Dr. ‘Deji Ayoade shares his story from extreme poverty in Nigeria to becoming the first African immigrant to become a nuclear missile operator in the United States Air Force and serve in three U.S. military branches. He’ll walk you through his mindset in the face of extreme obstacles and how he found gratitude along the way.
Dr. ‘Deji Ayoade
Dr. Deji Ayoade (ah-yo-AH-day) is the first African immigrant to become a nuclear missile operator in the United States Air Force and serve in three U.S. military branches. He’s a trained veterinary surgeon, combat medic, Nuclear Weapon System SME, Senior Program Analyst, and U.S. Space Force Department of Defense Civilian at the Pentagon. He turned to storytelling as solace from an early life of poverty and loss. His new book is Underground: A Memoir of Hope, Faith, and the American Dream. Learn more at: https://dejiayoade.com/, Deji Ayoade | The Memoir Blogger
What We Discuss in this Episode:
- The moment Deji Ayoade found the strength to rise out of the cycle he was born into in Nigeria
- His journey with the US Military and the grateful perspective he gained through his experiences
- Why we, as Americans, should still have faith in the American Dream
- The power of putting excuses aside, learning and moving on
- The role of paying it forward in achieving your goals
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