We had the good fortune of connecting with Mick Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mick, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from an non-privileged New Jersey family wherein my father was a high school graduate, the first in his family, and a factory worker, while my mother was a homemaker, also the first in her family to graduate from high school. Despite such humble origins my parents were able to scrimp and save so that by the time they were both 25 they had a new car, a second car, and they bought their first house. The upbringing from a blue-collar family consistently mirrors the previous family generations of truck-drivers, farmers, and laborers. My father seized every opportunity he could to take care of our family including my sister and I. He took night classes to learn every machine on the factory floor so he would be indispensable; then, his company moved a factory to Compton, CA so we could move up in the world. This background and upbringing resulted in my Puritan work ethic, discipline, and striving after better things for myself and others. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have come from a spiritually rich environment. Not surprisingly, in honor of my dad (RIP), I still have his baby (other than mom) my parent’s first new car: a 1957 Buick Special Riviera 46-R. Indeed, I keep the Buick as part of my branding to demonstrate what is possible is America if you put your mind to it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Currently, I do digital marketing and I am podcaster, The Doctor of Digital. Since I started using the Internet in 1994 I understand the background, changes, and history of the Internet and I am better able to anticipate trends and help business owners profit from what can be a tumultuous field. Any problems we experience is just our turn at what life throws at us. My lessons are quite simple just keep going and don’t give up. See the bigger picture and the light at the end of the tunnel. Once you get kicked around a bit by the world you realize that this is just the way it is. Don’t complain, whine, and roll over but roll your sleeves up and do it again until you get it right.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is ideal because it is located on the coast which makes it an ideal destination for traveling adventurers. If my best buddy had not been here then I would recommend hiking along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, walking through the frothy surf of Coronado Beach, and of course he has to see the scenery at La Jolla Cove. Naturally, Balboa Park should be included and then so many museums, theaters, and gardens to pick from. America’s Finest City proudly shows off its military and maritime environment with two highly valued and interactive museums. Finally, for a fabulous view of the city from the water, a boat tour.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I could not have achieved much at all if it were not for my parochial school teachers who reinforced my parent’s values, my teachers, and later my professors who challenged my adolescent ideas, and my best friend, Mike, who I have known since I was 25 and he was 21. Coming from a religious family really helped me to dig much deeper into the bible, history, and the study of religion in order to come to a more profound understanding of God. Only in this exceptional nation, America, do we enjoy the liberty to prosper and grow as a fully realized individual.