When I first heard Derrick Grace speak, I realized he had a talent for motivating and inspiring all people. His unconventional style and powerful self-sufficient message made him the perfect candidate for a Modern Day Dad style interview. He embodies the DIY spirit that I grew up with and has created a positive movement and niche for himself and his family that is nothing short of enlightening. Meet Derrick Grace.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
Of course, I’m an entrepreneur, home school instructor, author, full time Father, and millennial speaker. I created my mentorship back in 2012 following my entry into self sufficiency. I jumped out the window and never looked back, while holding the hands of my children. I’ve always been a selfish father to a positive extent, wanting to soak up their time, energy, and air as much as possible. When I made that transition into entrepreneurship, I promised my children and myself that I would include them every step of the way. Thanks to me homeschooling them, that promise worked out perfect. They’ve been by my side since.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being a modern day Dad to me means being willing and ready to provide them with that excessive time. Time to me is the most valuable asset we will possess within our existence, no tangible or accessory can match it. Time and the memories shared within it is everything.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
I like many Fathers was very wild, careless, and not accustomed to a certain level of accountability. It matured me in ways I can’t explain, provided extreme purpose, and the birth of my first daughter changed my appreciation for women forever. The addition of new life tends to bring about new perspective, forced responsibility, and a honest assessment of the era in our ways. Things like karma and the examples I set before them became priority at that time. Many of my reckless and immature ways had to be killed in order for me to evolve into the Father I am today.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
I’d say the greatest part about being a Father is being their biggest influencer, teacher, and leader. I absolutely love teaching, watching our exchange of information come to fruition, and stepping back seeing them navigate this jungle called life with a clean face thanks to the life lessons we discuss. These are the little me’s, whom I expect to supersede me in a third of the time. Being a Father is no different than the practice and extra effort a ball player puts towards his craft. He wants a ring, I want a self willed, educated, and reliant littler person to call my child. I live to be their voice of reason, protector, and tour guide.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Being that we spend so much time together, I have a ton. One of the funniest would be what my 5 year old Daughter Derrica will and won’t answer to. Empowerment and self love is huge in my home, so I try to address her as a Queen as much as possible. This does two things, provides a sense of self worth and sets the standard at which she will encourage others to address her as. Upon meeting one of the biggest Speakers and Scholars in the world Dr.Umar Johnson, she sternly corrected him in front of a crown after her addressed her as Princess. While holding a conversation with Kevin Gates, he too addressed her as Queen. She jumped back and asked, how did he already know her name? It’s been embedded at this time. All she understands is that she’s a Queen.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
The biggest advice I would give any new Fathers out there is to focus on the intangibles. The knowledge, memories, and lessons will easily outlast any bike, pair of shoes, or material gift. Who’s impact is bigger, the person who taught how to ride the bike or brought it? Intangibles over everything…
Thank you so much my man. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you and I wish you all the success in the world. Where else can folks learn about your work?
All literary works, curriculum, mentoring services, and speaking opportunities can be found at www.Amillibound.com or Amazon.com. All social media can be found at @derrickgracetwo or Youtube (Derrick Grace).