We had the good fortune of connecting with Dōmo Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dōmo, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Experience!! This is my personal journey. For me, it’s hard to “promote” something you have no knowledge of. I don’t see it as profit because this is my daily life I personally have dealt with, so I feel as though more people will relate to journeys and experiences rather than just a product with no meaning or substance behind it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Yeah, so let’s start with the Author role…I’m a Self Published Author of an autobiography and a self help book. It was actually during the Pandemic when they were published, so I used my “stuck in the house and I’m in the house bored” to use lol Let me tell y’all, I didn’t even want to write a book! Before my grandpa passed, he told me people needed to hear my story. But I sho didn’t think it was that important for it to be in a book! Now eight years later, I finally listened! I mean, it’s a book about me right? So why’d it take me so long? It should’ve been a breeze! Writing about yourself is hard then a mug! I had to really delve in to those moments in my life where I wanted to surpass and show what that looked like in my eyes. It was definitely a self reflection of gratefulness realizing how strong a mindset can be. One thing about my book, it’s not a formal read. If you know me, you know I’m not cookie cutter… I’m as real as they come! So when you read my book, view it as you and a friend just catching up because after you finish it, you really gone know me lol Now on to the Coaching. If I’m honest, the official title “Disability Confidence Coach” became because I just recently received my Certification, but I’ve always walked in this service. As I stated earlier, if you’ve been through it, it’s more personal for the people you’re helping. No one wants to hear what you know, they want to know if you can relate. And what better way then with experience. I’ve dealt with being disabled since age nine and I’m now 33, so I understand what searching for the confidence and value of wondering if there’s anything I can accomplish outside of my sickness. Am I even able to successfully finish a task with a limitation? Will people automatically turn my idea away because of what they see physically? These are real thoughts that pass through our heads…me included. We already have a limitation because of our disability, so how can we still find the confidence in knowing there’s something in us that someone is waiting for. Well, that’s where I come in. I’m here to remind you that you are someone’s life line to not give up. Why? Because you haven’t. My act of service is to guide people towards remembering their worth and show them just how needed they really are. If I can do it, we all can! And that’s on Mary had a Little Lamb lol
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmmmm good question! Well, if you’re in my circle, you know we’re definitely going to be hitting up a movie! And we can’t go to a movie without some popcorn! As far as eating? ANY PLACE THAT HAS CHICKEN WINGS!! Not up for discussion lol We WILL be at somebody’s concert, comedy show or stage play! Who’s? Whatever tickets we find that’s a discount! I’ve seen some people I ain’t never heard of but because the tickets were on sale, it’s a night out for me! And if you’re rolling with me, you already know we going to Church, so fall in line! I’m an old soul! My friends even call me Mutha lol I love to chill at the house and talk about life, goals, future and anything stimulating to the growth of becoming a better me. Oh and there MUST be red vines and fruit snacks near us!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yoooo first and foremost….above any other, God deserves major acknowledgement! I’m humble enough to know, I wouldn’t have, do OR be without Him. So He gets my FIRST form of gratitude. My parents for always reminding me the value my life has beyond any disability or limitations I may face. They’ve helped build my mindset to know I may not be able to do it the “average” way but that doesn’t mean I can’t do it all. Finally my grandpa. Before he passed, he was the one that planted the seed to even write a book. And look grandpa, I’ve written two!!
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