DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Mogul Preston “Prizzie” Reid

December 15, 2015

priz shot 2Encouragement 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 Preston ‘Prizzie” Reid who is an American mixing/recording engineer and record producer based in Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. As a native of Chicago, Prizzie was born the son of a musician and was introduced to music as well as electronics at a very young age. Preston spent his teenage years developing his skillset, soon partnering with Space Jam Jaye as a collaborative duo. Shortly after attending Columbia College Chicago, Prizzie set sights for the music scene in Los Angeles where he quickly gained a name for himself not only in music, but in film audio and scoring as well under CannonVision among many other film production companies. Since then he has been primarily working out of his private studio in Chicago along with remote studios throughout Atlanta where he has mixed and/or produced records for Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and several other genres for artists including Space Jam Jaye, T.I, Energe, Fetty Wap, Scotty ATL, Duru Tha King, Mykko Montana, Cam’ron, Cash Out, Gorilla Zoe, Ab Soul, Stuey Rock, Gucci Mane, Jerm 9V, Slide Dillinger, Zeus, Tim Stacks (W), 2 Chainz, Cap 1, Ronn Makk, Breezy Montana, Yo Gotti, GBE, various film credits and many other very talented artists and producers along with a variety of film credits.

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

My dream is simple. Inspire. That’s what helped me get to where i am so far. And what propels me to keep reaching. I think people can achieve great things as long as we keep the fire burning and inspiring each other.

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

Well, as far as music goes….I attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL. But as far as where I’ve actually developed, it’s a little tricky. I grew up heavily rooted in church. I mean every Sunday (and Wednesday). So as far as watching what music can do to people and how it can move people emotionally…that’s where i learned it. As far as having the “ear”, I think it was genetically passed down by my father who is a lifelong musician and exposed me to a ton of music early on in life. But as far as overall creativity, I think life and living through different experiences is the best teacher.

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

I think the fact that i was exposed to so many diverse situations throughout my childhood, naturally makes me versatile and adaptable. My favorite music ranges from modern hip-hop to Zedd to Ingrid Michaelson to The Fray to Hoobastank to Earth Wind & Fire to Jim Morrison to Frank Sinatra. I can’t get enough of music. I love it all.

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

Honestly, i don’t know if i was ever ready. I think it’s more so a matter of being ready to embrace whatever you are faced with and having an optimistic attitude.

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

Sounds crazy, but my Uncle Josef Cannon. He’s an actor living out in LA. He’s one of the craziest and most brutally honest people i know. But i think when you can get past his blunt approach, you’ll realize that there’s a method to his madness.

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

Where do i start?? Everyday is a challenge. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that following a dream can be an extremely lonely path at times. It’s like GPS’ing a location and realizing the only way to get there from where you are at is through a long dark dusty back road. To make it even more tough, sometimes the weather may be bad and you can’t see what’s in front of you nor do you have anyone else’s taillights to guide you. But you know that you just need to keep going. You know you’ll get there as long as you don’t stop.

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

I think to me at this point, the biggest key is to lead by example. Be brave and bold in what you want to do. I admire people like Ken Lewis, Miles Walker, Leslie Braithwate (i probably spelled that wrong) etc. I admire them not only for their skill set and ability, but more so for their mind and hustle. i’ve learned more from these people when in comes to taking care of business and doing good work. That you are a walking product and brand. At this point, almost EVERYBODY is good at what they do. We all have the same resources. I think what ultimately sets them apart is their sense of maniacal work ethic and professionalism.

Visit Preston Prizzie Reid for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Entertainment Attorney Antavius Weems

July 20, 2015

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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 Antavius M. Weems who is the managing partner of The Weems Firm, P.C., a premier full service law firm in downtown Atlanta, which focuses on Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Entertainment/Sports, Corporate Reconstruction and Family Law.

Prior to joining The Weems Firm, Antavius was an attorney with Fulton County, Georgia working in the Juvenile Court Office of Child Advocate Attorney focusing in the area of deprivation and neglect, representing the “best interest” of the children that came before the court.

