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Meet KaVonte Carthron of #GodWork

Today we’d like to introduce you to KaVonte Carthron.

KaVonte, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started off with a basketball, poetry, technology, and curiosity. Even though my path may seem a bit stereotypical, from shattered hoop dreams to running the streets and spitting barz. These experiences made me stronger and taught me how to evolve and see the hand of God working in my life during my darkest moments. Being robbed twice at gunpoint by my own people to being the victim of a hate crime, it’s clear that I have seen both sides of the coin. Trying to navigate the terrain of Chicago’s windy city streets can be a challenge for a young man growing up trying to figure out life with the cards I was dealt.

Although I became really good at everything I put my hands to, please note that I never became a professional basketball player, I was never the best poet/rapper alive but I could hold my own with no problem. I never became the next Bill Gates nor was I the Frank Lucas of these Chicago streets. But what I discovered in the midst of my curiosity was the GRIND. “Greatness Requires Intense Nonstop Drive” or the GRIND, a phrase that I have coined and know all too well. Curiosity has allowed me to illustrate my GRIND in a multifaceted approach through my artistry as an international speaker and hip hop artist who has recorded and published four studio albums and four mixtapes during my journey from the GRIND to GRACE. I am a breath of fresh air with an attractive perspective pulsating from my being, and I also lay down how to leverage the GRIND in my recently published Amazon Bestseller, The Book of Barz.

Ultimately, curiosity, exploration, and the drive to never give up have led me to become street-savvy immersed with intellectual flair and a digital native with a deep technical and project management expertise that throttle my entrepreneurial endeavors. Nothing short of a miracle, I am an ordained minister, husband of over ten years, and father of three. I am the owner of the #GodWork brand, which includes high intellectual property, clothing, music, and a non-profit organization. As the founder of GodWork Foundation, I have found my passion work. Extracting pieces of my multifaceted journey to create a social enterprise that fuels young people and their creativity through good works to curb violence, technology, and entrepreneurship. All things considered, through trial and error I found my G.L.O.W. (God’s Love + Overall Will) through evolving and continually becoming the highest expression of myself while helping others do the same.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Again the GRIND (Greatness Requires Intense NonStop Drive) is never easy or smooth, nor would I want it to be, because it is through the challenges and opportunities presented that we are able to find ourselves. I mean really find ourselves. For instance, when I was broke financially, it wreaked havoc on me mentally, spiritually, and physically. The only thing I could do was journal and write about what I was experiencing. I said in one of my rhymes, “I remember back, when I was broke, I couldn’t afford my daughter’s coat. And even worst when I was sleep, I couldn’t afford to even have a dream.” You see we all have dreams and aspirations and some come to fruition faster than others, but we have to be willing to hang in there because there is no greatness without the GRIND.

Please tell us about #GodWork.
I am a social entrepreneur who utilizes my deep technical expertise to get out my dreams and accomplish my goals. I have an IT company, Fearless IT, that focuses on web design, improving productivity through infrastructure, managing costs, and understanding business data. Additionally, I have a non-profit organization, GodWork Foundation, that focuses on technology and entrepreneurship training where we have taught young people how to build computers and code. As a company, I am most proud of the freedom we experience which allows us to fully tap into ourselves to creatively serve the needs of others. Whether that be through community service, writing a book, or speaking to an eighth-grade graduating class preparing for their next stages in life. I think what sets me apart is that I do not allow people, stereotypes, or broken dreams dictate the next phases in my life. I’m agile — I adapt and embrace all that I am and what’s going on around me; and if I don’t like what’s going on around me, I GRIND til I see change.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood was playing basketball outside at Morgan Park during the summer with my cousins or whoever else wanted to get that work from sun up to sundown. Playing ball was an escape, nothing else mattered, regardless of how hungry or broke we were.

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