You may not recognize the name John Paul DeJoria, immediately but his story is compelling. As a young man he lived in his car before he became the founder of “John Paul Mitchell Systems.”
As a first generation American, DeJoria had it rough from the beginning. His German and Italian parents divorced when he was just two. He even sold Christmas cards and newspapers to help support his family before he turning ten. He eventually was sent to live with a foster family in Los Angeles.
He spent time as an L.A. gang member, joined the military, and tried his hand as an employee for Redken Laboratories. It was after that when he used a mere $700 dollar loan and created “John Paul Mitchell Systems.” He sold the company’s shampoo door-to-door, living out of his car while selling the product. The quality of the product helped create the buzz, and now JPM Systems is worth over $900 million annually. His vast empire is more than wealth – it has created charity toward Boys and Girls Clubs, Grow Appalachia, Bright Pink, and Paul Mitchell Schools Fundraising.
Poverty does not necessarily mean you can’t do something about your conditions. As long as we can move beyond entitlement and toward a more innovative and entrepreneurial style of living there is no ceiling.
Here is a scripture to ponder today:
“The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2