DERRICK Interview with Blind Filmmaker Michael Schwartz

November 11, 2016

michaelschwartzEncouragement 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 Michael Schwartz who is a legally blind filmmaker and owner of Trailhead Productions brings fifteen years of experience in television news and production to the table, and you’ll see what that means all along the way. An award winning reporter, Michael knows television and works for you with the same dedication and ideals valued by the best in the business.   “We’re the storytellers, not the story.”  That means that at Trailhead, we never forget that you and your dreams are the stars of the show.

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

I’m a big believer in breaking through boundaries. Although I’ve been gradually losing my eyesight since I was thirteen years old, my dream was to pursue a career in visual storytelling, and I’ve never taken “no” for an answer. Through a career as a broadcast reporter and photographer, and now as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve seen firsthand that it’s possible to merge the worlds of visual storytelling and visual impairment. From my first job all the way through my current film. Following my own passions, though, cannot and should not be the end of the story. My dream is to change perceptions, raise expectations and make a difference in the world of inclusion for people with disabilities.

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

I went to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. What I loved so much about my education there is that no matter what your specific goals were, you had to learn everything about the business. It wasn’t good enough to want to be just an anchor, or a reporter, or a photographer, or any of the other jobs in journalism. You had to learn it all, and I had so many opportunities to learn skills that have benefited me throughout my career as a storyteller. Understanding what makes up a good picture, learning how to tell a concise story, understanding how to combine dozens of stories to build a newscast that makes sense… it’s all about crafting stories that make a difference.

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

The first resource actually doesn’t have anything to do with tools of the trade. It has to do with drive and resilience. The fact of the matter is that if you’re going to be a visual storyteller who’s visually impaired, there has to be an inner belief in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, nothing else matters.

I also rely on the twin pillars of of communication and partnership. While it’s easy to talk about the mechanics of how I do my job – working with the spatial and acoustic dynamics of an environment or a set to frame a shot, or shooting on a 4K camera to edit in a 1080 timeline, or not thinking of color itself as much as color profiles to use waveforms and vectorscopes to craft the mood and design of a shot, these are all just that” mechanics. They explain how do my job, but not why I do my job. I do my job because I get to work with a team of creative professions who share a creative vision. It’s what gets me up every morning in search of great stories to tell.

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

I think the key to realizing your dreams is that you shouldn’t wait until you feel you’re 100% ready. The truth is that day may never come. There will always be at least one unanswered question, one skill you could hone a little more, one step you may feel you’re not ready to take yet. Life is about leaps of faith. When I set out to start my own business, one based on a risky proposition and an uncertain outcome – staring a video production company even though I’m visually impaired – the one thing I had was a belief that I could succeed. Yes, you start a venture with as many resources as you can muster and your prepare as much as you can, but success is based on action, and action requires at least a certain amount of faith in yourself. Really, I knew I was ready because I believed in myself.

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

I can’t speak highly enough of my colleague and friend Maxwell Ivey. Max calls himself the Blind Blogger, but his life is about so much more than his blindness. It’s about always seeking self-improvement, expanding horizons and making a difference. Max knows how to start with a dream, use the resources he’s developed over the course of a lifetime of finding unique solutions to difficult challenges, learning new skills to help him achieve his goals and always looking to the future.

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

I believe that the challenge anyone with a dream has to overcome is facing down low expectations. What I’ve found is that people tend to rise to the expectations we set for them. As a creative artist – a filmmaker – who is visually impaired, I work every day not only to coordinate a creative vision with my team, but also to lead others to a world where there is no barrier to achievement. I direct and even shoot documentaries, and will continue to do this throughout and beyond the process of losing my eyesight. This is because there is a certain truism that we all have to come to accept, that pursuing one’s passion is the best starting point, because there are no barriers to accomplishment.

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

There is really one key to success. Set the bar high for yourself and for those who share your passions. This doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake. As they say, that’s why pencils have erasers. High expectations push you to challenge yourself, and it motivates you to constantly question your own assumptions… even the ones you don’t know you have. Expecting the highest level of performance from everyone you work with encourages you to pursue nothing short of excellence.

