We had the good fortune of connecting with Derrick Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Derrick, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I genuinely believe that every “life-changing” decision (i.e., starting a business, getting married, starting a family, career goals, etc.) presents its own set of risks in life. I learned a long time ago to view risk through the lenses of three bible verses: Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, and Matthew 19:26. In fact, these three bible verses readily positioned me to mitigate the traditional entrepreneurial thoughts and emotions that could impede progress such as fear, anxiety, stress or simply doubting your capabilities of achieving the dream.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Realizing that service was in my DNA, my first professional career was in the United States Navy. For 22 years, the U.S. Navy gave me the opportunity to see the world, at least three fourths of the globe. I discovered that your vision and mission must have the capacity and capabilities to meet people and their cultures where they are. After 22 years of honorable military service, I retired from the Navy and transitioned into corporate America. During my 10-year tenure in corporate America, I learned how goods, products and services assisted in the shaping of your brand and noticed that customer service is the keystone of a company’s brand. I learned, as a State Legislator, public policy shapes the industries and workplace, and every small business owner should keep up with federal and state laws, especially in the industry that could influence their business environment.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh wow! That’s a tough one! Atlanta is filled with such vibrancy! My wife and I are foodies and love eating at a number of restaurants. I’d have to say a few must-visits are Breakfast at Barney’s, Apt 4 B and The Optimist. For a bit of history, Busy B’s is the place for soul food. A few of our favorite hangouts are Bellyard (Velvet Taco and Cathy’s Cookies), Ponce City Market and Atlantic Station. We really love exploring the Atlanta Beltline (be sure to check out Jake’s Ice Cream!). The restaurants, the diversity of people, entertainment and art never disappoint! There are so many things to do that are very economical such as a picnic in Piedmont Park to expensive experiences such as visiting the Sundial restaurant. The overall Atlanta experience will have any visitor longing to return. The diversity of this city and the things to do offers something for everyone!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have too many supporters and mentors throughout my life’s journey to mention all by name. However, I will be remiss if I didn’t highlight the two sources of my success. The Word of God is my daily source of encouragement and my late beloved mother was my inspiration, from the beginning, to be a beacon of excellence in whatever I did and do in life. She would first advocate for me to always keep God first! Secondly, get a good education. Lastly, respect myself and others because respect goes a long way in life.

Website: derrickjackson.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derrickjackson/

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/derrick-jackson-abd-522a287

Twitter: @Vote4_Jackson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derrickjackson04

Image Credits
Aric Thompson Photography aricthompson.com

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