DERRICK Interview with Teen Motivational Speaker Alyssa Sullivan

November 29, 2012

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 Teen Motivational Speaker Alyssa Sullivan who was born on April 14, 1999 in Bloomington, IL and since then has not stopped talking. When she was little she would always put plays on for her parents that would keep them interested as long as her heart desired. All in all Alyssa is just a teenage girl that’s trying to figure out life, by pursuing her dreams, and believing in happy endings.

D is for Dream.

My dream is to become a writer, Motivational speaker/preacher and builder of a foundation that is a world changer.  I’ve started writing stories, motivating people, preaching to my family, trying to help people, and changing the world by simply being me. I’ve achieve by starting.

E is for Encouragement.

I get encouraged when I see people that need help. It encourages me because when I see people out there with no hope it makes me realize how much words can help. How much I can empower people with just a slip of the tongue.

R is for Resource.

A resource that I have that makes me stand out from the rest is my passion. I have this passion that I cannot put into words to help others. It’s something that’s deep inside of me that can’t wait to come out. It’s this indescribable desire to change the world. To make a difference.

R is for Ready.

I realized I was ready when I watched this guy on YouTube talk about how to become a motivational speaker. And I thought to myself ” that will be me!”  I still believe it will! I have this confidence when I speak. The confidence that I can change all these problems in the world. And I believe confidence is half the battle. Cause when you have confidence in yourself no one can tear you down.

I is for Individual.

I feel everyone should know about the individual Martin Luther King Jr. because he changed the world so drastically and for that I am forever grateful. However there is this other man named Nick Vujici. He is a motivational speaker born with no legs and arms and he is the most influential person out there. He talks about how he’s still happy, how he’s still living his life with no regrets. Which makes me feel so grateful for what I have and what I don’t have. Because what I don’t have is more important than what I do.

C is for Continue.

When I fail I pray because I know God will be with me through all my sin. I pray to him because I know he will give me the strength to continue. And he will never give up on me. He will support me in whatever I do. He will be there through the thick and thin. God is my savior, my healer, my protector, and my reason to CONTINUE!

K is for Keys.

The keys to success that I leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders are: 1.) Stay positive: Life isn’t easy but it’s worth it! 2.) Stay strong: Don’t let people discourage you from your dreams!! 3.) Stay young: Never grow up, stay a kid, life is easier that way 4.) Stay yourself: No one can be as unique as you because no one will ever be you!!!!!!!

Visit Alyssa Sullivan for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Freelance Cinematographer & Editor Holly Sugrue

November 12, 2012

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 Holly Sugrue who is the Founder of the Media Prep Group. Media Prep Group is an educational workshop group that prepares business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to present themselves, their businesses and their products to the media.

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

My personal dream is to make a living doing what I loved. Each day I can say I am living my dream because I absolutely love what I do.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Knowing that the people who have paved the way for me made mistakes and kept on going. I have learned it’s not about how many times you fall it’s about how many times you get back up.

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

I have been a freelance cinematographer for almost 5 years. Before that, I was a licensed real estate agent. Having a video production background, mixed with my sales and business background give me a well rounded set of skills that are unique to me.

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

I founded the group in June 2012. There really is no time like the present to follow your dreams and do what you love.

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

Marie Forleo she is an Uber success, focused, driven, inspiring business woman who I think everyone should know.

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

Helping others become more successful in their businesses keeps me going.

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

The best key to success I can leave is do what you love, and you will never work another day in your life. Stay true to yourself and everything else will fall into place.

Contact Holly Sugrue for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Fitness Trainer AC

October 25, 2012

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 Personal Fitness Trainer AC. AC’s goal is to share the most innovative ways to lose weight and stay healthy by “changing the way we think.” AC believes that most conventional weight loss programs are good, but focusing on the mind and changing the thought process first, will enhance just about any weight loss program to become excellent.

Based in Atlanta, Ga, AC usually trains more than 25 clients each week, with most experiencing   quick and amazing results. AC has developed his own basic “90 Day Weight Loss Challenge,” and is now offering this program for FREE on AC’s GET LEAN AND FIT Facebook Page.

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

As far as Fitness, my dream is to be able to reach out to as many people as I can, and be able to give some positive alternatives for eating right and staying fit. I plan to do this by releasing a Global DVD Series compatible to Insanity and P90x.

I already have a six part series of videos on YouTube on how to lose weight, how to burn fat, and how to get lean and fit. I also have three National Award Winning Videos sponsored by Nutrex Research, Inc., and all of this just happened in the past 11 months. I love what I do and it comes effortlessly, so I know I’m on my way.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

The fact of knowing that My Journey is based on what I Believe, and then being able to share that energy with others….that’s what keeps me going.

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

Confidence! Not only am I passionate about what I do, I’m also a reflection of what I do.

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

About four years ago when I walked away from Corporate America. I didn’t know exactly at that time what I would be doing, but I did know that it would be something that made a difference.

