DERRICK Interview with Dr. Derek “Doc” Worley

June 11, 2013

DocWorleyEncouragement 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 Dr. Derek “Doc” Worley who at 46 sustained but overcame a massive stroke which left him paralyzed on one side and without the ability to talk.  However, by the sheer grace of God who in his great  wisdom,orchestrated a great team of doctors, physical, occupational  and speech therapists to “put him back together again” and as Doc says, “the greatest wife known to man”, Barbara, who made sure that we all complied and adhered to the cause.

Doc Worley received his B.S in Professional Biology from North Carolina A&T University and was awarded his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine and
Health Sciences.  After finishing his residency program in Oakland, San Francisco and Vacaville, CA., Doc and Barbara, also a doctor, opened a medical practice in North Carolina. After a few years, Doc started
itching to speak, meet and build and Barbara heard him scratch, so she kicked him out of the warm office for the freezing grounds of sales, marketing and the speaking circuit.  It was at that time that Doc
experienced almost all types of sales known to man…from health saving accounts to burial plots, legal services to financial services, real estate sales to car sales,  in home vacuum cleaner sales to in home
cabinet refacing to in trunk and in store cellular phone sales, vitamin sales to water sales and projects sales to project funding.

Doc is not too shy or ashamed to tell you….in a humble way that he has gained from all of his experiences. Doc has recently been accepted for PhD studies in Business Administration with a concentration in International business from North Central University. Why?…because he just wants to help more. Grady, his ventriloquist partner, will leave you in stitches when he visits occasionally.  Let the fun begin!

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

My dreams is to share joy and encouragement to the world by teaching principles of faith, perseverance and love that will penetrate doubt, discouragement and fear.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

My source of encouragement is Jesus Christ.  It is through Him that I exist and have been made better.

R is for Resource. What Resource do you have that makes you unique?

Networking is the key to collaborative efforts being taken to the next level.  Shared talents encourages greater dimensions, depths and perspectives which produces greater meaning, productivity and awareness. You can win with teamwork!

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

I knew that I was destined to speak at an early age because I always felt the need to connect compassion and humor with substance and inspiration to ease the frustration, fears and emptiness in people.  Through the test of time with trials and tribulations, the need has become greater.

I is for Individual. Name at lease one Individual that we should learn more about and why?

Jesus Christ is my source if inspiration.  He suffered, endured and walked on water, yet he was talked about, spit on and beaten, yet he loved and never sinned.

C is for Continue. What makes you want to Continue when things don’t look optimistic?

Trials have been a great teacher for me.  They have taught me that troubles will not last forever and joy will come in the morning. I will never give up.

K is for Key. What Keys to success can you leave for others?

The keys of success are determined by your level of passion, positive attitude, moral servitude, tenacity, perseverance, focused vision and strength in God.

Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

Leadership is having the ability to follow a mission with great intensity, undying determination, acceptance of responsibility, rendering no excuses and not caring who gets the credit as long as the mission is accomplished in truth and dignity!

Visit Dr. Derek “Doc” Worley for more information.


DERRICK Interview with 15 Time Author Vanessa Davis Griggs

March 13, 2013

VanessaDavisGriggsEncouragement 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 Vanessa Davis Griggs who is a motivational speaker and the author of 15 novels including The Blessed Trinity Series: Blessed Trinity,  Strongholds, If Memory Serves, Practicing What You Preach, Goodness and MercyThe Truth Is the Light, The Other Side of Goodness, The Other Side of Dare,  and July 30 release, The Other Side of Divine. Stand-alone novels  include: Ray of  Hope, Redeeming Waters, and Forever Soul Ties.

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

To be able to do what I was put on the earth to do which is to use my gift of  words–written and spoken. I’d love to see movies made from my novels or even a  television series which would definitely work. I see that in my dreams, for  sure!

VanessaDGE is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Knowing that God loves me and has chosen me to do what I do. That’s an awesome concept–to know that before God formed me in my mother’s belly, He knew  me. To know that God has a plan for my life and that I get to be a part of what  He’s doing.