Before working with Fulton County, Antavius was an attorney with the City of Atlanta, representing the City in criminal preliminary hearings and trials. Mr. Weems also served as the liaison from the City Solicitor to the State Legislature, focusing on legislation that impacts the City’s legal standing in the criminal area.

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

To make a solid impact in the lives of others. As a Lawyer who served as a Therapist first, I have a different philosophy on law. I believe that we have to use it to positively change the loves of people who are in conflict.

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

I have a Bachelors Degree in Polictical Science from Clark Atlanta University; a Masters Degree in Social Work from Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta Univerity; and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. I use them all everyday in my practice

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

I believe that I try to look at the gray area in every situation that I encounter with or on behalf of a client. Its not enough to just see one side. The true reward comes in seeing the point of view of the other side and growing enough to understand it, although you may not always agree.

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

When I was named one of the Nation’s Best Attorneys by the National Bar Association/IMPACT. One of my highest honors, along with being named a Super Lawyer.

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

Attorney Lairin Taylor. I admire the tenacity, strength and perseverance of this young brother. He is indeed a force to be reckoned with in the Legal industry.

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

People trying to place me in a box based on where I come from. I was not your traditional pedigreed Attorney. I come from the rougher side of the tracks. However, in my mind, it makes my story even sweeter.

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

Be who YOU are. Never hide from your story. Find a way or make one (motto of Clark Atlanta University).

Visit Antavius Weems for more information.


20 Keys to Success for College Students

July 11, 2013

CollegeStudentIn my DERRICK Interviews the last question I ask experts is “What Keys to Success can you leave for others?” Dr. Will Moreland took it one step further and suggested that I start sharing these Keys to Success in the form of articles, reports and books. With that thought in mind I looked back at my career and realized how much it would have helped me if I had a team of success stories in my corner.

Networking with and interviewing celebrities and experts has given me a front row seat into the lives of people at the top and I’m here to share their insight with you through #20 Keys to Success for College Students.

1. Set Goals. Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. To have a goal in mind is a thought. To write out your goal is to have an action plan. There are many Goal Setting tips online. Do your homework – that starts with writing out your goals. Create your plan and review your goals daily. Are the actions you are taking propelling you in the direction of your goals? If they are not, readjust and get back on track!

2. Know your Priorities. Priorities are the handful of things in your life, career or business that are important to you. Priorities are broad elements of life, and they often become misplaced somewhere amongst life’s daily routine. It is wise to have only a few priorities. If you have too many, you’re not likely to respect each of them adequately. Goals support priorities. A single priority may have one or more goals associated with it.

A goal is a statement that is specific to what you intend to accomplish, and when you intend on accomplishing it. All the goal setting and attainment you ever fantasized about or hoped for, however, won’t be fulfilling if your goals don’t support your carefully chosen priorities. Of course, your goals can change as previous ones are accomplished and if some of your life priorities change. Each goal has to support a priority, and each priority is supported by at least one goal.

3. Get Experience. There are many ways to get relevant experience – volunteering is a great start! The vast majority of grads wish they had more than one type of experience during college. Employers comparing graduating seniors as job candidates want and expect you to have experience outside the classroom. Freshman year is not too early to start! Look for volunteer work, a part-time or summer job that will be a stepping stone to something more competitive later.

Networking is extremely important in a competitive job environment. By networking throughout your degree, you are creating meaningful business relationships with peers in your field. Having a solid network and great connections upon graduation within your field will prove to be an invaluable resource.

4. Own your Calendar. Get and use a calendar. Write things down! Time management for students is a crucial component to your success. There are many things to juggle and effectively planning for them will help you deal with the stressors of college life like having papers due, studying time, social events, exam prep, part time job and seeing your family. These all put strain on the multi-tasking student. Throw in a little procrastination into the mix of a project and it could spell disaster. Being an effective planner and even planning for the unexpected can assist in juggling multiple priorities. Planning ahead will assist in not feeling overwhelmed.

5. Manage your Money. It is very easy for college students to get caught up in spending. Those people behind the table giving you a free t shirt when you sign up for a credit card are hazardous to your personal wealth! The thought of getting a credit card now that you’re an adult and having access to cash instantly is very tempting, but it also puts a lot of students in big debt when they can’t make payments on time and their credit history gets impacted.

