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 http://www.vijayeswaran.com/ 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 www.derrickhayes.com, emailing info@derrickhayes.com or by calling (706) 615-1662

 

 

 

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DERRICK Interview with Buy Black Podcast Host Gerald Jones

November 11, 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 Gerald Jones who is a husband and father living the dream in Omaha, NE. Professionally, who has been serving our nation’s military for 17 years across two service branches (US Marine Corps Reserve & US Air National Guard) while creating a rewarding civilian career as a Training, Performance, and Management Consultant. When he’s not working you can find him at the nearest basketball court or golf course (depending on the season), but the thing he loves to do most is Help Other People Win by organizing and structuring their personal goals.

Gerald started the Buy Black Podcast with the Mission to Draw Consumers and Business Owners together to Ignite the Global Black Economy.  Through this platform our socially conscious listening community will connect with black business owners and their companies, learn about their products or services, and support Black-Owned Businesses by buying from them.  Each week Mr. Jones brings you a new, compelling interview with an entrepreneur who will share their story, teach us some useful business information, and share their number one piece of advice for the Buy Black community as a whole.

What is your (D) ream, goals or what have you achieved?

I’ve achieved a great deal in my life, all of which set me up to realize what my dream is.  As of today, I’m at the beginning of the path to achieve it.  My dream is to create a platform that has a global impact in changing the way that we, as human beings see and interact with each other.  In short, I want to make the word “tolerance” a thing of history.  I want to crack the very difficult psychological code that moves people from “tolerating” the differences that make us unique to actively loving and appreciating how those differences make our teams, our communities, and our societies stronger.  “Build strength through diversity” is one of my personal core values, and I plan to instill that value into as many people across the planet as I possibly can.  My first effort toward achieving that goal is devoted to rebuilding economic strength and independence in the Black community.  I have developed and plan to grow a communications platform that offers free marketing exposure to black business owners via my podcast and forthcoming black business directory online.  When I close my eyes, I envision this podcast with an audience over 100,000 and a business directory with as many or more monthly visits, both of which will provide free exposure and listing for black business owners, as well as a reliable place where consumers can come to patronize black businesses and support our greater community.

What is your (E) ducational background and how do you use it daily?

I have an Associate’s Degree in Intelligence Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Additionally, I am a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, Gold Certified in using the New World Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation, and an ICAgile Certified Professional.  While I continue to serve our nation’s intelligence analysis efforts, my passion and daily devotion is in training, process improvement, and business development.  In my traditional career as an associate in a major consulting firm, I use my Intelligence & Training backgrounds as well as by Business degree to provide performance consultation to U.S. military organizations, helping them streamline processes in order to allow their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to spend more time and energy focused on their missions.  In my personal time, I am building the Buy Black Podcast from the ground up, establishing a foundation of valuable evergreen content that will continue to draw a larger audience over time.  As a one man show, I’m responsible for everything from book keeping to marketing…from booking guests to editing, producing, and publishing my audio tracks.

What (R) esources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

Throughout my life, I have ascribed to the philosophy that you should identify the things you love, the things you’re passionate about, and become an expert in them.  Since we all have different skills and different passions, it stands to reason that we will have different combinations of overlapping capabilities.  What has made me unique in the marketplace to this point has been my experiences.  Very few people have taken a path similar to mine in life, which means few people are qualified to provide the kind of education and consultation that I can.  I spent 8 years as an infantryman in the United States Marines.  Since leaving that branch, I have spent 9 years as an Air Force intelligence analyst.  As a civilian, I educated myself on Instructional Systems Design and Training Facilitation, using that Google knowledge and subsequent real-world experience to earn and become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).  What makes me stand out in any environment is that I can learn any system within a short period of time and identify ways to streamline and improve it to save resources while making a bigger impact.  It is how I landed by position as a performance consultant long before I had a Bachelor’s Degree.  It is that unique ability that I am using to build my podcast platform today.

