DERRICK Interview with Motivational Speaker and Author Jonathan Rivers

February 12, 2018

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 Jonathan Rivers who has as a BS in Marketing from Auburn University and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Rivers is married to his wife Erica and they have four children; Kingston, Ezra Adah and Titus. He is also an author, motivational speaker, professional development consultant and youth coach and mentor.

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

My dream is to travel around the world with the purpose of transforming mindsets through speaking, encouraging and enlightening. I plan to create a program that sends young men and women to leadership camps to build their acumen and leadership skills, which they will bring back to the community and share with their peers.

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

I have my BS in Marketing from Auburn University and my MBA from the University of Phoenix. I consistently speak about the principles I learned in college such as the product life cycle and human capital. I also discuss my experiences of discovering my purpose, overcoming adversity and building relationships.

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

I consider myself unique because of my versatility. I am a powerful and passionate storyteller with knowledge and experience because of my background as a former collegiate athlete, high school educator, motivational speaker and believer in Christ.

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

I realized I was ready to run my own speaking and consulting business when I was laid off from the University of Phoenix in 2014. I applied for at least 40 jobs and got told no every single time. I then knew I wasn’t being told no to anyone’s organization; I was being told yes to my purpose!

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

Darren Palmer is my publisher, one of my mentors and a driven individual. He is the owner of his own self publishing company (selfpublish-N-30days) and he has helped me step into a new level of greatness. His vision and preciseness regarding his professional direction is inspiring and beneficial to anyone.

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

I was abandoned by my father at birth and raised by a single mother. I was sexually abused as a child and involved in multiple life threatening car accidents. There was a time I only had $30 in my checking account but I did not allow those circumstances to make me a victim because I chose to allow them to make me a victor.

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

1. Do not compere yourself to anyone else! God made each of us in his mold, but unique in our own way. Everyone has a purpose and it is not predicated on being just like the next person. Work to be better than you were yesterday, rather than being better than someone else.

2. Be intentional about everything in your life! Too many people live life on cruise control with a laissez faire attitude because they don’t care what may transpire. If you don’t intentionally create your road to success, you are creating your road to mediocrity.

3. Learn, Learn, Learn! Continue to research what it is that you want to pursue in life. Do not allow the opportunity to learn be stripped because of arrogance or your perception of a specific source. Life is a teaching tool and it needs to be observed.

Visit www.Jonathanbamrivers.com for more information.

 

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The DAILY Message for Tuesday March 1st, 2016

February 29, 2016

“One way to get is to swing until you HIT (Hang In There).”

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.


The DAILY Message for Tuesday February 9th, 2016

February 8, 2016

“Work through the hassle and build your CASTLE (Continue Adjusting SO There’s Light Everywhere).”

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 Dr. Shadeiyah Shaheed-Edwards

January 6, 2016

DrEdwardsEncouragement 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 Dr. Edwards who has been working in the mental health field for over ten years. She has experience working with forensic populations, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, geriatrics, human sexuality, foster care system, and gangs. She is a gang expert and business consultant. She has a commitment to empower women and train mental health provider’s empathy to work with gang-involved individuals.

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

I have a dream to empower women to take control of their lives whether it’s finances or relationships by seeking their higher power, education, accomplishing their goals, and being purpose driven. My goal is to empower the single mother who believes she can’t have a career and raise children.

I would also like to continue raising awareness and assist with building empathy in those that encounter gang involved individuals through trainings. I would like to leave a legacy and create generational wealth for my family.

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

I have my BS in criminal justice with a minor in Black studies, MA in Applied Forensic Psychology, and my Psy D in Clinical & Forensic Psychology. I use it daily to treat patients with severe mental illness. I also teach and mentor future clinicians and psychologist.

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

Being able to step outside of myself to understand and relate to other’s experience. I display empathy for all people. My parents have always taught me that I needed to be more than book smart; I needed to also have street smarts. I bring that element, which is why I am able to reach those involved in gangs. I consider myself the best of both worlds.

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

I prepared for this moment my whole life. I was always serious about school and always knew where I was headed. Every job and life experience has led me to this point right now. I originally wanted to be a lawyer, but God had a different plan for my life.

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

Javon Beard came from humble beginnings growing up in South Central Los Angeles….Through all adversity he has managed not to become a statistic… He is one of the best Protective Service Agents on the West Coast to the stars. His credentials include: Private Investigator License, Licensed to Carry Concealed Weapon in 37 States and 77 Countries. He is also one of the authors of Remember The Time Protecting Michael Jackson in His Last Days. This book can be purchased at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. To book a licensed agent contact Javon at  Javonbeard@yahoo.com.

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

Life is full of challenges each day. I don’t allow challenges to hold me back, I face them head on. I have learned to keep God first and stay prayed up. When you are walking in purpose, the devil will be busy and will use the people closest to you, to attack you.

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

Do not let anything distract you, detour you, or bring you down. Be prepared to lose friends along the way. Majority of the people closest to you will not support you and be okay with that. People are not with the movement until its moving. Create your lane and stay in it. Support other’s, network, and establish professional relationships. Your dream is nothing without a goal and execution of a plan. Remember, the best leaders are those that serve others. The measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.

Visit Dr. Edwards for more information.


