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I was seated outside of Lucid Coffee Bar when Tristian Gregory pulled up in a brand new Dodge Durango. He stepped out sporting a well-tailored black suit & a pair of shades, talking on the phone with whom I presumed to be a client.
He is a hustler -- constantly on the move, constantly making things happen.
He greeted me with a big smile as I handed him his drink of choice, a mocha latte. While I had known Tristian for quite sometime, it wasn’t until just recently that the two of us had become good friends. We took a few minutes to catch up on life, before diving into an inspiring discussion about focus & success.
He was a star basketball player back in high school at Evansville Harrison, going on to make quite a bit of noise at the collegiate level at Earlham College -- where he was all-conference his Junior & Senior year, averaging nearly 20 points a game. His success didn’t stop at basketball though, his first year in commercial lending with Old National Bank he was named Top Performer of the Southern Region.
I knew he had to have a pretty amazing story. Here was this guy that time and time again had risen to every occasion life threw in front of him. How did he get to where he was today?
“When I was 2, and my younger brother Trevor was 1, my biological father left us. Times were hard for a little while. There was a period where my mother, Trev and I were so poor that we had to split a #1 from Wendy’s for dinner. My mom seriously worked like crazy to take care of the two of us. She was constantly working, but was never late to pick us up from school, and always figured out ways to spend time with us.
My step dad entered into our lives a couple years later and was just incredible. I remember back in 3rd grade I brought home a ‘D’ on my report card. He sat me down and said, ‘You can be average, or you can choose to thrive in this world. It’s your choice.’ After that conversation I got all A’s from 3rd grade on.
I reflect on where I am today and the success I have had in basketball and in my career, and so much of that can be attributed to my parents. Growing up I watched how much they sacrificed to give Trev and I a better life. I watched what they were willing to give up to make sure we had new clothes and a nice pair of basketball shoes to start the season.
In so many ways, my parents instilled a deep level of focus within me.”
Today, Tristian gives back by speaking with non-profits on this subject of focus. He talks monthly at The Goodwill Family Center with a group of struggling women who are interested in bettering their lives. Normally he will structure his discussions in such a way that the first half will consists of lessons on finance, and the second half will be motivational and inspirational material in regards to achieving success in life.
I found this to be incredibly touching. Tristian didn’t really say, but a part of me felt as though this was his way of honoring his mother, by helping women who were once in her position.
While Tristian has already found an immense amount of success at a young age, he is still dreaming and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He said one day he wants to become the president of Old National bank in the midwest region.
I can’t say for sure, but my guess is that he will be.
1. What is a daily routine that allows you to stay on your A game?
“I listen to Inky Johnson every single day when I wake up, he gets me in the right mindset to go out and make things happen.”
2. What book do you most often gift to other people?
“Good to Great. It’s a book about how good companies have become great companies by focusing on their strengths and core competencies. While the book is directed at more of a business audience, many of its lessons can applied at the individual level.”
3. What is your vice/guilty pleasure?
“I definitely struggle with being a perfectionist, and it is something I am currently working on. When you have the mindset that everything needs to perfect in your life, it causes you to get stressed out and pass judgement onto others."
4. What is your superpower?
“I have never met a stranger. I love connecting with the people I meet on a day-to-day basis, even if they are complete strangers.”
5. If you had a blank billboard at the busiest intersection in the world, what would it say?
“Thoughts become things.”