Photo Credit: James Farrell

Philadelphian Miles Chamley-Watson, 23, made history on Friday, August 9, 2013 winning the gold at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary. He’s the first man from the U.S. to win a Senior World Fencing Championship title.

He won the men’s foil gold securing the title in a match with Russia’s Artur Akhmatkhuzin – final score: 15-6.

How do you set goals and evaluate your success?
I always set my goals as high as possible, because I know that if I put my mind to it. I can achieve everything.

Name your favorite role models for success in two industries.
David Beckam, He has made a name for himself through soccer and fashion.
Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, He has made a name for himself, through music, vodka and fashion.

Names three books that changed how you saw life that you would recommend to others.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Water for Elephants

Describe the voice of success that you hear in your head.
I always make sure to tell myself that in order to succeed you need to understand that your desire to succeed in life should always out way your fear of failure.

How do music and cultural events define your self-identity?
Music plays a huge role in my life. I wake up everyday to music, it changes my mood. I can always find happiness in music.

Define your personal culture.
Never following in anyone’s footsteps, always being a leader, never changing my personality because of the people around me. I have always been true to myself, I never cared about what other people were doing, only me.

Describe your favorite vacation spot.
My favorite vacation spot would have to be Miami and Jamaica.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?
No racism. I am a prime example of how both black and white can be used to shine positive light on others.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
Permanently have blonde hair.

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