Greensburg resident turns failures into publishing success
At 23, Dominick Domasky decided he wanted to be a restaurateur. Many people said he couldn't do it, but he did it anyway.
The restaurant failed.
Then there was the time in college that Domasky wanted to play Division III basketball but ended up sitting on the bench. He was so far away from the coach he was practically at the concession stand.
“As a kid, I failed and failed,” the Greensburg resident said.
Domasky has taken hard times and lessons in his life and has compiled them into a new book, “Don't Double Bread the Fish,” released through Motivational Press.
The author said he hopes others may find inspiration from his failures.
“I'm a guy like everybody else who's been down and out and (the book) is about what I've learned from the process,” Domasky said. “No failure will ever define you. In this world you can do whatever you want to do.”
After his restaurant failed, and his wife was pregnant, Domasky got a job in sales — along with another job delivering newspapers for the Tribune-Review to make ends meet.
The company where he worked as a salesman encouraged its employees to keep a notebook of all of their goals.
For Domasky, the goals became complete thoughts, then sentences, then stories.
The 130-page book of 39 chapters took him seven years and a lot of little green spiral notebooks to complete.
“I believe in telling the world your goals,” said Domasky, 35. “I kept telling people I wanted to write a book. You tell enough people, it makes you accountable to those goals. If I keep telling people I'm writing a book, then I better make sure I'm writing a book.”
Today one of his goals is to speak at Madison Square Garden, despite the fact that he has no motivational speaking experience.
He is also on a second book, “The Grunt,” about every job or task he's ever had.
Domasky is quick to point out that “Don't Double Bread the Fish” is not a memoir. Although he is in the book, it's about lessons learned from coworkers, as well as from his father.
He said he would always tease his father about missing 100 days of school as a kid.
One day, his dad said he missed so much school because he only had one shirt and he was too embarrassed to show up wearing the same shirt. Domasky details that experience in a chapter on ‘dressing for success.'
His father, Richard Domasky, loves the book.
“It's wonderful, very motivational,” said Richard Domasky of Greensburg. “Everybody should read it so they don't get too depressed when they have a few setbacks.”
Despite his son's struggles, Richard Domasky said no one could ever tell because the author always kept moving forward.
“Nothing would get him down,” his dad said.
Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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