As you may remember a couple of weeks ago I finished up the ambitious man series where I interviewed a selection of ambitious men and asked them about the impact it had on their relationships etc (read recap here). I’ve decided to continue this series as a way to show appreciation to some of the good men in our society. The main requirement to be featured in this series is that you must be male and ambitious! If you want to be featured then drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through my Twitter or Facebook !
Today I’m excited to share Devon’s contribution to this series. I’ve been inspired from his post and I hope you will be too. Make sure you check out his awesome blog; Cold Knowledge! But readers beware “you’ll either feel him, or you won’t” ! Ha. Enjoy!
Tell us a random fact about yourself. | I was actually born to a military man, in a military hospital, on a military holiday (Veteran’s Day), with my first two initials of my name, (DC) being related to the capital of the United States, where my hospital was located. And then 23 years later I joined the military and in 2013 I officially became a veteran. So needless to say that a large portion of my being is connected somehow to the military.
What is your current occupation? | Right now I currently work for Verizon Business monitoring the network, making it sure it stays up and running basically. I’m that awesome thin line between customers calling to yell at you and them not calling to yell at you basically lol.
Would you class yourself as an ambitious man? | I would to a lesser degree. I agree with the concept of being an ambitious man, but I don’t have the unhealthy obsessions that go along with it. Apart of being an ambitious man, to me, is that you have to learn how to sacrifice to obtain your goals. After doing that for years I’m starting to learn how to work productively. At the very root of it all, I’m always going to be use to working my butt off in anything that I do. Leaving it all out there with no room to question anything is my style, and whenever I set my goals on, I usually achieve because it’s what I really want to do. So do I consider myself an ambitious man? Yes I do, but now it’s like a refined kind of ambition where I’m working smarter, not harder.
Have you always been ambitious? If not what was the turning point for you? | For me ambition was something that was deeply rooted in me by my mother before I could learn to walk. If there was ever a lesson that was taught to me that I had to single out as a defining moment in my life was when I was told at a very young age that no one is going to care about me outside of my family and my race, so I figured I wanted to do things that most black people weren’t doing from my hometown. So I decided to do the opposite from what everyone else was doing and work hard at achieving the one goal in my life that I feel that I didn’t really have and that’s a family of my own, together. So me being ambitious has always been there from birth, because without it, I wouldn’t be me.
What is your biggest achievement to date? | My biggest achievement to date has to be going to Iraq and coming back home in one piece physically. There are few things in life that define us or change us completely for the better. For me going over there woke up the part of me that was hiding behind a wall of complacency and mediocrity. Once I realized what the ultimate goal was for my life, I realized that my self worth wasn’t where I needed it to be. Iraq basically gave me the swift kick in the behind to get me back to being outgoing, fearless and excited about my future once again.
What is your long term vision for yourself? | This will sound funny, but it’s to be a family man. I had a family growing up but it wasn’t the best of situations at times. I had all the love in the world, but the whole moving around all of the time and having marginal to work with for my brothers and I wasn’t too grand of a thing. I want to be the best father and husband I can be while providing for them in the most stable position that I can provide. That’s the personal vision for myself, career wise I want to be able to run my blog full time while helping others through various posts and other ideas I have yet to announce. I want to actually have a hands on approach and not one where I’m just floundering away behind some desk.
What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? | At the current moment it’s time. I take a lot of it away from other aspects of my life so that I can achieve greater success down the road. I don’t hang with friends or family that much because I’m always doing something or making plans to do something related to my vision for my blog. I think that time will always be the most important thing a person has, that’s why I’m always trying to quantify it and make the best out of every second. Sooner or later everything will fall into place and I can do so much more than what I’m not doing right now in terms of fun and family, but right now, time is of the essence and I don’t really have that much to give to anyone beyond myself.
What advice can you give to other young men that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? | You have to gut check yourself if you really want it. The biggest thing for me when I decided to make my blog into something bigger than what it is was the fact that I just did it without any hesitation. Too often than not most problems you face will arise from a lack of confidence or your mind telling you that it’s too dangerous to do. If you manage to get that little voice in your head to shut up and stop telling you that everything that you either don’t know or never done is dangerous, then you will become one bad man. Don’t listen to the people that tell you no, that tell you your dreams are trivial, or they just simply try to bring you down to their level. At the end of the day, if you believe in something wholeheartedly and you are willing to bust your behind to get it, then nothing in this world will have the power to stop you.
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