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

The fact that I AM unique. That I’m not like anybody else, and that’s a good thing. I’m not a copy of anyone; I’m an original, created by God. So  I know who I am and WHOSE I am! Also, I walk in a spirit of  excellence.

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

Wow, what an excellent question! I believe we know things even as young children. The problem is that people who have lived a while try to convince  children to dream a different dream than what’s in their hearts thinking they are protecting them from being hurt. But that has messed a lot of folks up from even pursuing what they’re on this earth to do. I have known since I was a  young girl that I love words, I love to talk, so that has helped me in being a  speaker. I love to write and create, which is perfect for someone who enjoys  penning books and even scripts (which is what I did). I wrote and directed  plays when I was in elementary school.

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

Too easy! My mother, Josephine Davis. I learned to love and not quit having this wonderful woman in my life. She made me feel that nothing was out of reach  for me to accomplish no matter where I may have started from. She’s a powerful  woman, and if you ever had the pleasure of crossing her path, you would know  what real love is.

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

I learned a long time ago that if you quit, you’re assured definitely not to  win or accomplish what you’ve set out to do. I just learned to enjoy the journey because I love seeing how God somehow works things out in the  end.

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

Study and learn all that you can about what you’re interested in. Love what you do so that it’s never really a job but something you look forward to each  and every day. Whatever you do, do it with a spirit of excellence. Know that you  can’t truly be considered a leader if no one is following you. And  do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.  That’s golden!

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

Believe in yourself and what you’re here to do. Decide you’re not going to quit before you even begin a thing. Because following your dreams is hard, but  oh so rewarding if you stick with it.

Visit Vanessa Davis Griggs for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Youngest U.S. Magazine Publisher Savannah Britt

February 4, 2013

SavannahEncouragement 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 Savannah Britt who is the socialite turned entrepreneur who successfully founded Girlpez Magazine at age twelve. Now at 18 years old, Britt has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The Anderson Cooper Show, and Scholastic’s Ahora Magazine. She continues the magazine while launching a luxury swimwear line and a PR firm.

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

My dream is to inspire girls around the world, to show them that becoming an entrepreneur is possible to anyone who is willing to work. I have achieved so much as this age from being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine to becoming the Youngest Magazine Publisher in the U.S. But my dream continues, I am still trying to get my message to young girls out there.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My readers are what encourage me. They are the ones who send me their stories and insight, they are the ones who push me to put out my publication. I am motivated by their everyday struggles and problems whether it be dealing with anorexia or shopping on a budget, I feel like I am able to help them and that’s what encourages me.

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

I have a lot of industry friends and many of them I look to as resources. In addition, I have my family and friends that I look to for resources.

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

I realized I was ready at age twelve, when I started the magazine. I had been writing children’s book reviews for a newspaper and after the newspaper folded I was left unemployed but hungry too. I knew I was ready to expand my brand and begin my own publication.

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

One individual I feel others should learn about would be Oprah Winfrey. And I know it’s hard to say “learn about” Oprah because what’s there not to know about Oprah, but it extends far behind the surface Oprah. I think others should “learn from” Oprah, how one woman has been able to mold a brand, shape it and make money from it. She has attacked every avenue possible from hosting a talk show to owning a network to owning a publication to owning her own school for girls in Africa. She has managed to make a name for herself in so many ways which is a huge part of the idea of branding.

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

Seeing the end goal is what makes me want to continue. Failure is just a stop along the way. Seeing success is what pushes me.

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

Several keys to success would be planning, executing, and branding. I really stress that entrepreneurs plan what they want and where they see their company going. That means having a business plan that makes sense. In addition, executing is a big portion. This means doing what you say you will do. And lastly, branding is important. Making a brand for yourself is important, especially having an online presence.

Visit Savannah Britt for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Author of Poverty Sucks Aimee Elizabeth

January 31, 2013

AimeeElizabethEncouragement 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 Aimee Elizabeth was a broke and homeless teenager at age 15.  She is now a retired business owner, self-made multi-millionaire, successful real estate investor, guest speaker, business consultant and best selling author of “Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire.”  She also promotes StreetTeens.org, a Nevada charity for homeless youths.