Buy used textbooks. Walk instead of having a car. Use your student discounts. Pay your bills on time. Save then Splurge. Track your spending and save your receipts! There is a lot of non-academic spending that takes place on a daily basis. If you aren’t on top of the little spending here and there it can really add up and effect your monthly budget. Money management is a big component to your overall success. Decisions made on campus can have a ripple effect for years to follow. Enjoy your time on campus but spend wisely, you’ll be miles ahead when you are ready to move on to a full time job!

From Brenda Bourns of  http://www.brendasfitarmy.com

6. Use your Resources. Using one’s resources is fundamental in assisting you in achieving your goal, but what does that really mean. Resources are avenues to your arrival. For example, if you have a passion for speaking, a resource for you could be a pastor of a church or a teacher at your school. Why? In order to be a good speaker, you must know how to research, write, organize thought and deliver the thoughts via teaching/instructing. How many salespersons do you know? What about community leaders, business owners who have to use presentations to obtain customers. How resourceful can YOU be?

7. Ignore the Naysayers. These are the people who are discouraging to your dreams, visions and goals. They are what I call “toxic people”. They shoot poison and every target that screams success. These people are dream-snatchers and vision-killers. Stay away and keep looking up!

8. Evaluate your Purpose. It is not enough to say that you want to be something. There must be thought, research and analysis in order for your mind to see it as real. Ask yourself pertinent questions like, what are my true talents, what are my interests, can I see myself doing this 5, 10 15 years and more…? Short term and a long term plans will keep you focused, especially doing times when you feel like giving up

9. Execute your Plan. Once you have thoroughly researched, found and evaluated your purpose, you must put the plan in motion. Begin to set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals and acknowledge your accomplishments along the way. Realize that success comes before work in the dictionary or if you are insane! Struggles are part of life’s way of granting you a character endorsement. Do not be afraid to fail..be more afraid of not trying! You must have thought, research and analysis.

From Doc Worley of http://barnabascommunications.webs.com/

10. Think Healthy. College students are on their own for the first time in college. In order for them to continue the success that got them there it’s important to eat well, work out and get rest in order to be the best they can be in class and as they study. Keep the body strong and the mind will follow.

From Dr. Shakeer Abdullah of http://www.docshak.com

11. Don’t Conform. I believe if success is a room, we are all born with a unique key to a unique room of that success. College is like a maze where we start to see the purpose, but the end result, or the key within us, is a long way off.

12. Expect Newness. Let new events, new, unexpected people and opportunities shape your character and let those events and instances, further illuminate who you’re supposed to be.

From Shannon Scott of http://www.shannonscott.com

13. Find Mentorship. You will either learn by someone else’s mistakes or make the same mistakes yourself. Regardless of how smart or lucky you think you are, the school of hard knocks is waiting to teach you some lessons. Find someone who has accomplished what you want to accomplish and listen to their advice.

From Richard London of http://www.ahandbookforlife.com/

14. Accept Responsibility. Nobody is going to push you! In college, you’re responsible for your own success. Mom and Dad aren’t there to tell you to do your homework- or remind you to do your laundry. Your professors will help, but only if you ask. They’re not mind-readers. Before you set foot on campus- accept full personal responsibility for your success.

From Jim Bouchard of http://thinklikeablackbelt.org/

15. Stay Positive. We all start our professional journey as a novice and throughout our journey, we will face many challenges and adversities and make mistakes along the way. My advice is to remain positive and be grateful for mistakes as they are the learning tools that we need to make us more efficient and wiser.  All you need to do is learn from your mistakes and remain positive.  You might be a beginner today but can change the world tomorrow.

“Hold close to your dreams…Whatever you dream for tomorrow, whatever you hope to achieve, remember that nothing is out of your reach if you only first believe.”

From MJ Pedone of http://indrapr.com/

16. Activate Connections. Find people who possess the same opinions and goals that are aligned with yours. When seeking the Win/Win relationship you raise the stakes to assure a Triple Win for ALL!

From Mechelle Tucker of http://www.1stclassconsultant.com/

17. Keep Learning. Take extra classes and never stop studying how money works. Having the knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting best practices will help keep much more money in your possession and less money leaving you throughout your life.

