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September 13, 2020

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Be Like GWEN If You Want To Win

May 13, 2020

by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer”

One day I woke in a happy spirit and as I started to look at success stories on social media I kept seeing Gwennetta Wright making it happen and others were putting up emoji signs to symbolize that they were clapping. Then I turned to The Last Dance on ESPN and I started seeing Michael Jordan and they were telling me to “Be Like Mike.” During the commercial break I started to thinking about how Gwennetta puts God into her messages, the work she does for others, the events her and her team do to elevate communities and how it has been a joy to network with her all of these years.  As soon as The Last Dance came back on this melody came into my head singing “Be Like GWEN If You Want To Win” say it again “Be Like GWEN If You Want To Win” so through her name GWEN here is a 4 point plan to put you in position to win.

G is for God. Why do you put God first in what you do? I put God first in all I do because without him I would be nothing. Being an entrepreneur for almost 14 years I definitely know where my help comes from. God has kept me going when I didn’t have any money in my bank account. Every time I had an issue that I didn’t know how to overcome he came in and fixed it. My faith in him is truly the only how I am still standing today. I am very business savvy but I don’t operate my business on the worldly principles most of the time I operate them on Godly principles which is not very popular in the business world. My business strategies have always come from prayer.

W is for Working for others. Why do you help your team so much?  I believe every good leader job is to birth other good leaders. I can’t be operating at my best but the people on my team don’t get the same access. I live by the code that if I eat well, then my team eats well. I give the people on my team a choice. They can eat how I feed them or they can go hungry. If they don’t want what I feed them in knowledge and resources then that’s their choice but the ones who want it I will make sure they have it.

E is for Elevating Events. What made you want to do events like the Toy giveaway and the Back to school events? Honestly, those are truly God assignments. When I started in business God blessed my businesses financially abundantly. In the mist of it all I knew that the blessings that he was giving to me were not just for me but for others. I would be selfish not to give back to those in need if I could make it possible. Those events are definitely faith walks because even though God has blessed me in so many ways for some reason when I have those events the funds don’t ever seem to be there because I usually don’t make a budget for them but every time God guides me and my team to get the resources and finances to pull each event off.

N is for Networking. Why do you network and network and network? Networking is essential in business. It is unfortunate how many people don’t realize it. Relationships in business are everything. Your relationship with someone can open a door of opportunity faster than money. It’s definitely not always about what you know but who you know. For a long time I didn’t believe this until God open my eyes of how important building relationship is. God will use someone who you don’t know to bless you. He will use your connections to get you to the next level.

The bottom line is that if you want to win like GWEN you have to put God first, Work for others, create Elevating events and never stop Networking.

Book or Interview the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting www.enTIEtainer.com, emailing info@derrickhayes.com  or calling (706) 615-1662

 


Family

April 12, 2019

Fathers and Sons participated in the Annual Fatherhood event at Fort Service Learning Magnet School Academy a Middle School in Columbus, Georgia. In this video clip they come together with the opportunity to make positive choices.


The DAILY Message for Tuesday January 12th, 2016

January 11, 2016

“Help and compete so that all your family can EAT (Everyone Appreciates Teamwork).”

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


DERRICK Interview with Writer, Producer and Advocate Yvonne Pierre

September 2, 2015

YvonnePierreEncouragement 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 Yvonne Pierre who is an award-winning writer, producer and advocate. She is a proud wife and mom of two sons, Zyair (her oldest) and Zyon (her youngest). Zyon has Down syndrome and is the motivation behind many of her empowering projects. Yvonne has written stage plays, a short film and is the author of “The Day My Soul Cried.”

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

My desire is to allow God to use me to make a positive impact in this world. My passion is storytelling in various forms. My focus is to successfully create timeless stories that will be read or watched for years to come. In the future, I pray that the success of my films and books will enable me to invest into other people whose dream is to make a positive change in the disabled community.

My wish is for my children, husband, family and friends to have a relationship with God, be in good health, happy, fulfilled spiritually and blessed beyond measure.

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

It is amazing that I evolved into a writer. I could barely read when I graduated from high school. I wasn’t a fan of education, because of my battle with reading and writing. To make a long story short, I realized that I needed to go to college. Initially, I failed the entry exam. But after a month of studying hard, I went back and passed it. I knew it was going to be hard, but giving up wasn’t an option. I was tired of being a failure and running. I sacrificed my social life and fully committed to my education. I was hungry for knowledge. That was in the mid 90’s. Today, I’m working on my second Master degree.  I received my Executive Master in Business Administration in 2010. I will be receiving my Master in English/Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction in 2017. No, I don’t have to get a Master’s to be a successful writer, it is a personal goal. I learned the hard way the importance of education.

