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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Visit Ron Walker for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Author and Consultant Wayne Elsey

October 1, 2015

WayneElseyEncouragement 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 Wayne Elsey who is the Founder and former CEO of Soles4Souls (S4S), author of the book, Almost Isn’t Good Enough, and current Founder & CEO of Wayne Elsey Enterprises, Funds2Orgs, and 501(c)(3) University.

Elsey started working in the footwear industry at the age of 15 and continued in a myriad of manufacturing, managerial, sales and marketing positions. From 1999 to 2004 Elsey served as President/CEO of Footwear Specialties International (FSI). During that time, FSI grew over 400 percent in revenue. In 2005, Elsey was named President of Kodiak-Terra USA where he remained until becoming the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls in 2007. Under his guidance, Soles4Souls became one of the top 1% of nonprofit organizations in the United States in just 4 years. To date, S4S has distributed over 19 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries to victims of natural disasters and abject poverty.

After leaving S4S, Wayne launched Wayne Elsey Enterprises (WEE), a company that works with nonprofit and for profit organizations on strategy, branding and development. WEE has 3 divisions: strategic, educational and fundraising. The Strategic Division consults with organizations to strengthen identity and drive success. The 2nd division, 501(c)(3) University, is an online educational site designed to give nonprofit leaders the knowledge and understanding to help their organizations succeed. The 3rd division, Funds2Orgs, is a social enterprise that offers 3 compelling advantages: 1. Provides domestic nonprofits the ability to raise funds by carrying out engaging programs; 2. Creates and sustains micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs in developing nations; and 3. Dramatically reduces the impact of post-consumer waste in our nation’s landfills.

AlmostWayne is also a highly sought after public speaker and authority on topics related to leadership, branding, social activism, motivation, and community engagement. His network appearances include: NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Today Show, & Fox News.

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

I don’t just want to talk about making a difference. I want to do it, and I have been doing it. I’m also a business man. I like to make money. Doing good and making money are not mutually exclusive. That’s why I also do motivational work so I can spread that message to as many people as possible. The core of my business philosophy, and what really makes me happy, is to be involved in projects that not only generate revenue but are centered on having an impact and improving society in some way.

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

I never went to college, but I’m considered a success story. I was President and CEO for two international footwear companies. I knew at the age of 15 when I did a work-study program that I wanted to be in the shoe business. That’s been what I’ve been doing in one way or the other since that time. Today, one of my businesses is a successful social enterprise called Funds2Orgs. It helps social sector organizations raise money, supports micro-entrepreneurs in over 26 developing nations and lowers our collective carbon footprint.

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

I’m like anyone else. I’m not any more or less special. But, what I always believe in is big vision. I don’t think small. I think big. That means I’m always shooting for the moon, and so is my team.

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

As I mentioned, I realized it at 15 years of age. I know that’s not typical, but it happens. What I do know is that you have to be ready all the time. You can never let your foot off the gas pedal. Life doesn’t work that way if you want to succeed and live what I call a “#grip&rip” life.

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

Dan Pallotta. My friend, Dan, is one of the leaders pulling back the curtain on the business of nonprofit work. He is talking, rightly, about everyone treating the social sector with a business mind and practices. If we want to get a handle on the issues that have been plaguing us for generations then we have to invest. That investment then needs to be used to hire the best and brightest for social impact. Nonprofits and social enterprise need to be sustainable. We need to stop pretending they don’t have expenses for the work they do.

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

When I was younger and just starting out, I had to overcome self-doubt. Sometimes along the way, it does creep up for a moment. But you let it go. Why? Because you believe in what you’re doing. When you believe in what you’re doing, you become focused on your work. And you don’t have time for any doubt. You have a purpose and come what may, you’re going to do it. When you keep your foot on the pedal, you really don’t have time for negative thoughts.

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

It all begins with attitude. Successful people take ownership over their decisions and life. They don’t waste time with the negative thinking or people who put up road blocks. Everyone can do this. It’s not a secret. We all just need to get off the couch, commit, do the work and make it happen.

Visit Wayne Elsey for more information.

DERRICK Interview with International Singer and Songwriter Liryks

May 25, 2015

LiryksEncouragement 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 Liryks, a singer and songwriter who was born in Israel and has the bilingual gift to be able to speak and sing in English and Hebrew. Early on, she developed a passion for music and she began writing poems at the age of 9. As a teenager she did some modeling and attended acting classes.

