We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamole Callahan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamole, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The single most important decision I made, was to lean into my natural talents, find a mentor to nurture those talents and build a business and movement using those talents to make an impact. This process is not easy. I say this in the present tense because I am always evolving. That is the last component of my success, be willing to consistently evolve and build upon what you already have naturally.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is a reflection of my experience in foster care. I am a motivational speaker, foster care trainer, foster care legislative advocate, host of the podcasts Mornings with Mr. Motivator and The Daily Jam. After enduring six years in foster care and nine homes I finally arrived in a home that invested in my future. My foster father invested in my mind by instilling in me theNapoleon Hill quote “Recognize no such word as impossible”. With that influence, I accomplished what once seemed impossible. I attended college, became a husband and father, and started speaking up about being a self-advocate as a foster youth. The circumstances that led me into foster care should have written my story to end up poor, homeless, a rolling stone like my father, or on drugs like my mother. But first, someone spoke up for me and that led me to speak up for others and educate them on how to speak life into themselves by what they think, say, and do. I have spoken about foster care, hosted events, designed and orchestrated foster care parent training, and advocated and assisted in the creation of the Foster Youth Initiative. My voice is my power, my business is to speak life and power into people and actions that will move us forward.
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.
Without Covid-19 as a factor we would likely hit a bar one day, a unique Groupon experience another day, and then rotate between grilling at my house and finding good or fun trouble to get into. I love to entertain people at my house whether that is a cookout or a game night. My four children are also a full-on comedy show so it makes it easy to have guests over and enjoy themselves. Because Covid is a factor we would likely pick up or cook some food and still have game nights, catch up on some Netflix and Hulu, and maybe build a ‘fort’ out of my couch cushions to hide from our families. I’m kidding! Our spouses would with us.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my Mentor Michael Sanders, friends Adrian McLemore, Sean Patterson, Anthony Vaughn. My Family. A special shoutout to Charlotte Osterman.