When did you (R) ealize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Last year, in the summer of 2016, I had just finished by bachelor’s degree and was looking for my next project.  The CPLP tests were months away, so I had no immediate challenge ahead of me.  At that time, on July 5th & July 6th, I saw the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile murdered.  More than any previous tragedy of the kind, the deaths of those men affected me deeply, to the point of action.  I made up my mind then that I would have to do something that could impact the world beyond my family and small circle…so I began brainstorming.  Over the next 9 months I tried several small projects…doing Facebook live videos, posting motivational quotes and images to connect with people, but those things were too small scale.  In that period I had also begun listening to several business education podcasts, and I began to think about what kind of podcast I might be able to create.  Finally, in April 2017, I happened to reconnect with a friend from my childhood on Facebook.  When I went to her page, I saw that she did lots of research on black owned businesses and was posting articles about them on her page to help promote them, simply because that was her passion.  That was the final piece of the pie.  The idea for the Buy Black Podcast came to me and over the next two months I put everything in line to produce and publish the show to the world.  On July 5th, 2017, I went live with the first show.  I chose that date to honor Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Name at least one (I) ndividual in your network that others should learn about and why.

I would say Gerald Harris.  He and I grew up in the same town competing against each other in sports.  He is now the Student Engagement Coordinator at Duke University and is also becoming very active in the local political scene in Raleigh-Durham.  Remember the name, I predict it will be common in your household in the not too distant future.

What (C) hallenges have you had to overcome?

The toughest thing that I have had to overcome is my own personal growth as a human being and a man.  I have spent a great deal of my life looking at the world through the eyes of hegemonic patriarchy.  I have challenged myself to confront my subconsciously sexist views of women, homophobic and transphobic views, my religious views, my political views, everything.  After building a course on Analytic Tradecraft and Critical Thinking for the military, I spent so much time teaching people how to question their own views and biases that I became mired in doing the same to myself.  I went through a period of intense personal growth.  It was painful to look in the mirror and see who I really was, how I had previously viewed and treated people (even if only in my own mind), and determine to change the way I interacted with the world.  In the end, I came to one conclusion.  Jesus stated that the greatest commandments were to love God with everything that is of you and in you (paraphrasing), and to love your neighbor as yourself.  All of the laws and the prophets hang on those two commandments.  I made a decision to live my life actively loving other people in and on whatever walk of life is true to them, and to do everything in my power to help make their lives better, stronger, and fuller.  Since that time, challenges just haven’t seemed so challenging, and no matter what happens I am always content with the outcome.

What (K) eys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Everyone has their different keys and tips for what to do to be successful.  In my heart, I believe the absolute most important thing that anyone, be it a person or a business, needs to be successful is a Mission, a Vision, and a set of Core Values.  I believe people need to invest the time to identify those three things for their lives, write them down, post them where they can be seen, then proceed to live every moment in life adhering to those values, working in their mission, to make the vision become a reality.  Our Core Values are a statement of who we believe, in our best selves, that we want to be.  Our Mission is what we believe our purpose is in life…why we were put on this Earth.  Our Vision is the end game, the future that we want to create for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  All of these give us the “Why” of being on this planet, doing what we do.  I’ll leave the “how” and “what” tips to someone else.  For reference, my personal Core Values are a list of action statements.  I don’t believe in using cliché, abstract words to describe “values”.  No, your values must invoke ACTION in order for them to be real.  My Core Values Are:

  • Love People and Lead from Your Heart
  • Exhibit Ethical & Intellectual Integrity
  • Build Strength Through Diversity
  • Listen for Understanding
  • Practice Innovative Entrepreneurship
  • Model the Behaviors You Want to See in Others
  • Always Exceed Expectations

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DERRICK Interview with Christian Rapper JT da Golden Child

October 5, 2014

JTEncouragement 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 Jayson Turner, also known as JT da Golden Child has been affiliated with Mo Serious for at least the past decade. Prior to committing to doing Christian rap, he was creating a buzz for his label Hard Head Records. Poetic Prophet would assist him in management of the label and business decisions.

Later on, he realized that the gift he was using to highlight the streets should be used to glorify Jesus Christ. It was that realization that led him to joining Mo Serious as an artist. His first project under MSE is Untold Stories. It’s the story of man from Mo City who dealt with adversity and through it all, found Christ and changed his life.

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

My dream and goal is to reach the world through entertainment and my music and encourage the masses to follow their dreams and always keep God first.

E is for Education. What is your Educational background?

I am a graduate of a historically black college.  I use my educational background in my music by my articulation as well as my word play. Due to my extensive vocabulary because of school and education I am able to play with words the way I do.  I also use my speech classes when I have speaking engagements.

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

One of the main resources I use is my versatility. I am able to adapt to any environment. Therefore with my music my subject matter and content do not change but my delivery does.

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

I knew I wanted to be an entertainer at an early age.  I have been rapping since I was in the 8th grade. I didn’t switch to gospel until a year ago because I realized my gift was needed in that arena.