While clearly gifted as an artist, Liryks was also bright academically, and she wanted to explore this path and widen her perspectives. She attended TA University Law Faculty and graduated summa cum laude.

Liryks produced several music shows formats for a European TV channel, and this experience encouraged her to focus on her music career and to produce her first album as a singer-songwriter. This album is an expression of the musical styles and vibes she absorbed in her voyages around the world combined with her original style and her exceptional mastery of the written word. All the album songs were written and composed by Liryks.

The first single, IN THE BEGINNING, gives a new meaning to ancient words, and creates a rare combination between a modern bit and the language of the Bible. This single is the product of a great poetic sensitivity, a clear vision on life, a unique voice and a cool and accurate musical production.”

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

My dream is to live a meaningful life, full of love, creativity and awareness; I wish to sparkle as a unique singer-songwriter and to keep on developing my great career. I wish that my art and my songs will reach many more people around the world, touch their lives, influence, empower and inspire them. I want my art to bring love, spread joy, encourage self-reflection and offer comfort.

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

I mix my natural talents with my vast educational background. I love exploring new fields and learn new things. I never stop learning.

Besides being a musician and an artist, I went to university and got my degree. University education has given me the opportunity to think differently, to have a broader perspective. It also gave me practical tools to provide myself, to read the “small letters” and to manage the “business aspects” of being the chief producer/the one in charge of my career as a singer-songwriter and my own brand “Liryks”.

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

The resources that make me unique and stand out as a singer-songwriter are: Being creative, original, independent, cool and courageous in my way – in my art. I have a great belief and I am very sharp. I can be a pixie, pose for the camera, get serious, be funny, or sing electronic blues, but I’m always me.

Above all: I really do enjoy creating; I love the lyrics, the sounds and the music. I have my own deep truth to share, and I am sharing it in my own words, with my own voice and in my own original way.

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

I’ve always knew I was talented, I’ve always created, I ‘ve always knew I can reach the stars, but I’ve always done other things in other fields, that I was very good at. When I was ready to commit myself and focus on what is really important to me, it all summed up to becoming a singer-songwriter: my poems, my voice, my sense of style, my love.

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

I have a few names in mind, but taking into account the context of this interview, I name: Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. a neurologist, and psychiatrist who wrote the world-famous book entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning“. He believed that life never ceases to have meaning, even in suffering and death, life has potential meaning and that, therefore, even suffering is meaningful. Frankl believed that the meaning of life is found in every moment of living and that people are primarily driven by a striving to find meaning in one’s life.

I think his life story is inspiring and teaches us of the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of finding a meaning in our life.

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

One of the hardest challenges I have to overcome is: forgetting! I always have to remind myself as a singer – songwriter,(and we all have to remind ourselves as human beings): TO BE TRUE TO MY OWN NATURE; TO FOLLOW MY INNER TRUTH.

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

If you are ready to be reborn every day, you learn new things all the time. Believe, be creative, dare and stay natural.

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

My name is Liryks, I am a singer –songwriter, my music is aimed  to inspire others, and I am glad people feel it. I am dedicating this paragraph to thank all you people that listened, came, participate, shared and sent me great comments and touching e-mails.

Remember: You don’t have to have a reason for loving. LOVE! You don’t have to have a reason for believing – BELIEVE! Thank you for loving and believing.

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DERRICK Interview with Mr. Tycoon Wahid Shakur

February 4, 2014

TycoonEncouragement 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 Mr. Tycoon who is an Internationally renowned Motivational Speaker, Personal Development Coach, Investment Real Estate Guru, and Entrepreneur of Success, Mr. Tycoon is legendary for his “tough but fair” deal-making and negotiation skills. His bestselling book,“Success Is Not A Secret, It’s A System,” extracts the lessons he learned on the road to building his successful real estate investment company and personal fortune, and is the “must-have” guidebook to achieving financial and personal success.

Mr. Tycoon oversees the management of a multimillion dollar real estate investment empire which includes both commercial and residential real estate holdings, educational tools and seminars, private consultation as well as personal coaching. Having been mentored by Ron LeGrand, Tony Robbins, Stephen Pierce and Marshall Sylver, Mr. Tycoon is a true product of  mentorship and success. Mr. Tycoon has developed his own brand and prowess in motivating, educating and inspiring people to achieving their financial freedom.

D is for Dream:  – My Dream aka Mission is to help Create a 100 Millionaires in the Next 10 years with 50% of them using the vehicle of Real Estate.

