DERRICK Interview with Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop Chart Singer Ed Roman

October 27, 2019

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  Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop chart singer, Ed Roman who is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres,
Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. Visit http://www.edroman.net for more information.

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

The Dream? Aboriginal communities consider the waking state actually a dream and when you are asleep… this is where we chase reality. Some believe that inside of our existence there is a theoretical construct or omnipotent program which predetermines despite the adage of yesteryear was “I think therefore I am” With that said I will ask you again…what is the dream?

The dream has always been to create something out of nothing that is bigger than myself. Other than moments that I have witnessed that are the exquisite manifestations of nature, I am continually humbled by my experience as a writer. The connections that I have made with people all over the world are the exact amplitude that I was hoping for as a human being. I find much of my existence extremely pedestrian and this allows my soul to cosmically connect to subtle energy that exists and flows through everything. It’s an eternal spring kind of thing.

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

I struggled immensely academically as a result of dyslexia. I was told at a very young age that I had a problem but I actually have come to understand and believe that it is actually a gift despite it creates social hindrances for me.

I receive the Music scholarship and award of achievement in high school and went on to college to study jazz performance and composition at Humber College. I spent a lot of time on the road which is a whole other kind of education. Things you don’t learn in school.

I also taught music for 25 years and was also head of music therapy at the Pine River Institute here in Canada for over four years. I know the things I was given as tools were nothing more than that. As a teacher I always considered myself a toolbox for my students. What was most important for me as a teacher was listening to what my students wanted to learn as far as mechanics were concerned. I would never tell them how to build their house but I would definitely show them the right tools. Those very same tools I use every day as far as construction is concerned when it comes to composition, lyric writing or just about anything that the musical moment dictates.

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

The relinquishment of the self. The abandoning of schedule and listening to what the music requires from me. This resource was not easy to come by as it is a result of many years of tenure and the ability to let go of my ego inside of the writing experience. When I was a young player so much of what I was concerned with was prowess. Being able to live up to the expectations of my idols. Those very same expectations also promoted the loss of self and the need to break away from what I love so much to find myself. When I am myself, it is when I pay attention to what’s happening in front of me in the very moment that it’s happening. It’s almost like captured improv that later is then fortified with conscious amendments. Being myself is the most difficult Hendrix said in an interview once.. ?? It’s hard enough just being myself every day.. This is what creates uniqueness. Usually it’s heavily criticized at first before it is excepted. It’s completely natural..

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

Fantastic question!! What’s absolutely amazing about this whole experience is that I’ve never been ready. The experience is what has been ready for me. It is in fact the experience that calls on me without my participation the experience is nothing and I am nothing. I do get ready for gigs. I get ready to practice. I get ready to perform.
I get ready to record and just about everything that I need to as far as the mechanics of things. But what I’m never ready for is how the experience is going to affect me or when it’s going to happen. For me, it is a profound and as I mentioned humbling experience which in many cases I still have trouble grasping and understanding its true gravity.
I know it’s there, I know it affects me and when I perform…people listen.. This all circumnavigates the same circular feature of the unprepared preparedness of this whole beautiful experience. Ready… steady… go!

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

Ed Roman. You didn’t say if it had to be musical so I’m gonna go with Animator Nelson Diaz. I worked with Nelson and his company based out of New York City There Be Dragons Creative Media on my latest project and video release “RED OMEN”. Nelson is a fantastic animator that borders lines on the fantasy of old World animation ideas and illustration that we fell in love with his children with a 21st century modern concept and flavour. If you’ve seen SpongeBob SquarePants, kung fu panda two, TED, things on Sesame Street and Teletoon that would be Nelson’s work. And absolutely fantastically creative mind.. it was a complete pleasure to be able to work with him and I will do so in the future.

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

Ed Roman. As I mentioned above I was labelled a dyslexic at a very young age. This was one of the worst things that could’ve happened to me. Not struggling with dyslexia but being labelled as such.. I had to work three and four  times harder than most kids in grade school and high school in order to achieve a C average. I was still told by my teachers that I was lazy. At a very young age when I was diagnosed they wanted to put me on Ridellan. Thanks to my mother who said no to that…she spent countless hours with me working on word power pronunciation reading and most of all put a guitar in my hand at a very young age. That was the most powerful weapon I had at my disposal to overcome my hurdles.. Music..

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

Ed Roman. Listen to what the moment dictates. Force not your opinion but listen to those around you and things will grow stronger than you had predicted.

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

I’d like to say thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to speak with you.

Right now my main goal is to raise a great deal of money for facilitating programs for Dyslexia tutoring. Many of the tutoring programs that were developed in the United States have to be paid for out-of-pocket and are not endorsed by federal systems or integrated into early education. 56 nations around the world, other than Canada and the
United States, have adapted it into their programs with little to no effort. I’m hoping RED OMEN can open up a dialogue between ministries of education in order to foresee this simple step through.

When I reached out with my problem I found the very thing that I was labelled with, which was dyslexia, was my biggest gift of all. Sometimes we don’t realize that our greatest hindrances are our greatest strengths. The connection that I have made through the dyslexia society here in Canada “Whole Dyslexia” and the Davis dyslexia society in the United States are always looking for public support for these kinds of programs. I asked the public to follow along with the process over the next year as I will begin a public and corporate fundraising campaign. Along with the RED OMEN Video, Whole Dyslexia and the public’s help, I know we can bring about a positive change.

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The Weekend WOE (Word Of Encouragement) for Sunday

April 16, 2017

April 16th, 2017

“In TIME when you remove M it leaves you with TIE. M is for the Ministry, Marriage, Miracle, Mission, Marketing and Message that you can TIE up when you don’t use your TIME wisely.”

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#Derrick Hayes at www.DerrickHayes.com is an #Author and #MotivationalSpeaker for #Teams
 
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DERRICK Hayes Interview with Author Ron Walker

December 12, 2015

RonWalkerEncouragement 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 Hayes Interview is with Ron Walker who was born in Thomaston GA and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA in Clayton County. With over ten years of speaking under his belt, Ron has grown into a well trained empowerment speaker. He delivers a passionate message centered on self-motivation, overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. In order to aid others in their voyage, he has developed several books and CD projects. Projects include “I Almost Gave Up,” “It’s My Time,” “On track to the Kingdom,” “Your Best Day Today,” “The Lost Works of a Lost Soul,” “One Day at a Time,” “Passion 101” and “Dollar and a Dream: Succeed or Die Trying.” All of his projects are internationally distributed and can be found wherever you buy books or CD’s including Amazon, iTunes, Napster and Sony.

Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and in Psychology. He is a licensed and ordained Christian minister and oversees Better Way Ministries, an outreach ministry specializing in motivating others to find and define their purpose.

Dream:

My dream is to simply encourage people in a way that propels them into their destiny. I simply aim to be a cog in the process, a catalyst of sorts that gets the ball rolling in the right direction. I believe in momentum, but sometimes what separates achievers from under achievers is a push in the right direction. Through my writing, speaking, ministry and even business, I aim to be that push towards purpose.

Education:RonWalkerBook

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in both Theology and Psychology. Seeing as how I’m constantly dealing with people, I use them both daily. Understanding the minds and motivations of people are key in being able to break through to them and motivate them. My formal and informal education allow me to better understand people from different backgrounds, their different obstacles in life and the different factors that influence their decisions. I mentioned in my motivational audio book, “Dollar and a Dream,” the importance of what school, church and the streets taught me and how they influence me daily. It’s important to be able to utilize all facets of education. That’s also why I make it a goal to learn something new everyday.

Resource:

I think with every person, if they can’t bring anything else to the table, they at least bring their past, their experiences and the knowledge base they have developed based on those unique experiences. I am who I am because of what I’ve been through over the years. I bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the table because of where I’ve come from and what I’ve been through. I was born with little, went through much and have come out in a pretty good position. No one else can tell my story like me.

Ready:

I realized I was ready around the age of nine. I started my first business back then and have developed over the years. I started writing and receiving rewards and acknowledgements for it back when I was in middle school and I started speaking and teaching in church towards the beginning of high school. I don’t think anyone knows everything about where they are going or will end up in life, but as far as being ready…I’ve been ready, but I’m constantly preparing for more as well. I’m ready and getting ready all at the same time. I’m ever expanding.

Individual:

It’s difficult for me to think of one person in my network to single out as person that others should learn more about. My friends are doing many great things in their respective industries. Justin and Akuba Dawkins are on the precipice of making great developments in the Tech world. Lyndon Batiste, Phil Daniels, Niko Villamor are doing wonders with music. Levar Norsworthy is making great strides in marketing. And there are so many more. If I had to highlight one person, I would say that my father Pastor Daniel Fagan is one to know because of his understanding of love and leadership. I believe that more of us need to understand how to love people and lead effectively.

Challenges:

As is pointed out in my new book, “I Almost Gave Up,” divorce, financial struggles, the decline of a business, the loss of a very close loved one and so many other things have been challenges I’ve had to overcome, but it’s all a part of life. We all have obstacles and challenges, but I’m a believer that for every problem there is a solution. I don’t focus as much on challenges as I focus on solutions. It’s a part of what helps me to continue to succeed.

Keys for Success:

As mentioned before, focusing on solutions instead of problems is key to success. I wrote a book not too long ago called, “It’s My Time: Stop Complaining and Start Changing.” In my opinion, it’s imperative to seek change over complaints. We can all find something to be unhappy about and we can all find something to be happy about, but the choice is ours. Never give up. Keep smiling and keep persevering. The battle isn’t given to the strong, but to the one that endures. If we keep pushing, persevering and being relentless in our efforts, eventually we will succeed. To me, true success comes when we realize that the joy is in the journey, not the destination. If we can learn to enjoy each day and appreciate the ride that life takes us on, success becomes an ever present reality.

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DERRICK Interview with International Artist Corey “Tre-Dot” Henderson

January 9, 2014

CoreyEncouragement 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 Corey “Tre-Dot” Henderson who has been described as sounding like a young Biggie with a touch of Big Pun.  This New York City born and North Carolina representing emcee is truly a representation of hip-hop that any fan of the art can and would appreciate. Since his entrance in the game several years ago he has been featured on over 500 mixtapes and has a youtube page of his personal videos where views have come close to 400,000.  His consistent grind and work ethic has been honored and noticed throughout the country as he has been featured in countless internet mags, blogs, and radio shows.

(Dream) My ultimate dream is to touch souls and walk each day according to my creator’s plans.  I’m humbled by the accomplishment of being able to do what I love and achieve financial gain without compromising my values or craft.  Even within a commercialized industry I was able to stand firm in my values as an artist and blessed to network with overseas markets such as the UK, Argentina, and Japan while being managed by Joint One in Japan which led to some profitable video game placements.  However, my current mission of authorship and public speaking will be an ultimate dream as I’m a firm believer in by being a blessing to others I will ultimately be blessed.  In addition, this would bring me closer to my goals of being able to do what I love full time and expand into other markets and genres. By combining authorship along with musical, video, and verbal representation I’m looking to market my brand into all mediums and touch souls of all ages, races, and economic groups.

(Education) Educationally, I have a degree in Organizational Management.  The skills in problem solving, leadership, and marketing have equipped me with additional skills to stay competitive as a brand even without a budget.  In addition, on the graduate level I am pursuing a double major of Business Administration/Leadership.  This double major was chosen because I have my education very high on my priority list as my desire is to acquire my doctorate.  My father has his T.H.D. and its also my dream to take my education to this same level.

(Resource) At the same time, my focus will also be the troubled youth and prison systems.  Mentors are needed and positive role models as well.  In my personal I’ve made similar mistakes as many of these young men and I took advantage of second chances.  Because of this, my duty is to share these successes and blessings with others.  Convicted felons are an overlooked group of individuals that are rarely spoken of or considered.  Employment has been a roller coaster for many adults and the label of felon even intensifies the severity of the ride.  This said battle is also a battle of mine that I refuse to lay down for.  That label may follow you forever but so do the skills that you acquire.  Education can never be taken away from you and the fight always goes on as the wars continue.

(Ready) Personally, as a youth, I was always told that one day I would become a minister.  My reaction to this was always laughter.  As the years passed it has seemed more obvious that this path maybe wasn’t such a stretch. Expressing myself through music is an incredible feeling and the ability to touch others with words is therapeutic. In addition, upon evaluating myself and my life as a man and as a parent I had become disappointed in myself. This led to me leaving alone liquor cold turkey, losing over eighty pounds, and refraining from promiscuous activity while religiously praying for guidance, wisdom, and understanding.  As time passed, I found myself having deep conversations more and more with family and acquaintances and the ideas for a series of books was thus revealed.  The many trials and tribulations that were overcome were merely a training ground to prepare me to be the man I am now and preparation for the man I aspire to be.

(Individual) Within my network my mentors have opened my eyes to so many qualities within myself that I wasn’t even aware of.  Donald Taylor and Kingsley Omissette were there at a time of my life when I was at a crossroads and supplied that necessary push that was needed.  When I thought I had it all figured out they brought it to my attention that I really didn’t.  Sadly, not even close.  As Master Black Belts in Lean Six Sigma they introduced me to these theories and management tools that carried over into everyday life.  These said teachings amazed me at how they played such a great role in my development within management and as a man in general.  Among the vital tools practiced and learned were perseverance, patience, humility, and attention to detail that carried over into my daily life.

(Challenges) As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest challenges is being labeled as a convicted felon in today”s workplace and remaining successful.  Although my convictions are over twenty years old and I’m currently a graduate student with incredible references; within some circles it has still been an issue.  Employment has been lost and prosperous opportunities denied.  In addition, for years I had fought a losing battle with alcoholism and depression.  The combination of these could have been fatal.  By the grace of God, these obstacles were overcome.  However, the struggle continues.

(Keys to Success) With life being a continual learning lesson it seems like when we think we have the key to success the locks are changed.  The one constant that remains is hard work, dedication to your craft, thirst for knowledge, and always giving thanks to our Creator while remaining humble.  Also, success should never be measured by another man’s standards nor have a monetary value.

Is there anything else that you would like to leave us with?

By the grace of God, the demons of alcohol were conquered with 80 pounds of weight loss, and I was accepted into a graduate school program with a double major occurred.  My sound has stretch as far as Japan, Argentina, and the UK and as a result, I have been featured on the popular video game Anarchy Reigns which is doing extremely well in Japan and set yo debut in the US early 2013. A mixtape based on the popular TV series “24” was done with UK award winning DJ Ames and was downloaded over 10,000 times and featured on several blogs.  Also, he won the Grind Hard Award – Outta State in Memphis,TN at the Knockdown Awards and is nominated for 3 awards at this years event.

The NC Underground Music Awards has nominated him twice for this same award. On a personal note, he has received his bachelor’s degree in 2011 from St Augustine’s College with honors and plans to enter into the arena of motivational speaker while extending his craft to being an author and professor as well when graduate school is completed.  Also, Tre-Dot is currently the co-host of the popular T Tyler Talks Radio Show which airs on Blog Talk Radio every Friday night@9pm bringing a news segment with a new twist.

In closing, for a breath of fresh air to hip-hop, motivational speaking, and authorship; with the expert assistance of producer Skii Sharp follow the artist known as Tre-Dot; the man known as Corey Henderson…

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DERRICK Interview with 15 Time Author Vanessa Davis Griggs

March 13, 2013

VanessaDavisGriggsEncouragement 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 Vanessa Davis Griggs who is a motivational speaker and the author of 15 novels including The Blessed Trinity Series: Blessed Trinity,  Strongholds, If Memory Serves, Practicing What You Preach, Goodness and MercyThe Truth Is the Light, The Other Side of Goodness, The Other Side of Dare,  and July 30 release, The Other Side of Divine. Stand-alone novels  include: Ray of  Hope, Redeeming Waters, and Forever Soul Ties.

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

To be able to do what I was put on the earth to do which is to use my gift of  words–written and spoken. I’d love to see movies made from my novels or even a  television series which would definitely work. I see that in my dreams, for  sure!

VanessaDGE is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Knowing that God loves me and has chosen me to do what I do. That’s an awesome concept–to know that before God formed me in my mother’s belly, He knew  me. To know that God has a plan for my life and that I get to be a part of what  He’s doing.

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

The fact that I AM unique. That I’m not like anybody else, and that’s a good thing. I’m not a copy of anyone; I’m an original, created by God. So  I know who I am and WHOSE I am! Also, I walk in a spirit of  excellence.

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

Wow, what an excellent question! I believe we know things even as young children. The problem is that people who have lived a while try to convince  children to dream a different dream than what’s in their hearts thinking they are protecting them from being hurt. But that has messed a lot of folks up from even pursuing what they’re on this earth to do. I have known since I was a  young girl that I love words, I love to talk, so that has helped me in being a  speaker. I love to write and create, which is perfect for someone who enjoys  penning books and even scripts (which is what I did). I wrote and directed  plays when I was in elementary school.