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

Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd, America’s Oldest Female Body Builder. Mrs. Shepherd is 76 yrs old and literally looks like she’s in her 40’s. She’s a great Inspiration and living proof that eating right and staying fit is a Positive Lifetime Lifestyle! I will also say Ms. Ida Keeling, America’s Oldest Sprinter. Ms. Keeling is 95 yrs old, and still takes daily runs with her 65 yrs old daughter. For me, that just makes excuses meaningless.

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

Because I Believe in My Journey. Its something you feel deep in your Soul, and you know there’s no turning back, so you Conquer and then continue to push forward. TIME TO WIN..!!

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

First and foremost, You will definitely have to “Change The Way You Think!” Your “Focus” can only give energy to the things that have “Meaning” and “Purpose. Do it because U say U can, not because others said U couldn’t. And finally, Believe In Your Journey!

Visit AC for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Celebrity Trainer Christopher Sasha

October 3, 2012

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 Celebrity Trainer Christopher Sasha who is a Chicago native and client of my good friend Beatrice Davis. Sasha as they call him is currently working on a program to help reverse diabetes where it helps you learn how to reduce or eliminate medications through a healthier lifestyle. For more information please contact Christopher Sasha.

D is for Dream. What is your dream or what would you will like to achieve?

I’m focused on helping people believe in themselves. At the age of eight, I was bounced around from foster home to foster home after my mother had died. It seemed as though every time I started to make new friends at the myriad of elementary schools I attended during those foster home years, it was time for me to pack my clothes and move to a different foster home – and a different elementary school. I began isolating myself from the other kids at the schools, locking myself in my bedroom at the foster homes, and despising my life.

I developed a dangerously low level of self-worth, self-respect, and confidence because I felt as though I didn’t belong anywhere. And through my adolescent and young adulthood years I nurtured a negative tape recorder in my head that repeatedly whispered to me that I was not good enough for love, friendship, happiness, or anything that bonds the human race together. That negative tape recorder in my head soon became my best friend, which led me to acting out my detrimental beliefs about myself. I was in a self-destructive mode for most of my life. Some artists use music and lyrics to get their anger out, some comedians use jokes to release their anger. Me? I used the heavy bag and weights at the gym as a way to get rid of some of my anger in life. The gym was my refuge. I felt calmer and more at peace within after physically torturing my body with insane workout sessions that sometimes lasted four hours.

Through the years, my workouts in the gym embedded in me discipline, hard work, setting goals and achieving them, pushing myself beyond what I thought were my own capabilities, and believing in myself. The gym taught me how to believe in myself. Exercise and proper nutrition can alter your body both inside and out. Oftentimes, an amazing thing happens when a person looks better and feels better about him/herself. A feeling of self-worth and confidence are usually not far behind.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

I’m a sucker for the underdog. When an underdog becomes a victor, I get an adrenaline rush that reinforces me to keep moving forward with my own challenging endeavors. Whenever I feel like I can’t accomplish a goal that I set for myself, I watch the movie Rocky IV. Compared to Drago (Russian fighter), Rocky is miniscule. It’s very symbolic for me because I associate myself as the underdog Rocky going against the mammoth boxer, Drago. Every time Rocky gets knocked down, he gets back up – and eventually triumphs the fight. And that exemplifies what makes one successful in life. There will always be obstacles to overcome in anything you try to accomplish. The difference between success and failure is the acceptance to keep getting up and moving forward.

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

My personal experiences and determination to be successful brings copious amounts of understanding with people who don’t believe in themselves. I’ve been in almost all walks of life from living in poverty-stricken governmental housing projects and jail to walking among financial giants. I’ve been emaciated and weak as well as borderline obese. I was basically illiterate at age 23 but turned that around when I put myself through prestigious DePaul University as an A-B student.

I was self-destructive most of my life because I had a negative belief that I was worthless and deserved misery. I changed that negative belief during the march I took to transform my physique. The transition from low self-esteem to self-confidence evolved through a sequence of baby steps. I can relate to peoples’ demons because I have lived with countless demons myself. I pushed myself and conquered my demons, and I can help others do the same.

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

Are any of us really ready for anything we do? Most of the time when I am standing before a significant crossroad and worried about what will happen to me if I make the wrong decision, I am forced into a particular direction. One way or another, good or bad, a choice is made for me.

At age 13, for instance, my father and I got into a fistfight and he kicked me out of his home. I dreamt of the day I would leave long before that day but didn’t have the strength. Immediately after I saw the back door to his house close behind me, I knew in my heart that I wasn’t supposed to be there. And that somewhere there was a better place for me at that particular time in my life. That day was the first time I realized that I was a fighter. I learned that I’m much stronger than I perceive myself to be, and the best way for me to do anything of significance is to dive into it and trust that I’m going to be okay.

Am I ready to be doing what I’m doing now? I don’t know. But I do know that I have the focus and determination to succeed to help others transform their beliefs about their self-worth by transforming their physiques.

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

Alfred Jones. He was a friend who died several years ago. He came to America in the 1960s not knowing a word of English (except the word “okay”), less than $100, and a determination to live the American dream. He eventually owned a small empire of rental properties with a net worth of over $10 million. He was successful, happily married, and a grandfather to five grandchildren. He would always tell me, “If I could do it, you can do it!”