E is for Education: – School of Doctorate from The School Of Hard Knock and Favor! Plus Self Development

R is for Resource: – Resource is my middle name over 15 years of Wealth Building from Real Estate and Personal Development! Plus I have Mastered the skill of Sell & Marketing.

R is for Ready – It was about 7 years ago when I truly realize I had a gift.

I is for IndividualEric  Ah Ha Anderson – A  Master at marketing and help individuals market their Gift to Corporation to  get a paid a Fee to Speak.

C is for Challenges – Everything from being in the game to getting catch up in a ponzi scheme and loosing it all to facing my own depression.

K is for Keys to Success – Not just keep God – Have a true Relationship and do what you have been instructed by The Father. Become the Best at your Craft and Continue to Work On it to you and it become 1!!! I am Real Estate and Real Estate is Me.

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DERRICK Interview with Dr. Michael Wright

August 2, 2013

blogMAWMichael A. Wright earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina -Columbia with research on the organizational innovation of social work schools. Wright has maintained a consultancy practice for more than 16 years. He has logged dozens of professional relationships coaching individuals and consulting with public and private entities seeking to increase capacity, conduct social research, train staff, and grow strategically.  Wright participates on a number of national committees with groups like the Council on Social Work Education. Succeed

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

My dream is that communities would be built to support interrelatedness. The structures including green spaces, sidewalks, porches; the institutions including assisted living, schools, community centers, and churches; and the people including mixed income, diverse families would be intentionally modeled for self-sufficiency by neighborhood. It is a vision shared by urban planners and creative real property developers who believe in social good.

For me, goals are different though related to my dream. I know that the accomplishment of that dream depends on a multitude of factors. My GOALS focus on ensuring that I am contributing to that future. I have completed formal education. I engage authentically and intentionally with my family and community. I encourage social  entrepreneurship. I share the wealth that I currently have investing in OUR future.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement is a rather anti-encouragement. My disappointments have led me to question, “What if I was not here-alive in this moment?” The world would be different. From that, I am encouraged to be ME  unapologetically. I am the best I can be. I speak my mind. I am responsible for the consequences. I give generously while always maintaining my priority: 1) Wife, 2) Children, 3) those who Ask, 4) the World that needs.

I am motivated to continue learning by the realization of the needs found everywhere in the world. I endeavor to be the change that I want to see. My quest is to figure out how to cover those needs sustainably. Until I figure it out, implement the solution, and view the successful results, I am not done. I am compelled to keep working on the solution.

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

I am a teacher. I am also a mentor. I have developed expertise as a curriculum specialist by adding a conception of the learner to the exposition of content. My training, classes, or curricula prepare for the student to ask, “What is the point?” This means that the teaching will be more relevant to the learner.

I have developed a systematic approach to mentoring I call the COACH Method. The method expands the reach of individual health and well-being into dyads (groups of two) and, eventually, into multiple groups of two or more. The result of the method is a community of authentic, healthy, active people. The method deals directly  with the challenges that are barriers to this reality like trauma, mis-education, and that nagging feeling of being

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

I realized I was ready for what I am doing now at the age of 13. The teacher for the bible group was absent one morning. I took up the lesson and, instead of reading through it like some teachers would do, I engaged the class in a discussion of the main points. I took cues from the topics they found interesting and encouraged them to share personal, relevant stories.

My next revelation of preparedness came when my wife asked me to conduct a COACH Method assessment on her. Until then, I had not realized what an impression the method was making to her as an observer. I knew, after completing her assessment, I needed to expand the theory and the practice of the method.

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

Pierre Smith is my best friend. I have never asked him whether he feels that I am his best friend. Frankly, that is irrelevant.  He is an constant inspiration for me. Readers will get a chance to learn more about him from a text that I have outlined. My production schedule will have it completed around Fall 2015. His pierre-isms are a constant guide. He is a millionaire, philanthropist, husband, father, community leader, and does each one with wisdom and style.

Another person readers can learn from is Carter G. Woodson, father of Black History week. His book  Mis-education of the Negro is a must-read for scholar Black people and any individual wanting to appropriately apply knowledge in human systems. He communicates that knowing how does not result in people flocking to you for learning nor does it result in an ability to satisfy those who do come to you. Those  lessons keep me learning from scholarship, but also learning the curiousness of people as individuals.