Michael is a friend of mine, and I want to encourage you to support his new documentary series, “The Palette Project: Losing Sight, Maintaining A Vision.” He’s made it really easy to pledge with a micropayment of just $1 for the videos he’s posting on his Patreon feed. This is a great way to show your support, and you can make a difference by helping him make a difference. Plus, you get to see some pretty amazing videos of some pretty amazing people, and learn what it’s like to be a visually impaired filmmaker. – Maxwell Ivey

RELOCATE & Stay Great: How The Salgado Home & Relocation Services Team Helps Others Move Coast to Coast and Still Continue Their Dream

October 14, 2016

salgadohomecollectionwith Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

Fay Salgado, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fay Salgado Home had a vision that truly came to life after traveling the country with her husband Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado, speaking with countless athletes, front office people, management, entertainers and business men and women, that the need for an all-inclusive, professional relocation and organizational service became apparent. To fill that need, Fay launched Fay Salgado Home LLC and today I interview Fay through the word RELOCATE to give you a unique perspective on how to stay great when you move from state to state.

stanleycupR is for Reason: Why did you want to start a home and relocation business?

I was a former hockey wife for 9 years and this is what has made this journey easy for me. I moved twice a year during trades, minor leagues to the pros and back.  Having to move to Canada every summer during the off season with two children in tow gives me the inside track to identify with athletes, families and especially their significant other with constant life changes in every scenario.

E is for Experience: What expertise do you bring to the table that makes your vision able?

We have a team of experts that we built relationships with over the past 20 years.  Rather it be real estate brokers, shipping or insurance to risk management we know and trust our team members with our clients.

L is for Learn. After you started this venture what do you know now that you didn’t know before?

Building clientele isn’t just about your expertise. It’s about having a relationship of trust which leads to another client. This takes time to formulate especially working with celebrities and their families.

brainanO is for Opportunity. Where do see yourself through this business in years to come and are there other untap markets in the relocation industry?

I recently started developing “Salgado Home Collection” and my goal is to launch our candle collection for the 2016 Holiday season and help homecollectionsupport Brain Aneurysms awareness by giving a percentage of sales to a charity.  After the launch … honesty my vision has no end. With passion and drive the Salgado Home Collection will lead where God wants it to be.

C is for Caution. What are obstacles that people who have to move face and how does your company provide solutions to their problems?

In life we all have obstacles rather it be a divided family, a loss of a family member,  joining two families in one home, divorce, financial woes, job relocation, life insurance or health insurance and it always something and somewhere down the line that we all have to identify with one or more of these scenarios.


My services provide comfort for their situation that can or could be over whelming at that time of their move.  I guess I kind of look at it as “Every thing will be ok” and there is no better feeling. Example: When of one of my client has insurance needs I refer them to Richard Salgado of who has a credible name in name in the industry “Big Daddy” that most know and feel confident with his risk management services. Our network also extends to our clients when they have housing or development needs and we connect them with Elite Real Estate Brokers.

A is Aware. If someone has never moved before and especially not coast to coast what are some other things that they need to be aware of before contacting a company that does what you do?

Anytime you’re doing business with a company you are not familiar with there will always be some sort of risk factor. The first question I would ask is if the company is insured and bonded. If your dealing with an estate, I would ask how much their company is bonded for to make sure it can cover the value of your move and assets. If hiring outside sources to come into your home to organize, make sure they to are insured and bonded. Injuries do happen, things break and you don’t want to find yourself in a situation that could lead you to a lawsuit.

If you’re not buying and renting when you are moving into your next home make sure you always research who you’re renting from. Do background work on the home to make sure the property is not under foreclosure or prior law suits with other tenants. If you’re working with a management company that is locating a rental for you, it’s not usually their responsibility to research public records and investigate past history. The other advice would be to research your community, value of homes and schools.

T is Time. How long does it normally take to help someone move coast to coast and why is this the right time to be in business?

Each client has different needs and services required so to put a time line on a job is almost impossible. We treat our clients like family and a job is never done until they feel the comfort with our service. This is the main reason why I love to book in advance and work with exclusive clientele throughout the sports industry. Each subcontractor signs a nondisclosure contract to assure our clients privacy

E is for Excellence. How important is greatness and what do you want others to say once you have their move out if the way?

I want my clients to say, ummmm nothing and to just see them with a honest pure smile is good enough for me. It’s a great feeling to see a happy home and know I was a part of the process.

