The 11 Things I learned From DABO SWINNEY

December 17, 2017

As the guest speaker at the 10th Annual Sports Visions Awards Luncheon Clemson University Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney did not disappoint.

Coach Swinney gave back more to the audience than they could possibly take in. During Mr. Dabo’s presentation he inspired and motivated other players and coaches with what he called his fundamentals for success through stories, quotes, scriptures and words of encouragement.

The St. Luke Church was buzzing with excitement and if you were not there I’m here to take you there by summarizing what happened and how this message changed our lives so through his name I present to you the “11Things I Learned From DABO SWINNEY.”

(D) is for Dream. Don’t be afraid to dream big but set goals with a vision for your success.

(A) is for Active. Be involved and stay involved in school and community programs.

(B) is for Build. Surround yourself with good and tough people so you can build and have positive relationships.

(O) is for Over. Don’t buy into being an over achiever but speak belief into your life and say “I’m not an overachiever I’m an over believer.”

(S) is for Spiritual. In order to have success on and off the field you have to have a spiritual foundation in your life.

(W) is for What. People say someday I will do this and someday I will do that. What you do today determines when your someday will be.

(I) is for Individual. People that are successful know that separation comes from preparation.

(N) is for Now. Don’t take anything for granted so start to bloom where you are planted.

(N) is for Never. Never Ever let people walk through your mind with dirty feet.

(E) is for Education. Getting your diploma and degree is a game changer and it can take you out of the long line and place you in the short line.

(Y) is for You. You can be successful and make a difference. You can work hard and out work others.

When you hear Dabo Swinney conduct interviews or talk to his team in the locker room it will not help you understand how great he is and why he is one of the top coaches in the world until you hear him speak and share his story and still give God glory. I hope this message inspired you like the 11 Things I Learned From DABOR SWINNEY inspired me.


Derrick Hayes is a Paraprofessional that works with students who have Autism and is also known as the “enTIEtainer” where he tells stories through neck ties to empower others to greatness.  For contact or booking information visit , email or call (706) 615-1662.



How To Tie a Tie

September 21, 2017

Here is a link to a video clip so people can learn How To Tie a Tie and it is a fun way to learn to increase your fashion and swag. On Saturday April 26th, 2017 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes at  was one of the guest speakers at the Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church 1st Annual Men’s Conference in Phenix City, Alabama.

In this video clip Derrick Hayes shares with men, women and children the importance of having options of wearing a tie and not wearing a tie and also how to expand your territory with a bowtie. Also learn how you can turn what you have into what you need by turning a regular tie into a bowtie.

Here is the chant song or anthem to help other learn how to tie a tie.

Come Around

Come Around

Bring It Up

Bring It Down

Slide It Up

That is It

Get a Job

and Never Quit

Mobile Tie Tying Service

August 1, 2017
If you need to learn or just want to speed up your turn check out my Mobile Tie Tying Service where I will come to you with a lesson that will definitely be a blessing. Learn How To:  1. Tie Regular Ties  2. Tie Bow Ties 3. Tie Regular Ties into Bow Ties. The TAP (Tie Assistance with Preparation) is Available where we can pre tie your regular neck wear so that you can wear them Daily, Weekly and Monthly. For more information or rates inbox me, email me or call or text (706) 615-1662. My services are available for local, regional, national and international opportunities.

The DAILY Message for Thursday April 7th, 2016

April 6, 2016

“People differently grow, some do it fast and others take it SLOW (Strategic Lifestyles Open Windows).”

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

The DAILY Message for Tuesday June 10th, 2014

June 10, 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: Help SOMEONE (Sharing Our Miracles Empowers Others to New Excellence).
  • App: Today’s word is Balance. At times you will work with no playing time at all. Look at how you can give yourself life balance with mental, physical and spiritual time. Receive Today’s word in Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.
  • Idea: You can if you say you can.