JTGoldenChildI is for Individual. Name at least one person in your network that you feel others should learn about and why?

One individual I think people need to learn about is Marcus Parker. He has a tremendous story and he is also the true definition of hard work and dedication paying off.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you or do you face in your journey?

One of the main challenges I had growing was not having my father in the home with me and having to deal with a step father who did not like me.

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

The main key I would like to leave is simply put God first in everything that you do. When you do that you are guaranteed to succeed.

Visit JT da Golden Child for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Business Consultant Ja War

September 7, 2014

JaWarEncouragement 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 JAWAR who is a Keynote Motivational Speaking Expert, Author & Business Consultant. He speaks and consults on personal achievement & self-motivation, self-publishing your own book, social media & internet marketing and the music business.

JAWAR has authored and published over 20+ paperback, audio and ebooks including the How to Self-Publish for Profit, the Twitter Resource Book and the Music Industry Connection Book Series while maintaining over 60+ websites, blogs and social networking profiles.

As a keynote motivational speaking expert and panelist JAWAR has spoken and appeared in over 100 conferences, workshops, seminars, radio shows and publications.

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

I’m going to help over 1,000,000 people be happy, healthy and wealthy using the three step success system of “THINK, PLAN, EXECUTE!” while creating and leaving a legacy of generational wealth.

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

My educational background is a combination of formal mis-education, street knowledge, knowledge of self, personal research and intuitive vibrations.

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

The resource of intuition, combined with a burning desire to achieve whatever goal is set allows me to show and prove my divine resourcefulness.

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

Myself was made ready through circumstances and conditions, yet at the end of the day all the glory goes to God. Like most intelligent people, I realize I’m a work in progress, so ready is relative.

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

People should learn about Ty Cohen, because he continues to use his mind and burning desire to create that which he desires, has great humility and seeks to help others achieve their financial and personal goals should they have the burning desire to do so. Tell him JAWAR sent you.

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

I’ve had to overcome a severe speech impediment as a child. I’ve gone on to become a motivational speaker. I’ve also had to overcome being homeless … I’m no longer homeless.

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

Be true to yourself, follow your intuition, create a definite purpose, write out your specific daily activities and get them done. Focus on working ON your business and not necessarily IN your business.

Of course, you’ll want to employ the three step success system of “THINK, PLAN, EXECUTE!” to get started visit http://www.FocusYourMotivation.com/


DERRICK Interview with Sports Agent Deryk Gilmore

September 3, 2014

DGEncouragement 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 Deryk Gilmore who is certified contract advisor for Priority Sports. Prior to joining the Priority team, Deryk was involved with college athletics for over 11 years working in football as a Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations in both the Big Ten and Pac Ten conferences. A New York native, Gilmore lettered and played defensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the 1986 National Championship Team.

After graduating from college, Gilmore went on to the University of Illinois where he began his work in football evaluating and recruiting the top high school players in the country. Developing unique strategies to market high school prospects, Gilmore helped the Illini recruit players that would take Illinois to the first major bowl game in 10 years. Deryk was then hired by the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to a top 10 recruiting class in football and top 5 class in basketball, their highest ranked classes in the program’s history.

Gilmore, known for his creative marketing strategies has been featured in a number of sports publications. Deryk has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Agribusiness Management and an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Camille, live in Atlanta, GA, with their sons Dantae’ and Deion.  Deryk and his wife, Camille, were recently profiled in Essence Magazine.

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

My goal is to have an impact on the community and leave a legacy.

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

I have an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing- they are used daily to coordinate my business and to promote my players.

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

My background in football is unique in that I have a great understanding of the game on and off the field and have worked so many years with athletes so as a player, administrator, agent and advocate there is not a problem that I have not encountered.

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

I prayed on it when I moved to Atlanta and know that I was directed to leave coaching and work with young men on a different level.

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

Ryan Goldin (GATA Training) and Lyle Henley (D1 Sports)  are two of the best trainers no one has heard of and where players should be working to get better.

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

I think a lot of times African Americans will feel more comfortable with white agents which is surprising.  Despite your pedigree and background they feel that somehow you can’t help them.  It can be disappointing.

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

The nuns in school used to say ask God for everything but don’t pray if you haven’t studied.  I think you need to put God first, trust in him and then outwork everyone and anyone.  Your hunger to win should be unmatched.

