DERRICK Interview with Global Business Leader Vijay Eswaran

November 29, 2017

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Vijay Eswaran who is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist and the author of the best-selling book In the Sphere of Silence. An economist by training, he is the founder of a multimillion-dollar global business, A well-known thought leader in Asia, he has written and spoken extensively about business, leadership, personal development, and life management. His new book Two Minutes from the Abyss published by Networking Times Press is now available as an eBook on Amazon.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dreams of yesterday have been surpassed in many ways. I now yearn for dreams of today, which are of far greater significance to me. When I was in my teens, I dreamt of owning a Ferrari. I eventually got one (and it was a big deal at the time!), though getting in and out of it was more of a bother than it was worth! Comfort became a lot more important than speed.

Throughout my 20s, 30s, and 40s, my dreams have dramatically changed in essence, direction and depth. Earlier, my goals were materialistic in nature; today, I am focused more on spirituality and self-actualization.

I’ve come a long way in my life’s journey, and what I have achieved over the years is not as significant, when I look towards my dreams of today. At one point, making a billion dollars seemed an impossible goal. Not so much anymore. And with age and experience I have come to realize that there is only so much one can spend! What I now know is, whatever money you make in this lifetime it is never truly yours. You are merely a custodian of it before it moves on to someone else after you.

That’s why, today I dream of touching a billion hearts. Making a difference in the lives of a billion people and empowering them to live their life as they should. To its fullest potential.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I am a firm believer that education should focus only on helping an individual develop a vocation, rather than find an occupation. I spent years earning a college degree and training to be an economist and ended up working for others for a decade instead of following my heart to become an entrepreneur.

My education became somewhat of an anchor preventing me from leaving the security of the harbour. A part of me resisted the pull because I felt like I was abandoning all those years of hard work and investment I put into earning my educational qualification. I felt I had sacrificed so much to earn that degree and was obligated to put it to good use.

Today, I am still undecided as to whether my education served me in good stead or not. When I look at the top 10 richest men in the world and realize that most of them droped out of college, I am not so sure if my degree was of great use to me, or a great impediment.

However, it is the gap year – I call it the year of ‘debunking school’ – that I found most educational. I spent a year travelling around Europe, which taught me how to live and adapt to different cultures and countries, it taught me empathy, and opened up the world to me and me to the world. It taught me three values that I carry with me until today – Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I am a non-conformist by nature and therefore I have an instinctive need to think out of the box. I cannot walk into a room and simply agree with everything I hear. Many a time when I find my team is discussing and agreeing to go in a particular direction, in my mind I am already looking for another, usually opposite direction. This is not to cause chaos, but to provide a different perspective and ensure that a given situation or problem is being examined from all angles.

I prefer to think of myself as a contrarian, and a disruptor by nature. Many have called me a maverick. My life has been one of lifelong rebellion. Accepting the norm has just never worked for me.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur. I was 35 when I made the decision to give up full-time employment and dive head first into building my company. In my case it was not so much about being ready, but about making that decision.

And that is what I tell anyone who asks me for advice on preparing for entrepreneurship. You start by making a decision. And from there on it becomes a process of making a series of decisions that lead you to where you are meant to be. You rarely make right decisions at the start, but that’s part of the process. I prefer to work on making those decisions right.

If you wait for the right moment to do something, wait for the stars to align, for Venus and Jupiter to cross paths in the sky, you will keep waiting. I don’t think there is such a thing as being ready to begin something. I don’t think any of today’s successful leaders or entrepreneurs were ready to be where they are today. They made a decision and dove right into it.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

There have been so many individuals who have guided me to where I am today, those who I consider my mentors.

My parents have been my greatest mentors. They have molded and guided me to think the way I do. My father instilled in me an important lesson when I was growing up: Service above self. I live my life by that credo.

There have been many others who appeared at various stages in my life who guided me through many ups and downs. Some of your finest mentors in life will come from the more unexpected places. Be open to them all. I have received wisdom from janitors and taxi drivers.

