What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Most successful business leaders will tell you that it is not the path of least resistance – hard work breeds success. As a company and industry leader, Leo Direct does not search for a detailed resume or an experienced salesperson, we look for grit. We look for the people who won’t walk away after a tough day; we look for the people who understand discipline and embrace gratitude. Damon Gray is a direct result of this recruitment tactic and the ways in which we identify strong entrepreneurs through personality traits. This budding entrepreneur has only just begun his career in the industry, but he is a shining example of the ways in which hard work rise above experience.
Damon Gray on Gratitude
“I was born in Lexington, Kentucky at the University of Kentucky Hospital. When I think about my childhood, I feel fortunate. I did not come from a full home, and there were struggles occasionally, but I was fortunate. Fortunate to have good family to teach and care for my twin brother and I while our mom was finishing college, and fortunate to have a fresh start with my own life instead of inheriting the toxic traits from those around me. I have memories of being in a two-bedroom apartment with my mom and my brother dancing in our kitchen. When I think back to that moment, I feel happy and thankful for my mother. One life experience that shaped me was seeing family members being incarcerated, Knowing that I could not accomplish anything in jail or prison set me straight at a young age. I am grateful that I was able to see these things around me, and grow from them, rising to success.”
Damon Gray on Passion and Discipline
“Most of the childhood experiences that I feel shaped me have to do with being on a sports team. Those experiences were the most influential because they instilled great values in me like hard work and discipline. Football was my first love. I played football from the age of 7 until I was 22 when I graduated college. I also played basketball all of my life. Playing sports helped develop me in many ways, mainly my discipline and work ethic, but also in a lot of other ways. Playing sports put me on a path that allowed me to earn an education. Playing sports allowed me to see and do a lot more around the country through travel. My childhood dream job was going to the NFL. I went to Georgetown College, a small private college based in my hometown. I attended college for 5 years, because I chose to redshirt my freshman football year. I majored Business with an emphasis in Finance. My greatest qualities are my hard work ethic and discipline. My greatest asset is my willingness to do what others won’t.”
Damon Gray on Leo Direct Inc.
“I owe a lot to this company. Immediately, I noticed that I was surrounded by people who were motivated and committed to their own self-development. I would describe our culture as being like a sports team. We all have the same goal for success. We all have built relationships with other teammates. We all expect each other to perform when it’s time and are willing to tell others when they are not doing the right things. So far, my best memory with the company would have to be traveling to Atlanta for a regional sales conference. It gave me the time to spend time with the people I work with and travel. It also gave me the motivation I needed to buy in 100% to this process. This company has helped me with my career development by giving me a path to success that only requires hard work and good decision making.”
Damon Gray on Challenges and Rewards
“The most challenging and rewarding thing in my work is teaching and developing other people. I have gained enough money to live an independent lifestyle. I have also gained friends and knowledge I plan to keep forever. The proudest moment in life so far has been graduating college. My proudest moment with the business so far is building a strong team. If you work hard for something, it will come.”
Damon Gray on the Past and the Future
“If I could go back and talk to my younger self, I would tell myself to figure out what I really want to become and buy in 100%. I define success as reaching your goals. If you do not reach your goals, but you still have enthusiasm, I consider that a kind of success, as well. The business advice I would give to those hoping to start a career would be to be realistic about what you want to accomplish and what is required to reach that goal. It is also important to remember your “why” and what it is that pushes you. Being my family’s success story and making them proud motivates me every morning. In 5 years, I see myself running a very successful company and starting a family.”
Damon Gray is an entrepreneur on the Leo Direct Inc. team, which he joined in August of 2019. As an Account Manager, he conducts business with clients, leads teams within the office, and has a major hand in the growth and development of the company as a whole.