LeBron James has always been open about his upbringing . In a recet interview with GQ magazine, LeBron opens up about his father being M.I.A in his life -- and in a strange way he appreciates not having him in his life.

This is what he shared:

Like, 'Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.' The fuel that I use – you not being there – it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And to be able to put my guys that’s with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend – he’s my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know? Because of you Pops! Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself.

These words from LeBron arfe exactly how I feel. I grew up without my father in my life, and I have always used that fuel to push me to be better, go further and be great. Although I'm not where I want to be right now, I know because my father wasn't in my life, I am the women I am today.

What are your thoughts?