We had the good fortune of connecting with Demetri Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demetri, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was pursuing a multitude of mentors. To name a few that have personally impacted my life: my grandfather – Jesse Morris, my mother – Sherri Morris, the brother I never knew I needed until I met him – Jon Ross, my father – Gregory, Kyle Frazier, Bill Shaw, Dillon Morgan, Lucas Cortazio, Pat Nelson, Mike Brown, Trey Cockrum, Jeff Kinsey, Ed Bohlke, and Bobby Clinkert.
I believe that everyone has or has had blind spots and limiting beliefs. Oftentimes these decisions and perceptions about ourselves are what lead to our greatest stagnancy, frustration, and a lot of times… doubt. I believe there’s something incredibly invaluable about having a psychologically safe and trusted advocate in your life that not only understands your story and your vision but more importantly your heart. The moments where I almost folded on the dreams God put inside of me was when the individuals that know exactly who they are were there to encourage, remind, and help push me to be the best version of myself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
More about my businesses:
Morr Creative is a forward-thinking creative marketing agency that helps brands solve their marketing problems and dominate online.
We’ve worked with national brands, helped people launch their startups/coaching businesses, and have been apart of bringing countless big ideas to life.
How did you get to where you are today business-wise?
I grew up in a nondenominational church and as a result, I was exposed to a lot of opportunities to get involved. One of the opportunities was leading on a nonprofit of all high-school students from my church at the early age of 15 – this experience involved setting up benefit concerts, fundraisers, getting interviewed for Kid of The Week on WGN Radio, and ultimately raising efforts and money to help end world hunger. The other experience through the church was running social media accounts and developing content strategies for the youth ministry. This is where my creative muscles started coming to life. And lastly, through being a volunteer creative director and building out content strategies through a global music ministry, Community Music, known for the song “Make Room”. As you can see, the church played a big role in my life, and I’m always going to be forever grateful for the leaders that planted seeds in my heart to dream big.
The collective experience of having many great mentors, while leading in the church, attempting app startups, getting involved on my college campus through business clubs (Enactus and Marketing Club), and starting many side hustles — I can truly say that the way I got to where I’m at business-wise was by saying “yes” and figuring it out later which oftentimes included a lot of studying/absorbing content on YouTube. So shoutout to YouTube for being there.
The lessons that I’ve learned along the way have been instrumental in my perception of how I view myself, my projects, my life, and my walk with the Lord.
The first lesson that sticks out was as I was walking on Hollywood Blvd with Dillon Morgan, Co-Founder & CEO of the app called UNUM was this simple phrase: “Don’t let your highs be too high, and don’t let your lows be too low”. This lesson has stuck with me since that moment. Oftentimes, life can be hard and life can also be pretty awesome. In all things, remain steadfast.
It lines up straight with a verse out of 1 Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
To be steadfast and immovable is being spiritually grounded. A steadfast person knows what he believes and can’t be tossed around by the waves of life.
What else should folks know about you and your brand and story?
I’m a man after God’s own heart. I’m passionate about helping people unleash their full potential and my vehicle to do that is through business and by bringing my faith to the marketplace. I see my mission while I’m here on this Earth to foster an abundance mindset for those around me and create out of excellence to bring people closer to Jesus.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My itinerary is going to pretty simple!
We’re waking up for a solid two-mile run along Venice Beach right when the sun starts to come up, heading over to grab a breakfast burrito from El Tarasco on Washington Blvd, then for lunch, we’re going to Greenleaf on Abbott Kinney and grabbing a Pesto Chicken Pannini sandwich with sweet potato fries and ranch (amen to that), then for the afternoon we’re going down Fairfax Ave to shop, and then for dinner, we’re going to Perch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jesse Morris – My Grandfather
Jon Ross – Emmy Nominated Producer