My life’s story. A Soldier, Entrepreneur, Cop, Husband, and Father’s life. The trials and tribulations of life, and how to conquer your fears.
Benjamin Gundgaard is a recognized e-commerce expert and international keynote speaker with more than 15 years of experience. He has helped companies such as TUI, GE, Momondo, Deloitte, and Coop increase their conversion from 15% to 300%!
Who is Donald Hamilton? I would say I’m a man who has learned by pushing through fire. I was homeless as a child, fatherless, close to being motherless, as she was more interested in drugs and partying than raising me. Eventually my sisters came along, and I quickly learned the art of protecting those I loved. I had a tumultuous inner city upbringing. I was raised around drugs, biker gangs, alcoholics, and hardened criminals. It’s not at all a stretch to say that I was being groomed for the penitentiary, rather than what is commonly indicative of success. Needless to say I was a troubled youth, but I found solitude in poetry, sports, and my friends who were experiencing some of the same dilemmas and hardships as I was. After high school I was lost, I fell deeper into my friendships, I tried to play sports in college, but eventually I found solitude as a gang member.
During this brief time I hustled illegally, I knew nothing else, I was good at even, but I eventually got caught, and I thank God I did, because I was headed down a road of no return, and absolute failure. A kind judge in Los Angeles, California gave me a second chance, I had never been arrested, I was somehow a scholar athlete with multiple football scholarship offers and no previous record, and by the grace of God the judge gave me minimal punishment. I was thankful, and with this second chance I walked through the front door of the nearest military recruiter, and immediately joined the Army. I remember the recruiters asking me what was wrong, why was I falling into their lap, they couldn’t believe I knew how to count, read, and write, and that I could run a mile without passing out. They were happy to meet their recruiting numbers and I was happy to leave home, a home that was really not much of a home, but a home nonetheless. I reinvented myself in the Army, I was 19 and remained focused, through combat, through loss, t