Estimated reading time: 11 minute(s)
Originally published 1.3.10
(Blogger’s Note: Keith J. Davis Jr. is a 19-year-old entrepreneur, speaker, author, and model based in Houston, Texas)
Jesse Muhammad: You went non-stop in 2009. Graduated from high school, entered college, speaking engagements, released a book and more. How did you feel about this past year in terms of setting goals and meeting them?
Keith J. Davis Jr.: This has definitely been a good year as a whole, but in terms of goal setting, I feel this year has been a year of preparation and planning. It reminds me of the old game tee-ball, because Iâ€™m setting everything in position to knock it out the park in this year to come.
Iâ€™m working on a solid game, mastering my craft, and equipping myself with all the tools necessary to succeed and take my business to the next level.
JM: What has been the response to your book “Young? So What!”? Why should young people even pick it up?
KD: Over the past year, Iâ€™ve had an outstanding response to the book Young? So What! Selling 2,000 copies and now on to the second reprint, I feel truly blessed and excited. My goal is to expose Young? So What! to every aspiring entrepreneur and even those who donâ€™t have a clue what they want to pursue in life.
And for those who have invested in their own copy, from their response, Iâ€™ve heard everything from â€œgreat book, it has really inspired me to start my own business,â€ to â€œafter reading Young? So What! I have a better understanding of what I want to do with my life, because before I was really unsure.â€ And itâ€™s response like that, why I tell young people to read the book, not because itâ€™s my book, but because it will challenge you as well as open your mind.
JM: You’re enrolled at the University of Houston. How was your first semester? How does college life compare with your days at Cy-Springs High School?
KD: Ugh (smile) college in its self, has been a challenge. Academically itâ€™s definitely a step above high school and you quickly find out if work is not put in the equation, great results arenâ€™t coming out. And so this semester, I didnâ€™t do as well as I would have liked, but I have it in my mind that next semester, â€œI got to get on my grind!â€ And not that Iâ€™m making excuses, but another challenge I faced this semester was trying to balance both education and business. Wanting to be involved in my career and also knowing the importance of continued education; keeping the two together was difficult at times.
JM: You’re not even 20-years old and you got your game face on. I see you as one to watch in 2010. Tell us what we have to look forward to from you in the New Year.
KD: Year 2010, I truly believe is going to be a blessed year! I have a couple of things in the pipe as of now and my goal is to continue to stuff it. In January I start taking class to get my real estate license. Iâ€™ll be interning under Danny Nguyen, commercial real estate broker, to learn as much as I can; I understand itâ€™s a cut- throat industry but if in the right position, at the right time, it can lead to great opportunities!
Also in January I plan on performing a live recording of a 45 minute talk entitled â€œThe Opportunity is Now!â€ As well as increased speaking engagements, continued book promotions, and to top it off, I plan to start recording what will be a one-year documentary. The documentary will basically be a testament of the great things that can be accomplished with the right mindset, a solid game plan, and a relentless work ethic in a yearâ€™s timeâ€¦ also including speaking engagements, events, motivational messages, and more.
Thank you Brother Jesse for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be a part of your network and for all the continued support and guidance you have shown me over the years.
JM: I am proud of you young brother and I am happy to be a part of your extended family. Much success to you, your dad Mr. D-Mars and the family!
(To keep your eye on Keith J. Davis Jr. in 2010, visit his website at: www.keithjdavisjr.com)