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

I bring knowledge and passion for telling stories that uplift, empower and are thought-provoking.

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

I didn’t even think about if I were ready or not. I just jumped. Thinking back, I would say I was ready when fear could not immobilize me. I still have fear and occasionally doubt, but I use it to push me to be prepared. There was a time when all my excuses seemed logical, until I was ready to see beyond the excuses and obstacles.

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

There are a few of individuals that come to mind are my husband, son and an artist named Kayla.  My husband, Steffan Cooks’ vision is to empower indie music artist by providing them with the tools they need to be successful in this business through his company Hungry Artiz.   My son, Zyair is an awesome music producer currently in school for audio engineering. Hungry Artiz client, Kayla Wyatt is a 13 year old, multi-talented artist (singer, writer, actress, and model) currently working on the release of her first single, “Stand Tall,” an uplifting, anti-bullying song.

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

There’s a quote by an unknown author that says, “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it come from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” For me, the challenges were harder to overcome when my focus was me. But when I began to focus on the purpose and message of the visions God placed in me, nothing was impossible. I began to get clarity and a better understanding of my purpose. This journey isn’t about me. I am a vessel. Once I understood that, doors began to open. Rejection and obstacles didn’t seem so bad anymore. Challenges bring discomfort and uncertainty. I had to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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

There are several keys to success such focus, determination, willingness to learn, forward-thinking, self-motivation, promotion, networking and most importantly committing to the vision. But I wanted to touch on self-promotion. Over the years, I’ve come across a lot of business owners and professionals who shared with me that they are afraid to talk about what they do, in fear of people thinking they are bragging. I do understand. I was the same way. Until, I realize that I was missing out on opportunities, people simply didn’t know. It dawned on me, why would I expect people to know about “my” business when I wouldn’t talk about it? There are ways to talk about your business without bragging, by focusing on the purpose and mission. For example, when I had a radio show, I promoted the topic and the guest. You cannot care about what people think. Okay, we all care, but it shouldn’t be to the point of allowing other people opinions to hindering or blocking you from opportunities, blessings and living a fulfilled life.

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

I have been advocating positive Down syndrome (Ds) Awareness since 2005. I thought I was doing something that would empower the Ds community, but this journey empowered me. Take a moment to check out the Rise eMag at www.theriseawards.com. There’s information on there about Down syndrome, highlights from the Rise Awards and what the awards is about. But most importantly, read the 2014 recipients’ stories, be inspired and pass it on.

Thank you very much for this opportunity, Derrick. I wish you continued blessings!

Visit Yvonne Pierre for more information.


The DAILY Message for Tuesday July 21st, 2015

July 21, 2015

“One day family might look at you and TURN (Think Up Right Now).”

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


Please Remember: Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 15, 2015

KleinFamilyby Gene Klein (with Jill Klein, author of We Got the Water: Tracing my Family’s Path through Auschwitz)

It has been 70 years since I was liberated from a Nazi concentration camp. I was just a teenager then; I’m 87 now.  Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 15th, and I have been thinking about what I want you and your loved ones to remember about the Holocaust. I speak frequently about my experiences, and I am able to remind people about what happened, provide them with vivid descriptions, and answer their questions. But I am among the last of the survivors, and one day—sooner than I would like to think—we will all be gone.

Here is what I want you to remember after we are gone, when our memories must become yours, so that future generations will have the knowledge and compassion to avoid the mistakes of the past:

Please remember the life we had before it all started; before the name-calling, the bricks through the windows, long before the cattle cars and the camps. I was born into a middle class Hungarian family in a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. Our town was charming. We sat in outdoor cafes on summer evenings, and skated on the river on winter afternoons. My father owned a hardware store, was an avid soccer fan, and loved to tend to his garden. My mother took care of my two sisters and me, and was preoccupied with getting me—a naturally skinny kid—to eat more. We were not wealthy, but we had everything we needed. In the most basic of ways, we were not unlike you and your family. And we felt as secure as you do now.

