TheBlackManCan is making its way back to Atlanta to bring you another EXTRAordinary Black Man. We bring to you a Black Man who uses the truth of his life to teach and encourage others. We proudly present businessman, success coach, author and motivational speaker Demond Coleman. Demond Coleman sits down with TheBlackManCan to discuss his motivation, his childhood, network marketing and advice for Black Boys.
TheBlackManCan: Demond, tell us about your childhood and how it plays a role in you being the man you are today?
DC: My childhood was full of adventure and adversity. I took a lot of risks as a child, growing up in a very underprivileged household I saw the value in working hard which gave me an incredible work ethic, which actually prepared me to be the risk taking entrepreneur that I am today.
TheBlackManCan: What inspired you and kept you motivated?
DC: I was inspired by seeing my dad beat his cocaine habit when I was thirteen and then watching him progress very quickly in the Real Estate industry as a multi million dollar producer. My motivation is my wife and five children, seeing the fruits of my labor, and the gratification of helping others achieve their dreams and goals.
TheBlackManCan: If you had to pick one book that every one young man should read, what would it be and why?
DC: One of my strongest recommendations would be, Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill. This book gives real life examples of extremely successful men that have become millionaires and billionaires. This book exposes the philosophies and principles one must possess in order to obtain wealth. I believe personal development is the key to all who are looking to be significant.
TheBlackManCan: Tell us about your success with Ardyss International and Organo Gold. What skills allowed you to become a successful businessman?
DC: Ardyss International was an unexpected opportunity that presented itself at a time when I needed it the most. It was my introduction to network marketing where I found it possible to become apart of the top 3% of income earners in the United States all within two years of being released from prison. Organo Gold is the current network marketing company that I am working with. Although I was introduced to both businesses by way of a stranger they have been the most lucrative opportunities of my life. With the skills that I’ve learned, the failures from past childhood experiences, and small business ventures as a young man I feel that I’ve found the industry where I can maximize my full potential in sales and marketing.
TheBlackManCan: I believe many people have various opinions on network marketing. What is your opinion on network marketing and how did you make it work for you?
DC: My opinion is that it’s the most forgiving business that one can become apart of because despite of past failures or success, educational background, or even your lack of education, when you get involved with the right company at the right time you have the opportunity to achieve your dreams and goals in a short amount of time. One of the advantages that I’ve had in network marketing was that when I started with my first company, I didn’t even know what network marketing was, I simply got started and went to work with an expectation to win.
TheBlackManCan: What ignited the spark for you to write My American Dream: Kinloch Raised Me? What is the meaning behind the title?
DC: Knowing that very few people from my neighborhood have been able to reach the level of success that I’ve reached. I believe that there is a Kinloch in every city in America. My desire is to inspire all who have experienced some sort of adversity in hopes that they will feel empowered not to give up on themselves or make excuses as to why they can’t achieve their dreams and goals. Kinloch – the neighborhood that I grew up in was drug infested, violent, and poor but it started off as a very flourishing African American community that was overtaken by drugs. So many young black men grew up in the likes of this environment, so Kinloch not only raised me, but so many other young black men and their various inner cities where we developed the ideology that we could obtain the American dream of freedom and choices through the trade of selling drugs.
TheBlackManCan: How do you balance time between work and family? What steps do men need to take to create a great work/life balance?
DC: My philosophy on balancing work and family is that when you’re balanced you’re not focused and when you’re focused you’re not balanced. I believe that short term sacrifices with intense focus and hard work can compress the time frame of how long it will take to accomplish a goal. Short term sacrifices which are typically in 90 day increments for me, generally creates the income that I need to spend quality time with family and friends.
TheBlackManCan: What words of advice do you have for young black men of today?
DC: Pick a champion and find someone that you can model after up close or from afar that is achieving the level of success you aspire to have. Duplicate all of the things that this champion is doing right, practice humility, work hard, and expect to win.