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This is a story about hustle and humility. There were plenty of reasons this young Black man, who dropped out of college in his final year, shouldn’t have been successful in business. But moving through life as a competitive learner, Donald Thompson didn’t let anyone else’s expectations limit his dreams. Instead, he learned to see every roadblock as an opportunity to grow and win.

Underestimated is part autobiography, part leadership guide. This story follows Donald’s unique path from fifth-grade candy salesman to CEO and angel investor, stopping along the way to uncover unique business and life lessons, inspirations and habits that can help you realize your dreams.

Underestimated should not be underestimated - it is full of stories, anecdotes and real tips for anyone with ambitions to become an entrepreneur. Donald Thompson is, at heart, a salesman and a business creator. Out those two together with creativity and a determination to win, and you have quite the formula for success! For anyone who is either starting their career or looking to make a switch to the world of business owners, then Underestimated will provide you with the crumbs to follow to ensure success. A worthwhile read!

John Murphy, John Murphy International

An incredible story of perseverance, resilience, instinct, and the power of relationships. Donald Thompson generously shares the highs and lows of his extraordinary success, from his regrets to his risky decisions. But what struck me most was the prevailing lesson he leaves with all of us; the health and prosperity of our country depends on the health and prosperity of all. Empower the marginalized, heal communities, and don’t be afraid to disrupt the status quo.

Eileen (Eila) Park Robertson, Founder/Filmmaker

A common trait amongst those who are underestimated is to “be so good that they can’t ignore you.” DT has always been driven and determined. However, within these pages you will see the impact that drive and determination paired with humility, grace, the love and support of family, and a willingness to be coachable and teachable can lead to great success in a person’s life. DT’s journey and life story in “Underestimated” shows that while the pursuit of one’s goals, hopes, and dreams might not be easy… the pursuit can definitely be worth it!

Carlester T. Crumpler, Education, Not for Profit (HENFP) – Southeast

In a time of rising pessimism about life, work, and our fracturing societies, Donald Thompson offers a personal, powerful reflection on believing in oneself and securing a just future in which diversity makes us stronger and more united.

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

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