We had the good fortune of connecting with Donterio Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donterio, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
We all measure success in many different ways based on our own worldly view. As far as the success of my brand, the purpose of the brand is much larger than me. I want my brand to help evolve how people within society perceive and understand their own mental health. Mental health affects us all. We have to be intentional about our mental health from day-to-day and feed our minds with things that are conducive. If we’re not intentional, it could lead into poor habits.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It was a personal leap of faith that caused the manifestation of my brand. Honestly, no matter the number of times that I rack my brain I cannot recall the one thing that finally pushed me enough outside of my comfort zone to make it happen. But I have not one regret throughout the process of building my own brand and deciding how I wanted to impact the mental health realm. It has not been necessarily the easiest process when it comes to navigating the waters of building a brand with intent and purpose. This is not to say that it all has not been worth it. As I continue to expand and build my brand, it also forces me to engage in ongoing self-evaluation and develop myself as well. One thing that I have learned is to be your own measure of success and you can never fail.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Macon is a forever growing city and the downtown area has become a place with a variety of options from dining to night life to relaxation.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to all of the other fellow mental health advocates. Creating change takes a collective approach.
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