you do too, and so you’re in a better position to help the next person and the next person and the next. That’s the goal I have for myself. I want to help people. I want to help them get to the next level. I want to help them learn how to do this and I want to help them learn how to do that. I want to help them when they’re having a bad day, and when they’re having a good day; just always – I want to be an amazing servant leader.”
Gary’s focus and dedication are on leading his team and in turn, teaching them to lead others to greatness. As Gary says, whether he’s having a good day or a bad day, at the end of the day as long as he’s helped one person in some way, the day was successful. In his own life, overcoming emotional challenges after the passing of his close friend in 2016 was a pivotal moment in his journey.
The shock and grief of losing someone so close to him caused Gary to retreat into a shell. Dedication to his cause, self-development, and trust in God’s plan helped him to get back on track fulfilling the purpose he feels he was placed on this earth to carry out, which is helping people get closer to financial freedom and personal growth at the utmost degree.
As U.F.O. continues to grow, Gary plans to keep making his impact equally as big as his income, helping the masses to reach their full potential financially, mentally, and spiritually. In closing, Gary leaves his best advice for the aspiring entrepreneur:
- Never give up. “The moment you give up on yourself, you’re proving everyone who has doubted you right. So never give up on yourself.”
- Always show love. “Be a loving person. Be caring to everyone that’s in your life. Even if they don’t like you, stay loving towards them because ultimately that’s going to cause a shift in their life and yours. So show love to everyone no matter what.”
- Keep faith. “Just know that it’s going to work. That’s really what it is. Believe that all this work that you’re doing is going to pay off because if you don’t feel like that, then you’re not going to give it 100%.”
- Be coachable. “Do not let your ego stop you from learning.”
- Stay humble. “No matter how successful you are, humility will help you to see the bigger picture.”