What else would you like to mention before we go?

Fay Salgado Home is an insured and bonded company that has clients in the NFL & NHL and for more information people can go to


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The DAILY Message for Friday October 2nd, 2015

October 1, 2015

“Take Me THERE (Through Helping Everyone Receives Experience).”

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit email  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

DERRICK Interview with Street Lotto the President of OOOG Brand

July 15, 2015

StreetLottoEncouragement 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 Street Lotto who is the President of the OOOG Brand. The meaning of OOOG is wisdom acquired through life experience, struggle, endurance, and set backs. A OOOG has stayed the course through all it’s up and downs never giving up on his/her dreams, passions, or goals. A OOOG is one that is a shining example to those ahead of them, beside them, and the ones to come. Three times GREAT, Three times a GENIUS, Three times GRAND. To be labeled as a Triple OG means you’ve earned the RESPECT to represent the OOOG Brand‼️

Born in Cincinnati, now residing in Atlanta, Lotto sought opportunity to better himself and focus on a career in music, overcoming the obstacles of the drug trade in his native city. “Money was never the focus for me, only a means.

Through the years, Lotto has aligned himself with well established brands like Coca- Cola, Apple Inc., Snoop Dogg, and 98 Degrees!  Including going on tour with multi- platinum artists streaming from The Nappy Roots to Jeff Timmons (founding member of 98 Degrees). On the list of accomplishments also includes his collaboration with Ted Talk’s “TED X”. In celebration of 1 billion visits to the company’s site (, Lotto penned and performed  “TRANSCEND”, the theme song for the well attended convention. Scoring even bigger, he was featured along with Dallas Austin, and Too $hort, on the billboard nominated mobile app Zooz Beat made available on iPhone receiving over 1.6 million downloads.


Though in Atlanta, Lotto has always been compared to and inspired by west coast hip hop. At points, he recalls spending months at a time on the west coast, submerged in it’s culture. “I don’t know why, I just always got love from the west. The music was comfortable to me. I guess that’s why they took to me”, he explained. “Collaborating with Cali veterans like Daz Dillinger and Bay area artists Mistah FAB and Turf Talk inspired me to do something different. “My new project is produced totally by DJ POOH protégé, west coast producer, TWEEK BEATZ whose credits include: Snoop Dogg, Keisha Cole, Glasses Malone, Jim Jones, Crooked I, and Suga Free, to name a few. I just wondered what it would sound like if somebody from over here, fused sounds with somebody over there?”

The new single “#GO”, is from the full length album Levi’s And Chucks, produced by Tweek Beatz.  Why Levi’s And Chucks? Both brands are synonymous with classic American culture, appealing, but not limited to, black and white, but EVERY race, creed, and color within the make up of our society, current and future. They will forever be a mainstay in our society,  just like the material from this LP. Classic. Original. Timeless….

My dream has always been to not only be a major artist with a voice that effects change, but also a business mogul that would inspire people that grew up in places like where I (originally) come from, Cincinnati, Ohio.

E is for Education: What is your background in Education?

I finished High School and 2 years of college before I entered the “real” world. I didn’t finish college. To tell you the truth, I really had no desire to finish school. I was there to continue my football career. But, once I figured out that ship had sailed, I wanted to sell enough weed to buy a dope crib with a dope ride and a dope chick to complete the cipher! (laughs). I eventually came back home and did just that. I started to also get into making the music that was the soundtrack to my lifestyle at that point. That lead me into wanting to take music further. But there was no real music scene in Cincinnati, so I moved to the A! Over the last decade and a half, I’ve been traveling the states performing, getting deals, losing them, making money, losing it, all in efforts to figure out how to brand myself to the masses. I guess you can say, I’ve put my 10,000 hours in! (laughs) Over time, I’ve just figured out how to give people something dope, yet honest, and inspirational. What I have figured out in music, comedy, and branding- nothing beats truth nor purpose and both are heavily applied to the OOOG Brand!

OOOGBrandR is for Resource: What makes you stand out or unique?

