Damon Dunn is the poster child for overcoming adversity: he was raised by a 16 year-old single mother and grew up in poverty, but today he is a contender for California Secretary of State in 2010. How on earth did he get where he is today? According to Damon, it all comes down to hard work. His academic and athletic acumen landed him a scholarship at Stanford University, which ultimately led to a stint in the NFL. After retiring from the NFL, Damon attended Harvard Business School for the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Upon graduation, he co-founded a successful real estate firm.
But Damon isn’t just about academics, athletics, business, and politics. True to his humble beginnings, he has also committed himself to civic services such as mentoring underprivileged and terminally ill children — even while on the campaign trail. Check out his travel tips below.
- Is there a gadget you can’t live without?
I couldn’t live without my Blackberry. It’s astounding how mobile phones have become multifunctional tools for productivity, entertainment, retail and social networking.
- When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you?
I take running shoes so that I can get 5 miles in every day.
- What is your favorite city in the world and why?
Rome. I remember walking into the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, surrounded by people from all over the world, and appreciating this great piece of art. The history and legacy of Rome has influenced the blueprint of the western world. Rome reminds me that countries and individuals all stand on the shoulders of others that have labored before us.
- What book is on your nightstand?
The Bible: it has many good principles that, if followed, transform my attitude and heart.
- What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’ve ever visited?
I lived in Berlin for a few months. I was surprised by the authenticity of the people. The culture there did not take race or socioeconomic status into account. People were people, not status symbols based on their wealth or popularity.
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