Meet Nicholas Miaskowski of Golden Wing Helping Hands in Downtown

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Miaskowski.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a childhood cancer survivor of 10 years and a successful young entrepreneur who co-owns four companies with my family, including Golden Wing Mobile Homes, a mobile home investing company. Golden Wing Helping Hands, a non-profit with a sole mission to create care packages for the homeless people on the streets and Mobile Home Millionaire, a coaching organization created to teach others how to get into the mobile home investing world and how to be successful in it. I will be highlighting Golden Wing Helping Hands.

My story is that I have gone through many struggles throughout my life. When I was going through my cancer treatment, many people have left my side. Many people, friends, family, loved ones did not want anything to do with me. Everyone has told me that you won’t survive your treatment, you won’t be a 1 year cancer survivor, you won’t be a 5 year cancer survivor, you will be a loser, you won’t make anything of yourself, you won’t be able to walk again. I have proved everyone wrong, I’m a 10 year survivor going onto 11. After my surgery to remove the brain cancer, I was unable to walk. I was so mad at myself and the world and I decided to stand up and start to walk again, I got a walker and it was the key to starting to walk again myself. I eventually grew tired of the walker, I felt like an 80 year old man in 12 year old kids’ body and I started to force myself to walk again. Today, my walking is near perfect.

The reason why I have started Golden Wings Helping Hands is that I believe that everyone should be lifted up when they are down, no matter who they are. I have chosen to help homeless people because not only do they need to be helped, but because when I was going through my treatment, many people have left my side and did not want anything to do with me. I was forgotten by most. I hated the feeling of being alone and that’s why I believe in helping the homeless. No one should be going through struggles in life!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As an entrepreneur, my health gets in the way. But one of my coaches once told me about the importance of taking a step back. There are so many people out there that tell you to wake up at unrealistic times and then work like a dog until you reach success. That is what I have done at the beginning of my journey, but I forgot the most important thing, where I’ve come from and what my body has gone through. I have learned that not working as hard as I have had before, makes me so much more productive and more focused!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Golden Wing Helping Hands – what should we know?
At Golden Wing Helping Hands, we create care packages for homeless adults and for children in shelters. The care packages contain clothing items, non-perishable foods, toiletries, letters/words of inspiration and encouragement and a gift card for food. We create these care packages and go onto the streets to find homeless people. We then build a relationship with these people because homeless people are people too, just like you and me. We all deserve a connection, we all deserve love and we need to listen and acknowledge everyone, especially people on the streets.

What I am most proud of is that we are so fortunate and blessed to be able to help thousands of homeless people and that I keep on encountering so many people who are able to join us on our mission of spreading love and hope to the homeless.

I am also speaking as a motivational speaker and I also speak on behalf of Golden Wing Helping Hands. I show everyone the importance of lifting others when they are down and share the importance of offering service to our communities.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that we need to be positive, optimistic and have the mindset of a champion! When we view the world darkly and in a negative way, then we obviously aren’t able to accomplish as much in our lives. Having that winning mindset is essential, not only will you have fun in life and in business, but opportunity will appear everywhere that you look. In life we really only have two choices when we fall, we can fall and stay down and remain victims for the rest of our lives OR we can fall down, get back up again no matter how hard it may be, shake it off, keep your head up high and move forward.

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