18. Be Humble. At different points in our lives we can’t fathom that we don’t already “know the truth/facts/everything.” However, knowing that you don’t know everything is one of the greatest frames of mind to have, because you’ll be open enough to be constantly looking for better and more efficient solutions. Be confident that you are talented and know a great deal already, but don’t be too cocky where you miss out on growing because of arrogance. Stay open-minded.

19. Never Quit from your ultimate goal. Sometimes, you may have to pivot from your original plan on how to achieve your goals, but never quit on your ultimate goal of what would mean success for you. Sometimes, you might be on the wrong path, but just change direction, alternate the plan, and keep moving towards that goal…and don’t stop until you get there!

From Louis Tanguay of http://www.circlemarketing.com

20. Be Flexible. I know being flexible may not sound like a profound key to success but truly I tell you from experience that the most perfect plan for success will, at some point, be disrupted and possibly be turned completely upside down and inside out. The wise person knows that its not what happens to us or what we achieve that determines our success but it is how we respond to the unexpected emergency, the unforeseen chaos, and the life altering tragedies that occur while we are on our journey to becoming successful. This is what determines who will be able to stand the test of time, and the trials and tribulations while on their way to unveiling their Greatness.

Flexibility is your secret weapon. Flexibility in the sense of being able to be spiritually connected to God no matter what we face in life for He is our rock, flexibility in the sense that we know to maintain a couple of degrees of separation from anything and everything we are affiliated with so that nothing can emotionally break us, and flexibility in the sense that we understand we live in a dynamically changing time of technology advancement yet we stay true to our calling and flexible enough to adapt in order to stay relevant to the needs of our customers yet not change so much that when we look in the mirror we are surprised at who is looking back.

From Empowerment Speaker Capri Cruz of http://www.capricruz.com

Please share these Keys to Success with others. Have a great school year and feel free to reach out and network with the experts in this article. Remember this thought. Whether you Facebook or Twitter you have to be Linked In.

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.


DERRICK Interview with “Motivator of the Millennium,” Keith L. Brown

May 24, 2013

KeithLBrown2Encouragement 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 Keith L. Brown“Motivator of the Millennium,” who was identified as a “Special Ed” and “At Risk” student, primarily because he talked too much, was too hyper, and wanted to give “all the answers”; ironically, these are a few of the same traits that make him one of the most sought after Professional Speakers, Consultants, and Trainers on the planet.

Named a “World Class Speaker” and one of the top speakers and consultants in Education by “Insight Publishing,” Keith empowers hundreds of thousands of people annually, many of whom are in colleges, schools, school systems, supplemental education agencies, family advocacy agencies, foundations, government agencies, Faith Based Institutions and private events.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

It is my Dream to inspire the masses globally with a message that transforms their “impossible” into I’M POSSIBLE. I endeavor to give people a roadmap to not just success but Significance. Success is often defined by individual accomplishments, but my dream is to take people from the limited mindset of being successful to a servant leader mindset of being Significant.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

I am encouraged by the youth I serve daily across the country and the world. Although there is a universal sense that our youth are apathetic, there are far more youth doing positive work and living with purpose. I am encouraged by youth featured in a new book I co-authored with Dr. Marina Gillmore and Dr. Monique Henderson entitled, “Inspirational Youth: Transforming Average to Extraordinary.” I am encouraged by a Mary Pat Hector, who at 15, has dedicated her life to eradicating bullying as she works tirelessly as the youth director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. I am encouraged by Joey Gigunito, who at 15, started the Where is the Love Foundation, and the mission of the foundation is to finance orphanages in Kenya. I am encouraged by these and other youth who are living a life of service and yes- SIGNIFICANCE.

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

The Resources that make me stand out are my passion and ability to connect. I was actually labeled “Special Ed” because I was too hyper. I am still too hyper and passionate and energetic and just plain OVER THE TOP when it comes to inspiring and moving the masses into their destiny. Although I don’t consider myself the best at what I do- I sincerely believe no one does what I do in the manner in which I do it. I am able to connect because I am not just a professional speaker, I am an audience member at the same time I am on the stage. I connect because I am transparent and real. When audiences hear me, they know it is not just what I do or say, it is genuinely who I am. Because I bring forth a great deal of energy and passion, and I am able to connect, that transfers directly to the hearts of the people. Anyone can get to their heads. I however, endeavor to get to their hearts.

