The DAILY Message for Wednesday December 16th, 2015

December 15, 2015

“Even when you’re stressed realize why you’re BLESSED (Beginning with Love Everyday Shapes Souls to Endure Devastation).”

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.

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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 Designer Drea DaVinci

November 24, 2015

DreaEncouragement 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 DreaDaVinci who is first and foremost an artist.  DreaDaVinci is a renaissance woman who wants to dominate today’s fashion landscape. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the Univeristy of Oregon in combination with studies abroad of art and culture have honed her creative eye and skill set. Drea utilizes her knowledge and experience in fashion blogging, celebrity styling, development of online boutiques, and marketing. Her design aesthetic ranges from fashion forward looks to timeless classics. Drea’s world travels have inspired a collection of clothing geared towards today’s tastemakers and trendsetters. DreaDavinci Clothing is a lifestyle and a movement that symbolizes the finer things and a love of the good life.  

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

Above all, I want to be happy.  My dream is to travel as much of the world as possible. I dream of living on a beautiful beach and painting pieces that I can incorporate into my clothing designs.  I want to use my abilities to inspire other artists and business people alike to create and innovate.  I had a dream of creating the dreadavinci brand and watching it manifest has been literally a dream come true!

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

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Oregon.  I studied art and culture abroad and have traveled extensively, although there is so much more of the world I can’t wait to see!  I use my education to help interpret the social constructs around us, and to practice critical thinking and to “think outside the Matrix” if you will.  My first job out of college was in finance and I am so thankful to have a grasp on how to navigate the world of finance as it is vital in owning and running a company.

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

What makes my brand so strong is my team.  I have one of the best designers in the world working with me, Dallas Stokes.  He has been in the industry for decades  and is extremely talented and well connected, with a hugely successful track record.   I also have one of the best production managers in the business, Ralph De Blanc, with over 30 years of experience.   He has a priceless skill set and a wealth of knowledge!  We all speak the same language of working hard, upholding good business ethics, transparency in all matters of communication, loyalty, and honesty.  The dreadavinci brand is unique in that the designs reflect our experiences as world travelers and connoisseurs of style.

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

I realized I was ready almost a year ago when I found the niche in the market that needed filling.  I had previously owned an online boutique and had styled various celebrities.  My experience in marketing towards a fashion based demographic, driving traffic and search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging,finance, and buying and selling different clothing lines helped prepare me to have my own company.  Also my background as an artist helped my confidence in my ability to design.  I saw that there was a niche for my line, and it’s been a lot fun exploring that opportunity.

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

Dallas Stokes.  Because his resume is unparalleled.  He went straight from high school at the age of 17 designing shoes and brands that have literally transformed the entire industry.  Look him up, his body of work is crazy.

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

I’m not sure if many people realize how challenging it really is to get a shoe line produced. The day that we had confirmation that my shoes were going to be made, tears of joy were cried.  It still feels surreal to know that there’s an entire factory full of people working on my line, I have to pinch myself sometimes!

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

First and foremost, believe in yourself and never give up.  Surround yourself with positivity.  Don’t be afraid to sacrifice to get where you are going.  Read and do your research!  Two books really changed my life:  The Four Agreements and the Law of Attraction.  When one learns to harness the power of their minds and focus their mental towards manifesting magic, then magic happens!  I am a huge advocate of practicing gratitude for all blessings.  Surround yourself with people who are smart, successful, honest, and know more than you do.  Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of the failure to try. “Don’t let anyone outwork you” is a mantra my Dad instilled in me, and those words remind me constantly to aim higher and work harder.

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

To be able to create a brand from just an idea in less than a year, and to have such a positive reception is truly humbling.  I am so thankful for the opportunity, and so excited to share my designs with the world!

Visit Drea DaVinci for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Judge Angela Cox

October 5, 2015

JudgeCoxEncouragement 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 Judge Angela Cox who is the 1st black female appointed in the 4th judicial circuit in Fl., A prominent & sought after speaker. Her passion-“to help others, find their purpose in life.”

In November of 2014, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Cox to the Circuit Court bench. Prior to her appointment, she served as a County Court Judge for nine years… after being appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.

She attended Tennessee State University as an undergrad and received her J.D. Degree from the University of Memphis School of Law.

Judge Cox serves her community by being a mentor, as a committed volunteer in her local church, as a volunteer for the Justice Teaching Initiative in Duval County Public and Private Schools… and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Judge Angela M. Cox is a Detroit native. Her story will have you in tears and leave you, inspired. From young-to old- Judge Cox engages her audiences – and leaves them with the desire to find their passion and purpose in life.

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

My dream was to become a member of the judiciary in the State of Florida. I achieved my goal and my dream became a reality when I was first appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005 to our County Court and then appointed in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott to our Circuit Court as the first African American Woman in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

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

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University.

Juris Doctor from Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis.

I use my degrees every single day since receiving them. I practiced Criminal Prosecution and I serve in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court.

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

The ability  to motivate others to find their purpose in life.

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

The process of knowing I was and am ready is continuous. When I was 17, my only sibling who was 18 was shot and killed. I knew then that I wanted to be a criminal prosecutor and one day a Judge. Getting to that place was no easy feat but as I moved in the direction of my goal, I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be.

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

My husband, Sgt. Travis Cox. He is an intelligent, articulate, hardworking, and valued member of our law enforcement community.  He embodies the definition of a professional. He makes me and everyone he encounters want to be their very best.

