Derick Gant, financial consultant for over 25 years, fitness instructor, and dad, always gives it to you straight. Jokingly he says, “Most people can’t tolerate me more than a few sessions, because I take an aggressive approach to reaching goals. Oftentimes people say one thing, but don’t have a clue on how to get there.” Whether he’s dropping knowledge on his two sons, coaching a fitness client, or advising a financial client, Derick encourages them to do their homework and figure out exactly what they are trying to accomplish. You must have a clear vision of what the end goal is, so that you understand the specific actions required to get there. “For instance, you can’t say you want to save $1,000, and not be willing to make some adjustments in your lifestyle,” says Derick.
A Quote to Live By
At the age of 24, Derick received, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Norman Vincent Peal from his paternal grandmother, and it allowed him to gain perspective and solidified his belief in manifest destiny. This quote from James Allen, British philosopher, brought it all together:
“Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err.”
Common Sense + Hard Work = Success
Living by this simple principle for much of his life is what has afforded Derick the level of success he has attained. He believes the thing that sets him apart from others is that he is good at making common sense decisions and working really hard.
As a young adult straight out of college, Derick began his career in retail, and he quickly realized that it was not a good fit for him. He could work 100 hours and receive the same salary and a pat on the back, and not get ahead. Hard work is certainly a must. However, you must work smart as well. Derick took ownership of where he was and made the decision to do a career change to financial consulting where he would be in charge of his success. There, his level of achievement would be related to the amount of work he put in, and there would be no glass ceiling.
Do the Right Thing
Thankfully, Derick has always had the foresight to consider the outcome of every situation, and he tries to instill this principle in his sons, because it is something that his mother instilled in him as a child. He knew that if his mom told him to sweep the floor, if it wasn’t done thoroughly and properly, he would have to re-do it until it was done to her satisfaction. He quickly learned that it was easier to do it right the first time versus expending more work later. These principles of hard work, goal setting, and blazing his own trail has developed Derick into the man, financial consultant, fitness instructor, and dad that he is today.