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

My “success as my only option” policy can be stated simply, but is the door to a great complexity of emotion management and perseverance. My process is to center. Sometimes, it’s a hug of my wife or one of my 3 kids. Sometimes, it’s playing a game. Sometimes, it’s calling a friend to encourage them. But, centering is remembering why I am here.

My next step is decidedly solution-focused. I ask, “How would I respond to this situation if I was where I want to be?” Usually, my response is, “I would laugh!” That lets me know that the issue is not that crucial. Other times, my response is, “I would write a sternly worded, clarifying letter to get a handle on constructing the narrative.” That is exactly what I do.

If the situation warrants step three, it is a battle for me to allow someone to choose something that is not sustainable for them-against goals they state they want to achieve. Once I ensure that I have presented all the information and options are understood, I have to breathe deeply and allow them to make the choice for themselves. I move on preparing for the consequences should they choose me to help again.

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

Authenticity, Forgiveness, and Action are the keys to success. There is just too much that we have been miseducated about, including our own potential to control our destiny. The re-education must be systematic, honest, and reason-based (not emotional). I am working on that book this Summer to be published late 2013 or early 2014-Deceptions, Distractions, and Disillusionment: Barriers to Your Success and Ours (published by MAWMedia Group, my company) ISBN: 978-0-9842170-8-3.

A business model is the lock. Many people have connected with what they want to do, but do not realize that sustaining that activity will require you to make money to support it long-term. A business model can be borrowed, modeled, or created, but it MUST be present if you are going to sustain.

A clear vision is also important. This includes how much money AND difference you intend to make. This keeps you from being the best service provider in the county with the fewest clients because you did not envision a growth strategy that scaled your capacity. If you just want to break even or serve a limit of 10 clients, that is your preference. Just be sure to maintain policies and procedures that support those objectives.

Lastly, I recently learned a new way of thinking about mentorship from Kerry Ann Rockquemore via National Center For Faculty Development & Diversity. I used to think about finding one mentor who could sustain my needs. Kerry Ann suggests considering the varied supports you need and creating a list of 3-5 supportive individuals for each need. This multi-mentor approach fits what I have actually been doing, and supports mental health when you actually write the list of needs and supportive individuals.

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

A word of advice: Rid “right” and “wrong” from your vocabulary. These words have too long been used to justify your oppression. Instead think of your goal. Ask yourself, “Does the choice I am about to make get me closer to my goal? Does this choice ensure that I can enjoy my success over the long-term?” If the answer to both questions is YES, the choice is sustainable for you, no matter if others cannot see it or understand it. If the answer to either question is NO, the choice is unsustainable for you. Your task in life, your success is to continually make the sustainable choices.

Visit Michael A. Wright, PhD, LAPSW for more information

DERRICK Interview with Entertainer Word One

July 23, 2013

WordOneEncouragement 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 Word One (aka Grey Poltergeist) who has become one of the fastest growing names in hip-hop over the past year. He has opened the door for change in the music industry with his “Underdog Movement” by creating music and a movement that caters to your average, everyday citizen.

Traveling the country, doing everything from drug dealing to owning his own business, recording artist Word One is ready to tell the world his story of being an UNDERDOG. Born in Los Angeles, California; although, raised mostly in New York and Jacksonville, Florida, Word One would tell you that he’s the “man from nowhere”, because of all of his travels in between and all of the different cities that he’s lived in.

What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My goal is to provide a good financial living for my family and provide my mother with the best medical attention she can get. I have achieved many goals: Such as featuring with a 2-time Grammy winning artist, working with platinum artists an producers, traveling throughout the country and abroad, being signed (more than once), and being able to say that I’ve touched countless lives.

What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I am a High School graduate. The ability to read properly and calculate numbers is about all the school education I could apply to my life. School cannot teach you common sense though. My most valuable education comes from experience from myself and others.

What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The only resource I can bring to what I do is experience. But I don’t use that to stand out. Instead, I use my experiences to create music that the people can relate to. I can only hope that it shows them that they’re not alone in their problems.

WordOneLogoWhen did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I was ready from the moment that I decided this is what I wanted to do. Whether others felt or feel that I’m ready is a different story. I dedicate my all to my craft. But I don’t believe that anyone should pursue a goal or career if they don’t feel ready from the start.

Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Jesus. There’s really no one else worth learning about more than him.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The challenges to make it even this far are countless. But even to this day, there is always negativity thrown at what I do. Every accomplishment is met with skepticism. Every show needs to get promoted 100 times harder for a fraction of a larger artist’s turnout. Having to overcome people’s ideals that because they haven’t heard of me, it means my music isn’t good or haven’t accomplished anything.

What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

There are no shortcuts to success. Once you have determined what your goal is; nothing else should exist until you have reached it. You must develop a tunnel-vision that leads to that goal. Partying, sex, and nonsense will be around for eternity. You won’t miss anything. Hard work and dedication are more than catch-phrases. They should be the words that guide your life and lead you to your goal. It will also separate you from the countless number of others fighting to reach your goal before you do.

Visit Word One for more information.

DERRICK Interview with The Weave Queen Satin Latimer

March 20, 2013

SatinEncouragement 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 Satin Latimer who is a licensed cross-trained hair stylist also known as The Weave Queen. Her specialty is the art of hair weaving as Satin is known for a flat to touch natural looking Sew in. Born in Chicago, IL  and raised in Memphis, TN Satin learned at a young age that her passion was style and beauty.  She prides herself in work ethic and priority to keep her clients happy.

D) My dream is to show young women that they do not have to settle for circumstances that have clogged their pathways. I try not to just follow my dreams but to catch them. I am a licensed hair stylist who has stepped out on faith and embarked on a journey to become a Celebrity hair stylist! I have styled 2 celebrities and a celebrity makeup-artist.

E) My faith and the fact that I won’t give up! I love what I do and I am always striving to perfect my skill. So my faith in God and myself keeps me encouraged to keep pushing.

R) I consider myself very hard working, dependent and humble enough to take constructive criticism and willing to learn. I have many hair techniques and visions that aren’t really being used in the industry.

R) I prayed on it for 3 months and i began to prepare for my journey. I began to network, build my brand. I knew I was ready when my work began to speak for itself thru pictures and on my clients.

I) Jim Rohn- I say him because personal development is a major part of growth! I listen to it everyday. You have to learn how to relate to people when your are in an industry dealing with a variety of personalities. You have to learn how to progress as a person in order to advance.

C) I look in the mirror and say to myself NO One can beat me up or steal my power to prevail unless I give it to them! I am a winner! what keeps me going is the fact that I believe in myself!

K) Key to success is start with a vision, then a plan and execute it. No matter how many no’s you get carry out the vision.

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DERRICK Interview with US NAVY Aircraft Handling Officer Charlie Ardinger

October 16, 2012

The #1 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 Charlie Ardinger who has been in the Navy just over 28 years.  Charlie has been fortunate enough to have advanced through the enlisted ranks and achieved a commission through the Limited Duty Officer Program.  His current assignment is Aircraft Handling Officer (Handler) onboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).  Officer Ardinger is married to Teresa Ardinger.

D is for DreamMy dream is for everyone to respect and get along with one another.  My goal is to bring happiness and unity with me everywhere I go.  I have achieved so much in my life but none of my success has been what I have done.  My parents, wife, family, friends and Shipmates are the reason I am where I am today and where I will go tomorrow.

E is for Encourage. Challenges encourage me.  I never take no for an answer.  If there is a will there is a way to get it done.  I like to make sure everyone gets what they need and everything gets accomplished.

R is for Resource. I am a very optimistic person that has been subject to a variety of environments and cultures which intrigues me.  I have met so many interesting people during my travels that I can relate to almost everyone and anything.

R is for Ready. My father is a retired Navy Chief so I grew up in the Navy but I didn’t realize that this was my calling until after 10 years or so of actually doing the job.  I really enjoyed what I was doing but wanted to achieve more so I could take better care of the people who supported me.

I is for Individual. My mother, Georginia Ardinger.  She is energetic and full of life.  She has worked very hard her entire life and has expected nothing in return.  She is the main reason I am where I am today.

C is for Continue. Failure is not in my vocabulary nor will I let it control me or anyone I know.   When things get hard then you need to try harder, knock on more doors and be there for those around you because people count on you and I don’t want to let them down.

K is for Key. The one thing I can say is when you look into the mirror and if you feel you have done all you could today and feel satisfied with what you have accomplished for the day then you are on the right track.

I am not perfect and I make mistakes but I try to fix those mistakes and move on to the next.  I don’t dwell in the past because of them but if I need to change something then I do it.  There is a bright future for everyone and if you think it will just fall into your lap then you are the lucky one I guess.  I have to strive for it and I encourage others to do the same.