We had the good fortune of connecting with Din Jenkins Sr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Din, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
As with any new venture, there are many moments of discomfort and self doubt. During this roller coaster ride of launching Supply The Why™, I have often asked myself if I bit off more than I could chew? Am I ready to put myself out there to be questioned, criticized and scrutinized? Am I the right person to carry the burden of facilitating difficult conversations? Etc etc…
Then one day I had a moment of clarity. I realized that yes I probably did bite off more than I could chew but it was ok… because I have an insatiable appetite for wanting to bring people together. I realized that I am ready to put myself out there… because as a police officer with 17 years in the profession I am already out there being questioned, criticized and scrutinized. I realized that I am the right person to carry the burden of facilitating difficult conversations because of my experiences as a police officer, crisis negotiator, defensive tactics instructor, poor student turned National Criminal Justice Honor Society member, father, son, husband, coach and much more… all while being a man who happens to be black!
So for the reasons mentioned above and more I really never had the option of giving up. I have been pushing against the tide for so long that I really do not know any other way to live. I must keep going because quite frankly society needs what we provide at Supply The Why more now than ever before. Society needs conversations about polarizing subjects that are based upon facts and logic but are equally rooted in respect and a genuine desire to seek to understand one another.
Once this all became clear to me I knew that giving up was never a real thought in my head. It was simply my mind’s way of adjusting to the discomfort that always comes when we leave our comfort zones in order to become better versions of ourselves. I want to thank everyone who has ever believed in me and everyone who did not. One way or another you have been part of the journey that has led to the creation of Supply The Why and we plan on doing our part to improve the process of families, friends, neighbors and colleagues understanding one another for a long time to come!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Supply The Why is different from any other organization that I have ever come across because of our commitment to renewing people’s faith in having difficult conversations. We make it a point to slow things down in order to dig deeply into the root of a given issue. We focus on facts, logic and emotional intelligence as opposed to feelings and opinions. That is an extremely challenging thing to do for human beings but are number of followers and clients continue to grow steadily so we must be onto something. During this journey we have learned to stay true to our mission and to believe in what we do with all of our hearts.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a pretty simple man. My favorite spot to visit is Portsmouth NH. It is a small city that is a little over an hour away that has fantastic food and is situated on the ocean. One could easily spend a week eating and drinking their way throughout Portsmouth!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to send a shoutout to my parents Calvin (deceased) and Patricia Jenkins. My wife and Head of Operations at Supply The Why, Heidi. Our 3 beautiful children Caci, DJ and Dylan. My brother Kalon. All of my extended family and friends. Much love to all of our supporters and followers because without you, there is no us!
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