THE MOGUL MINUTE
Its game time and Davon Gaskins is shooting the winning basket for his dreams. He is not giving up and he is aiming high. I am personally proud of his growth and excited that he will be graduating in May. As a young college athlete and entrepreneur Davon has many options and he choosing to succeed. According to the stats Davon is intelligent, hardworking, dedicated to his goals family, friends, and creative. So it was time to speak to the soon to be graduate about what’s going on in his world, so check out the interview below.
1.) The Mogul Girl : What have you learned from your college experience ?
Davon Gaskins : What have I learned from my college experience? I've learned that you can really work towards accomplishing your dreams, its kinda surreal to me. When I say accomplish dreams I acknowledge small dreams that make up the big picture. Honestly, I feel that its just the beginning for me and my team. So every small step means a lot and a I think people underestimate that. For example in May my childhood dream of being a college student athlete will be accomplished. The success around me brings me joy and seeing the people around me reach for their dreams helps me sleep at night. My brother Dre said he wanted to work on a yacht as a kid, and he achieved it and his big picture got even bigger. Dappa and Black were teammates of mine back in high school. They said they wanted to be rappers after 2 years in college. Behold by senior year they’re rocking the stage together at State College. Its truly amazing to witness people prosper. A long time friend of mine said she was going to be on the TV show Top Model back in the day, then one day I turn on the TV and there she is on the show and a fan favorite. Words can’t explain how it feels to go from competing against some guys growing up to seeing them on ESPN in the drafts talks. Even watching Meek Mill career grow from the streets of Philly to mainstream America is a pleasure. Overall, the main thing I’m taking from college is patience, and I want to continue to let the success around me motivate me so I can continue to progress.
2.) The Mogul Girl : What inspires you?
Davon Gaskins : What inspires me? My family and friends inspire me. They are my support system their belief in me in is what I treasure most. Without them I’d probably would’ve given up a long time ago to be honest. The young ones also inspire me because I want to set a good example, a clear cut example and not a jaded image of a role model. I always try to good and inspire others because I feel the world needs that from some people ya know. So I don’t mind walking that path.
3.) The Mogul Girl : If you could play one song for the rest of your life everyday , what would it be and why?
Davon Gaskins : Thats a good question. Off the top it would have to be “Too deep for the intro” by J.Cole off his “Friday Night Lights” Mixtape . Is letting the entire mixtape play through an option? Haha
4.) The Mogul Girl : How important are your goals?
Davon Gaskins : My goals are my primary focus if that answers your question. I’m at a point in my life where I just want to buckle down and begin to really apply my potential and its a blessing because my team has that same sense of urgency. So we’re focused on building an empire for our families. My goals are all I really live for honestly, when I think about it.
5.) The Mogul Girl : What's your dream job?
Davon Gaskins : My dream is to go on a journey. I want to help people and experience how truly amazing human culture is. I say human culture because I believe that there is one race and that’s the human race. I know it sounds a bit cliche but I would love to genuinely experience cultures from around the globe. Like for instance if I could spend a week in the “shoes” of random people from around the world, I would definitely do it in a heart beat.
6.) The Mogul Girl : Movies impact the minds of many. If you directed your own movie, what would the message be?
Davon Gaskins : If I directed my own movie it would be something raw, humorous, yet still thought provoking. The message would be probably something subliminally uplifting ya know haha. I hate to bore people lol.
7.) The Mogul Girl : So how does it feel to be young with options?
Davon Gaskins : Being young with options is truly a blessing and an opportunity. I just try to remain thankful for the path God has granted me. I know I have a mountain of accomplishments to reach but I’m learning to be thankful for the struggle cause it makes the sunny days even sunnier.
8.) The Mogul Girl : You are graduating in May , how do you feel?
Davon Gaskins : Graduation! I'm excited, wish Jonny was here to see this. We were at rock bottom together and got on track one after the other its tearing me up to lose my boy. I know he looked at me like a big bro and would be proud to see me walk across that stage just like back in high school when I went on prom. Jonny was an angel and I know he's watching over me & the team. So everything I do, I do for Johhny & Shaddy , because family comes first and my boyz deserve all that I receive . So graduation is good and all but its only sign that day two of my life is on the way.
9.) The Mogul Girl : Being from Philly what does the city mean to you?
Davon Gaskins : Philly to me is the city of tough love, I'm grateful for everything I learned & experienced growing up in North Philly. You gotta have tough skin in Philly, and if you don't, the people around you will surely help you develop that. However, at the end of the day I think all the hate in my city is just misplaced love. I feel we're progressing though honestly the "Brotherly Love" is slowly coming back to my city.
10.) The Mogul Girl : Life teaches us many things and it also makes us happy. What currently makes you happy?
Davon Gaskins : Currently productivity and time spent with family & friends brings me the most happiness at this point in life.
11.) The Mogul Girl : Is there anything you want The Mogul Minute readers to know about Davon Gaskins?
Davon Gaskins : I want the readers to know that with every fiber of my being, I want the best for everyone. I also want to say sorry to the people I annoy with the positivity. Look at it this way; its not too many people out here willing to get on your nerves because they want the best for you. So when you find that keep it, and keep it close. Thanks for all the love & support from the people & the mogul minute!
Currently Davon is campaigning for his dream job to help the youth in Africa . Which I think is phenomenal . He could really use your support. Click here to vote !!
Davon lost a close brother and a friend in December of 2014. Jonathan Rosado 22, a coach for Legacy Youth Tennis was murdered. You can read more about his story (here) .My heart and prayers go out to Davon, Jonathan’s family and friends. From reading his story its truly sad that someone took his life. I hope that justice is served.