DaMon Ross on the American Dream
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My name is DaMon Ross. I'm the founder of Cyber Defense International. Um, What we are is we're a boutique cybersecurity consulting firm.
I guess if you want to talk American dream you know through hard work and just taking a risk and just jumping out there and doing what I have been doing for a company for the last 20 odd years now doing it for myself and offering it, that skillset and those services to other companies that are smaller companies that needed it, Dream that worked out. And so I just kind of went with it.
I mean, I do think it's life, liberty and the pursuit pursuit of happiness. So if I had to even break that down further, I would, I would say that whatever the regular Dream is, you know, the, being in this country is that, if you work hard at a goal, or any type of objective that you're trying to reach, if you work hard, you have a fair shake in reaching that goal, just like anyone else. Um, Um, so to me, that's, that's the American dream, whether you want to, work in a company and go up the corporate ladder. Or if you want to kind of go the entrepreneurial route, whichever path you choose to take, you can do it. And it's totally your choice. And you will go as far as your hard work would take you. That's, that's how I view the American dream.
I gotta focus on what's next and just being able to do that and push for it, hard work paid off and, you know, that's kinda all memories now. So to me, that is the American dream that, you know, you're rewarded by your hard work and what you're able to accomplish by, your own brain power and resilience and all of that.
I do think the American dream is definitely about, a better life than, you know, maybe you had growing up, you can make sure your children have the same, but I do think also there's, there's that aspect of what have I done to help society in general, whether it was something big or whether it's something in my local community, I don't know, whatever I've done to give back. I think that really rounds out the American dream in my opinion. And I'm hoping that this is like that painful period that we're going through before we transition into something, that's wonderful, um, some of the things we're seeing right now, I hate to see it. But I think once we kind of bear through all of this and once all this is over, I really do think that there'll be, people will have a different understanding and hopefully things will be totally different than a lot of these, things that we've been carrying for hundreds of years. Some of these mindsets will change for the better.
I definitely carried the torch of being first, in a lot of situations that I wasn't even aware of at the time. And, you know, a lot of things I went through at the time, I didn't realize how now I look at it like that was kind of like not right, but, so now when I left the corporate side and started my own business, my first employee was my son. He graduated high school, he's now in school, going for computer science. But the first thing I did was hire him, you know, with the goal of, Hey, you know, even if he decides to do something else later, you got the opportunity that I can tell you. I know for a fact, a lot minorities, just don't have at that age.
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