Please remember that all of this was taken away. Within a few weeks in the spring of 1944, my father’s store was confiscated, my Jewish friends and I were told that we were no longer welcome at school, and we were forced to wear a yellow star. Then we were forced from our home, crowded into cattle cars, and taken to Auschwitz. When we arrived, the men were separated from the women, and then my father was separated from me. My father had been a POW in World War I, and during his years of imprisonment he learned to play the violin and to speak five languages. He was intelligent and humorous. I loved him the way any 16-year-old boy loves a wonderful father. The way you love your father, if you are lucky enough to have a good one. So imagine this: a man in a black uniform sends you to one direction and your father to another. You don’t know why, until the next day a veteran prisoner points up at the smoke coming out of a chimney and says, “Your father is up there.” Please remember my father.

Please remember that it is terribly easy for one group to strike another group off the roster of humanity, to see others as vermin or pests, as an affliction that must be destroyed. It happens again and again. And once it does, people are capable of inflicting terrible hardship and pain on others, and to feel they are righteous in doing so. None of the SS officers who ordered me—a starving teenager—to carry heavy steel rails up a hillside thought of themselves as monsters. They were adhering to their beliefs, and they were serving their country. We must be constantly vigilant for the descent that takes us from self-righteous beliefs, to the dehumanization of others and into the sphere of violence.

Please remember that while we are capable of all of this, we can also rise to amazing heights in the service of others. For two weeks I had the good fortune to have a respite from hard labor while I was assigned to work with a civilian German engineer who was surveying the landscape where future roads would be built. He saw the terrible conditions I was living under and decided to help. Everyday he hid food for me from the SS kitchen where he ate lunch. Chicken, milk, rice, and cheese left under a bench in the back corner of a barracks. He cared, he took a risk, and he saved my life. Please remember him.

And finally, remember that no one should be judged because of his or her nationality, religion or race. We were sent to the camps because propaganda was believed, individuality was erased, and hate was rampant. When asked if I am angry with Germans, I think of the German engineer, and know that individuals must be judged by their own personal actions. If I can hold this as a guiding principle after what happened to my family and me, then you can, too.

Please take my memories as yours, share them, and carry them forward. It is by doing so that you can help keep the next generation from forgetting, and help fill the space that we survivors will leave behind when we are gone.


The DAILY Message for Monday November 17th, 2014

November 17, 2014

AskDerrickAboutEach week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

(Please read, Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

  • Derricknym: You Have FAMILY (Focus And Move In Light Yourself).
  • App: Today’s word is Practice. How you practice can determine how you perform. Coach Phil Jackson was calm during the games because of the way his teams practiced. Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea: Look around you for ideas.

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


The DAILY Message for Thursday June 12th, 2014

June 12, 2014

AskDerrickAboutEach week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

(Please read , Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

  • Derricknym: Nothing Like FAMILY (Focus Always Motivates Individuals to Love You).
  • App: Today’s word is Mental. In the sequence of life you always see mind before body and soul. Losing weight or overcoming addiction can happen if you think it can. Receive Today’s word in Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.
  • Idea: Tell a friend to tell a friend about what you are about to begin.

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


DERRICK Interview with Motivational Mentor Ed Wisdom III

May 3, 2014

Edspeaking1Encouragement 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 Ed Wisdom, III, motivational speaker, mentor, and the founder of The Edward H. Wisdom Jr. Foundation established in 2012 in honor of his father who was murdered by an “at-risk” teen, has powered himself to the forefront with his initiatives on growth and empowerment in areas of manhood, fatherhood, youth, parenting, family and community. These initiatives include efforts in spiritual, philosophical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial development.Earlier this year, Wisdom was the keynote speaker for Black History Month at Austin Peay State University where he spoke on excellence and 2 Corinthians 8:7, “excel in everything.” Wisdom was the first African American keynote speaker at the governor’s 11th annual Tennessee Season To Remember in 2013 to honor and remember victims of homicide. Wisdom was also guest speaker at the Citywide Trayvon Martin Walk on Capitol Hill.

Wisdom has delivered his message all over the city, at prisons, juvenile detention centers, churches, schools,universities, throughout the media, and more. He explains how “iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” to articulate to men that we have a responsibility in helping other individuals grow. Wisdom also conveys the idea that “a good man leaves behind a [legacy] for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22) promoting the leadership of men in powering families with gifts passed from generation to generation.

Wisdom is in Senior Management in Management Information Systems (MIS) at Vanderbilt University following his father’s, Ed Wisdom Jr., footsteps as he was the Directorof MIS at TSU. Wisdom not only followed his father in his career but in his heritage in character, integrity, and much more. Wisdom is a graduate of Tennessee State University (TSU), where he also earned his Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems.

