You Have To Be Intentional | Devon Bandison | Episode 37
“As an entrepreneur I’ve really come to appreciate the journey. You know we have this destination addiction, right? If I get this house I will be good, if I get this car, if I get this relationship. But it really is¦ in entrepreneurship you have to enjoy the journey.” by Devon Bandison
Devon The Connector Bandison was born and raised in NYC and is a high performance coach and speaker who’s committed to individuals and organizations that want to maximize their potential in areas of leadership, productivity, fatherhood, and work-life satisfaction. His highly sought after seminars and workshops help organizations, individuals, and teams increase employee performance, motivation, engagement, and retention.
As the founder of The Devon Bandison Company, Devon’s work has helped professionals discover effective ways to create value, be present, and find meaning at work and home.
Devon believes that Fatherhood is one of the highest forms of leadership. He often says, Like leadership, fatherhood is not about a position or a title, but rather the opportunity to model for others effective leadership and create a living legacy.
Devon currently lives in NYC and is a loving father to his three children. His children inspire him daily to create and live his own legacy of greatness.
- Review family fun photo (image above) – Dad to three: 17 yrs old, 14yrs old and 4 yrs old.
- Balancing family and business by: It’s always challenging, but I try not to give up family time, and carve out time with my children by being absolutely present. Another thing is creating a ritual, doing something they look forward to ritually.
- What does Fatherhood mean to you: It means so much, but ultimately it means leadership.
- Growing up my dad was sporadic in my life, and growing up I made that one promise that when I become a Dad I want to be a more active and consistent father.
- The journey really started when I started working in the community, mentoring at risk youth and being a young father. I realized some of the skills that went into that communication, consistency and empathy all was a cross section of being a good mentor and father.
- I was blessed to be able to be asked to speak at different venues throughout the year. I would be praised for being a good speaker. I started to tie in my work with developing programs for fathers in NYC for the last 9 years.
- The catalyst that inspired his leap: I was working for a Non-Profit organization, and through the nonprofit I was developing programs. Although I loved what I was doing, there was certain things I wanted to incorporate, but we were limited.
- I ran into a guy who was a productivity leadership guru. We had a five minute conversation that changed my life. He invited me to a leadership retreat he had and from that it was the turning point in my journey as an entrepreneurship dad.
- In the last year and a half I launched my business, the Devon Bandison company. I am asked to go to companies to provide seminars on work/life satisfaction or integration. I also do leadership seminars and speaking engagements.
- I am blessed to have a life now where I am able to fuse parenting with my business.
- Failure, Doubt and Fear: One doubt and fear is have I done enough to be impressionable. You want your kids to make their own mistakes, but you don’t want them to make the same mistakes that you did. What changed that was seeing them mature into young people.
- Biggest failure and what have you learned from it: Early on I wasn’t spending as much time with my children. I realized if I wasn’t successful as a Dad, all that other stuff would be meaningless.
- Private Health Insurance: I was able to keep my insurance with the agency I was working with. I would suggest to entrepreneurs to write out expenses and link my business to that.
- Intersection between Entrepreneurship and Fatherhood?
- If you had the opportunity, would you do it all over again? There has been struggles along the way, but all that prepared me for where I am now.
- What is one time management tool? My journal that I link to my evernote
- What attributes your success as an Entrepreneur, Father, and Husband: Showing up, consistency and the ability to be vulnerable.
- Manage Health: Eat well and do cleanses throughout the year.
- Book every startup dad should read: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 4 Hour Work Week
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