Have you ever hoped for your dreams to come true or wished that you were luckier in life?
Well, if you want to succeed, then you must eliminate the words “hope,” “luck,” and “wish” from your vocabulary. That’s the message from JT McCormick whose inspiring story will convince you to follow his sage advice.
JT was born the mixed-race son of a drug-dealing pimp father and a struggling single mother. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio. He suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree. No one expected him to succeed.
Against all odds, JT overcame racism, poverty and abuse to achieve the American Dream becoming a very successful businessman leading multimillion-dollar companies.
[03:02] JT’s story
[08:14] Overcoming the odds
[16:35] Being grateful
[20:04] Refuse to use the word fail
[23:59] Don’t let shame get in your way
[32:24] Belief forces execution
“We all make mistakes in life and in business. The goal is to learn, grow and not repeat those mistakes.” – JT McCormick
“Refuse to use the word fail. You only fail if you stop trying.” – JT McCormick
“Don’t focus on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths. If you double-down on your strengths, you can be impeccable. ” – JT McCormick
“Ask yourself who do you want to be going forward from here?” – JT McCormick
“You can’t expect someone to love or believe in you if you don’t love and believe in yourself.” – JT McCormick
JT McCormick now serves as the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps you write, publish and market your book. The company has worked with more than 1,600 authors and Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Scribe as having the #1 Top Company Culture in America.
Previously, JT served as the President of Headspring Software, which he helped grow to a multi-million dollar, 100-plus person company that was repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to work in all of Texas.
JT is also the author of I Got There: How a Mixed-Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream. His book tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting with his career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple companies.
In addition to his role at Scribe Media, JT has mentored at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth in low economic communities. JT’s work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc, and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace.