DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement 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 Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

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

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

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

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

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

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

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

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

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

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

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

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

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

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

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Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.

The DAILY (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas to Lift You) Message for Friday

May 24, 2013

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes brings you The DAILY Message on Friday May 24th, 2013 to empower and inspire you to your next level.

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

In This Issue:

1. Daily Derricknym is PHILOSOPHY. What Is Your PHILOSOPHY (Purpose Has Insight Lifting Optimism So Other People Help You)? Now you can order your name as a Personalized Derricknym.

2. Today’s word is Social. Your inner spirit can’t hide forever. People know who has the ability to help them grow. Network and meet so that others can improve their balance sheets.  This is brought to you by Motivation To Your Mobile and you can download Today’s word to your Android or I Phone.

3. Idea for today is to make sure you understand your plan.

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at  and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to  or call (706) 615-1662.

DERRICK Interview with America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer Dr. Will Moreland

February 14, 2013

DrWillEncouragement 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 Dr. Will who is one of the top speakers under 40 in America. Known as America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer, he is committed to helping individuals, organizations and companies release their Genius Potential. A respected leadership expert, keynote speaker and author, Dr. Will is living a life to leave a legacy.

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

I have many dreams that formalize into one big dream of helping people “LIVE GENIUS.” This means that you are “Living In Victory Everyday, while Getting ENgaged In Unique Significance™.” So my entire life is dedicated to helping people achieve the Genius Life. I have been blessed and fortunate to wake up each morning and truly do what I love. My efforts have been recognized by others which has led to receiving a few accolades over the years. But my main motivation is always to serve others and release my God giving Genius Potential.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I am encouraged by so many things, my family and friends. The opportunity to reach more people with information I feel will transform their lives. I’m encouraged by believing the world is becoming a better place. The more technology allows us to connect around the world, the more we will understand we are all the same running in the same race called life. Being surrounded by love each day encourages me.

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

My experiences in life would have to be my greatest resources I believe. My journey started in Compton, California, raised by a single mother in what was at the time classified as the worse city in America. I have had the great pleasure to travel to over 25 countries on four different continents to teach and train leaders. I served my country for 8 years in the United States Army and lived in Europe for 14 years. Along with every test, trial and tribulation I have been graced to overcome, coupled with my relentless pursuit to Live Genius gives me a unique perspective on life and leadership.

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

For as long as I can remember I knew I would be doing something in the arena of speaking. I didn’t know if I was going to be a lawyer, teacher or preacher, but I knew I would be up talking. But on my first trip to Ghana, West Africa is when it really hit me that this was my Genius Potential. When the audience responded to my presentation with a standing ovation, I knew that my principles and philosophy were universal concepts that I could share around the world.

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

This is a tough question for me; so many great people are coming to mind. At the end of the day I have to choose the person that has had the greatest impact on my life. That person would have to be Jesus. I would suggest that you study his life, not for any religious reasons, but for how he was able to take an idea, mobilize a team, build an organization and market his message to the masses. A message that is still being spread 2000 years later. He was a phenomenal leader, motivator, teacher, business person and family man.  Whether you agree with his claim or not, you cannot deny his success and influence around the world.

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

I have to refer back to all my experiences that I have overcome all ready. One of my mentors always reminds me to stop and ask the following question; “Is anyone dead?” If no one is dead, then it is not that bad and you have the ability to think your way out and the people to help assist you if you want it. I have learned that failure is not final, just an opportunity to learn and grow and do something better the second, third or fourth time around.

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

I would offer this advice to remember that success is only the starting point, not the finishing point. You want to live a life of significance; success opens the door of opportunity that leads to doing significant things in life. I have many mentors that help me keep success in its right place, it’s temporary, but significance is what leads to your legacy and that’s what we all should endeavor to do, live a life that leaves a legacy. So here are the keys:

1. Have F.O.C.U.S= Fixed On Continued Unique Service

2. Be G.E.N.U.I.S = Get ENgaged In Unique Significance

3. Practice M.S.I.D= Make Small Improvements Daily

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

Derrick these were some great questions, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share with your family of supporters. I would only add that I would encourage everyone to go after that big goal, dream and desire that they may have. Don’t be afraid to fail, you will only gain from failing and be closer to accomplishing what you want in life. Don’t be afraid to LIVE GENIUS!!!

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