My resources include my network. Through being hungry in this business for years, you encounter alot of influential people behind those doors. Some say YES , and some say NO. One thing that I picked up is, just because they said NO doesn’t mean somewhere down the line I can’t get a yes out of them. See, some people will never  change, thank GOD, circumstances do! So what happens is, now, most of them not only ride for me, but they open new doors that weren’t there before. The moral to the story- KEEP PUSHIN’!!!

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

You just know. Things start happening and you don’t have to ask questions anymore. You know the answers, and feel God’s favor surrounding you like a force field.

I is for Individual: Name one individual that others should learn more about and why?

The source! G-O-D! People should really get to know Him. I grew up with my dad, so I knew him, and could with certainty trust all he said he would do for me- because I knew him. Others weren’t as fortunate. They didn’t grow up with a father around, so they learned to trust themselves more. Even if dad was half there, he wasn’t all the way there. So if you don’t really know the man, how could you really trust him? The same principle applies to knowing the Lord. I know men, that are now grown, that want to find and meet their father just to learn more about themselves. Imagine if you find the Father God Himself, you’d learn ALL about yourself and untapped potential, feel me? To know HIM is to know yourself. You will know His will, then discover your purpose!

C is for Challenges: What challenges have you faced along the way?

Challenges- I’ve had to overcome the obstacles of the game like anyone else that stayed the course. Having to learn, people are NOT what they SAY, they ARE what they DO! Most people will tell you your dreams are impossible- and they ARE- for THEM! It isn’t their purpose to do what you do, so they don’t have the vision to see what you see. I learned not to get caught up in what didn’t work before. That was them- THIS IS ME! I expect to win. Maybe it doesn’t happen right away, but it will in HIS time. And 10 times out of 10, if it don’t happen, it wasn’t for me, and I’m good with that. I also learned that nobody is going to work harder for your dream than YOU, regardless of what they may tell you or make it look like. You get out what you put in.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for others?

One sure fire way of not achieving your dream is to quit!

Visit Street Lotto and the OOOG Brand for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Entertainer Word One

July 23, 2013

WordOneEncouragement 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 Word One (aka Grey Poltergeist) who has become one of the fastest growing names in hip-hop over the past year. He has opened the door for change in the music industry with his “Underdog Movement” by creating music and a movement that caters to your average, everyday citizen.

Traveling the country, doing everything from drug dealing to owning his own business, recording artist Word One is ready to tell the world his story of being an UNDERDOG. Born in Los Angeles, California; although, raised mostly in New York and Jacksonville, Florida, Word One would tell you that he’s the “man from nowhere”, because of all of his travels in between and all of the different cities that he’s lived in.

What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My goal is to provide a good financial living for my family and provide my mother with the best medical attention she can get. I have achieved many goals: Such as featuring with a 2-time Grammy winning artist, working with platinum artists an producers, traveling throughout the country and abroad, being signed (more than once), and being able to say that I’ve touched countless lives.

What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I am a High School graduate. The ability to read properly and calculate numbers is about all the school education I could apply to my life. School cannot teach you common sense though. My most valuable education comes from experience from myself and others.

What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The only resource I can bring to what I do is experience. But I don’t use that to stand out. Instead, I use my experiences to create music that the people can relate to. I can only hope that it shows them that they’re not alone in their problems.

WordOneLogoWhen did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I was ready from the moment that I decided this is what I wanted to do. Whether others felt or feel that I’m ready is a different story. I dedicate my all to my craft. But I don’t believe that anyone should pursue a goal or career if they don’t feel ready from the start.

Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Jesus. There’s really no one else worth learning about more than him.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The challenges to make it even this far are countless. But even to this day, there is always negativity thrown at what I do. Every accomplishment is met with skepticism. Every show needs to get promoted 100 times harder for a fraction of a larger artist’s turnout. Having to overcome people’s ideals that because they haven’t heard of me, it means my music isn’t good or haven’t accomplished anything.

What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

There are no shortcuts to success. Once you have determined what your goal is; nothing else should exist until you have reached it. You must develop a tunnel-vision that leads to that goal. Partying, sex, and nonsense will be around for eternity. You won’t miss anything. Hard work and dedication are more than catch-phrases. They should be the words that guide your life and lead you to your goal. It will also separate you from the countless number of others fighting to reach your goal before you do.

Visit Word One 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!

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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 more afraid of not trying! You must have thought, research and analysis.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.