Visit Deryk Gilmore for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Entertainment Entrepreneur Jillian Bullock

August 11, 2014

JillianBullockEncouragement 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 Jillian Bullock who is the CEO/President Enterprises, LLC, a wellness and empowerment entertainment company. Jillian is an author, speaker,fitness expert, professional life coach, screenwriter, and award winning filmmaker.  Whether she produces books,articles, fitness programs or film projects, Jillian’s mission is to empower people to obtain success and greatness personally and professionally.

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

So far in my career I’ve been fortunate to do what I love. My dream has always been to become a filmmaker and screenwriter. Plus, my love of fitness has played a key part in my life, especially my training in martial arts and boxing. After I graduated from college with a B.A. in Communications, I got an internship on the set of Spike Lee’s movie, Malcolm X. From there I went on to work on other people’s films as a producer, fight choreographer and actor. I’ve sold two scripts so far and have directed and produced my own film,Spirit. My dream is to build Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC, a wellness and empowerment entertainment company into a multi-million dollar business.

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

I have a degree in Communications from La Salle University. I also took several film classes while in college. Currently, I am taking advanced screenwriting classes through Screenwriting U. I use my skills and education to write stories and produce films that empower, entertain, and educate people. As a fitness expert, I have over 30 years experience in fitness, sports, wellness,and health. I have several certifications in fitness and as a life transformation coach. I also hold two black belts; one in Tae Kwon Do and the other in Wing Chun. Currently, I train in boxing and MMA. I put all this experience into a variety of fitness programs, My most successful program is Fighting Spirit Warriors, a fitness for self-defense program for girls and women. I travel the country teaching females why it is vital to be physically fit in order to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence.

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

Since my memoir, HERE I STAND, was published in 2012, my life story has been my best resource. I have overcome tremendous hardships, including rape, homelessness, drug addiction,  prostitution, and growing up with the Philadelphia Italian Mafia. People often ask me how did I transform my life,and can I help them do the same. In 2013, I got certified as a life transformation coach so I could help people. I also developed a speaking platform entitled, “Straight Talking Truth for Those Who Can Handle the Truth,” where I travel the country conducting lectures and seminars. My main goal is to continue to teach people how to achieve success, happiness and greatness despite the obstacles, hardships or challenges against them. People feel connected to me knowing I understand what they’re going through.

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

After I got a letter from a man in prison. He had read my book and wrote me to tell me his story. After 19 years he was getting paroled. He said he made a lot of mistakes when he was young and now that he was getting out he wanted to stay on the path of goodness. He also wanted to give back to the community. He wanted advice on how he could help others when he would be considered an ex-con. I wrote back to him and in my letter I stated, “Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be.” It’s a profound statement because up until that point I wondered whether people really would accept my message of empowerment and transformation considering my past. I knew the time was right and I started my mission to empower others.

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

My son, Clinton Bullock. I had Clinton when I was 16. Although he was born two months premature due to my drug use, I was determined to raise a successful, happy and healthy son. Clinton is a miracle baby, not only because he survived when doctors didn’t believe he would, but today he is an amazing person. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Resolution, speaks four languages fluently and works for the Department of Defense. He travels the world and often volunteers his time to help provide services for people in third world countries. As a mixed martial artist, Clinton is also a sports journalist. He is always looking for ways to better himself and to help inspire others with his knowledge, education and skills.

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

Too many to list here, but my overall biggest challenge has been learning to have faith in myself. I doubted myself for years and didn’t feel worthy of love or respect. This was a direct result of my upbringing and living such a dysfunctional life. Without any real guidance or support I had to rely on myself and my faith in God to help me push through some really dark moments.But by learning to believe in myself and again focus on my motto,” Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be,” I was able to forgive myself for my past mistakes and use them as learning tools for success.

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

Here’s a few keys to success:

1) Don’t fear to dream, and dream big
2)  Forget the naysayers, doubters, and haters
3) You must work like you want it really bad
4)Whether your actions are good or bad, they become habits
5) Be mindful of the company you keep. They (friends/family) can either lift you higher or drag you through the mud.

Contact  Jillian Bullock for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Personal Trainer Carolyn Moos

August 4, 2014

CarolynMoosEncouragement 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 Carolyn Moos who is a Personal Trainer that works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Carolyn’s website  www.fitforlivinglife.com shares somes of her services that include Skype yoga, online nutrition log analysis (phone, text and e-mail), menu planning, and basketball skill development. Carolyn played for USA Basketball, Stanford (B. A. Sociology, Minor Communications), FIBA/WNBA and completed my Masters at USC in Communication Management, (where my masters thesis focused on the power of preventative health, and lifestyle related diseases (type II diabetes, heart disease and more).