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

I realized I was ready in the year 1999. I was teaching in a small rural town in Middle Georgia, and one night after working out at a local gym- I was driving home. As I turned on my radio, the song “You’re Next in Line for a Miracle,” by Gospel Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar was on. I wept for hours and drove around town for hours. It was at that very moment I knew God was beckoning me to “Step out on Faith” and empower the masses, not just in one sensational school but in schools across the world. And because I obeyed, I went from impacting the lives of 500 students annually to now over 500,000 people annually. It has been an humbling and fulfilling experience all at once.

I is for Individual. Can you name one Individual that others should learn more about and why?

I feel others should learn about Jarel Jones, a Graduating Senior at Stephenson High School. I met him on yesterday as I delivered the keynote address for the Pre Commencement Services. Near the end of my presentation, I chose him to come up and receive a Scholarship from our company, 20/20 Enterprises. The scholarship is given to a student who has overcome the odds and inspired others. Jarel was lifted into the air by 20 fathers in attendance, and the audience of nearly 1,000 people erupted. The miracle is Jarel has been lifting people since the third grade as he has battled brain cancer. I was told he never complains and has lived with a dignity and grace only a vessel of light can live with. My life was forever changed by this young man, and others should learn about his story and ability to persevere.

C is for Continue. When things look bleak and not optimistic what makes you want to Continue?

When things look bleak or I am at my wits end, I Continue due to the following quote: There are two great days in your life- the day you were born and the day you discover WHY you were born.  On my worst days, I do not focus on the “how” “what” “when” or “where.” I focus on my WHY. My Why is my reason for living. My WHY is a compilation of all I am and will become. When I think of being labeled special ed and at risk, I remember my Why!!! When I think about the blockages I once had in my heart, I think about my Why!!! When I think about the brother and sister I lost to debilitating diseases, I think of my Why. When I think about my life- it is a mission, not an intermission. I get fuel from inspiring and empowering others, and that is my Why. Failing does not make me a failure. I am aware there will be harvests and droughts in my life; however, I am steadfast in both, knowing my WHY is greater than any setback or obstacle.

K is for Knowledge. What keys to success can you leave for others?

I sincerely believe the keys to success and significance are as follows:

  1. Treat people right. I believe when you treat people with respect and dignity, you will reap a bountiful harvest of endless blessings and opportunities will show up when you least expect them.
  2. Don’t live to prove others wrong; it is wasted energy. Instead of proving others wrong; prove yourself RIGHT!!!
  3. Surround yourself with people of vision and purpose. I tell young people all the time: The company you keep will determine the levels you reach.
  4. Stop spending money you don’t have, buying things you don’t need – to impress people who don’t care. Investing in resources and materials to enhance your purpose will bring forth economic stability and ultimately prosperity IF invested properly.
  5. Networking=Net Worth. Learn from those who are GREAT at what you seek to do or become. Speak to everyone because the person you ignore could be the KEY to your growth and impact on the planet. Build relationships because relationships will transform your dreams into reality. I network daily, whether at an event, in the line at the grocery store or simply talking to people on the street. Network often!!!

In closing- Each day you awaken and your feet hit the floor, start clapping. Why? It may be the only standing ovation you receive all day. Start the day by giving thanks and then celebrate the gift you are to the planet because that is what you are- a GIFT!!! Never let anyone’s negative opinion of you become your opinion of yourself, and never let anyone tell you what you can’t do- especially if they’ve never done it!!!! Live your life with purpose on purpose and when doubt attempts to creep in, remember my global quote: not impossible/I’M POSSIBLE!!!

Thank you Derrick for being a MOVEMENT not a monument!!!

Go to www.keithlbrown.com to learn more about the Motivator of the Millennium.”