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

This is an interesting question because I used to quit everything. If I didn’t succeed at something with the first try, I would quit. As I got older, I learned that the only way to success is through failure. The difference for me now than a few years ago is that I reflect on my failures so that I can learn from them. You’ve heard of Einstein’s definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I’ve learned to take different routes when I’m trying to reach a goal and fail. Sometimes I fail miserably many times for many years before I achieve my goal – it took me seven years to earn my finance degree from DePaul University. But I’ve acquired some powerful qualities during my troubled years. Embedded traits like determination, focus, perseverance, and discipline are what I apply when taking on laborious goals. I’m constantly reminded of the saying, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

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

Besides applying the facets I have already mentioned (discipline, focus, perseverance, and determination), I believe that one has to know WHY he/she wants to succeed in whatever it is he/she is trying to achieve. Willpower is not enough to get through obstacles that seem unattainable. Willpower is a great initial motivator. But it will slowly dissipate with each grueling obstacle that needs to be overcome. Knowing WHY the goal is important and truly believing in that reason will give tremendous strength to continue.

Also, VISUALIZE what it will be like when the goal is achieved. The greatest athletes utilize visualization before each game. Michael Jordan (regarded as the best basketball player of all time) used to visualize making the game winning shot in his mind hundreds of times before actually making the shot. Ask yourself… How will you emotionally feel when you accomplish the goal? What will others be saying when the goal is accomplished? How will you physically look when the goal is accomplished?

These answers will be compelling reasons to keep moving forward to attain the goal. Above all, you must believe in yourself! If you don’t believe in yourself, how could you believe you can succeed in anything?

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

I don’t believe in the word “Impossible.” I believe in the words “I’m Possible.” This world can be a dark, vile place. Believe me. I talk from first-hand experience. It can knock you down to the ground. And when it does, you have the choice to either let it keep you down or get up and keep moving forward. The only way to be happy and successful is to choose the latter.

Please support Christopher Sasha who is the Author of Transforming Your Lifestyle One Belief At a Time.


DERRICK Interview with Inventor Stephen Bozzone

September 19, 2012

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 Stephen Bozzone who is an inventor with six issued US patents. Stephen is also an entrepreneur, engineer, author, speaker, and mentor. He loves to help inventors any way he can and he likes to encourage people to be more creative through his blog Invention Addict.

D is for Dream.  What is your dream or what have you not yet achieved?

My dream is to establish a non-profit organization that helps every day people become inventor-entrepreneurs by taking an idea they have for a product and getting the product to market.  When this happens we will all be Innovating Hope

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I am encouraged by stories about people succeeding against the odds or a person who persevered and never gave up.

R is for Resource. What resource do you have that makes you unique or stand out?

The resources I have that make me unique are my technical skills for engineering and design coupled with my people skills. I see things that other engineers don’t when it comes to marketing or usability. I have a consulting company called Inspiration2Innovation LLC where I do design work for inventors.

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

You are never ready as you want to be so sometimes you just need to go for it. I remember when I was about 10 years old taking apart the telephone to see how it worked. I would design projects out of wood and ask my day to build it based on my drawings. I guess it was then I knew I wanted to be an engineer.

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

The one person you should learn about is Dave Ramsey because he’s a real success story and you can learn a lot from him about leadership and entrepreneurship.

C is for Continue. When things look bleak what makes you want to continue?

The thing that makes me want to continue is the belief that I will be successful.

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

The key to success is knowing when to change what you are doing but never giving up.

Visit Stephen Bozzone for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Everything Happy Entrepreneur Emily Holdridge

August 28, 2012

EmilyEverythingHappyEncouragement 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, entrepeneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview  is with Emily Holdridge who is a passionate entrepreneur, wife and mother of four. She is the Co-founder of Everything Happy, an exciting brand of children’s products on a GIANT mission to spread hope and happiness around the world! Everything Happy started with a very simple idea, a Happy Blankie® created by her son.

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

My Dream is to build a memorable lifestyle brand that brings happiness to children in need and to enjoy my life, family and friends along the way. I have achieved success in building a small company that manufactures and sells children’s products but I’m ready to expand nationally and globally!

E is for Encourage: What encourages you?

Reading about successful entrepreneurs is what encourages me the most! Learning about their failures and their tenacity to keep at it when times get difficult.

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

I believe my creativity, optimism and hard work ethic make me very unique.

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

When the opportunity came about I jumped on board and I never looked back. I’m not sure that I’m ever really ready, just very willing to do what it takes to succeed.

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

Greg Clement…my business partner and a very successful man. He overcame the obstacle of a serious speech impediment at a young age and has taught me a lot about tackling fear and going for the “impossible”.

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

My family, my encouraging husband, all the people in the world that I want to help and my dream of traveling and spending more time with my children!

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

Let go of “perfect” and get used to failure! Continually read success stories from other entrepreneurs in your field. I love Walt Disney’s quote: “If you can dream it, do it!”

Visit Emily Holdridge for more information.


WISHES Is The Daily Derricknym

August 17, 2012

Best WISHES (With Insight Someone Has Entrepreneur Success).

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes uses his motivational gift to turn a word into a positive Derricknym.