4 - How persevering in your pursuit toward your passion will tilt the odds into your favor, with Anthony Head
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Anthony Head is a role model for so many and his story will not only captivate you but it will also inspire you to become the best version of yourself. 

After growing up in Dayton, Ohio, around violence in a home surrounded by crack-cocaine, Anthony lost both his parents and then both of his foster parents by the time he left for college on a football scholarship to Ball State University where he eventually left the team during his freshman season. Anthony blocked out his early depression to become one of the brightest business school graduates along with becoming Vice President of the Student Government Association. As an underdog, he pursued a career as an NFL football player in his early 20s.

During a visit back to his hometown, Anthony was mistakenly identified for a criminal on the run because of the color of his skin, tased seven times, and spent 30 days in the county jail. While Anthony has successfully pursued a career in business consulting, he developed a passion for cooking which has led him to obtain his culinary degree, work alongside celebrity chefs, win numerous culinary awards and recently design and open a new restaurant. 

Anthony Head

Anthony was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from Ball State University, Anthony worked in the healthcare industry as a consultant. While managing his personal life and a family, he attended culinary school and he quickly ascended the culinary ranks to Executive Chef.

Anthony has won many accolades and honors over the past 10 years including "Restaurant of the Year" by the local chamber of commerce, Miami Valley's 40 under 40 business professionals by the Dayton Business Journal and "People's Choice Award" at the Taste of Miami Valley. Throughout his professional cooking career, Chef Head has incorporated updated, healthier interpretations of traditional comfort foods of the American South and the fusion of international flavor profiles.

As an educator and lifelong learner, Anthony leads a monthly cooking segment on Dayton's NBC affiliate, WDTN. And most recently, he has opened his first restaurant of his own called Chicken Head's (formerly named "The Chicken Spot").

Instagram: @GemCityChef
Facebook: @ChefAnthonyHead

You'll Learn

  • How your origin story influences your future decisions
  • How growing up in a crack house teaches decision making and hard work to succeed
  • How to pursue your passion as an underdog
  • How the movie "Forest Gump" inspires people to endure tough situations in life
  • How we attract people into our lives that mirror our own feelings, even when it isn't positive or fulfilling
  • How to put yourself in a position to have an improbable shot to "make it"
  • How you will learn the most about your life when you "fail fantastically"
  • The journey to failure and what you will learn along the way will build the foundation for future success
  • Why asking "what kind of impact can I have on my life and others around me" can help you find your passion
  • Why the formula: "Do it, read about it, write about it" will advance your passion and success
  • Why you should let go of things in your life that no longer serve you like a trampoline to lift you higher 
  • Why enjoying your work and seamlessly weaving the parts in your life together is the secret for a balanced life


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