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

My goals reflect my desire to help everyone lead healthier lifestyles. Athletes, parents, at-risk patients, pregnant mothers, general population and more. Everyone can benefit from integrating nutrition; strategic exercise and embracing consistent sleep patterns as well as an overall healthful lifestyle. I also speak on not drinking and choices teens make early on. I also want to have a family of my own and impact them directly with healthful habits for a lifetime. I enjoy being a good mentor and promoting health, fitness and wellness.

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

I attended a private high school and have a B.A. from Stanford in Sociology with a minor in Communications and a Masters from USC in Health Communication Management. I am also a certified personal trainer with CEC’s in many areas that pertain to nutrition, specified training (yoga, golf conditioning specialist, sport specific training) and overall wellness. I use the combination of my B.A. and M.A. in all the work I do as an Athletic Director, Marketing Specialist, Teacher, Coach and personal trainer. I also value my real life experiences traveling with USA Basketball, living and playing overseas professionally and being exposed to many different cultures and learning experiences.

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

The combination of real life experiences that are rare and valuable (USA Basketball, traveling and living overseas), playing professional basketball, becoming a certified trainer and lifestyle management mentor, coaching youth of all ages and stages, teaching yoga at 6’5’’, promoting and embracing not drinking, always eating clean and healthful and practicing that which I teach others. I embrace lifestyle choices strongly and feel they are directly linked to longevity, vitality and overall mental and physical performance.

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

As you are doing what you are doing, each experience lends to a gained skill set if you really dive in and apply yourself. I am always hungry to learn something new and it is important to be coachable and always open to advice. I don’t think it is a matter of a single moment or realization, as you know all along the way what you are successfully learning and how you are growing in tangible ways. This can be measured in quantitative and qualitative ways, which ultimately exemplifies growth and the aspect of always being ready for what is next in life. I also embrace change, growth and progress, as we are every evolving. I also embrace having consistent norms and standards by which we adhere to as well. This foundation comes with us everywhere we go.

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

If it were applicable to all individuals and their pertinent responses, I would say get to know someone’s family. Where you came from is a big part of who they become. If you admire someone, take a look at how they grew up and who influenced them every step of the way. This includes lower school, middle school and prior to college. Amazing teachers, youth mentors, along with family members set the initial core and standard for who we become. I always ask someone who has influenced them the most and who they have learned from the most. The answer to this often is the best teacher, as if we are hungry to learn and grow, we must surround ourselves with the best teachers. I enjoy mentoring and teaching youth and adults alike, hence why I utilize Skype, e-mail and phone to offer my support with nutrition, yoga, basketball skill development and overall wellness. Who we are and what we do is shaped by many people in our network, not just one. I would start with family though as this truly is the foundation from which we grow.

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

Change and adjusting my life vision/plan at a given time period in my life was one of the more challenging experiences (emotionally and mentally). I didn’t pause however and I just worked on the next steps.  I do believe God has a larger plan for us and sometimes we can be initially thrown, as our thoughts on how pieces will come together may look different. I have faith and believe that we do our part diligently and the rest will occur as it is meant to be. I am a person that likes knowing how A leads to B and so on. When we are faced with adversity or changes in our life, we have to re-adjust our macro level thinking and re-formulate our micro-level steps that will ultimately lead to a new vision. It is important in life to embrace this journey and even if we have to re-write our strategy on how to get to our goals, have faith and find comfort in doing all that is ours to do. Nutrition, fitness and overall healthful lifestyle choices have also been very helpful in getting me through as well. They have always been a part of my foundation since I was born and I am thankful for this.

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

Stay true to your passions. Find what makes you unique and valuable to the world and provide it to them with excitement and all of your heart. I believe we are all here for a reason and when you find that reason, you find your purpose. I also embrace innovation and creativity. Think of the best ways to do what you love that brings value in the most efficient and consistent mediums to those that turn to you. Whether it is a service or a product, put yourself in your clients’ shoes and know what would make them appreciate everything you do.

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

Be yourself and stay true to your passions. Be strong in your beliefs and stay true to who you are in this world.

Visit Carolyn Moos for more information.