1.      Dream:  My current dream is to eradicate poverty worldwide, by teaching people the tools they need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps to succeed.  I would love for everyone in the world to read my book and learn how to do what I did.  No fancy education or large sums of money required.  I would love for my book to be required reading for all high school kids worldwide, and to be required reading for all those who live in poverty on government assistance, so they could make a better life for themselves and their children.

2.      Encourage:  I am encouraged by following my passions.  For every business I have started, for every goal I have achieved, I was motivated by following my passions.  If you pursue what makes you happy, when your drive is a labor of love, you can’t help but succeed!

3.      Resource:  The only resources I started with were a small amount of money from many part time jobs before I was homeless, and an unshakable belief in myself.  I still have that unshakable belief in myself.  No matter what project I start, I always always always believe I will succeed.  And I never ever quit.  If one thing doesn’t work, I will try another, and another, and another, until I get where I am trying to go.  Persistence, determination and confidence will get you much further in life than brains or any fancy degree.

4.      Ready:  I realized I was ready for what I am doing now when the housing market collapsed and the economy went into the toilet.  I realized that I had knowledge and expertise and experience that could help the entire nation.  I wrote my book to help save the nation’s economy, and to eradicate poverty worldwide.

5.      Individual:  While I have never met him in person, I feel that I know Michael J. Fox very well from reading his two books, “Lucky Man” and “Always Looking Up.”  Mr. Fox is an amazing person.  Not only is he a generous philanthropist, he has absolutely no self-pity despite his horrible affliction of Parkinson’s disease.  He is able to laugh at himself and his situation while at the same time displaying brutal honesty about his condition while maintaining a never ending optimism and sense of humor.  I admire and respect him tremendously.  I would be honored to meet him in person.  And I think everyone who has the urge for self-pity should read his books.

6.      Continue:  When I fail, or my situation looks bleak, or I am having a non-optimistic day, I often don’t want to continue.  And so sometimes I will pamper myself for a day or two, to recharge my batteries, because sometimes I just burn out.  It’s hard to stop working and rest when you are passionate about a project.  Other times, I will just push through the bad feelings and continue on anyway.  99% of success comes from just showing up. So whether I choose to rest and recharge a little, or I choose to push through, either way, I know I am not quitting.  And deep down, even on bad days, I always know I will get to where I want to go.

7.      Key:  I have many keys to success.  In fact, for budding entrepreneurs, I have a “Rule of Five” Business Criteria.  This is critical for selecting your new business venture.   If you follow my Rule of Five, your chances for success are 90% or better.  If you choose NOT to follow my Rule of Five, you may as well flush your money down the toilet! Here are the rules:  1. Never have a partner   2. Never have retail space. 3. Never lack confidence in yourself.   4. Only do a business that produces residual income.  5. Only do a business that allows you to hire someone else who can duplicate your work.

To inspire others, I say “Don’t Quit!  Ever!”  If I started where I did in life, and I arrived where I am now, ANYONE can do what I did.  Read my book. It’s an easy, fun, informative read.  Anyone with a third grade education
can do what I did.  Now go get started – TODAY!

Visit Aimee Elizabeth for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Best Selling Author Remy Chausse

January 25, 2013

RemmyEncouragement 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 Rémy Chaussé who is an inspirational speaker and author  of the best-selling book “Living Life As An Exclamation Point!” It created such  a revolution that it led to The Get  UNstuck Revolution!™ for extraordinary women with big-ass dreams who are ridiculously unsatisfied  . . . to get past go, get out of status  quo, and create a life they love.  Rémy has been featured on the Business Beware Show on FOX Business, the  On the Edge Show (a CBSaffiliate), Smart Money Talk Radio (an NBC affiliate),  and The Women’s Information Network.

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

My  dream was to be able to help people overcome invalidation. In researching my book, I found the #1 cause of someone being stuck in life is invalidation. What exactly is invalidation? It’s that thing that creeps in and steals your exclamation points! It happens when somebody “takes you down a notch” by branding you illogical or wrong, or tells you that you don’t matter. It also happens when you suffer a spiritual injury. What I discovered is that  people don’t just show up and say, “I feel invalidated today.” What they say is,  “I feel stuck.” So I created The Get  UNstuck Revolution!™ to help people overcome invalidation, recover their  purpose in life, and create the life they’re meant to live.

