DERRICK Interview with Global Business Leader Vijay Eswaran

November 29, 2017

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 Vijay Eswaran who is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist and the author of the best-selling book In the Sphere of Silence. An economist by training, he is the founder of a multimillion-dollar global business, A well-known thought leader in Asia, he has written and spoken extensively about business, leadership, personal development, and life management. His new book Two Minutes from the Abyss published by Networking Times Press is now available as an eBook on Amazon.

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

My dreams of yesterday have been surpassed in many ways. I now yearn for dreams of today, which are of far greater significance to me. When I was in my teens, I dreamt of owning a Ferrari. I eventually got one (and it was a big deal at the time!), though getting in and out of it was more of a bother than it was worth! Comfort became a lot more important than speed.

Throughout my 20s, 30s, and 40s, my dreams have dramatically changed in essence, direction and depth. Earlier, my goals were materialistic in nature; today, I am focused more on spirituality and self-actualization.

I’ve come a long way in my life’s journey, and what I have achieved over the years is not as significant, when I look towards my dreams of today. At one point, making a billion dollars seemed an impossible goal. Not so much anymore. And with age and experience I have come to realize that there is only so much one can spend! What I now know is, whatever money you make in this lifetime it is never truly yours. You are merely a custodian of it before it moves on to someone else after you.

That’s why, today I dream of touching a billion hearts. Making a difference in the lives of a billion people and empowering them to live their life as they should. To its fullest potential.

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

I am a firm believer that education should focus only on helping an individual develop a vocation, rather than find an occupation. I spent years earning a college degree and training to be an economist and ended up working for others for a decade instead of following my heart to become an entrepreneur.

My education became somewhat of an anchor preventing me from leaving the security of the harbour. A part of me resisted the pull because I felt like I was abandoning all those years of hard work and investment I put into earning my educational qualification. I felt I had sacrificed so much to earn that degree and was obligated to put it to good use.

Today, I am still undecided as to whether my education served me in good stead or not. When I look at the top 10 richest men in the world and realize that most of them droped out of college, I am not so sure if my degree was of great use to me, or a great impediment.

However, it is the gap year – I call it the year of ‘debunking school’ – that I found most educational. I spent a year travelling around Europe, which taught me how to live and adapt to different cultures and countries, it taught me empathy, and opened up the world to me and me to the world. It taught me three values that I carry with me until today – Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate.

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

I am a non-conformist by nature and therefore I have an instinctive need to think out of the box. I cannot walk into a room and simply agree with everything I hear. Many a time when I find my team is discussing and agreeing to go in a particular direction, in my mind I am already looking for another, usually opposite direction. This is not to cause chaos, but to provide a different perspective and ensure that a given situation or problem is being examined from all angles.

I prefer to think of myself as a contrarian, and a disruptor by nature. Many have called me a maverick. My life has been one of lifelong rebellion. Accepting the norm has just never worked for me.

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

I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur. I was 35 when I made the decision to give up full-time employment and dive head first into building my company. In my case it was not so much about being ready, but about making that decision.

And that is what I tell anyone who asks me for advice on preparing for entrepreneurship. You start by making a decision. And from there on it becomes a process of making a series of decisions that lead you to where you are meant to be. You rarely make right decisions at the start, but that’s part of the process. I prefer to work on making those decisions right.

If you wait for the right moment to do something, wait for the stars to align, for Venus and Jupiter to cross paths in the sky, you will keep waiting. I don’t think there is such a thing as being ready to begin something. I don’t think any of today’s successful leaders or entrepreneurs were ready to be where they are today. They made a decision and dove right into it.

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

There have been so many individuals who have guided me to where I am today, those who I consider my mentors.

My parents have been my greatest mentors. They have molded and guided me to think the way I do. My father instilled in me an important lesson when I was growing up: Service above self. I live my life by that credo.

There have been many others who appeared at various stages in my life who guided me through many ups and downs. Some of your finest mentors in life will come from the more unexpected places. Be open to them all. I have received wisdom from janitors and taxi drivers.

Know that you don’t always need to meet or know a person in order to learn from them or be influenced by them. Among the many great historical figures whose lives and lessons shaped my thoughts and my world, are Nelson Mandela whose life was his most powerful sermon to the world; Martin Luther King who filled me with so much passion and an abundance of fervour as to the equality of man; John F Kennedy who till today continues to inspire me with his brand of optimism and a flair for touching the hearts of those he spoke to, and Mother Teresa, whose abundance of love left a resounding wake in her path.

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

Every challenge I ever faced felt enormous at the time and left me the better for it afterwards. The ones that I have beaten have taught me what I know, and the ones that have beaten me have taught me what I do not know. Either way, I live for every challenge, for without them it is hardly worthwhile to do what I am doing now.

I have encountered far too many challenges to count. When I first started out as an entrepreneur it seemed as if nothing was going my way. I didn’t have anyone to guide me; no one in my family had any experience with entrepreneurship. I had no powerful connections, or external funding. No one believed I could achieve what I set out to do. But I know I wasn’t meant to waste my life making money for other people. I’m so grateful I found like-minded partners, and the support of my wife. We’ve faced many setbacks over the years and continue to do so till today but I believe that if I don’t face them head on, I’m no longer progressing in my life.

I see challenges as opportunity for growth and progress. In the eventuality there are no more challenges in the offing, then I find myself duty bound to create one— be it for myself or those who follow me!

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

If only there existed a secret key to success, someone would have found it by now. The real secret is that each person must find his own key. I think an important aspect that many young people obsessed with winning at all times don’t realize is that it is dangerous to be successful the very first time. If you have never failed, you will never understand the value of success. It’s better to fail before one succeeds because that is the best way to learn. The worst failure is to allow yourself to be trapped in success.

Success does not teach. The longer you stay in its clutches, the more you regress.

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

You life is your greatest gift. Live life well by embracing everything it has to offer. Welcome challenges with patience, and enthusiasm.

Success does not respond to wishes. It responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence, perseverance and patience. Success, like life responds in equal measure to your ability to respond to it. Respond infinitely, respond limitlessly.

Visit for more information about Vijay Eswaran and if you are an entrepreneur, expert or celebrity and you are looking for a way to promote you and the things you do then contact us for a DERRICK Interview.

Derrick Hayes is also known to the world as the “enTIEtainer” as he tells stories through neck ties to empower others to greatness.  Book the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting, emailing or by calling (706) 615-1662




The 4 Way STOP

January 17, 2015

If you are looking for opportunities there is definitely traffic at the 4 Way STOP (Strategies That Offer Publicity).

  1. DERRICK Interview where you get to promote you and the things you do.   Please answer the questions that are on the link and send them back in with your promotional information. Also on the link you can see some of the other DERRICK Interviews that I have done.
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  3. Guest Blogging Opportunities are available if you have something to say that is positive, inspiring, motivating and uplifting.
  4. Three A’s with Amber Hayes is where the teen interviewer asks others questions through the words of Academics, Adversity and Advancement to promote you and what you do.

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DERRICK Interview with Louis Tanguay of Circle Marketing

November 13, 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 Louis Tanguay who is the Managing Director of the full-service marketing company Circle Marketing. Louis has been personally building online businesses since the mid-90’s while working for the Business Incubator Event Zero in Boston. Circle Marketing started in mid-2010 as a way to help bring large company efficiencies to the small businesses of America and help small business owners follow an efficient and effective path to success.

