We had the good fortune of connecting with David Solomon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Being willing to bet it all on a dream that only you can see is the only road to becoming who you are destined to be. I noticed in my life that I was a slave to the idea of what if I fail and make a fool of myself in front of people who have watched me struggle for so long. Would I come back asking for help? Would I simply be laughed at? would I ever be able to bounce back. Needless to say over the years I became the proverbial King of risk taking and it feels amazing to finally have the emotional freedom to go for it. This new mindset that I have cultivated has lead me to my life’s greatest accomplishments to date.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My current company is called ProgressJunkies, LLC it is a Coaching resource for both leaders and Business owners who may find themselves in need of guidance.What separates my company from others is my ability to mix my Marine Corps training College academics and physical discipline into my coaching techniques without being to intense. When I first started progressjunkies it was to simply help a few people but I realized that what I was doing was actually changing lives on a broader scale. Until eventually people on the international level started to want my coaching expertise and so as fate would have the company started to grow. During the building of my brand and company it was a difficult journey. Car repossessions, divorce, homelessness, Jail, arrest warrants for missed court dates, Not to mention countless layoffs and false starts the path is hard make no mistake about it.
The only reason I feel I was able to get to this point is by remembering that my children needs their dad to win in order to set them free. Free from financial chains, poverty, self abuse through addiction, and domestic violence. I mean embracing the fact that it was all on me was the key to staying in the fight at my darkest moments.
What I learned along this journey was that the next step was alway the key to winning the day of turmoil. Taking the next move forward crawling, skipping, leaping, or running whatever it was but making progress had to be the goal. I learned that having that mindset can push you through the darkest of times and into the light of your next level but you have to be addicted to progress hence my companies name PROGRESSJUNKIES.
I want the world to know that progress is truly the key to happiness regardless of how much progress you make as long as you make it a daily thing you can win in this game called life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First thing I’d is take them to see Piedmont Park, then after that we would go to the Aquarium, Than we would go eat out at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In all honesty my life has been littered with random acts of love and assistance from people that have helped me along this journey called life. T I am grateful for you all believing in my life’s mission to change lives and set people free from the chains of poverty and self neglect. However, if I had to pick a few people I would have to start with my best friend Donald Wallace who has been in my corner for over 30yrs and has always kept me grounded as well as accountable. My friend Dale who through all his physical struggles and trials found a way to stay not only afloat but thrive in his desire to keep a good heart towards people. My brother Torey who has always encouraged me to go after my gifts and talents without regret and to never forget where I came from. Both my friends Atoi and Harold who practically fed and housed me as a young man when I went through my struggle with homelessness in High School. My brother Mr. Boswell who has known and supported my gifting to Coach and mentor others even when we were kids together his words of love and encouragement has helped me and to this day still keeps me going.