James Jordon, award-winning small business owner, spoke at the Greenville Chamber’s Friday Forum sharing his Dreamcatcher Workshop. James is the Founder of Jordon Construction Company, the Greenville Chamber’s 2014 Minority Business of the Year and September 2015 Small Business of the Month Winner.
It’s likely you’ve heard of James or his companies. James is an active Greenville Chamber Investor, involved in the Minority Business Accelerator program, frequently at networking events, and serving as an expert on panels. It’s this reputation as a mentor and business leader that makes his background so shocking and his story all the more compelling.
The Kalamazoo, Michigan-native graduated high school with a 1.7 grade point average. It wasn’t until he got to college and received encouragement from his parents and professors that he began to realize his potential. It was James’ father who first asked him to consider his goals and dreams.
By the age of 28, James had ventured into real estate and had built a respectable portfolio. He dabbled in other entrepreneurial ventures, but his passion lies in real estate and construction.
“I’m so passionate about real estate and construction because it gives you a chance to take something people don’t see potential in and bring life to it.” James is also passionate about lifting others up to realize their potential. He shared key tips that have helped him turn his dreams into reality:
1. You make the difference.
Get motivated. Figure out what motivates you to make a difference.
2. Visualize your dream.
Picture yourself bringing your dream home to your family. Friday Forum attendees even shared their big dreams with each other.
3. Write it down.
Things take on new life when you put them on paper.
4. Set at least three goals.
Set at least three daily activities for accomplishing each goal.
James relentlessly pursued his dreams until the work paid off. He keeps a positive attitude and overcomes obstacles by keeping the big picture in mind. “Failure is a stepping stone, not a tombstone.”
Join us for the next Friday Forum featuring Remedios Gómez Arnau, the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh, North Carolina tomorrow September 23rd, 8-9:30am. Learn more here.