MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 22

MADEFEATURES
DF : Serve . You have to be focused on service . I started as an intern with Will Smith when I was 18 years old . My number one goal ... it was like …“ I want to contribute . I appreciate the opportunity that he ’ s given me . I value who he is . I ’ m inspired by who he is ,” and I said , “ Let me just help .” So as an intern I found a way to service him and to help what he was doing . When I became an assistant at his company , it was all about trying to help . You know really trying to make sure that I was making a contribution .
When I got to Sony and became an executive that worked on a majority of his films , it was all about , “ Okay , how can I make this movie great . How can I help him ?”. Service , service , service , service , service . And that has been the key to establishing the friendship and mentorship that we have . Because I ’ m always looking at “ I want to pour back into him what I believe he ’ s poured into me .” So whatever I can do to further his business and to help him , I ’ m invested in that .
I think that you know as an entrepreneur , ( I talk about this a lot ), that sometimes you ’ re trying to make a withdrawal from an account that you ’ ve never made a deposit in . So , in order to be able to make withdrawals you gotta start to make deposits into other people and what they ’ re doing , and not looking for a return . It ’ s just like “ Someone I admire - they have a project ... okay , you know what , I ’ m going to do everything I can to support that project ... I ’ ll post about it , I ’ ll tweet about it , I ’ ll Facebook about it , I ’ ll volunteer for it . Whatever I have to do to help the person I admire , or the person I believe in to further the business of their work .” When you start doing those kind of things , you ’ d be shocked at how much of an impact that would make on your life and on your career .
MADE : Wanna talk a little bit more about ambition ... How do we remain ambitious while not putting society ’ s success metrics over our God given purpose ?
DF : That ’ s a good question . I think ambition is all a part of our God given purpose . Okay let ’ s talk about God for a second . Let ’ s talk about it spiritually ... God sent Jesus to save the world . That is an ambitious goal . That is an ambitious approach . God is an ambitious God . So if He ’ s ambitious and we ’ re made in His image , then we should be ambitious too about the things He ’ s called us to do and who He ’ s called us to be .
And I think the danger is when you begin to worship that ambition more than you worship Him , or more than you tried to live out your purpose . And because tied in that ambition worship is a building up of ego , it can be very destructive . So it ’ s very , very important to not allow that to happen . And to say “ Yes , I ’ m ambitious and there are a lot of things I want to do in life , but I also am patient . I am also gonna have a service mentality . I am also going to be teachable .” Because those are the things that really allow ambition to fuel your career . But when you have ambition and you ’ re using it to feed ego , you may be stiff in the short run . But in the long run , it usually doesn ’ t work .
MADE : That ' s a very forward-thinking outlook . How do you continue to preserve these values while still being contemporary and modern in your mindset ?
DF : I don ’ t know if I have a good answer for that question ( laughs ). I don ’ t know , I just do what I believe , and I not only just do what I believe , those values really are the better octave of my success . I think for me it ’ s just because I legitimately believe in all the things I ’ ve been raised to stand on , and those are my foundation . It ’ s just the way I live it out and walk it out . It ’ s because I ’ ve worked in the real world , and I ’ ve worked
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MADEFEATURES DF: DF: Serve. You have to be focused on service. I started as an intern with Will Smith when I was 18 years old. My number one goal...it was like…“I want to contribute. I appreciate the opportunity that he’s given me. I value who he is. I’m inspired by who he is,” and I said, “Let me just help.” So as an intern I found a way to service him and to help what he was doing. When I became an assistant at his company, it was all about trying to help. You know really trying to make sure that I was making a contribution. That’s a good question. I think ambition is all a part of our God given purpose. Okay let’s talk about God for a second. Let’s talk about it spiritually...God sent Jesus to save the world. That is an ambitious goal. That is an ambitious approach. God is an ambitious God. So if He’s ambitious and we’re made in His image, then we should be ambitious too about the things He’s called us to do and who He’s called us to be. When I got to Sony and became an executive that worked on a majority of his films, it was all about, “Okay, how can I make this movie great. How can I help him?”. Service, service, service, service, service. And that has been the key to establishing the friendship and mentorship that we have. Because I’m always looking at “I want to pour back into him what I believe he’s poured into me.” So whatever I can do to further his business and to help him, I’m invested in that. I think that you know as an entrepreneur, (I talk about this a lot), that sometimes you’re trying to make a withdrawal from an account that you’ve never made a deposit in. So, in order to be able to make withdrawals you gotta start to make deposits into other people and what they’re doing, and not looking for a return. It’s just like “Someone I admire - they have a project...okay, you know what, I’m going to do everything I can to support that project...I’ll post about it, I’ll tweet about it, I’ll Facebook about it, I’ll volunteer for it. Whatever I have to do to help the person I admire, or the person I believe in to further the business of their work.” When you start doing those kind of things, you’d be shocked at how much of an impact that would make on your life and on your career. MADE: Wanna talk a little bit more about ambition... How do we remain ambitious while not putting society’s success metrics over our God given purpose? 22 And I think the danger is when you begin to worship that ambition more than you worship Him, or more than you tried to live out your purpose. And because tied in that ambition worship is a building up of ego, it can be very destructive. So it’s very, very important to not allow that to happen. And to say “Yes, I’m ambitious and there are a lot of things I want to do in life, but I also am patient. I am also gonna have a service mentality. I am also going to be teachable.” Because those are the things that really allow ambition to fuel your career. But when you have ambition and you’re using it to feed ego, you may be stiff in the short run. But in the long run, it usually doesn’t work. MADE: That's a very forward-thinking outlook. How do you continue to preserve these values while still being contemporary and modern in your mindset? DF: I don’t know if I have a good answer for that questio ՝̤$eЁܰ$)ЁݡЁ$ٔ$Ё䁩)ݡЁ$ٔѡ͔مՕ́ɕ䁅ɔ)ѡѕȁхٔՍ̸$ѡ)ȁӊéЁ͔$ѥѕ)ٔѡѡ́'eٔɅ͕Ѽ)хѡ͔ɔ䁙չѥ)%ӊéЁѡ݅$ٔЁЁ݅)и%ӊé͔'eٔݽɭѡɕ)ݽɱ'eٔݽɭ((