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

I grew up in less than ideal circumstances in Detroit, Michigan. My mother was addicted to drugs so my primary care was left to my grandmother and then my aunt when I was 15 and my grandmother died. I had a terrible attitude because I felt that life wasn’t fair but my aunt stressed that if I didn’t like the life I was living, to change it. So I did. Hard work, a better attitude,   taking responsibility for my actions, making better choices, choosing the right friends and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to me helped me to live my best life.

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

Live a life of integrity. Be a person of your word. Be on time, all the time. Have a vision for the areas of your life, write it down and make a plan to bring the vision to pass. Don’t let the answer “no” steal your dream, all you need is one yes.

Visit Judge Angela Cox for more information.


Words Of Encouragement for Management Students

December 1, 2014

TranstutorsBy Aditya Singhal

Dear Management Students, This One’s for YOU:

This is the time of the year when your head is probably spinning with thoughts of an upcoming ethics paper, marketing finals, and that other thing for economics that you can only vaguely remember but you do know is about to be due. During times like these it can be really difficult to remember why you decided to study management or even go to (or go back to) college. Have a seat, take a deep breath (file away your anxious thoughts), and let us remind you why.

These are some of the most important years of your life. More than just working to complete a degree, you are discovering and exploring your very self. You are making lifelong friends, working hard, and thinking about the future. And even if the future scares you (and truly, it scares us all), that’s okay. Taking the time to consider your options and to explore career opportunities is going to really pay off. Anything worth pursuing will take time, frustration, and (maybe) a few tears.

The amazing thing about education is that it truly belongs to you. Not only that, but you have the power to decide what to do with it. You can become a leader in your field. You can become a positive change agent. You can change the world. And guess what? One bad grade or one week of frustration isn’t going to change that. Education is about the culmination of your efforts, it is about growth.

Take a moment to stop and think. Think about where you were at the beginning of this semester, year, or program. Think about where you are now. What have you learned? What has brought you joy? What are you most proud of? If there is something that has frustrated or disappointed you, don’t dwell on it. Instead, think about how you can turn those negatives into positives. Can you set a goal for your next semester? What is one thing that you can improve? Reframing the way you think about problems can determine how successful you are at creating solutions. This is an important management and life skill.

And at the end of the day, remember that your happiness and your dreams are important. Steve Jobs said it best:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

Keep these thoughts in the back of your mind and take some time to unwind this week. Grab a coffee with a friend who needs a break as much as you do. Watch a couple of episodes of your favorite series on Netflix. Take a nap. Before you know it, you will be clasping your management degree with both hands, filled with pride and excitement for the next part of your journey.

About Aditya Singhal :

Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of Transtutors.com, a leading online tutoring help for college students. Having graduated from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), he worked briefly with American Consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates before taking the entrepreneurial route. Outside the work ambit, Aditya has a personal interest in helping MBA students. He is also actively involved in giving back to the society by contributing a part of the revenue towards education of poor students in India.


The Importance of Building Relationships In College and Out

October 6, 2014

BuildRelationshipsarticleBy Aditya Singhal

College is a very opportune time in a person’s life. Not only are you gaining knowledge and experiences, but you are also meeting people. Lots of people. These individuals may continue to influence and change your life long after college graduation. There are many different reasons for cultivating professional and personal relationships with people such as professors, fellow students, and professionals. However, the following three are important to recognize now.

Learn Street Smarts:

Many people will tell you that a lot of the learning you experience in college actually happens outside of the classroom. While it’s great to be a 4.0 student, and keep tidy notes that you can use for the rest of your career, there’s also something to be said for the person who can gain insight and share ideas from outside of a text book. Having relationships with others during college gives you a sounding board for ideas and resources that can’t be found in a book. It can be instrumental in figuring out the direction you want to head in.

Increase Career Opportunities:

You may have heard of the old adage, ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know…” Well, it’s true in many cases. Hundreds of professionals can attribute their career to knowing someone else in the field. As a matter of fact, 63% of college graduates have a friend or acquaintance to thank for helping them land the job they have. Professors are also a great connection when job searching. They often have connections to people already working in the field, and can refer them to you or provide letters of recommendation. Even if you find a career and are happy with your current job, it’s never a bad idea to have contacts in related fields of study, in case you want to move in a different direction.

Build Confidence:

Lastly, most students entering college are fresh out of high school and still figuring out who they are, where their strengths lie and what they want to do. By reaching out to a new community of people, you will put yourself in new situations and relationships where you can learn more about yourself. Making new connections will allow you to push your limits, try new things and develop confidence along the way. People often look back in fondness at their college years. Many are thankful for the education and proud of the degree they earned through long hours of studies. But most people are truly happy to have met people, whether students, professors, mentors, their spouse or professionals in the field. These connections will be taken with them no matter what steps they take next. The quality of the connections made can greatly influence the college experience and opportunities available afterward. So take our words of advice and reach out to those around you, look for opportunities to get involved, get to know your professors and connect with people every chance you get. You will be thankful you did down the road.

About Aditya Singhal:

Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of Transtutors.com, a leading online tutoring help for college students. Having graduated from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), he worked briefly with American Consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates before taking the entrepreneurial route. Outside the work ambit, Aditya has a personal interest in helping MBA students. He is also actively involved in giving back to the society by contributing a part of the revenue towards education of poor students in India.

 


The DAILY Message for Monday September 15th, 2014

September 15, 2014
With Andy Clyde.

With Andy Clyde.

Each 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: Do You Give BACK (Believe And Change Kids)?
  • App: Today’s word is Avoid. There are people, places and things that you don’t need in your life. When you know this to be true, find ways to stay away. Stay safe. Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea: Make a beat that others can move to.

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.