Jamiron “Miron” Richardson grew up in Quincy with his younger sister, mother and grandmother.
He now lives in Tallahassee, where he is the vice president of a credit union.
Richardson grew up in a tight-knit community, where the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” was the reality.
He reflects on his childhood fondly and recalls some great times in Quincy.
As an adult, Richardson says he went through a period where he did not know what his passions were; he was told by others that in order to succeed, he needed a college degree, but when he landed a job at a bank at the age of 18, he realized that a good personality and work ethic could lead to just as much success as a degree.
That first bank job led him to discover his passion for helping people.
Richardson decided to work harder than his counterparts in order to continue his path towards service.
Since that discovery, he has completed a certification in Human Resources and became a 2021 fellow with New Leader’s Council Tallahassee.
He still does not have a college degree, but now that he knows his passions and goals in life, he is currently attending Tallahassee Community College.
He wants to be able to support his community and pour into it. He was very excited when he got the bank job, because he felt like the leaders of the company truly cared about the work he and his coworkers put forth.
Richardson says he has enjoyed his new position using it to connect with others.
Richardson plans to continue working on his brand and continue growing as a businessman and person.
“I had a substitute teacher tell me I was never going to amount to anything,” Richardson said. “That stuck with me, even to this day. It wasn’t a big deal though, because I knew what was up ahead for me.”
How was growing up in Quincy?
“My childhood was great. I grew up in a household with my grandmother, mom and sister. I’m actually the oldest; my sister’s seven years younger than I am. So growing up with my family was great.”
What is your fondest memory from home?
“I can recall our neighbors being like our parents. I grew up where you can get a spanking from your next-door neighbor and your mom will be okay with it. So that’s kind of how our childhood in our neighborhood was. I grew up in what was called ‘Azalea Park’ and everyone who lived there 40 years ago is still there. We were practically raised by our neighbors.
How have the trials and tribulations you experience in life contributed to the success you have gained?
“A lot of it really all boils down to dedication and commitment. and to not be. I just try to be above average. So I think I kind of defeated the odds and just stepped out on faith. That’s the only thing I could do. The odds are against African American men. you know these days. We experience police brutality and stereotyping all the time. There’s good in everybody. So I just want to use my experience and inspire people.”
What is your greatest accomplishment?
“I think my biggest accomplishment is buying a house. Becoming a homeowner and stepping outside of my comfort zone is what I am proud of. I wanted to be okay with being uncomfortable. Now, I’m good with being uncomfortable and I actually like the feeling now. I love the adrenaline and I love the challenges. I experience something new every day and that’s kind of what I live by.”
What would you tell someone who is going through some of the same struggles with finding a path?
“I would say, you know, for one, connect yourself with people that are going to inspire you. Don’t ever be stagnant. I get it, we get comfortable, but step outside of your comfort zone and just be fearless. You have to want it. You have to have a desire to be better. Better for your family; better for your reputation. You don’t have to subject yourself to the small things. Just be better.”
Dejania Oliver – Gadsden County News Service