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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DERRICK Interview with Entertainment Entrepreneur Jillian Bullock

August 11, 2014

JillianBullockEncouragement 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 Jillian Bullock who is the CEO/President Enterprises, LLC, a wellness and empowerment entertainment company. Jillian is an author, speaker,fitness expert, professional life coach, screenwriter, and award winning filmmaker.  Whether she produces books,articles, fitness programs or film projects, Jillian’s mission is to empower people to obtain success and greatness personally and professionally.

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

So far in my career I’ve been fortunate to do what I love. My dream has always been to become a filmmaker and screenwriter. Plus, my love of fitness has played a key part in my life, especially my training in martial arts and boxing. After I graduated from college with a B.A. in Communications, I got an internship on the set of Spike Lee’s movie, Malcolm X. From there I went on to work on other people’s films as a producer, fight choreographer and actor. I’ve sold two scripts so far and have directed and produced my own film,Spirit. My dream is to build Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC, a wellness and empowerment entertainment company into a multi-million dollar business.

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

I have a degree in Communications from La Salle University. I also took several film classes while in college. Currently, I am taking advanced screenwriting classes through Screenwriting U. I use my skills and education to write stories and produce films that empower, entertain, and educate people. As a fitness expert, I have over 30 years experience in fitness, sports, wellness,and health. I have several certifications in fitness and as a life transformation coach. I also hold two black belts; one in Tae Kwon Do and the other in Wing Chun. Currently, I train in boxing and MMA. I put all this experience into a variety of fitness programs, My most successful program is Fighting Spirit Warriors, a fitness for self-defense program for girls and women. I travel the country teaching females why it is vital to be physically fit in order to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence.

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

Since my memoir, HERE I STAND, was published in 2012, my life story has been my best resource. I have overcome tremendous hardships, including rape, homelessness, drug addiction,  prostitution, and growing up with the Philadelphia Italian Mafia. People often ask me how did I transform my life,and can I help them do the same. In 2013, I got certified as a life transformation coach so I could help people. I also developed a speaking platform entitled, “Straight Talking Truth for Those Who Can Handle the Truth,” where I travel the country conducting lectures and seminars. My main goal is to continue to teach people how to achieve success, happiness and greatness despite the obstacles, hardships or challenges against them. People feel connected to me knowing I understand what they’re going through.

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

After I got a letter from a man in prison. He had read my book and wrote me to tell me his story. After 19 years he was getting paroled. He said he made a lot of mistakes when he was young and now that he was getting out he wanted to stay on the path of goodness. He also wanted to give back to the community. He wanted advice on how he could help others when he would be considered an ex-con. I wrote back to him and in my letter I stated, “Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be.” It’s a profound statement because up until that point I wondered whether people really would accept my message of empowerment and transformation considering my past. I knew the time was right and I started my mission to empower others.

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

My son, Clinton Bullock. I had Clinton when I was 16. Although he was born two months premature due to my drug use, I was determined to raise a successful, happy and healthy son. Clinton is a miracle baby, not only because he survived when doctors didn’t believe he would, but today he is an amazing person. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Resolution, speaks four languages fluently and works for the Department of Defense. He travels the world and often volunteers his time to help provide services for people in third world countries. As a mixed martial artist, Clinton is also a sports journalist. He is always looking for ways to better himself and to help inspire others with his knowledge, education and skills.

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

Too many to list here, but my overall biggest challenge has been learning to have faith in myself. I doubted myself for years and didn’t feel worthy of love or respect. This was a direct result of my upbringing and living such a dysfunctional life. Without any real guidance or support I had to rely on myself and my faith in God to help me push through some really dark moments.But by learning to believe in myself and again focus on my motto,” Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be,” I was able to forgive myself for my past mistakes and use them as learning tools for success.

