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 MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.
MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.
E is for Encourage. What encourages you?
My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most. They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school. I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.
I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?
I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.
C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?
Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation. Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can. Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics. Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody. Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.
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