His son Erik Wisdom has followed these same footsteps earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at Tennessee State University, thus fulfilling the legacy good men leave behind “for their children’s children.”

Ed Wisdom III was the creator of The Gentleman’s Agreement: The Rebirth of the Black Man, held at Vanderbilt University, a discussion on Growth and Empowerment; The Rebirth Vol. II Brainwashed with author and advertising genius Tom Burrell held at Tennessee State University; Life, Love, Legacy and Leadership; The Go Further, Go Farther, Go FATHER Fatherhood Initiative at Fisk University, and much more.

Wisdom is very active in the case involving the tragic murder of his father and has been very vocal in the media, with law enforcement, politician, community organizations, and more. He is a proven leader in the community.

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

My goal is to help men grow spiritually, philosophically, psychologically, emotionally, socially, and financially to find their true identity.  If you take a look at 2 Corinthians 8:7, it speaks to “excelling in everything” in those areas…faith (spiritual), speech and knowledge (philosophical),…complete earnestness (psychological), the love (emotional), others (social), in order that we may become rich (financial), understanding that the word financial is a Latin word where the prefix FIN means complete, or settled up and not necessarily wealthy.  My dream is to see this through to fruition with those I directly (or even indirectly) influence in order that they have that same “cultural capital” to pass on to those they lead.

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

I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration / Management Information Systems.  I serve as Senior Manager of Database Administration in Vanderbilt University Information Technology department.  In addition to that, I provide IT consulting services through my own company.  I am a motivational speaker as well, so my dissemination of information to help individuals make intelligent decisions comes in a couple of different forms; technology and human interaction.

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

EdSpeakingIf you trace the lineage from my grandfather, Ed Sr., through to my son, I offer a compelling story for men and our responsibilities as it relates to life, love, legacy, and leadership and how each of us have overachieved in those areas through building good names, character and integrity.  Each of us of was resilient, each with different sets of adversity.  My grandfather’s father died when he was 7, his mother when he was 17, and he had nothing more than a 7th grade education, however he traveled the world by sea 5 times over; raised 8 children (6 boys) who were college educated and/or decorated military veterans; and built a trucking business on good character.  My father during a time of racial divide was close lifelong friends with Olympic great Wilma Rudolph, a decorated paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Parachute Infantry and the all-black 555th Airborne Parachute Battalion (Tripe Nickles), the 1st African American to teach at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, TN after integration, was 1 of 2 of the first African Americans to work in IBMs top secret security clearance facility in Atlantic City, NJ, and went on to become the Director of MIS at Tennessee State University for nearly 40 years.  Myself, I followed my father’s footsteps in Information Systems and after his tragic murder in 2011, I formed a foundation in his name to share with men ideas on legacy and leadership.  My son, followed in Information Systems and Technology as well and was raised in my household, a single parent household, and has risen in excellence.  All of this combined forms a unique story that I share with men on how to manifest through identities.

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

When my son was born, I felt my father had equipped me with everything in life to be a good man, a great leader, and do great things, and fatherhood would be my change to prove it.  It catapulted me into a role that was greater than just heading my own household but in leading young boys and men connected to my son who lacked male leadership at home.  When my father was murdered I was certain that my purpose was to do exactly what I had been doing and was to continue demonstrating to men through my actions and also my words as a motivational speaker as to exactly what it took to become a real man.

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

Uchendi Nwani.  He has a very intriguing story about his fall, then rise to becoming a respected leader and entrepreneur.  We grew up together in the same church where his stepfather was the Pastor. We went to high school together, and have been friends for years. Uchendi is the Author of “The Millionaire Barber Stylist” and the owner of International Barber and Style which is largest barber college in the United States.

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

The adversity through the murder of my father, my hero, in late 2011 has been and is my greatest challenge.  I believe I have taken it on with resilience and have ensured that the works that he began continue in the likeness of his good name.  I am still engulfed deeply in the continued investigation into my father’s murder and I am strengthened each day by my purpose to lead my family through this to and get back to more peaceful days.

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

Success comes in building a good name, character and integrity and understanding that success is less about accomplishments and more about the manifestation of your identity as a visionary, a leader, and an overachiever.  Success is also understanding that good leadership is not about you as much as it is about them, those who follow.  Your goal is to develop those who follow you, making them leaders, some of whom are equipped to pass your vision on to in order to keep your vision alive.

Visit Ed Wisdom III for more information.