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

Here’s a few keys to success:

1) Don’t fear to dream, and dream big
2)  Forget the naysayers, doubters, and haters
3) You must work like you want it really bad
4)Whether your actions are good or bad, they become habits
5) Be mindful of the company you keep. They (friends/family) can either lift you higher or drag you through the mud.

Contact  Jillian Bullock for more information.


The DAILY Message for Thursday October 31st, 2013

October 31, 2013
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Each week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

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•Derricknym: Don’t Fear HALLOWEEN (Help All Live Life Optimistic With Expectation to Enjoy Now).

•App: Today’s word is Invisible. Inside you are talents that can produce products or services. If you leave them inside no one will benefit on the outside. Receive Today’s word with Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.

•Idea: Boo is in books but don’t be scared to read.

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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.

Visit Cool Water for more information.


Today’s word is Interest

May 22, 2012

What makes you say ah? What type of books do you read and TV shows do you watch? What inspires you and keeps you interested?

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Today’s word is Book

March 6, 2012

When you open up the pages the literature you read can change your life. If you are not being uplifted by the words of encouragement in front of you try lifting up a different book.

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Words Of Encouragement for POETS

October 1, 2011

MarketDaysNo matter what industry you are in words play a major role in how you take action. I wanted to share a part of my life that only some know about. Since last year I realized that if you can write something today you can sell it tonight.

P is for Poetry. Everyone is a writer. Let me say this again everyone is a writer. Now it’s time to go from poetry to know of me. In your mind think of where you would like to see your words in action? Do you see your words on T-shirts, posters, banners, clothing or greeting cards? Take a little bit of time and start to rhyme and before you know it the whole world will know you are a poet.

O is for Organizing. This is when you see your work in action. I had poems written but never had them formatted in a way in which I could make money. I typed up a poem in a Word document and added a border for special effects. My writing style is 16 lines and I try to end each poem with the title. This allows me to have a consistent writing style. Here is an example of one of my poems.

They Pay Me To Dream

Copyright © 2011 by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

I never thought there would be a day like this

Where money would fall like forever mist

Internationally they know me

My words inspire continents through my poetry

The doctors call me for a cure to cancer

Questions only response is I have the answer

Children get along, sing and play songs

Young authors are free to write with no wrong

The sunlight is so right it shines

No need to take from you what’s already mine

My car fleet fills my driveway and the street

Spouse is happy and we feed those who can’t eat

No need to come with arrogant approach

I speak life until they say put me in coach

I teach my team so they don’t have to scheme

It might sound crazy but “They Pay Me To Dream”

E is for Enterprising. After you have written some poems  start seeking out resources so that you can bring your work to life. Below you will see that I choose to frame my poetry. If you want to get started this way you just need access to a computer with ink, paper and frames. You can get the frames from the Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart to get started. When you want to invest more money into your product line you can venture over to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

The T is for Tell. With your product and profit margin in place it is time to get the word out about your visionary vocabulary. A great way to start is to ask friends and family if they would like to read some of your poetry.  Check in with local book stores and libraries to see if they have opportunities for people to come out and read some of their work. The key is to inspire others with your brand of words of encouragement. I set up a poetry page http://www.derrickhayes.com/poetry/ on my website so that people can have a place to come get inspired even if they have no money.

The S is for Sell. Find and make a list of places to where you can sell your poetry. It’s ok to let people read and at the same time ask them to support your dream. Flea markets are in every city on the globe and provide opportunities for you to get your name out there and also make some sales. People will be up front and honest and tell you what they like about your work and also the other topics that they would like you to write about.  Here is a link to an article that I was featured in about selling at a flea market. http://www.tagsellit.com/article/flea-market-success-tips-pros

If you want to sell more online look into services like Pay Pal and E – Junkie so that customers can use credit cards to purchase your poetry as downloads or or in frames.

Thanks for your time now pull out your paper and rhyme. Don’t forget to organize and enterprise your work. The day that you decide to tell it is that day that you will begin to sell it.