Truth Tastes Funny with Hersh Rephun
Truth Tastes Funny with Hersh Rephun
How do we stay sane, survive, and thrive in today’s world? On the Truth Tastes Funny podcast, writer/comedian Hersh Rephun explores the absurdity of life’s challenges, while engaging with experts who’ve dedicated themselves to finding serious solutions.
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Overachiever: The Smart & Soul of (ex)Dope Dealer Damon Samuria

S3 E71 • Jul 11, 2023 • 64 mins

Damon Samuria has overcome adversity on many fronts, including surviving the rage of a father whose outrageous expectations he very nearly met. That adversity is woven into his story: it's the story of a very smart dude who's been successful at virtually everything he's undertaken... Of course, some of those endeavors - like building a $250K/week illegal marijuana business - were admittedly dumb decisions. Another paradox lay in his moral compass, work ethic, kind soul, and sense of loyalty...attributes that served him so well that after his 11-month stint behind bars he was offered a safer, cushier "executive role" - in the crime syndicate with which he was affiliated.

Key Points

  • Damon Zamoria's early academic success and natural curiosity were overshadowed by a challenging home environment, leading him down the path to running an illegal marijuana business that eventually landed him in prison.
  • After his incarceration, Damon turned his life around, applying his business acumen to legitimate ventures and focusing on personal growth, health, and helping others achieve a "good life."
  • Damon's relationships with his family, particularly with his parents and brother, have significantly improved over time, with his parents finding a renewed closeness and his father beginning to take accountability for past actions.

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