DERRICK Interview with Branding and Artist Management Expert Diana Schweinbeck

January 17, 2013

Diana SchweinbeckEncouragement 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 Diana Schweinbeck  who is a 22 year old CEO based out of Atlanta, GA. Starting in the music industry in 2009, with an entertainment company called FYF Entertainment, Diana figured out that she wanted to pursue her career within the music industry. While juggling the entertainment industry, Diana succeeded to complete her bachelor’s in Business Management at
Georgia State University in May 2012.

Diana started off in the industry doing publicist, branding, and exposure work. After building her relationships and connections, she branched off into her own company, Schweinbeck LLC. Her company specializes in branding, exposure, and management.

It is said that Diana Schweinbeck is one to know within this industry, and her brand is growing at a tremendous pace. Also, Diana throws a monthly industry mixer that supports the upcoming artists of Atlanta. Her mixers consist of strictly industry and the exposure they have are very beneficial.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to be happy and successful. I have achieved my dream but not to the full extent.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My family encourages me. They have taught me everything I know to this date and I appreciate them greatly.

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

I am very personable. I can go anywhere and I am bound to meet new people that will somehow benefit me.

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

I realized I was ready to take the steps I needed in life to succeed after graduating high school. Entering into college at 18 years old and living on my own taught me that I was ready to take the necessary steps I needed to be all that I could be.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I have a good friend named Rittz who is now an artist under Strange Music. I got the pleasure to see him start at the bottom and make his way to the top while staying humble. Many musicians can learn from him and see how much he put into his music and how his outcome came about. He has an album coming out soon also, so make sure you check him out, tell him Schweinbeck sent you 😉

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

I just know deep down that I must go on. Failure happens to the best of us, we can take failure and learn from it.

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

Work hard. If you want something you have to go out and find a way to get it. Never let someone or something come in the way.

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

You can do anything you want in this life! You just have to believe in yourself. Others do not need to believe in you, so do not get discouraged if they don’t. In the end, you will succeed regardless of what others think.

Visit Diana Schweinbeck  for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Cool Water

January 16, 2013

coolwaterEncouragement 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 Cool Water who is bold,  talented, raw, exciting and real. Those are the words that describe the Atlanta based Rap artist.  A native of Ohio, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Alabama State University.

Even though Cool Water grew up in poverty he never let that hinder his dreams. He managed  to stay strong and seek out the positives in life.  When he didn’t receive a basketball scholarship  he began to concentrate on finding his purpose in life. Although basketball was his first love, it wasn’t long before he realized that he had a special talent for music and a desire to be a part of the entertainment industry

Cool Water after polishing his writing and rapping skills moved to Atlanta  to become established in the music industry and is now a member of ASCAP the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. As you can see he is one to keep your eyes on. Grit your teeth and hold on to your seat and check out the tasty flavor of Cool Water.

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

My dream is to establish a system for my business which involves music, blogs, videos, and ebooks and from there be able to grow it to where I’m able to turn around and incorporate other people and opportunities through my system and open some eyes and help some other people get to where they want to go in the long run. Musically I want to continue to do albums, and shows and kind of really open some eyes at this point to bring some balance back to the game.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

It’s not like I’m going out of my way to be nobody’s leader, but off the strength of me having been through some things and having come into my own conscience and knowledge, I know I was chosen to lead.

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

My main resource is my ability to communicate with people about various situations and projects. In addition to that, my social media skills are a resource which has made me an an expert in the social media game and with the understanding of what is needed to be a success in social media. Being able as they say crowd source in places like Facebook, G Plus, and LinkedIn has made me sharper.

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

I realized I was ready a couple of years when I was looking around trying to find people to solve my problems and I couldn’t find those people.  I realized I had what I needed to have to make it happen. The man upstairs put me in position to be that dude, because when I was younger I always said in the back of my mind “I wanted to be that dude.”

Now I’m looking at myself and saying I’m that dude. The dude with information, the dude with the music, and the dude with the knowledge that won’t BS people when they need someone to give them straight answers to solve their problems.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Jawar  is a person I think others should learn about. He uses practical steps that allows him to analyzes information, which brings conclusions to problems in the business world, music world, and book publishing world that just makes practical sense. He is just practical with a no short cuts approach to getting to the goal, and that is what he has instilled in me.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Knowing that I have a purpose, a mission, and that I’m not doing this to just get rich. If I do get a lot of money then what? Knowing that I want to impact people in various ways is what keeps me going. Being a catalyst, almost like a sacrificial lamb is how I view myself. Each leader has to go through a certain period of transgression before they arrive at their point of destination so that they can turn around and share their experiences with those  that are less fortunate who are trying to reach the same goals and direction.