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

My dream is to help small businesses utilize the power of modern marketing strategies and technology, the internet and social media for example, to make just as big an impact as the “big boys.” The internet has evened the playing field, so that all a business needs these days is a solid product and or service, and the right strategy to marketing effectively and efficiently. We have helped every business we have worked with to grow in varying degrees (5-35% growth), and are looking forward to helping dozens more businesses in the coming year achieve that same level of success.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Every time Circle Marketing helps a small business gain more sales, more social media followers, and finds efficiency in their revenue streams, we are encouraged to continue. Every bit of success we have solidifies what we are doing here, and proves to us that we are helping small businesses help themselves to bigger profits. That tells us we’re on the right path, and encourages us to keep it up!

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

I have the unique gift of not being very polar when it comes to marketing. What this means is that I understand a broad range of marketing areas, not just specialize in only one thing. Sure, there are better designers or developers than me, but I understand both their worlds, and just hire the best to work for Circle Marketing. My broad understanding and ability to translate what the client wants into an effective and efficient strategy, then translate that strategy to both designers and developers is a resource and gift I am so thankful to own. Understanding the entire concept-to-completion process, in my opinion, is better than only specializing in just one area.

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

When I was unemployed. I was laid off in the middle of the Great Recession in 2009, but I had 16 years of experience. The tighter budgets made it difficult for someone like me to get in the door, because of the titles I had in the past. So, I figured what is the best way to get a job right then and how could I never have to worry about money again? Well, I would hire myself to help other people make more money! And…it worked! I started Circle Marketing in 2010 as a way to help small businesses grow in any economy, and put together the general strategies we use today. So, if anyone says they can’t find a job, just encourage them to hire themselves doing something they’re passionate about!

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

I could say a great number of inspirational figures, but since we’re talking more about business here, I would suggest people read The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes. Chet unfortunately just passed away due to complications with Leukemia, which is tragic, but he left behind an amazing system of business development which will help any business of any size grow bigger and act more strategically.

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

Failure is never something to fear. Failure, big or small, is the greatest teacher we will ever have. I have learned more from my failures than I have from my successes, because when you have success, you can just copy, paste, rinse and repeat. However, when you fail, you have to analyze why you failed, think about what you could have done differently, and have a plan for a different outcome if you are ever in that situation again. There are many great inspirational quotes to add in here, so I’ll just choose two that stuck with me over the years, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius … and … “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill.

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

To me, the Key to success is a simple formula:

Focus + Strategy + Hard Work + Determination x Positivity = Success. With that formula, you simply will not fail, and you will absolutely find the success you’re looking for…and then some!

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

I think the biggest thing I can say, which I hope people take more than anything else I said, would be to understand that no one did it by themselves, and then again no one is going to help you either. I’ll explain that seemingly dichotomous statement. When you achieve success, it’s because you had the right attitude, worked hard, cared about your product and customers, hired the right people, made the right connections, and built strong relationships which you leveraged for either bigger sales, bigger profits, or both. No one just makes a million dollars on their own one day, by themselves, without any help whatsoever.

Then again, no one is going to just hand over a million dollars to you, either. You have to put in the work. You have to build those relationships, do the market research, find the right partners, and not spend your time doing things which won’t help your business, while spending most of your time doing things which will directly help your business. You control your own destiny. You will get exactly what you deserve in the business world.

Business isn’t emotional. It’s business. If you work hard, build great relationships, never quit, and work efficiently and strategically and stay very positive the whole way through, then you WILL find that success you’re looking for…and then some. I promise you. Just keep smiling, stay focused, and NEVER QUIT!

Winners never quit, and quitters never win. Be A Winner!

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Words Of Encouragement For Web Content Writers

April 11, 2012

by Niña Angeli Pilapil

Some people think that writing for the web is easy. Little do they know that it demands a lot more than just knowing and mastering the basics of clear and effective writing. Web content writing requires the writer or blogger to be more sensitive and knowledgeable about the way the online community works. They need to know the basics of search engine optimization so they can write highly valuable content and eventually increase their site’s ranking. Thus, they have a lot more going for them than people think.

