Son of a Drug-Dealing Pimp: How Perseverance Led This Exec From Poverty to Prosperity

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Son of a Drug-Dealing Pimp: How Perseverance Led This Exec From Poverty to Prosperity

JT McCormick

Posted on April 16, 2019

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In this episode of the donothing podcast you’ll learn:

  • Why even the most difficult situations have silver linings
  • How JT rose from poverty and became the president of a multi-million dollar company
  • Why so few low-income kids think they can become entrepreneurs or executives
  • What JT’s early life was like as the son of a low-income, single mom and a drug-dealing father in Dayton, Ohio
  • Why seeing a Black executive for the first time at 18 changed JT’s life
  • How JT found his path to success despite lacking a college degree
  • What JT learned about work ethic while scrubbing toilets
  • Why actually bringing at-risk youth into the workplace—not just talking about it—is essential in helping them realize their dreams
  • Why JT constantly chooses positivity over negativity
  • What JT learned after losing his first million dollars
  • Why JT says it’s so common for formally low-income people to lose money once they finally achieve it
  • What brought JT from his executive position at software company Headspring to the publishing world at Scribe Media
  • How JT’s young children convinced him to write a book about his life
  • Why every person has a story to tell

JT McCormick’s success is living proof that anyone can achieve the entrepreneurial dream. Born to a struggling, single mother and a drug dealer father, JT persevered and beat the odds through determination, positivity and a drive to never quit learning. On this week’s donothing podcast, learn how JT rose from scrubbing toilets to running multi-million dollar corporations.

Today, JT is the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps anyone write, publish and market their book. Scribe has worked with more than a thousand authors and Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked them as having a Top Company Culture in America.

JT is also the author of I Got There: How I Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream, where he tells his inspiring story. JT also mentors at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth in low economic communities.

JT’s work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc. and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their four children.


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