Mongolian Fashion Model & Fitness Trainer

Mongolian Fashion Model & Fitness Trainer
Mongolian Fashion Model
& Fitness Trainer

One dark and gloomy night a long time ago, a boy was making his way through a provincial and poverty-filled neighborhood. Everyday he dreamed of leaving this place, but it was the only place he could call home. He had learned to stay out of trouble and look away when he came across a situation, but this was one night he would disobey his deceased father’s advice. After turning a corner, he spotted four men harassing a young girl who was his neighbor. “Walk away”. This time he could not. While he created enough distraction for the girl to run away, it was not an all-happy ending that left him unharmed. “I was afraid, but it was the right thing to do.”
It was my pleasure to meet this brave Mongolian boy, Xypelbaatar Kai Ochir, who has navigated his way out of the slums of his country and now has a career working as a model in NYC.
“I don’t blame anyone for what happened to me. All I have is gratitude. I always believe that everything happens for a reason. All the bad times fueled my motive to find something better,” Kai added. He was only 12 years old when his father passed away, and life was almost unbearable as Kai and his brother became responsible for bringing home an income to support their mother and younger sisters. Kai knew he needed to find something better for his family and was determined to find it abroad. The day after the long and brutal night would be his sixth time to interview at the US embassy – he had been rejected all five of his previous attempts. It was his last chance, and he had no choice but to show up with a swollen face full with bruises. “I was scared because I knew that it was my last chance to make things different. Actually, I didn’t know how to explain what happened to cause my injury. I simply told the truth about that night and why my environment had driven me to be desperate in seeking a better life for me and my family.” His honest confession earned him a visa to the United States. The truth had set him free.
His first part-time job was as a “toilet boy” at a casino in Las Vegas. “When I got here, I didn’t speak a word of English. All I knew was that I needed to make money for my family and I worked three jobs.” The lack of an English education growing up was a problem for him. Right before New Year’s Eve, his supervisor asked if he could work four consecutive days during the week of New Year’s celebration. He had misinterpreted the comment to mean taking the next four days off, and therefore did not show up at work. On the fifth day, Kai showed up at work as usual and was furiously thrown out by his supervisor. “You are fired” and Kai left in humiliation.
Since that day, he made a promise to himself to learn ten words of English a day regardless of how busy he was. “If that didn’t happen, I might have never learned English!” Kai said with a smile. This was how Kai dealt with hardships, by embracing failure and doing what’s necessary to change.
After a few more years of working and saving, Kai finally brought his family over to the United States.
This is a real story about a great man, not a fairy tale. It was filled with hardship but Kai was able to navigate through with persistence and optimism. For now, he is happy he was able to bring his family over, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything!” He cites that family is his motivation for hardwork and the reason for why he is who he is. “I still remember what my dad told me when I was little ‘no matter what you do, do your best!’Even when I was a toilet boy, I took my job seriously.
After a while, the casino manager promoted me to become a bar tender. I always believe everything happens for a reason. As long as I have faith and keep doing my best, life will turn around eventually!” After listening to Kai’s story, I couldn’t help but wonder – what


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