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

Too easy! My mother, Josephine Davis. I learned to love and not quit having this wonderful woman in my life. She made me feel that nothing was out of reach  for me to accomplish no matter where I may have started from. She’s a powerful  woman, and if you ever had the pleasure of crossing her path, you would know  what real love is.

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

I learned a long time ago that if you quit, you’re assured definitely not to  win or accomplish what you’ve set out to do. I just learned to enjoy the journey because I love seeing how God somehow works things out in the  end.

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

Study and learn all that you can about what you’re interested in. Love what you do so that it’s never really a job but something you look forward to each  and every day. Whatever you do, do it with a spirit of excellence. Know that you  can’t truly be considered a leader if no one is following you. And  do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.  That’s golden!

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

Believe in yourself and what you’re here to do. Decide you’re not going to quit before you even begin a thing. Because following your dreams is hard, but  oh so rewarding if you stick with it.

Visit Vanessa Davis Griggs for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Worship Leader Rayna Brown

January 23, 2013

raynaEncouragement 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 Rayna Brown who is an anointed, energetic praise filled woman who believes “worship is what she was created to do”.  She is a worship leader, songwriter, vocal coach, speaker, directress and up and coming author born and raised in Long Island, New York.  Rayna recently released her Debut single “Stand in Worship”.

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

My Dream is to see nations united in Christ through His love!  I want to see hearts connecting back to God!  I want to see healing and deliverance to every nation and I believe God has gifted me to be a soldier in the army that is rising up to build the Kingdom!

 E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m always encouraged when I see hearts connecting to God.  When healing and deliverance is taking place is when I’m most encouraged.  I am also encouraged by worship and the Word of God.  Whenever I feel the need to replenish, my worship and His word are always a sure turn around for my thoughts and feelings.

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

The number one resource I have is the anointing that equips me to do whatever God needs me to do at any given time.  I can do nothing on my own and have to completely depend on the anointing to lead me and show me what the people need at that very moment.  I also have determination and passion!  Those two elements together attract people with like hearts and minds which enable us to come together as one unit to accomplish the mission of RBM which is to connect people to the heart of God!

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

I realized I was ready when I got tired!  When I was tired of leading, tired of singing, tired of praying, tired of fasting, tired of wondering, just plain tired.  When I arrived at the point of wanting to give up was when I realized that all of me had to be broken so that God could use me and most importantly, trust me to do what He purposed me to do.  It was at that time that God released a fresh anointing, opened doors and gave me strategy and help to do what He commissioned me to do.

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

Well, I would say King James I.  Yes, I know that’s odd but hear me out.  I choose King James because I believe he is a great example of how God uses anyone He chooses. It isn’t about us being perfect people.  King James printed the first English bible which bore his name King James Bible of 1611 A.D.  He is a true example of Christ’s grace and mercy because if people were to look at the life of King James they would see that he was not a perfect person and quite controversial.  Some would say he wasn’t even a good man but I point out the fact that God still used him as an instrument to bring us what we use as our lifeline today – the Holy Bible.  Without the word of God, where would we be?  If God would use someone like King James to do something as important as bring us an English Bible, we have to believe that His grace and mercy toward us is the same!

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

Christ first, my husband and then my supportive friends and family.  I know that my anointing to worship, write and lead are not for my own benefit so that is what keeps me going.  I have learned to trust God and have faith in His promise to equip me to do what He has called me to do.  I look at how Christ didn’t give up on His way to the cross and just press forward knowing that lives are connected to my press! There is a charge and call on my life and God will give me all I need to walk in it.  He has also given me a husband and supportive friends and family that have been gifted to encourage me when I need it most.

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

Time spent with God and His Word, Humility and Unity.  Doing what I do, leading worship and ministry, we cannot take people anywhere that we have not been.  So the first thing is spending time with God and the Word.  We must spend time with Him in private in order to be effective in Public.  In order to connect to people to God’s heart, I have to know the way there!  Secondly, there must be humility.  What we do is for no glory of our own but for God and for His people.  If we ever think it is about us and become a distraction, God will gladly move us out of the way.  Lastly, everyone needs someone to do anything.  Without unity and working together there will be division and a house divided against itself will not stand.  You must function under one vision and one mind.

