Our previous article about C. David Moody has been shared over 1.3 million shares and counting. That tells us that you all want to know more about the man that built C D Moody Construction, one of the largest construction firms in the country.
We caught up with Mr. Moody to find out more about him and his business.
What inspired you to start your business?
I worked for some small construction companies and a very large construction company and this might sound strange, but it just kind of happened. I had reached a point where my wife and I said we don’t have anything to lose, so let’s give it a try. That is how it all happened. Our first office was our bedroom.
What is the most challenging and most rewarding thing about being an entrepreneur?
The most challenging is not giving up during times of struggle and despair. If married your spouse must be all in. My wife went back to school and became a registered nurse, so we could have a steady income.
The most rewarding is never missing a payroll in 32 years and knowing what we started as a dream has helped others create a great life for themselves. Giving back to help others is a great feeling.
You are pretty open about your childhood trauma. Why is it important for you to speak up about it?
I speak up because I remember suffering in silence about being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I had a complete emotional breakdown in 1992, and our business was only 4 years. I had to suffer in silence and I had to heal in secret. That cost me some valuable time in my business growth.
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My emptiness has been filled For many years, I struggled with myself as to why I never seemed to have the drive to build a large, worldwide commercial construction business working for global clients. For decades, I thought it was because of the emotional breakdown I had in 1992 and years of trying to heal from surviving the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and the anxiety it often caused. I believed I hadn’t given my maximum effort as an entrepreneur, and that constantly bothered me. It left me really unsettled. Something finally dawned on me after watching the movie “The Adjustment Bureau” twice in one week. (Slight spoiler alert.) There’s a scene when Anthony Mackie tells Matt Damon, an ambitious politician, why he won’t be with the love of his life. Mackie says something like, “…because she is enough and you won’t need to fill that void inside of you with applause and dreams of going to the White House.” That scene hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t have to construct buildings around the world, and get rich in the process, to fight a sense of shame and unworthiness that caused an emptiness inside me. The void produced by childhood sexual abuse had already been filled, and I didn’t even know it. My loving and supportive wife Karla has always been there for me since I married her in 1982. She made me whole when I thought I was damaged and weak. Even with all my entrepreneurial successes, I felt like a failure because I never scaled the business heights that I thought I could reach. A line from a movie finally made it clear. That void, that emptiness, was an illusion. Karla and my children are enough for me. They filled a void I thought was there from childhood. What a blessing to finally realize that! That emptiness had long been filled by the best wife and children a man could ever have. Now at the age of 63, I am finally feel free to “go hard” and really build my business. And I know it’s not too late. Thanks #adjustmentbureauep @unclechaws #mattdamon #anthonymackie thanks #georgenolfi for a great line in a movie
I don’t want anyone to suffer in silence from trauma. I want to help others heal and see they can not only survive but thrive. We will all be knocked to our knees in life. The good news we are stronger than we realize. We can and we will get up. I speak up so others know they are not alone on the journey of healing or life.
What do you attribute the growth and longevity of your company to?
I attribute my longevity to God having a plan for me to not only be a successful contractor but to use my platform to help others turn trauma into triumph.
The other reasons are my wife and I have never had an expensive lifestyle and I have loved architecture and construction since I was a child.
I am living a dream that I didn’t think would happen for me. I grew up in the 1960s. I didn’t see any Black contractors growing up.
What advice do you have for aspiring for success in the real estate/construction industry?
First, it must be your love. Money can’t be your focus. Focus on being excellent in your craft and the money will follow. Be present in life and have a blast every day. Be patient and enjoy life. Keep your faith strong and put positive energy into the universe. Don’t cut corners and honor your word. Never lie and let honesty guide your steps.
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