E  is for Encourage. What encourages you?

What  encourages me is when I witness someone finding hope. Even in the face of the  most troubling challenge, I ask people to find one positive thing about it. And  if you can find one, you can find five. And if you can find five, you can find  ten. If you can find ten positive things, you can find twenty. And you’ll get  unstuck from the challenge before you ever get to twenty, simply by looking for  the positive. Maybe you’ll find the right perspective to find the right  solution, or maybe you’ll discover the actual solution.

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

I  suffered a betrayal from my church and my minister (the minister was my husband). It was devastating. I was highly functional, but had a really dark  sadness. I was doing well in life, but there was something still holding me  back. I was shattered inside, and trapped in a life I didn’t recognize. Even  through that quiet desperation, I was eventually able to climb out, and I began  that journey by interviewing experts for my book. They were so inspirational  that I started recording the interviews on Skype, and some of these profound  interviews are still on my blog to this day.

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

After  my book hit the best seller list, my energy must have shifted in a major way,  because strangers would walk up to me at coffee shops and strike up a  conversation about spiritual injury. Just  out of the blue! It was amazing, and I soon realized that I was a lightning  rod for this controversy, and there was a deep need for starting the  conversation about overcoming invalidation. When someone invalidates you, it can  fracture your soul into a million little pieces. But who can you talk to? How do  you connect with your spirituality again once you’ve been shattered? What do you  do when you’ ve become unraveled by someone or something you’ve trusted?

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

Tracy  Broughton has survived everything from a carjacking to being homeless, to two  car crashes that each left her paralyzed and she was told she’d never walk again (but did!). She has achieved some amazing things in her life, including fitness  awards and even the Ms. America 2011 title.

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

We  all have at least one true passion in life … more than that, we have a purpose  for being here.  But most people don’t know what their purpose is. You aren’t on this earth to  struggle, or even just survive. You were given one unique strength, and that  uniqueness IS your purpose. When you fail, it’ s simply something bigger trying  to be born … so ask bigger.

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

Isn’t  it funny how so many people want us to focus on our limiting beliefs to try and solve life’s  problems? Finding out who you are and  what you stand for is my biggest  success strategy. Start with the question, “What do I believe in?” Make a list  of 10 things you believe in, and you might be surprised at the positive beliefs you have, that can help  you solve any challenge.

Visit Rémy Chaussé for more information.  Best-selling  author


DERRICK Interview with Filmmaker and 11 Time Author Travis Hunter

December 12, 2012

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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 Travis Hunter who is an author, mentor and father.  His first novel, The Hearts of Men, was originally published in 2000 by Hunter’s own company, Jimrose Publishing House. During the 2000 Book Expo America in Chicago, Hunter handed out copies of his self-published debut and one week later received an offer from Random House’s imprint, Striver’s Row/Villard, for the re-release of The Hearts of Men.

Hunter lives in a suburb of Atlanta with his son Rashaad. He is the founder of The Hearts of Men Foundation, Inc., through which he mentors and provides meaningful opportunities for underprivileged and at risk teens.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved? I’ve written eleven novels, One off Broadway Stage Play and I wrote, directed and produced a short film based on my novel, Dark Child so I have achieved a lot in terms of the goals I set for myself. But I’m always pushing to take it to the next level.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you? I’m encouraged by many things. One is my family. I want to lead a life where a real legacy is involved. Another is in the past I had a huge fear of failure which kept me from trying things that I believe would’ve given me lots of fulfillment.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out? I’m very creative so that’s my gift. I’m also a very happy person by nature, so I try to bring joy to every occasion.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now? I gained confidence in my writing as my readers provided feedback on my first novel. It (The Hearts of Men) became required reading at Florida State when I didn’t even have a degree.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why? Wow. That’s a good question and I don’t I have a solid answer. I think people should learn more about our history and not the tidbits they give you in your school text. African Americans are a very resilient group and I think if the kids today learned more about our history, they might not take life for granted as many of them do.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue? I’m in the business of writing books for black people so I go through my feast or famine moments. My son keeps me motivated and once again that fear of failure.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders? You have to stick to your goals, write out a business plan and tweak it as needed. Trust yourself. There is no such thing as job security anymore, so you have to believe and invest in your own vision. After all you wouldn’t fire yourself.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with? Life is what you make it. Things may be tough, but so are you. If you think you can or if you think you can’t you are absolutely right. I think Henry Ford said that. Also my dad used to tell me; nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. Wake up and start living.