Know that you don’t always need to meet or know a person in order to learn from them or be influenced by them. Among the many great historical figures whose lives and lessons shaped my thoughts and my world, are Nelson Mandela whose life was his most powerful sermon to the world; Martin Luther King who filled me with so much passion and an abundance of fervour as to the equality of man; John F Kennedy who till today continues to inspire me with his brand of optimism and a flair for touching the hearts of those he spoke to, and Mother Teresa, whose abundance of love left a resounding wake in her path.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Every challenge I ever faced felt enormous at the time and left me the better for it afterwards. The ones that I have beaten have taught me what I know, and the ones that have beaten me have taught me what I do not know. Either way, I live for every challenge, for without them it is hardly worthwhile to do what I am doing now.

I have encountered far too many challenges to count. When I first started out as an entrepreneur it seemed as if nothing was going my way. I didn’t have anyone to guide me; no one in my family had any experience with entrepreneurship. I had no powerful connections, or external funding. No one believed I could achieve what I set out to do. But I know I wasn’t meant to waste my life making money for other people. I’m so grateful I found like-minded partners, and the support of my wife. We’ve faced many setbacks over the years and continue to do so till today but I believe that if I don’t face them head on, I’m no longer progressing in my life.

I see challenges as opportunity for growth and progress. In the eventuality there are no more challenges in the offing, then I find myself duty bound to create one— be it for myself or those who follow me!

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

If only there existed a secret key to success, someone would have found it by now. The real secret is that each person must find his own key. I think an important aspect that many young people obsessed with winning at all times don’t realize is that it is dangerous to be successful the very first time. If you have never failed, you will never understand the value of success. It’s better to fail before one succeeds because that is the best way to learn. The worst failure is to allow yourself to be trapped in success.

Success does not teach. The longer you stay in its clutches, the more you regress.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

You life is your greatest gift. Live life well by embracing everything it has to offer. Welcome challenges with patience, and enthusiasm.

Success does not respond to wishes. It responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence, perseverance and patience. Success, like life responds in equal measure to your ability to respond to it. Respond infinitely, respond limitlessly.

Visit http://www.vijayeswaran.com/ for more information about Vijay Eswaran and if you are an entrepreneur, expert or celebrity and you are looking for a way to promote you and the things you do then contact us for a DERRICK Interview.

Derrick Hayes is also known to the world as the “enTIEtainer” as he tells stories through neck ties to empower others to greatness.  Book the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting www.derrickhayes.com, emailing info@derrickhayes.com or by calling (706) 615-1662

 

 

 

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TIP Tuesday

May 2, 2017
Welcome to TIP (To Increase Possibilities) Tuesday where I give you a nugget that can help you build a gold mine.
Use your blog or social media to feature others in and outside of your network and industry.
A few years ago I was asked to do PR for a great friend and it was put in my spirit to start a blog called Today’s Honoree where other people would nominate other people. Today’s Honoree at http://www.TodaysHonoree.com has now featured over 1,000 people and it gives each person that is featured the power to pay it forward and nominate others that deserve recognition.
Here are the basic resources you need to give back to others.
1. Picture.
2. Bio or resource box.
3. Website or blog
4. Social media links
When you give up space to promote another face it will organically take your dream to an incredible unknown place. The unknown can take you from working for someone to working on your own.
Stop looking at others like they are a funny creature but look inside them and see how to tell their story with a feature.
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#Derrick Hayes at www.DerrickHayes.com is an #Author and #MotivationalSpeaker for #Teams
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DERRICK Interview with Blind Filmmaker Michael Schwartz

November 11, 2016

michaelschwartzEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Michael Schwartz who is a legally blind filmmaker and owner of Trailhead Productions brings fifteen years of experience in television news and production to the table, and you’ll see what that means all along the way. An award winning reporter, Michael knows television and works for you with the same dedication and ideals valued by the best in the business.   “We’re the storytellers, not the story.”  That means that at Trailhead, we never forget that you and your dreams are the stars of the show.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I’m a big believer in breaking through boundaries. Although I’ve been gradually losing my eyesight since I was thirteen years old, my dream was to pursue a career in visual storytelling, and I’ve never taken “no” for an answer. Through a career as a broadcast reporter and photographer, and now as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve seen firsthand that it’s possible to merge the worlds of visual storytelling and visual impairment. From my first job all the way through my current film. Following my own passions, though, cannot and should not be the end of the story. My dream is to change perceptions, raise expectations and make a difference in the world of inclusion for people with disabilities.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. What I loved so much about my education there is that no matter what your specific goals were, you had to learn everything about the business. It wasn’t good enough to want to be just an anchor, or a reporter, or a photographer, or any of the other jobs in journalism. You had to learn it all, and I had so many opportunities to learn skills that have benefited me throughout my career as a storyteller. Understanding what makes up a good picture, learning how to tell a concise story, understanding how to combine dozens of stories to build a newscast that makes sense… it’s all about crafting stories that make a difference.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The first resource actually doesn’t have anything to do with tools of the trade. It has to do with drive and resilience. The fact of the matter is that if you’re going to be a visual storyteller who’s visually impaired, there has to be an inner belief in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, nothing else matters.

