Sometimes we learn what we’re made of, only when things go wrong; when some adversity of setback changes the trajectory of our existence. When we are forced to be the change we want to see in the world. There is a timeless proverb that states “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”
Dashnay is a life representative of that quote. Before she was a devoted wife, and mother of five boys, she was a statistic. However, there is power in seeking redemption. Dashnay turned her life around. Now, she is the Owner of VIP Credit Repair, Owner of VIP Credit Repair Academy, and Co-owner of VIP Consulting Agency LLC. She is living proof that we can all do the impossible just by starting. Not quitting. Not seeing obstacles as failures but instead, seeking challenges to grow. Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.
Q. Tell us a little about you?
My name is Dashnay Michell Johnson. Im 32 years old. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. Im married to my best friend and business partner, Barry Darnell Johnson. Im the best mom in the world to our five boys (in their eyes). They are 15, 12, 11, 4, and 1. Im a phenomenal cook, dancer and book worm. I enjoy philanthropy and spreading love. I take pride in my work. I love to travel but Im mostly a homebody.
Q. How many businesses do you have? And what are they?
I currently have 3 businesses, VIP CREDIT REPAIR, where we help people with less than perfect credit. Most people come to us because they want to purchase a home, buy a new car, refinance a loan or establish business credit for funding and capital. I own VIP Consulting Agency LLC. We assist others with business plans, registering and establishing their business. Lastly, I own VIP CREDIT REPAIR ACADEMY, an online school to teach, certify and coach others want to become CREDIT REPAIR CONSULTANTS.
Q. What made you want to become an Entrepreneur?
I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. As early as 15 years old, during my stay in a residential program for at risk teens, I started a hair salon. In a facility with 70 boys and 35 girls, there was no one there to do hair. We were not allowed off campus unless your family picked you up. Most of these kids had no family. I met with the director and gave him a list of prices and hairstyles I could do. He agreed that I would be paid weekly. Every Friday I turned in my log of everyone’s hair I did, with the style and price and by Monday, my pay was in my account.
Q. What has been your greatest challenge as a Entrepreneur?
My biggest challenge I would have to say is separating my work from family time. Im fully aware that things can change at any time and that fear makes me work around the clock. I don’t take the fact that my businesses are doing well for granted, im always working to improve my services and the process. This means that there are times im on family vacation and im on my laptop working. It can be a Sunday, and although im closed for business, Im still working on the back end. Anyone who knows me knows my Sundays used to be reserved for family but that’s not so easy when you’re running a business.
Q. Tell us something no one knows you like?? (Something funny and Exciting)
Im greedy as heck!!! There is nothing I don’t eat! I love frog legs, chicken feet, etc. There is no food that I would not try and I have never tasted anything and said “I don’t like it” im a real foodie!!
Q. What would the Dashnay of today tell the 21 year old Dashnay?
I would tell 21 year old Dashnay to value herself more. No matter what you’ve been through you are ready. What’s others did to you didn’t devalue you. If I knew that I would have been the woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter, business woman I am today, I would have not been so easy to allow people who didn’t deserve in my realm. I would have protected my peace and focused on my goals.
Q. What exciting project are you working on?
Right now, I just completed my real estate course, and I’ll have to take my exam for licensing. So many of my current clients have become homeowners since using my services. The happiness and joy I felt for their accomplishment drove me to want to be apart of the process even more. Yes, I fox their credit to help them get approved, but I want to find their dream home. Im truly at my best when I am of service to others.
Q. What final words do you want to share?
I want to let others know that every single circumstance in our lives is apart of the plan. We are always exactly where we are supposed to be. So much has happened in my life and there were times I would think “why me God?” But now I understand those events were necessary for my growth and my success. Life has truly humbled me and Im grateful for the good, the bad and the ugly, I don’t regret anything.
Dashnay Michell Johnson is a woman known for doing the impossible. For being a woman of distinction, redemption, and determination. She always puts her family first and teaches her children the valuable lesson of overcoming through life’s experiences. What she has achieved is remarkable.
Connect with her: www.vipcreditrepairllc.com