We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Dominique Dodson. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Dominique below.
Dominique, appreciate you joining us today. Let’s kick things off with your mission – what is it and what’s the story behind why it’s your mission?
The story behind my mission is to reached divine peace and financial freedom for the rest of my family lineage. No one in my family is considered wealthy and my mom is the first person in the family to have a business that is thriving. I want to expand on that and give my family something we can have to pass down. I am the first in my family to graduate and pursue their dreams at my age. Most of family had kids around this time, so they had to put their lives on the back burner to build their kids and give them stability. That’s one of the reasons my mom didn’t get to start her business til her 30s. I want to be the transcender in my family. In order for me to do that I have to stay the course and fulfill all the promises I made to myself.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
A little bit about me, i am a young black woman who recently graduated with her bachelors of science degree and moving on to get my paralegal certification, so I can start practice litigation work. I’ve wanted to be on the legal side since I was a young girl and that had remained true to my adult years. I also love to model, take pictures and be a brand ambassador for companies. What sets me apart from others is my willingness and my drive. I am a self motivator, even through hard times I can still push through because no obstacle is going to stop me from reaching my goal. I am most proud of the way I think through every step of my life. No decision is irrationally made and it’s going to get down with all of my might.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
A lesson I had to unlearn is trying to get everyone around me to understand and push them to where I’m trying to go. Realizing that everyone’s journey and thought process is different. We are all meant to walk our own path and that may look different from person to person. I came to this realization when I asked that question to my grandmother of why are people fighting against what I’m trying to do or in the opposing side and she told me because they don’t necessarily understand what I’m trying to do and how I’m trying to do it. Some people are envious of the way you think and how your able to do certain things. That causes friction and discourse. That’s when I realized it’s ok to do my own thing and let people do theirs. No need to try and convince someone who don’t even have the willingness to understand.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
The journey of resilience for me started when I was in college and I had to work to pay off my bills. I’m was a full time college student who had about 5-6 classes a semester and was working at ups worldport in Louisville, Ky. I was in the metro college program where they would help you pay for college as long as you worked 3rd shift at ups. 3rd shift hours were from 11:30pm to 4 am, atleast that what I thought I was signing up for. It turned out the time they portrayed was very skewed because some nights I wouldn’t get in til 6 am. Imagine still having to go to class all day then work over night in that repeated schedule with no space for anything else. A lot of people are not able to do it so they quit, but I needed the money and the help for the school, so I got on a schedule, put my head down, and did what was necessary. It was not an easy task at all but it worked out for the time being.
- Instagram: D__renae
- Facebook: Dominique Dodson
- Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/dominiquedodson421