“Self-made man.” A seductive moniker that’s generally used to assert some level of mastery of the physical, of one’s destiny.
And whenever seduction is present, temptation is inherent. The temptation to apply the term liberally, when it isn’t appropriate. Because, who’s to know?
Using that term frivolously is something a man who made the trek would never do. There’s a vibration, a weight, to an accomplishment that significant.
By all measures, John Paul DeJoria, the man behind mega-brands John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila, is a self-made man. And though he would never say it, and would probably refrain from ever using the term to describe himself, he is perhaps the ultimate self-made man.
“Growing up in Echo Park, California, downtown L.A., at the age of two years old my dad left us – he was a deadbeat dad,” DeJoria told me. “So it’s just my mother, my brother, and I growing up. It was hard times. My mother ran into some medical issues where she couldn’t work. So, we ended up in a foster home in East L.A. from Monday through Friday. And we did that until I was about nine-years-old. We were with my mom on the weekends and there during the week.” Read more →