Visit Travis Hunter for more information.


DERRICK Interview with 90 Days From Right Now Mychal Connolly

December 7, 2012

90dayEncouragement 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 Mychal Connolly the Co-Founder of the baby-gift company Stinky Cakes was named one of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs by it’s non profit TheCASHFLOW. After neglecting his health while building his brand Stinky Cakes, Connolly became diabetic, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and this led Mychal to launch 90 Days From Right Now health & fitness challenge to help people stay in shape, lose weight and get the nutrition their bodies need.

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

My dream is to be the best at everything I do. As a youth they called me BUGS Best Until God’s Gift Stops and God’s gift is life. I also want Whoever is affiliated with me to be the best that they can be.  Help people become the best that they can be and I have seen that are numerous level and by being recognized. Once you put our your best everything comes into play and people begin to recognize you.  

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Having the ability to set a really great example for the kids especially the ones in the Urban environment. Urban communities are very diverse and I get to put my hands back and help others reach for their dreams by leaving a blueprint for them.  

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 launched my first company at the age of 9, it helps me so much because I understand what I wanted and needed when I was as a kid.  People are normally impressed with the things I do but I tell them all the time that the 9 year old and teenage version of me would be disappointed at the 30 year old version of me.  The thing that was missing was that I did not have a mentor but now that I went through it and have done so many things I can turn around now and mentor others.  My life experiences and things that I have been through mentally and emotionally as an entrepreneur makes me a valuable resource for someone who is willing to go through what it takes to become successful.

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

I realized being in ICU that it is very important for me to be healthy because all the things I want to do or achieve can’t be done if I’m not healthy and even worse if I’m not around so when I launched the 90 Days From Right Now mission to help others get healthy I knew that was I needed to do. I knew that everything I had been through in the last 5 to 6 years put me in the space where I’m at now. 6 years ago I was 205 and I got up to 285 so I had not gained all the weight and became unhealthy I don’t think I would  empathize as much with someone in the same position that I was in.

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

Entrepreneur Michael Kittredge was who the Founder of the Yankee Candle Company sold it for 500 million dollars. He always put his family and health first. He made money but did not put it first. He taught others how to manage and balance life.  

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

I want to continue because when most people quit they are right there at the top, right close to their goals. What keeps me going is that I have my supporters (wife, mother, stepfather wife, in-laws, and friends) that want to see me succeed so I have to keep going. I don’t want to give others that want to see me fail the satisfaction of being able to say hey look at him he tried it and he failed. I welcome people to throw the lemons at me because the people that care about my clients I have enjoy the lemonade, Italian ice, lemon water, lemon popsicles that we make with those lemons. You have to keep pushing one step and one day at a time.

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

Don’t feed your ego, feed your bank account. You either going to be cool or make money. Sometimes cool and making money does not go together. Do the things that it will take to be successful. Most people if they saw success walking down the street they would walk right by it and not give it a second look. They would not say hi to it .they would not embrace it or engage it in conversation. Success is boring looking, plain, simple looking, tedious, and it’s not attractive. Successful and non successful people have one similarity in that they hate to do what it takes to be successful it is just that  successful people do what it takes anyway. Also learn the power of leveraging, residual income, and the power of your network.

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

Read books like, Think and Grow Rich, 1O Inch Rule by Van Cardone, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Toilet Paper Entrepreneur and The Pumpkin Plan.

Visit Mychal Connolly for more information.