Damon's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Canada Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

DAMON DASH

Hip-Hop Mogul
Roc-A-Fella Records

“Don't expect anyone to give you anything. If you really believe in something, then fight for it...Don't let anybody tell you anything different.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Experience Fear Goals Hard Work Money & Financial Security Perseverance Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

appreciation, attitude, belief, believe in something, childhood, death, fearless, good intentions, growing up, Harlem, karma, life is a test, school, security, tragedy, work ethic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was primed to be a businessman from a young age, when he’d always introduce himself as “Damon Dash.”
  • Says his fellow high school students would’ve voted him “Least Likely to Succeed,” but he always knew he would be rich.
  • Never wanted a boss, never wanted to work for anyone but himself.
  • Always equated money with success because in Harlem, where he grew up, you needed money to get respect.
  • Lost his mother at age 15, but says that pain and loss of a safety net made him become fearless.
  • Still doesn’t feel successful, because now he constantly meets people he considers much more successful than he is.
  • Says “school is great,” but also preaches the value of experience: “If you know what you want to do, you have to go live it.”
  • Believes in karma; says always be honest, always have a good intent, and never expect anyone to hand anything to you.

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