HALF Way To The Bank

August 22, 2016

IMG_20160822_062409Back in the day when the music would play it was Big Daddy Kane saying, “Aint No Half Stepping” and now I hear people debating whether a glass is half empty or half full. Half of something is better than half of nothing so through the word HALF I give you 4 thoughts of inspiration so that you can HALF Your Way To The Bank.

H is so that put a Halt to anything that takes you backward and won’t let you move forward.

A is so that Adjust and trust that you can maintain so your goals can be obtained.

L is so that you Learn ways to get better and be a go getter so that you can earn more cheddar.

F is for the Freedom you will have when you put a Halt to somethings and Adjust to other things so that you truly Learn how to grow.

Even if you are not working full time you are already HALF Way To The Bank.

Derrick Hayes at www.DerrickHayes.com is an Author and Motivational Speaker


DERRICK Interview with Shoe and Accessories Designer Wevly Wilson

October 8, 2014

wevlyEncouragement 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 Wevly Wilson, a shoe and accessories designer who left Corporate America to follow her dreams. She has designed shoes and accessories for Ann Taylor Loft, Land’s End, Etienne Aigner, and Joe Fresh. She started her namesake brand of jewelry in 2009 and launched her online store in November 2013.

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

My dream is to build a successful fashion company that not only offers beautiful shoes, bags, and jewelry, but also supports its employees to lead full and balanced lives by providing flexible hours, generous vacation and personal time off, work at home opportunities, bring your pets to work, and to have on site child care. I want to provide an atmosphere of creative freedom, trust, and respect. I also desire for my company to support our community and students specifically by allowing them the opportunity to live their dreams by providing scholarships and other financial assistance. For me, it’s not just about profits and notoriety, I want to change how the American workforce operates.

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

I have a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Tennessee State University, a Master’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida, and an Associate’s degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. I use the business skills that I learned from my undergrad and graduated education everyday when negotiating with suppliers and my factories, setting my retail and wholesales, prices, and just running the business in general. My design skills are utilized not only by contributing to my creative process but by being able to instruct factories and sample makers on how I want my product made.

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

Being that I spent 7 years in Corporate America, more specifically in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, I came into the fashion industry with a business mentality, something that most designers lack. Therefore I was able to understand the business side of fashion along side the creative aspect.

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

I knew I was ready to change careers when I realized that at the height of my Corporate career I was still unhappy. I knew that if I didn’t try to fully jump into fashion then that I would never do it.

I knew I was ready to start my own business when I saw other people around me branching off on their own. It reminded me that I never changed careers just to work for someone else, I always wanted my own line. So when I had a concept that I believed in, I put one foot in front of the other and started small.

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

Juliette Bench, founder and designer of Cape Cod Shoe Supply. Juliette is my fearless friend and former co worker that left her great job to follow her dreams of designing the perfect flip flop that reflected her beloved Cape Cod. She is an inspiration to me and also got me my first wholesale account!

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

One of my biggest challenges is funding as it is with most small businesses. I overcame that initial obstacle be securing financing through the Tory Burch Foundation. With that money I was able to produce my jewelry in a factory in Shanghai China that also produces goods for Coach.

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

My biggest key to success is to take baby steps and start somewhere. It can be overwhelming to look at a huge goal and wonder who you are going to accomplish it with limited time and resources. But if you decide to do 1 thing every week that will get you closer to your goal, that momentum will push and inspire you to keep going. Also read about other people that did what you want to do. There is always something that you can learn that will be of great value to you.

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The DAILY Message for Monday November 4th, 2013

November 4, 2013

TSUEach 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: Seek Out FREEDOM (Financial Resources Eliminating Each Debt you Owe Mankind).
  • App: Today’s word is Difference. Look back on your life and take notes on the difference you have made in the lives of others and how others have made a difference in your life. Receive Today’s word with Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.  
  • Idea: Do what you love to do like you have to do it.