DERRICK Hayes Interview with Artist Joe Galaxy

December 25, 2015

JoeGalaxyEncouragement 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 Sun Star Records artist Joe Galaxy who is anything but your typical musician. The multi-hybrid rhymer showcases a futuristic sound that crosses genres and delivers music that appeals to fans of techno, pop, rock and hip-hop. Influenced by everyone from Beethoven to Nirvana and Led Zeppelin to Lil Wayne. 2016 is the year to be “Grateful” and release the debut album late Winter called the same: “Grateful”.

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

My dream is to succeed to ultra-success in my music career, family, peace of mind, and financially at the same time! I’m at peace now and know who I am regardless of which plateau I reach. For me, it’s a personal challenge to see how far we can take this thing man! Let’s get to the top. So far, I’ve achieved a killer album ft Pitbull & Renegade Foxxx, my music is playing worldwide on major radio, the fire is blazing. My goal is to win a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and be on the cover of GQ magazine. If I can inspire others to go for their dreams and have fun then that is an accomplishment too. Nothing exceeds like success baby! Follow me on Instagram: @TheJoeGalaxy to find out the up to the minute on my project and connect with me. I’d love hear from you.

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

My educational background is life, a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, elite military training, & extensive acting/comedy programs. I use all of these educational backgrounds in my daily life. The no-quit, determined attitude is absolutely required to make it in the entertainment industry, especially the music industry. Initiative is the life blood of an entertainment industry entrepreneur. Remember, it is your career, nobody else gives a s$*t. But we all are playing a role and humor and not taking yourself too seriously will put everything in perspective. I don’t know how I use computer science these days except to make jokes about nerds because I am
one. lol Nerd is the other N word, lol. But I can say it because I was in the National Honor Society for Computer Science in College. haha for reals…

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

I have a universal appeal/look. I am a natural connector/networker. I am very confident but I come of humble, like a regular “Joe.” I do have a prosperity, personal development consciousness so my mindset is aligned with positivity. I understand cause and effect.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now? JoeGalaxy2

I was born ready. I just took awhile to find and get with the right people.

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

Mr. Ron King who is one of the single most talented modern day Picasso of our time. I’ve never seen anyone produce more masterpieces per moment in my life. We could burn all of his art to date and he would produce more even better master pieces tomorrow and start over. It’s truly a phenomena.

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

All of them, OMG. There is nothing and noboday that can stop me. If this isn’t your attitude with supreme confidence in you then youre done. If you believe in yourself so much and your burning desire is there can’t nothing stop you. If you have doubt, then redo your work or work on your craft. The stepping stones appear out of nowhere when you believe and have a positive mental attitude. You will then see the way and not the challenges. I know that sounds like some Mr. Miagi shizl but it is true.

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

I feel the most important keys are to stay the course, get with the right people, realize that over night success is a result of preparation that leads to that break through. How many years does it take to become a doctor or get a degree. Well keep that in mind when pursuing your dreams. Do it because you truly love it and it is your passion. Do what others aren’t willing to do. Develop yourself so you actually are the value and the money will flow to the value.

Visit Joe Galaxy for more information.


The DAILY Message for Friday December 11th, 2015

December 10, 2015

“The right approach will make you a great COACH (Capture Optimism And Create Hope).”

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 Hip Hop Artist Matthias aka “Mr 16 Bars”

December 6, 2015

MatthiasEncouragement 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 Matthias who was born in North Philadelphia in 1979. He is one of 10 siblings. Matthias graduated from Eastern University with a BA in marketing. In 2006 he enlisted in the US Army. He completed two tours in Iraq and was awarded two Army Accommodation medals in his support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his discharge Matthias began working on his first hip hop album called, “The Forgotten“, (available on iTunes, CdBaby, Amazon MP3, Google Store etc.) Matthias’s latest sophomore album, “You & I“, speaks on issues ranging from male & female relationships, growing up in a poor urban environment to social injustice throughout the world. This album is available exclusively at http://www.matthias16bars.bandcamp.com

Remember Hip-Hop? Remember the music before the “bling”, before the pimp swagg, before the music got lost in the image. Remember the Hip-Hop that was an instrument of social change? Remember the music that stood at the foundation of expression before players, gangsters, and video vixens took over? Remember the artists that had the world moving to beats that spoke of social prejudice and injustice. Remember that Hip-Hop? If you don’t remember music like the one I just described—let me introduce you to Matthias aka “Mr 16 Bars

What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream goal is to be a successful independent hip hop music artist. I want to be able to control every aspect of my career from branding to writing.

What is your educational background and how do you use it daily

I have a BA degree in marketing. I use marketing every time I try to sell my music to fans by creating value through product placement and branding.

When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized that I was ready to be a hip hop artist when I found it literally impossible to walk away from it. Whether I make a dime or not, I will continue to write music until I’m 6 feet under.

Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I would have to say Jimmy Da Saint. He is an author as well as a local Philadelphia music promoter. He has created a platform that allows independent artist to be recognized in the city. He is the visionary behind the Philly Hip Hop Awards. He is a positive role model and a natural born hustler.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The biggest challenge I find myself having to overcome is the lack of financial resources. As an independent artist you do not have the major financial backing of a major label, so you don’t have the luxury of getting the national exposure like a major label artist. In order to be heard you have to be able to do a lot with a little, and create marketing campaigns that are creative with the right amount of flare that can capture your target audience’s attention.

What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Be consistent, work smart, and plan appropriately…oh and don’t forget to have fun! It’s your dream, so you should find enjoyment in doing it!!!!

Visit Matthias AKA “Mr. 16 Bars” for more information.