I also rely on the twin pillars of of communication and partnership. While it’s easy to talk about the mechanics of how I do my job – working with the spatial and acoustic dynamics of an environment or a set to frame a shot, or shooting on a 4K camera to edit in a 1080 timeline, or not thinking of color itself as much as color profiles to use waveforms and vectorscopes to craft the mood and design of a shot, these are all just that” mechanics. They explain how do my job, but not why I do my job. I do my job because I get to work with a team of creative professions who share a creative vision. It’s what gets me up every morning in search of great stories to tell.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I think the key to realizing your dreams is that you shouldn’t wait until you feel you’re 100% ready. The truth is that day may never come. There will always be at least one unanswered question, one skill you could hone a little more, one step you may feel you’re not ready to take yet. Life is about leaps of faith. When I set out to start my own business, one based on a risky proposition and an uncertain outcome – staring a video production company even though I’m visually impaired – the one thing I had was a belief that I could succeed. Yes, you start a venture with as many resources as you can muster and your prepare as much as you can, but success is based on action, and action requires at least a certain amount of faith in yourself. Really, I knew I was ready because I believed in myself.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I can’t speak highly enough of my colleague and friend Maxwell Ivey. Max calls himself the Blind Blogger, but his life is about so much more than his blindness. It’s about always seeking self-improvement, expanding horizons and making a difference. Max knows how to start with a dream, use the resources he’s developed over the course of a lifetime of finding unique solutions to difficult challenges, learning new skills to help him achieve his goals and always looking to the future.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I believe that the challenge anyone with a dream has to overcome is facing down low expectations. What I’ve found is that people tend to rise to the expectations we set for them. As a creative artist – a filmmaker – who is visually impaired, I work every day not only to coordinate a creative vision with my team, but also to lead others to a world where there is no barrier to achievement. I direct and even shoot documentaries, and will continue to do this throughout and beyond the process of losing my eyesight. This is because there is a certain truism that we all have to come to accept, that pursuing one’s passion is the best starting point, because there are no barriers to accomplishment.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

There is really one key to success. Set the bar high for yourself and for those who share your passions. This doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake. As they say, that’s why pencils have erasers. High expectations push you to challenge yourself, and it motivates you to constantly question your own assumptions… even the ones you don’t know you have. Expecting the highest level of performance from everyone you work with encourages you to pursue nothing short of excellence.

Michael is a friend of mine, and I want to encourage you to support his new documentary series, “The Palette Project: Losing Sight, Maintaining A Vision.” He’s made it really easy to pledge with a micropayment of just $1 for the videos he’s posting on his Patreon feed. This is a great way to show your support, and you can make a difference by helping him make a difference. Plus, you get to see some pretty amazing videos of some pretty amazing people, and learn what it’s like to be a visually impaired filmmaker. – Maxwell Ivey


Professional Development DAILY Message for Wednesday April 27th, 2016

April 26, 2016

“Generate Good By Serving In Your HOOD (Helping Others Opens Doors).”

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


The DAILY Message for Wednesday February 24th, 2016

February 23, 2016

“The more you are prepared the less you have to be SCARED (Strategize Continuously And Raise Expectations Daily).”


Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


DERRICK Hayes Interview with Author Ron Walker

December 12, 2015

RonWalkerEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Hayes Interview is with Ron Walker who was born in Thomaston GA and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA in Clayton County. With over ten years of speaking under his belt, Ron has grown into a well trained empowerment speaker. He delivers a passionate message centered on self-motivation, overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. In order to aid others in their voyage, he has developed several books and CD projects. Projects include “I Almost Gave Up,” “It’s My Time,” “On track to the Kingdom,” “Your Best Day Today,” “The Lost Works of a Lost Soul,” “One Day at a Time,” “Passion 101” and “Dollar and a Dream: Succeed or Die Trying.” All of his projects are internationally distributed and can be found wherever you buy books or CD’s including Amazon, iTunes, Napster and Sony.

Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and in Psychology. He is a licensed and ordained Christian minister and oversees Better Way Ministries, an outreach ministry specializing in motivating others to find and define their purpose.

Dream:

My dream is to simply encourage people in a way that propels them into their destiny. I simply aim to be a cog in the process, a catalyst of sorts that gets the ball rolling in the right direction. I believe in momentum, but sometimes what separates achievers from under achievers is a push in the right direction. Through my writing, speaking, ministry and even business, I aim to be that push towards purpose.

Education:RonWalkerBook

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in both Theology and Psychology. Seeing as how I’m constantly dealing with people, I use them both daily. Understanding the minds and motivations of people are key in being able to break through to them and motivate them. My formal and informal education allow me to better understand people from different backgrounds, their different obstacles in life and the different factors that influence their decisions. I mentioned in my motivational audio book, “Dollar and a Dream,” the importance of what school, church and the streets taught me and how they influence me daily. It’s important to be able to utilize all facets of education. That’s also why I make it a goal to learn something new everyday.

Resource:

I think with every person, if they can’t bring anything else to the table, they at least bring their past, their experiences and the knowledge base they have developed based on those unique experiences. I am who I am because of what I’ve been through over the years. I bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the table because of where I’ve come from and what I’ve been through. I was born with little, went through much and have come out in a pretty good position. No one else can tell my story like me.

Ready:

I realized I was ready around the age of nine. I started my first business back then and have developed over the years. I started writing and receiving rewards and acknowledgements for it back when I was in middle school and I started speaking and teaching in church towards the beginning of high school. I don’t think anyone knows everything about where they are going or will end up in life, but as far as being ready…I’ve been ready, but I’m constantly preparing for more as well. I’m ready and getting ready all at the same time. I’m ever expanding.

Individual:

It’s difficult for me to think of one person in my network to single out as person that others should learn more about. My friends are doing many great things in their respective industries. Justin and Akuba Dawkins are on the precipice of making great developments in the Tech world. Lyndon Batiste, Phil Daniels, Niko Villamor are doing wonders with music. Levar Norsworthy is making great strides in marketing. And there are so many more. If I had to highlight one person, I would say that my father Pastor Daniel Fagan is one to know because of his understanding of love and leadership. I believe that more of us need to understand how to love people and lead effectively.

Challenges:

As is pointed out in my new book, “I Almost Gave Up,” divorce, financial struggles, the decline of a business, the loss of a very close loved one and so many other things have been challenges I’ve had to overcome, but it’s all a part of life. We all have obstacles and challenges, but I’m a believer that for every problem there is a solution. I don’t focus as much on challenges as I focus on solutions. It’s a part of what helps me to continue to succeed.

Keys for Success:

As mentioned before, focusing on solutions instead of problems is key to success. I wrote a book not too long ago called, “It’s My Time: Stop Complaining and Start Changing.” In my opinion, it’s imperative to seek change over complaints. We can all find something to be unhappy about and we can all find something to be happy about, but the choice is ours. Never give up. Keep smiling and keep persevering. The battle isn’t given to the strong, but to the one that endures. If we keep pushing, persevering and being relentless in our efforts, eventually we will succeed. To me, true success comes when we realize that the joy is in the journey, not the destination. If we can learn to enjoy each day and appreciate the ride that life takes us on, success becomes an ever present reality.

Visit Ron Walker for more information.


The DAILY Message for Monday December 22nd, 2014

December 21, 2014

AskDerrickAboutEach week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

(Please read, Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

  • Derricknym: Raise Your STAKES (Simplify Techniques And Keep Enjoying Success).
  • App: Today’s word is Proclaim. Ali stated that he was The Greatest and Floyd Mayweather says that he is The Best Ever. What do you proclaim in your name? Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea: Work on your wonder and you won’t go under.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.