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

DERRICK Interview with Universal Elite Aerospace CEO Kenneth Morris

March 17, 2014

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

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Kenneth Morris who was born and raised in Houston, Texas, 5th Ward to be exact. Kenneth graduated from high school and soon thereafter joined the United States Navy. After separating with an Honorable discharge He went to college and got my degree in Computer Information Systems. After college I returned home to start my nonprofit, Universal Elite Aerospace, to educate the disengaged youth, teens and adults about rewarding aviation careers and more positive options and choices in life.

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

As an Aviation Philanthropist my goal is to diversify aviation operations by exposing more disengaged youth, teens and adults to the positive and rewarding career fields the industry offers. I would like to infuse more African-American, Hispanic and Female pilots, aircraft mechanics, Aerospace Engineers, Airport Executives, Air Traffic Controllers, Aviation Lawyers, Aviation Doctors, Customer Service Agents, etc. into the aviation/aerospace industry.

Currently for every 100 commercial airline pilots less than 3% are Hispanic, 2% are African-American and even less are women. My dream is to multiply these numbers by ten-fold within the next decade through our grassroots outreach effort today! I hope to show our urban youth that they can attain this career and do not have to be professional athletes, Hip-Hip superstars, entertainers, celebrities or even worse, habitual criminals.

Our company launched on 11/12/13 and the progress has been amazing! We have mentored over 1,000 disengaged urban youth. We were the only nonprofit invited to participate in Houston Independent School District Aviation week alongside United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Houston Airport System employees and other major aviation companies. We have built solid relationships with premier aviation groups and organizations around Houston and gained the support of others throughout the country. We have gained media exposure to help spread the message about the program and also great feedback from other nonprofits who have been in the business for decades!

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

I graduated from Jesse H. Jones HS and went to the United States Navy three weeks after graduation. In the Navy I studied the behaviors and propagation paths of acoustic sound signatures produced by diesel and nuclear submarines. I earned the title of Anti-submarine Warfare Systems Operator and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. After separating from the military I attained my degree in Computer Information Systems. I use these achievements to motivate me to keep going, because in high school I was an average student and the success afterwards really pushed me to excel.

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

I bring a unique set of resources, education, knowledge and experiences that most people in the aviation field lack. I work with a wide range of military veterans who are very interested in seeing this company remain a positive staple in the community. I have access to various airports, aviation companies, executives, leaders and program participants. Growing up in 5th Ward the values and lessons of hard work were instilled in me early. I grew up poor so I learned quickly how to make the most of my situation regardless. When I speak to students and teens I share my personal story of setbacks and triumphs to inspire them to get through whatever may be holding them back.

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

I realized I was ready to start my company, Universal Elite Aerospace, when I was sitting in an advanced aviation seminar and I was the only minority and the ‘new’ information they were teaching was already 5 years old to me. I didn’t seek permission or approval to start my company; I did the research for about 10 months, interviewed many people, noticed the need for a program like mine and the rest is history at this point.

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

Very tough question! I can name so many people that were vital to the development of the organization as well as my own foundation.

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

The biggest challenge I have faced so far is de-programming the mindsets of our urban youth and teens who never even considered a career in aviation. I anticipated this obstacle so I prepared myself to deal with the resistance. Besides getting the youth on board, funding is a priority.

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

When it comes to success as an entrepreneur, especially in a non-profit, you have to remain persistent and willing to work harder than anyone else to promote your cause. It is important to be honest and have the utmost integrity in all dealings with others. Communication is vital and be punctual for all events, meetings, conference calls, etc. Never miss an opportunity to learn and listen before you speak! There will be tough days, but get through them, always finish what you start and regardless of how tough it gets, never quit!

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

Universal Elite Aerospace aims to provide more positive options to the disengaged people throughout urban areas and communities throughout every city and state. Though we continuously make great progress we are always interested in contributions and quality volunteers. Also, our fundraising effort can be found at

Visit Kenneth Morris for more information.

5 Things High School Didn’t Teach You about College

January 27, 2014

BrittanyMajorBy Brittaney Major

The four years spent in high school are supposed to teach you the things you will use to prepare for the rest of your life. However, despite what they tell you, countless formulas, Law of Conservation of Mass or knowing every detail of American History doesn’t do much to prepare you for college.