Visit Rayna Brown for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Man On Purpose Radio Host Richard Rice

January 7, 2013

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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 Richard Rice, and I’m just a guy who has been blessed more recently with receiving my calling and the opportunity to walk in my purpose. After being in different ministry leadership roles throughout the years in our church, I was blessed in February 2011 to have become a Certified John Maxwell Founding Member, which allows me to teach, coach, and speak on John Maxwell’s leadership books. After facilitating a few MasterMind groups and teaching on such titles as, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and “Everyone Communicates Few Connect”, I felt I was supposed to start a men’s ministry and in April 2011 I founded Man On Purpose Ministries where we empower men to become the man they are intended to be with purpose, on purpose.

In August 2011, I held our first men’s teaching event. I also host 2 Blog Talk Radio shows. Wednesday nights show is Real Life Man Talk where we discuss issues, and struggles men go through on a daily basis; and the Thursday night show is ConnectionLeadership where we are currently teaching on John Maxwell’s newest book, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”.

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

My Dream is to fulfill my purpose here on earth. I believe God does have a plan for me and I want to live out that plan. I would love to be so anointed that I could reach men all around the world with God’s message helping them to become the man they are intended to be with purpose, on purpose. Helping them to realize their real value and how they can be a major part in building God’s kingdom instead of putting so much time and money into things that are not as important as doing things that bring about fulfillment in life.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I am encouraged when I think about this great responsibility God has entrusted me with to empower men to become the man they are intended to be with purpose, on purpose, and knowing that if I can help 1 or 1 million men realize why they are here and provide them with directions and tools to help them walk in their purpose then I’m doing what Ive been called to do. I’m encouraged when I get to talk to and hear from one more man his story of overcoming his challenges.

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

My Life. The extremity of things I have had to endure from early child hood to my adult years. I’ve been able to take my testimony and use it in different areas of ministry through out the years. I have been able to learn so much about my issues and through dealing with and learning from them through my leadership roles with Celebrate Recovery and the Homeless Ministry. I’ve learned to be a better leader through trial and error and getting certified as a leadership coach, trainer, and speaker through the John Maxwell Certification Program. I continued to allow God to guide me to my current ministry MAN ON PURPOSE – Become the man you are intended to be with purpose, on purpose. I also have 2 radio shows on Blog Talk Radio . One show is Connection Leadership, where my co-host and I teach and dialogue on John Maxwell’s leadership material; whereas the other show is Real Life Man Talk. On this show it’s all about the issues and challenges we as men face on a daily basis. It’s an open dialogue between another co-host, myself and guys who call in to answer the specified question or to just talk about some things he might currently be dealing with. I am also currently writing my first book.

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

In August 2011 I signed up to become a Certified, Founding John Maxwell Team member. Shortly after signing up I went through a phase of doubting whether I was good enough to attend this 3 day certification conference with the “big boys”. There were several individuals that had much more experience in the coaching, training, teaching, and speaking field than me. I remember sitting on my bed sometime in September looking at the many professionals on FB and getting “cold feet”. God showed me something and told me that I was exactly good enough and capable of being with that level of people. He reminded me that I am not alone.

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

Of course, I would say first and foremost others should get to know more about Jesus Christ. I believe learning about John Maxwell would benefit individuals in a great way. The skills that he teaches and his authentic care for people is contagious. He teaches from a spiritual prospective as well as from a real life day to day prospective. His teachings on leadership are the simplest to understand and apply and just so result driven. John Maxwell is the real deal.

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

I have always been a fighter. From having to leave home at 17 and living in the streets for awhile and later on surviving a few near death incidents I believe God’s grace has really protected me and it’s through Him and His strength I am able to keep moving forward. It helps too to have an awesome wife that not only trusts and believes in me, but loves me unconditionally; that kind of love can keep any man going on.

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

Being Intentional with personal growth. We don’t always have answers to how to do something, but there are plenty of ways to get the answers we need. Leadership can be taught and learned. You have to commit to invest in yourself. I have always read books to learn. Learning never stops. Write down your goals and dreams. Just like any well built car, it starts with a vision, then a plan, and then action. You have to believe in yourself. You have to be able to visualize the idea from just a mere idea to completion and believe that it can be done and then take the appropriate steps to get it done. With all that though, you need patience. Patience for all of your hard work, time spent reading, studying, and learning, and time spent selling and/or networking to come to fruition. This doesn’t happen overnight. Success doesn’t happen at the moment when you get your big chance. Success has been happening all along the way. The big moment was the pay off of all of your successes along the way. Even if you fail along the way, just know as long as you get back up, clean yourself off and keep moving forward you are a success.

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