We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremiah P. Mensah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremiah P., the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was when I gave up my pursuit of a medical career for a life of ministry. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a doctor, but after graduating from college, I realized that I had a different calling. I’m often told that I quit because I didn’t do well in school, but it’s quite the opposite. I graduated magna cum laude from UNT, and I was actively preparing to take the MCAT, which is another reason why it was such a hard decision. Working so hard towards a goal for many years and then having to pivot like that, that was difficult.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Christian content creator on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. I started posting videos earlier this year to help answer questions that Christians and non-Christians might have. A few of my videos went viral, and that has helped me reach millions of people with the answers that they were searching for.
Putting out videos is something that is completely out of my comfort zone. Honestly, I don’t even like being on camera, but I knew I had to record and post the videos because someone out there might need them. You never know the impact you’re having on others, so you just have to leave that comfort zone and put yourself out there. I understood that I had to stop belittling the gift that God had placed in me and use it to benefit others. It wasn’t easy to overcome the camera-shyness, and I still struggle with it, but I’ve learned to “punch fear in the face and just press record”, as Sean Cannell from Think Media would say.
One thing I’m excited about is the opportunity we have today through social media. Granted, it has its pros and cons, but that’s the more reason why we need more people on the ‘pro’ side. There’s no reason to hide something that could bless lives when other people use the same platforms to bully and hate on others with no remorse.
I remember when my videos began to go viral. There were so many people with opposing views who left nasty comments and called me all sorts of names, and it used to mess me up. It was completely unexpected, partly because I didn’t expect my videos to blow up, so I didn’t handle it well initially. But as time went on, I learned to ignore the hate and just focus on what I was doing. I love interacting with people, and I respond to comments and direct messages frequently, but I and to quickly learn how to identify those who genuinely wanted or needed help, and those who were just looking to start something. I think this is one of the most crucial lessons I’ve learnt this year. No matter what you say, there’ll always be at least one person who disagrees with you. And you know what? That’s okay.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the lakes in the DFW area! I would take them to White Rock Lake for sure. Dallas is one huge attraction for me. There’s just so much to do, but if I had to pick, we’d go to the Dallas Arboretum, the Aquarium, Reunion Tower, the giant eyeball, and the museum of illusions. Also, just driving through Downtown at night is a favorite pastime of mine. As for food, Chick-fil-A and Whataburger are my main fast food go-to’s
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my wife, Oge. We’ve only been married for a few months, but her encouragement and support has been vital to my (ongoing) success since we started dating.
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