Tips And Words Of The Wise  

The first thing you need to do as a web content writer is to know your target audience. You won’t go wrong if you place this as number one on your list. Knowing your audience means placing their needs above everything else. If you consider their basic needs and wants, you will be able to successfully write a piece which will be highly relevant to them. You can provide them an article or a blog which they will want to read until the very end.

Another thing you need to do is to practice all techniques of clear and effective writing at all times. Never beat around the bush. Your readers don’t have time for flowery words that don’t mean anything at all. Get your point across in each sentence you draft. They will be highly grateful for that.

In order for you to remain competitive in this industry, you need to continuously hone your craft and increase your knowledge of the world around you. Ask an editor to edit and revise your work. There’s always room for improvement. Read books and other educational materials to be more aware and conscious of the world’s current events and issues. You owe it both to yourself and to your readers to write timely and updated content that can be used for many different useful purposes.

Be Proud Of Your Work

Anyone can write a blog or article but it actually takes a lot of hard work to produce pieces that are socially relevant and influential. We need more effective bloggers and online writers who have what it takes to write from the heart and connect with their readers in a really effective and efficient way. Are you empowered now? If yes, then go ahead and offer your readers what you’ve got through your great articles and blogs!

Niña Angeli Pilapil is an expert and writer who loves reading books and novels. Visit her Twitter page at

Words Of Encouragement for POETS

October 1, 2011

MarketDaysNo matter what industry you are in words play a major role in how you take action. I wanted to share a part of my life that only some know about. Since last year I realized that if you can write something today you can sell it tonight.

P is for Poetry. Everyone is a writer. Let me say this again everyone is a writer. Now it’s time to go from poetry to know of me. In your mind think of where you would like to see your words in action? Do you see your words on T-shirts, posters, banners, clothing or greeting cards? Take a little bit of time and start to rhyme and before you know it the whole world will know you are a poet.

O is for Organizing. This is when you see your work in action. I had poems written but never had them formatted in a way in which I could make money. I typed up a poem in a Word document and added a border for special effects. My writing style is 16 lines and I try to end each poem with the title. This allows me to have a consistent writing style. Here is an example of one of my poems.

They Pay Me To Dream

Copyright © 2011 by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

I never thought there would be a day like this

Where money would fall like forever mist

Internationally they know me

My words inspire continents through my poetry

The doctors call me for a cure to cancer

Questions only response is I have the answer

Children get along, sing and play songs

Young authors are free to write with no wrong

The sunlight is so right it shines

No need to take from you what’s already mine

My car fleet fills my driveway and the street

Spouse is happy and we feed those who can’t eat

No need to come with arrogant approach

I speak life until they say put me in coach

I teach my team so they don’t have to scheme

It might sound crazy but “They Pay Me To Dream”

E is for Enterprising. After you have written some poems  start seeking out resources so that you can bring your work to life. Below you will see that I choose to frame my poetry. If you want to get started this way you just need access to a computer with ink, paper and frames. You can get the frames from the Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart to get started. When you want to invest more money into your product line you can venture over to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

The T is for Tell. With your product and profit margin in place it is time to get the word out about your visionary vocabulary. A great way to start is to ask friends and family if they would like to read some of your poetry.  Check in with local book stores and libraries to see if they have opportunities for people to come out and read some of their work. The key is to inspire others with your brand of words of encouragement. I set up a poetry page on my website so that people can have a place to come get inspired even if they have no money.

The S is for Sell. Find and make a list of places to where you can sell your poetry. It’s ok to let people read and at the same time ask them to support your dream. Flea markets are in every city on the globe and provide opportunities for you to get your name out there and also make some sales. People will be up front and honest and tell you what they like about your work and also the other topics that they would like you to write about.  Here is a link to an article that I was featured in about selling at a flea market.

If you want to sell more online look into services like Pay Pal and E – Junkie so that customers can use credit cards to purchase your poetry as downloads or or in frames.

Thanks for your time now pull out your paper and rhyme. Don’t forget to organize and enterprise your work. The day that you decide to tell it is that day that you will begin to sell it.