Tonight’s BedTImE story is The Roof The Roof The Roof is on Fire
with Tie Tie: Water You Going To Do – The Fish, Dolphin, Shark and Whale
by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes with Super Business Owner Rock Newman
As college students at Tennessee State University my friend Dez Frazier and I would watch all of the big time boxing matches. I would of never imagined that over 20 years later I would be on the phone interviewing Rock Newman who helped Riddick Bowe win the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the world.
Through the name ROCK we discuss his Reason, Opportunities, Character and Knowledge that helped him be who he is today.
DH: Who inspires you and what did you learn from them?
RN: I was most inspired by Cassius Clay who later became Muhammad Ali. The night he beat Sonny Liston was a transformative night in my life. People laughed at me because I thought he could beat Liston. I received independence of thought once I knew someone could make something happen. It gave me a sense of unconventional thinking and beating the odds was very inspirational. Ali’s victory over Liston played in my mind that all things were possible.
I love sports and fighting was a competitive athletic event. Observing Ali at 12 years old, and 4 years later seeing him standing by his convictions for what he believed in was another incredible lesson that I learned. Seeing how he handled the whole situation gave me a lesson in manhood and character. I knew then that you could stand against the world when you are right.
DH: Where are you from?
RN: I was born in a Washington, D.C. hospital but I grew up with my family in rural Southern Maryland where we raised pigs and chickens in a farm like setting. Once I turned 18 I went to Howard University on a baseball scholarship and had the opportunity to see another side of life.
DH: When did you realize you could make it?
RN: For some reason I was blessed with the spirit at an early age of thinking that I was someone special. I always had big dreams. I always had dreams of going way beyond the surroundings that I grew up in. I always felt I had the confidence that would take me beyond my own my family circumstances.
DH: Why do you exist?
I think that I exist to be the source of my granddaughter’s security, a source to be a vessel to make people always feel good. When I meet family, friends and even strangers on the street I hope to have an ability to make them all feel good.
DH: How does one find opportunities?
RN: Often times you hear the word opportunist in a negative way and it baffles me the way it is used. Every day we wake up there is a sense of venture and opportunity that is determined by your mindset and attitude. You have to have your eyes open for any opportunity that might exist like helping an elderly lady across the street or helping someone that is struggling in business.
DH: How did you get started in radio?
RN: One morning a radio talk show host couldn’t make it into his job at WOL radio station. The owner called me and asked if I could make it in. I said yes without really knowing if I could make it in or not. I went to the end of the street and caught a ride with a snow truck on one of the snowiest days of the year. I had to end up catching a few more snow trucks going in the direction of the radio station until I got about 6 blocks away. Dick Gregory was my first guest and radio gave me a platform. We all have to seize our moment and be an opportunist.
DH: What are keys in looking for the right opportunity?
RN: One of the keys is identifying what you love and what you would do for free. My granddaughter is obsessed with cameras. Other things like dolls and toys don’t matter to her. I want to tap into her love of photography and build up her passion for it.
I dreamed of being a pro baseball player. At 10 I saw Angelo Dundee always with Ali. I said if I could not make it as a baseball player I wanted to be in the boxing industry. Thoughts become things.
My life journey led me to where my dream as a 10 year old was. I was 42 years old when Riddick Bowe became the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. I was working with Butch Lewis and Michael Spinks at the time when I saw Riddick Bowe in the Golden Gloves. At the time I was thinking about leaving the boxing industry. Only thing that would keep me in the game would be a chance to work with a possible champion.
DH: How important is character in business and life?
RN: Character is everything. Character is the absolute foundation for a solid life and business career. Honor your word if you want to become the person that someone feels they can build a relationship with. Character is the essence of who a person is. Character is what you do when the lights are off and no one is looking.
DH: What words of wisdom can you give to struggling or up and coming entrepreneurs?
RN: When you find your passion and follow that passion at the end of the day you take in more knowledge and absorb it so much easier. You gravitate to all things that will prepare you and educate you in your pursuit.
There was and still is no script written to show someone how to become a great manager or promoter.
Follow passion, develop a plan and have discipline with good intent to identify what your purpose is. Work hard and excellence will come naturally when it is inside your passion.
DH: What are some lessons you had to learn the hard way?
RN: When you set out to use good intent/good sense of purpose, strong aspirations and desire to make things happen sometimes is the most difficult challenge is to get out of our own way and let the universe unfold for you
DH: How can people support you?
RN: Please visit http://rocknewmanshow.net/ where the show appears on WHUT Howard University Television. Subscribe on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/RockNewmanShow. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RockNewmanShow1 and on Facebook we are at https://www.facebook.com/TheRockNewmanShow
Every Entrepreneur Should ROCK but you have to find your Reason, seize Opportunities, have Character and share Knowledge so that the world will change forever.
Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit ww.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.
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 MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.
MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.
E is for Encourage. What encourages you?
My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most. They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school. I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.
I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?
I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.
C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?
Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation. Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can. Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics. Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody. Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.
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