I remember sitting in my room the night before I moved into my first college dorm. There were countless suitcases around me filled with stuff I collected throughout my past 18 years. But none of that helped me plan out the next four years of my life either.  I was trying to remember some type of class or curriculum that prepared me for this time of my life; but the harder I thought, the less I came up with. You’re supposed to move away from your family, share a room with someone you’ve never met before, and learn how to live on your own… with what? The advice I got most frequently was don’t flunk out, don’t get arrested, and make sure you get to all of your classes on time. Well that was all true but it didn’t really tell me much about how this college thing was supposed to work for me. So here’s a list of things that have helped me be a better and happier me.

1. You must learn to be comfortable with your quality alone time.

I was the girl in high school who had lots of friends and loved to be around people. Although that has not changed, I do value the quiet time I spend in my bedroom with my scented soy candle, listening to Jill Scott and writing in my journal. Honestly, I find myself often looking forward to that time where I can just sit alone with my thoughts and allow myself to evaluate who I am and where I want to go. And that is very healthy for any human to want. So make sure you always have some time throughout your busy week to spend time with yourself. You should use this time as an opportunity to reflect, to be completely honest with yourself and to think about your past. A part of growing up and maturing is finding who you are as a person. That can only be done when you take the time to know and learn yourself.

2. It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to be good at everything.

As sad as it is to say, life is all about finding the things that you do well and doing them. Especially in school, you have to accept that every class will not come at ease for you. The things that you work hardest for are usually the ones that you will value and take pride in the most. So with everything you do, do your best and be proud of yourself for it; even if no one else is. You have to learn to celebrate your own success because you are the only one who can evaluate your effort. Make sure you are honest with yourself. After completing an assignment, think about the things that you could have done better or differently and use that as a lesson for the next time. There will be people around you who will succeed at the things you failed. But don’t compare yourself to them because you don’t know what they had to go through to fight for their success. I always tell myself, “The only person you should try and be better than is the person you were yesterday.” That means, take your own experiences and learn from them instead of comparing yourself to someone else’s progression.

3. Learn to be your biggest fan.

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Many times, people will doubt you, judge you, betray you and even criticize you, but you have to learn to ignore all of that and keep going. College is the first place that you may be forced to learn the importance of having a thick skin. You can’t allow a bad day, a bad grade or a rude comment break you. If someone doubts you, instead of reacting with sharp words, prove them wrong by doing the exact opposite of what they said you couldn’t do. Be humble, but expect great things for and from yourself and you will rise to the occasion every time.

4. Do things that make you happy often.

The little things in life end up being the ones that we value and appreciate the most. Sometimes it‘s not always about the material things or all the expensive things we acquire, but it’s those small things we really hold dear to our hearts. While in school, things tend to get alittle stressful and out of control. So it is important to find those things that will bring you back down and help you regroup. Take time for yourself and go get your nails done, go to a jazz concert or go for a walk. We spend too much time trying to satisfy and make other people happy that we end up forgetting about what’s important to us. You are all you have so why not do things to make yourself smile?

5. Be okay with knowing that your prince may not suddenly appear during these college years.

I admit, I wanted to say that I married my college sweetheart. But, in reality, that may just not happen. And just like all five of these points, you have to learn to be okay with that. It’s been said that college is one of the best times of your life. And it really is. You have a freedom that you have never experienced before. So don’t try and force yourself into a relationship. Study abroad! Go greek! Join a club or organization! Do things that will make you a better person to fall in love with.

 “There’s a blessing in every breath you take. Even when it’s hard to breathe you have yet to suffocate. I commend you for your endurance even when the air is thick– keep breathing, keep loving, keep going.”
-Alexandra Elle

Brittaney C. Major  is a Class of 2015 Mass Communication- Print Journalism major, Marketing Minor at Winthrop University. Brittaney is also a member of National Association of Black Journalist- Winthrop University Chapter, President Office of Student Activities Student Assistant, Style Guru Reporter for Seventeen Magazine, Roddey McMillan-Record, Staff Writer, Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. and Volunteer
Social Media Specialist at Jumping the Broom Bridal Magazine.