Leon Howard was 16 when he was arrested and tried as an adult for attempted murder and armed robbery.
Found guilty, he was slapped with a 10-year jail term and thrown into Louisiana state penitentiary.
A native of New Orleans, Howard was nine when he witnessed the brutal maiming of his mother – shot haphazardly to death.
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Like many other children, Howard would drift onto the street to fend for himself and to survive the ruggedness of the street he would have to involve himself in some pretty bad stuffs.
That resulted in his arrest as a teenager, and tried as an adult for those crimes he was charged with.
Howard would spend part of his time in jail in one of Louisiana’s notorious outdoor hard labor prison camps, working as a landscaper cutting down trees for eight cents an hour.
While behind bars, he realized he needs to take hold of his life. He then resolved to change his life and that would lead him to the study of the stock market.
A fellow prisoner exposed Howard to the idea of venturing in the stock market. Howard got into a conversation with the prisoner jailed for embezzlement, touching on loads of topics including how rich people earn their wealth.
Howard got fixated to the stock market when he returned to the general population of the Louisiana state penitentiary. He was said to have to begin devouring newspaper articles on the stock market and religiously watching CNBC every morning. He read every book on the subject.
After he was released from prison, Howard got a job as an iron-worker, reports Blackbusiness.com. He set aside 70% of his salary for his investment, which eventually grew bigger as he continuously planned his next moves.
Now, a full-time investor and entrepreneur, Howard teaches others how to achieve the financial freedom he attained.
Howard started From The Trap To Wall Street to show people that they can get away from the trap, which he defined as “a state or condition of a people being financially trapped, unable to find the path to financial freedom no matter how many jobs or side hustles worked.”
Howard credits the stock market for the change he has experienced in his life and getting him out of the cycle of destruction that he grew up in.
He is now on a mission to help educate as many people as possible about investing to provide a level of hope that he was not afforded as a youth.
Howard is seen as a Wall Street wizard.
Howard knowledge of the stock market was 100% self-taught. That notwithstanding he’s as good as an investment banker.