Tony Gray started out in life with the odds stacked against him. His dad was a drug addict, the family struggled to pay the bills, and his stepdad couldn’t spend time with him because he worked long hours. If that wasn’t enough, while in the eighth grade Tony was sexually active and had gotten his girlfriend pregnant – and she lost the baby.
Despite the odds, Tony made it to college where he met a millionaire who became his first mentor. The man told him if he dropped out of college, he would be making more money by the time he turned 19 than any salary he would earn out of college. So Tony did.
He married his eighth-grade girlfriend, Mia, and became the operations manager for one of the largest corporations in the world making a ton of money. He bought a brand new house and even remodeled the entire thing. He made sure his three daughters didn’t want for anything. On the outside, Tony Gray had everything most people strive for.
“I had the most outrageous job a man could hope for. I was struggling in my relationships at home, so I found peace at work, even though I was working 75+ hours a week. I felt in control there.”
But eventually realization dawned on Tony, and he saw he was missing time with his kids, just like his stepdad. He had a contentious relationship with his wife. The big paycheck from his high-powered job wasn’t enough to support the family’s “keeping up with the Joneses” lifestyle, and they were forced to declare bankruptcy not just one, but twice!
“I grew up in a prosperity church, so I didn’t learn what to do with money. I didn’t realize that money didn’t just come. You actually have to plan for it. Make money, mess up, file bankruptcy. I just thought that was normal.”
Tony realized he needed more out of life.
“I knew if I didn’t make changes, I wasn’t going to stay married. I didn’t know what was going to happen to my kids. I didn’t want to be like the other families at church who were putting on a facade and were actually desperately hurting.”
That’s when Tony heard a Dani Johnson spiritual equipping message, and decided to attend a First Steps To Success live training event.
“The event offered a different perspective. I had never heard a millionaire say ‘don’t buy the name-brand stuff.’ I had to re-evaluate what was important to me. At that time, stuff was important to me. I thought that’s what a father was supposed to provide for his kids. I grew up poor, so I had no vision beyond making sure my kids had a better life than I did.”
After the event
, Tony began living more simply. He stopped living as a slave to “stuff,” and started living with vision, meaning and purpose. He and his wife sold a 4500 square foot home they decided they didn’t need. They started paying down their debt and stopped spoiling their kids.
“I knew it was bad when all of a sudden there were five different gaming systems in the house. I didn’t want to share, so I couldn’t make them share. Then I realized we had to buy all these games for all these different gaming systems. Yeah. Something had to change.”
Since first attending First Steps To Success, Tony and his wife have paid off a total of $660,000 worth of debt. Their marriage has been restored, and together they have assisted over 100 people to pay off over 3.5 million dollars worth of debt! They’ve gone on mission trips as a family for the past five years. Tony has cut down his hours from 55-95 hours a week to 40 hours a week.
Today, Tony is working every day to change lives. In fact, he works for Dani Johnson heading up the leadership development team. He leads a team of people motivated by impacting 100 million lives by 2035. He knows that if he can get more out of life, anyone can get more out of life.
“I have a heart for the underdog. I’ve been the underdog my whole life, and I know that everyone needs a coach. Dani Johnson is that coach.”
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