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

Consistency is the key. Stay consistent and have effective action. I was reading in the book “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles that becoming wealthy is an exact science like mathematics. Two things that stood out in the book for me were the effects of thinking and acting in a certain way. If you perform a particular task in a certain way effectively that particular task for that day will be deemed a success. The more effective actions you have more the more successful days you will have. There is a exact science to getting what you want out of life.

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

Be somebody. Look to be bigger than your situation. Be bigger than who you are. Have a purpose for being who you want to be.

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DERRICK Interview with Jasper Cain

December 20, 2012

JasperCain2Encouragement 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 Jasper Cain of PURE SPEED, LLC,. Under the watchful eye of its visionary Jasper L. Cain Jr. He is the President and CEO. He has 18 years of experience in playing and training. He attended Clark Atlanta University where he received his bachelor and master degrees. He has trained several players such as Stevie Baggs #55 OLB Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Michael Johnson Cincinatti Bengals LB #93, and Kregg Lumpkin Green Bay Packers RB #22. He specializes in speed and strength training propelling the athlete to elite status. Jasper has been able to shave off .2 to .9 seconds or more on an individuals 40-yard time with various training techniques.

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

My dream is that I’m living it and about to live it. I’m about to become an inventor with a stop watch coming out in 2013 and also I’m about to build one of the largest sports and entertainment facilities in the state of Georgia. I’m a model and actor and will be authoring two books with one coming out next year. I’m actually in the mist of living the dream and walking in the dream wide awake.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Daily I get inspiration from life itself by living in the now and in the moment. Everything from life inspires me and God gives us nuggets each day to bring us closer to him and being closer to him with you doing his will. His thoughts and his way are higher than our ways and there is a saying that there are 3 ways that God answers your prayers.  1. Answer it right away 2. No and give you something better 3. Wait and give you the best. In the trials and tribulations of waiting patience is a virtue so if you just wait it out God will give you the best of what God can give you.

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

You want to be someone that is irreplaceable. Just like someone in sports LeBron James and Michael Jordan that you consider the best ever to play. The reason they are the best is because they make everyone else around them better. The greatest leader is the greatest servant and that is the difference in people that are successful in that they make touch lives and make everyone around them better. When you can make someone better they will want you around more. The best resource is you trying to be the best that you can. In order for your dreams to come true you have to make others dreams come true.

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

You have to stay ready by planning and preparation is the key in all things. When you are ready for a thing God will make it appear so it’s not when you’re ready it’s when God is ready. The thing is you have to continue to keep you’re A game every day and stay on top of your game. Master your craft because you never know when that time will come when you have to seize the moment. It’s all about staying ready, being ready and being prepared and ready for that moment. Just like when you are about to talk to a millionaire someone who has the opportunity to change your whole life. They ask “how much debt do you have?” You need to be able to tell them exactly how much it is because they can give it to you right on the spot, but if you are not prepared and ready to answer it you just missed your moment, and you just missed your time of becoming debt free.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

King David and how he succeeded and was a man was after God’s own heart. Know the laws of success and study to be the best you can be.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Faith. You have to keep faith to please God. The greater the struggle, the greater the blessing. You either take big risk for big reward or small risk for small reward. It’s all about making the right choice and believing in you. If you don’t believe in you and think you can’t make it then you have already lost. Believe, stay strong and call out to the universe by speaking positive and staying positive. Faith without works is dead so work towards it and if you know the laws you have seed time and harvest time. Put it out there and do your work and you’ll have to answer to your call and have the chance to make it happen. The opportunity will come.

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

1. Always be you and go with your hear where decisions are made 2. Be consistent 3. Be persistent 4. Things could be falling together or falling apart. God has placed everything within you to succeed.  Be wise and hang with wise men. In you want to know where are or going look at the crowd.

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

Go for it. You want to die empty without anything left in you.

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