When his father died of acute pancreatitis, Diego -Espinoza-Martinez left college and came home to a family in need. It was up to him, at age 18, to keep his five brothers and sisters on track. In their low-income, largely agrarian community, the task seemed daunting. A random conversation with a stranger in a coffee shop inspired him to get his real estate license. Today, Espinoza-Martinez, 26, is a top producer who has built an investment company and a construction company, creating dozens of jobs. “I do not see people as dollar signs; I see them all the same—as equal,” he says. “You work hard for them and the money will follow.” Along the way, he earned a college degree, and his siblings have either completed or are in pursuit of their diplomas as well.