February Man of the Month: Harold

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in ,

Getting to Know our Man of the Month
D.O.L.L.S:  If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
Harold: I would be Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby. I love that book but I think that he made some bad decisions that I would’ve been able to avoid.

D.O.L.L.S:  If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Harold: Up: From Growing up to Living it Up and Everything in Between

D.O.L.L.S:  If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
Harold: Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, Cabbage, with Appleton’s Rum. An authentic Jamaican dish loved by people every where!

D.O.L.L.S:  If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Harold: Pay off my debt and the debt of my parents and siblings. Donate to the College of Business and Behavioral Science at my Alma Mater, Clemson University, and Start a foundation for inner city youth that are intellectually talented but are in tough financial situations.

D.O.L.L.S:  If you were a car, what kind would you be?
Harold: I’d be something flashy but not overly expensive. Something that isn’t so exclusive that no one can ever imagine having me but not so common that there are dozens of cars just like me. I’d be something like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider!  

Looking Towards the future with our Man of the Month
D.O.L.L.S:  What dream are you currently pursuing?
Harold: I’m currently pursuing my MBA at Clemson University at the Falls in downtown Greenville, SC. I have always wanted my MBA because I think it will help me round out my business acumen to allow me to be a better businessman and a better leader in organizations I’m affiliated with.

D.O.L.L.S:  What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?
Harold: Not taking no for an answer. I had a lot of people who supported my goals and dreams growing up but I also had several people who thought I wouldn’t make it. I made it a priority to prove those people wrong and make sure that they see that success doesn’t always look the same or have the same road map.

D.O.L.L.S:  What are some roadblocks that you have come across?
Harold: Growing up as 1 of 5 siblings, there were lots of times where my parents would really have to be crafty to make things work. On top of that, I was the first person in my family to graduate from College so I had to figure out a lot of things on my own which made it even more difficult. I’d be lying if I said I never got in my own way from time to time but at the end of the day, I knew I had goals to achieve and if I failed, I’d be the only person to blame.

D.O.L.L.S:  Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?
Harold: I work in a specialized technology space so unfortunately, there aren’t many people who “look like me” in the industry. I do admire some traits of business men like Larry Page (CEO of Google), Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon), and Sean “P. Diddy” Comes (Mogul) but at the end of the day, I try not to give the role model title to anyone because we’re all human and we all have our imperfections.

D.O.L.L.S:  Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?
Harold: I want everyone reading this to know that there IS a way out of any and every situation. It may not be what the TV shows portray but hard work and dedication pay off EVERY TIME. I like to consider myself the exception to the rule because a lot of the time, society counts us out before the race even begins. 2 things Americans love is an underdog and a comeback so all of our miscues and shortcomings can be opportunities for us to exceed expectations.

D.O.L.L.S:  What advice do you have for young men your age?
Harold: Write your own story! Don’t let the media define what you can and will be. Don’t get so caught up in the phenomenon known as “Fast Money”. Despite the exceptions that we see on some of these reality TV shows, success is earned, not deserved. No one deserves to be great but everyone has an opportunity to be. Stand up and be the man that your family and community need you to be.

D.O.L.L.S:  At this point in your life, what makes you happiest?
Harold: Knowing that I have the opportunity to right my wrongs, be better than I was, and write my obituary myself. I know from Whom my strength comes and to know that I have been blessed with second chances makes me happy. I am surrounded by loving family and friends and the fact that they believe in me, makes it all worth it.

D.O.L.L.S:  What motto do you live by?
Harold: I don’t have a motto but I do have a poem, which I recite everyday to myself. The poem is “If” and it was written by Rudyard Kipling. It is a truly inspiring poem that always serves as a reminder of how to carry myself. My favorite part is, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you but make allowance for their doubting too.”

D.O.L.L.S:  How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?
Harold: My definition of success is knowing that I’ve done my part in helping people get the opportunities that I didn’t have growing up. I want to open doors for like-minded people to be able to succeed. I want to be able to provide for my family and give back to the less fortunate. Knowing that I haven’t completed those goals keeps me focused.

D.O.L.L.S:  What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Harold: Not really sure. It’ll be thought provoking though! Part me of thinks I have learned so much from so many great people that it needs to be written and chronicled. Maybe we’ll see some of that.

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