We had the good fortune of connecting with Diondre Mompoint and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diondre, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from sunny South Florida, more specifically, Miami, Florida. I grew up in a Caribbean household with my father being Haitian and my mother Bahamian. My upbringing was good considering how hard my parents worked. I am the youngest of my two siblings and some would say a miracle baby. As I grew up, my parents practiced discipline and teaching respect. I picked up on the importance of education, striving for greatness and always having a better life than they did. My parents would typically say the same phrases over and over to me. It is up until now I understand exactly where they were coming from. Their parenting has helped me always yearn for knowledge and beg my inner self for success. I could always remember my dad talking about success (he would say it with an accent) and my mom always mentioning the importance of going to school. Because of them, I did just that. Today, I can proudly say that I am a father, family man, philosopher, scientist and author.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am currently the Founder & Chief Editor for a blog called, “Origins Weekly” and author of my debut book, “A Paradoxical Life: Where Did We Come From?”. The highlights of my work revolve around scientific inquiry and academia. My goals are to expand the minds of free-thinkers like myself and promote positive learning in higher education. As of now, I am most proud of the release of my first book as an independent author. To accomplish this, it took long hours of research outside of my day job and consistency. There were days when I felt like giving up or completely neglecting the idea of publishing my own book. What I learned along the way is that you are your greatest fan. In order for me to continue writing, I had to boost myself up and have self reflections. Sure I had family and friends that would support my creative, but at the end of the day it was up to me to execute what I wanted. I would love for the world to know the power of staying positive and vibrating at a high frequency while keeping your doubts lower.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone that knows me knows that I have a love for hot wings. The first place we would have to go is Flannagans. It’s a spot known for their chicken wings and baby back ribs. At night we could go and watch a movie at my favorite cinema called, “Silverspot” in Coconut Creek; it is the best dine-in movie theater. On the other days I would recommend going to Wynwood and getting into a place called, Shots(many memories there). I would keep all the places I mentioned in rotation for the whole week and I don’t think my friend would be tired of it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
From selling vintage T-shirts, door-to-door car washes in the neighborhood, selling Pokemon cards and now a being fully published author, I would like to personally credit my family for believing in some of the wildest ideas that I ever brought to them. I dedicate this to Daphney, Prescola, Fred, Brandon, Letitia, Emma, Lisa, and Roman.