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DERRICK Interview with Designer Steph Calvert

October 18, 2012

The #1 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 Steph Calvert who is the owner of Hearts and Laserbeams an Art and Design studio that offers everything from t-shirt illustrations to web design to logos and branding. 12 years of professional design experience, art seen worldwide, and friendly customer service combine to create projects that resonate with clients and their customers.

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

My dream is for my art and design business to help everyone get to where they’re going with their own businesses, while still giving me the creative freedom that makes me so happy. I want my own personal art to touch others and make their days a little brighter, and I’m always looking for way to broaden that audience. I’ve got some great style guides of cartoon characters that are just chomping at the bit to be put into action with some licensing deals!

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

The increasingly positive feedback I receive from friends, family and clients is such great encouragement! It’s also extremely fulfilling to see a progression in my design work. Designs I completed 10 years ago still look great, but the things I’m designing, coding and creating today are just so much better thanks to the experience and continued education under my belt.

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

There’s lots of artists and illustrators out there, there’s lots of print graphic designers. There’s lots of folks that can build a WordPress site. But the truth is there’s NOT a lot of creatives that can do all of that, and do it well. I’ve got a dozen years of professional work experience in a wide variety of art, graphic design and web design, and have worked with large corporations like OshKosh B’Gosh and Kohl’s as well as small indie brands like Sweet Perversion .

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

My past full time permanent art and design positions have all prepared me to be the best self employed graphic designer I can possibly be. Couple that with my extensive customer service background working retail before that, and you get an illustrator and designer that is easy to work with, understands the needs of the customer, and communicates well.  All of my past career pieces fit the “become self employed” puzzle when I came back from maternity leave after having my son Phil. The job had changed drastically while I was out, and it was immediately clear that it was just not going to work. Rather than stay in a suddenly-stressful job and let that negatively affect my family and our newborn, I emailed everyone I could think of to see what freelance work was out there. Three days after I returned from maternity leave, I was self employed. It was the right move, at the right time. Two years later, business is still going like gangbusters and shows no signs of slowing. Clients are ecstatic with my work, and I absolutely love what I do.

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

I know I have to keep it to one, but I’m naming two! Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson are the ladies behind Craftcation Conference.  They’re amazing creative powerhouses, and have been super supportive of my journey to self-employed success. Also, I am constantly and consistently amazed by the work coming from Remy Holwick. The progress she’s made in launching her fashion line is nothing short of inspiring.

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

I keep going because there’s no other choice. Number one, there’s bills to be paid. If I stop doing what I’m doing, I can’t do my part to support my family anymore. Then Phil has to go to daycare, I have to get a job in an office, most of that check goes to pay for daycare, and we’re screwed. But more  importantly – I have to create. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon when I was little. When things look bad, step away from the project. But then come back to it, and push yourself forward. You’ll get through it, and the truth is everything is going to be okay.

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

Be grateful for everything you have, and where you’re at in life. Don’t spend your time wallowing in how much something in the past sucked. That bad stuff made you stronger and you have to be at least a little grateful for that, too. While I’m obviously not at any of my past jobs anymore, I’ve gotten something great from all of them, and they’ve all contributed to the designer I am today.

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FREE Is The Derricknym Of The Day

April 18, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

FREE (Find Reasons to Enjoy Everyday) Yourself.

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Beautiful Spirit

January 28, 2012

Copyright © 2012 by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

You helped me to better my whole

Thoughts you gave deepened my soul

It is a privilege to have you edit

Words that later would give me credit

Feelings we need to set us free

Differences we have create Diversity

All my life I wanted to be

The one that lights wanted to see

Outside is where I looked

Years from me that journey took

One day I heard a knock at the door

Arrived an answer I’ve waited for

You can run but you can’t hide

Close out fear and go inside

Don’t stop going until you hear it

The sound of love…Beautiful Spirit

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs at the Encouragement Speaker.