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

 

 

 


DERRICK Interview with Strategist Liora Farkovitz

March 18, 2013

LioraForkivitzEncouragement 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 Strategist Liora Farkovitz who was born “Mary Beth Bundy”, called “Beth Stein” while she was married the first time and had her three wonderful children. She eventually came to be known as Liora when she began using her Hebrew name in 2006 and then very proudly married artist Louis Farkovitz in 2010.

Liora often reflects on how she evolved from the daughter of an engineer that moved all over the Eastern US, a social work student seeking justice;  a business woman in the Information Technology field, an entrepreneur; her Judaic spiritual sense of the world, a mother, a social advocate, researcher, an author and a publisher.

Since 2003 Liora has provided business and product development consulting services.  Her primarily focus has been on a fusion of technology and psychological support services that help to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; in all, five different projects or products were developed.  Ongoing research and development is directed more specifically through digital forensics training for attorneys, the judiciary and police academies since she began publishing “The Electronic Advantage” series with editor/co-author, Mindy Nemoff.  The first book and its companion curriculum, “Understanding Technological Evidence for Legal Professionals: 101 the Basics” was published in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Liora’s work in supporting the needs of people with PTSD slowly evolved from medical support products to legal support product development projects between 2005 and 2013. The emphasis is upon helping legal professionals understand the technical basics of digital forensic evidence which is increasingly presented in court proceedings.  Through her project TechnologicalEvidence.com, she blended her strategic marketing and product development business to her intensive research of federal, state and local government policy and funding.  Demonstrating how examining the interior world of litigants and defendants is reflected in their electronic behavior, her projects are helping victims of violence or corruption, effectively present their evidence to the courts or to the world through what they publish.

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

When my first business and marriage failed, I founded Legacy Strategic Development, in order to develop different types of businesses and services that would spread out the risk of having too many eggs in one basket.  I want to be able to create a “Legacy” of success for the people I love so much in this world.  I am working on developing outlets for different types of businesses; my primary focusing being towards justice and safety because I felt I lost custody of my children to my first husband in a circle of circumstances that I believe were unjust.  My second husband is working towards developing his own line of guitars, and I often support his efforts.  We have many publishing projects through Legacy Strategic Development, as well as jewelry and Judaic projects.   I’ve been writing for eForensics Magazine, which was a first for me.  For the future, I hope my children will be interested in these different opportunities and that these businesses will have a future through them.  I hope that they are successful and provide for them financially as well as for my husband and myself.  I am hopeful that our work will help many other people, in a wide variety of ways.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I have been lucky to have very good friends who encourage me, as does the people within my spiritual circle, like my Rabbi does as well as my business partner Dr. Allen Rosenthal who sadly passed away last December.  But most of all my husband Louis encourages me.  He supports me, loves me and pushes me to be willing to face and overcome difficulties, hard realities, and to be strong enough to accept those challenges.  He makes me feel protected and safe and that gives me the foundation to build what I need for the two of us in the future.  He’s family to me, in a way no one else in my life wanted or was willing to be. I am encouraged and inspired by the hope that my children and I will someday have the kind of freedom to just “be” without all the conflict and drama that existed when they were little.

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

Perseverance, tenacity, creativity, traditional values about customer service, a quick mind and a big heart; those are traits that make it possible for me to be successful.  But in addition to these resources, I have a broad knowledge base about creating and running businesses.  I know how to find vendors and supplies for that business, and how to strategically position it to be successful.  I have an ability to dissect situations in a certain way and then regroup the strengths through a new point of view; then we present the elements of those issues and “break them down” in bite sized pieces of information to redirect the focus of our audience – whether they are in court or in the market place.  So, if I am helping an attorney explain to the court the effects of a technology, forensic research, or of a disability in a particular case – I do it in a way that helps them have compassion for our clients.  If someone wants to build their own business then that same analysis is just applied to a commercial end.  It allows me to have an underlying expertise that supports a seeming endless number of topics or concepts.

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

It’s taken a lot of patience to see how my businesses were going to take shape and the kind of potential that would be there.  I was “ready” when I started my first business in 1991, but over time I realized that “I” am not my business, my businesses and projects are more like my children.  They each have their own objectives, needs and goals, and their own formulas to thrive.

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

That’s a hard question to answer because each project has an Individual standing behind it.  I have always wanted my husband, Louis Farkovitz’s work to be appreciated because he’s an amazing artist and he deserves to be celebrated in his own right.  His passion for the last five years has been applying his skill as a master goldsmith and jeweler to the surface of electric guitars – they are gorgeous and one of a kind works of art.  I love seeing his happiness when all goes well.  This theme extends to the authors I publish or narrate for, to be able to share their stories, ideas, or teachings with other people.  I love helping people achieve their goals.   Likewise, I want the parents that benefit from the legal advocacy I do to benefit by being able to overcome the difficulties they face and become better parents.  I want their children to be safer in this world.

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

On the worst days and there are horrible days where I want to hide under a pile of pillows – someone reaches out and has a need that I somehow seem to be custom made to respond to.   Injustice, corruption, or cruelty, dishonesty on an individual level really frustrate me and occasionally I see that kind of thing in a very intimate way.  Increasingly I find that I can be more effective by responding in a systemic way.  But when someone is advocating for a child, or a victim, or the disabled, I seem unable to say “No” to someone that really needs help.  Over the last year, I have begun to apply much more balance to my charitable versus my business life.   My desire to make a positive difference and the renewed belief that I can make a difference – replaces whatever doubt I have had. Sometimes the “C” is capital.  I get frustrated at meager financial resources at times, but, sometimes it forces us to be very Creative so that we can Continue.

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

I thought about writing a book once and calling it “Ass Kicking Business Advice” because we all learn from our mistakes.  While I was considering it I realized something else; that for all of us there are probably a finite number of ways to succeed.  So, each time you eliminate one that won’t work – you’re actually closer to your success – not further away. Statistically, that’s the way it works.

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

At one point in my career I had a tremendous failure.  I lost a business, my family, all of my belongings, and it was excruciating.  I didn’t have many other people to look to in order to figure out what to do next.  You triumph over disappointments by choosing to take the things that were meant to be bad, or even evil, and transforming them into instruments for good.  Every challenge we face can be used for good, often in surprising ways.  I learned that from my faith and a man known as The Kelever Rebbe; and through an author named Gregg Braden who taught “The Gift of the Blessing” on a CD he recorded.

Visit Liora Farkovitz for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Ministry Marketing Expert Pam Perry

November 15, 2012

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 Pam Perry who is a PR Coach, award-winning Social Media Strategist, talk show host and author. Visit www.pamperrypr.com for Branding and PR tips. Her company, Ministry Marketing Solutions, provides online branding, public relations and Marketing Solutions for best-selling authors, nonprofits and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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

To help others launch into their God-given destiny. I have helped more than 500 authors, speakers and ministers over the last 12 years in business. They are shining their LIGHT and making an impact in the world.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Positive people who are purpose-driven.  People who are smart and courageous. I love to read motivational books too.

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

I “get” people and can help them connect to the right people. I have been told that I “break things” down and give people courage to try new things to build their dreams. I have a writing/teaching gift too.

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

I don’t think that way. I don’t analyze that…I just do. I guess I’m always in a state of preparation, learning and education. I set goals and go for it.

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

They should really get to know the voice of God, the Holy Spirit. The Master teacher. Knowing HIM trumps everything. Knowing the voice of God will lead you to prosperity and give you peace and accentuate your wisdom.

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

Knowing that there are others who have had it harder than me that have made. I know I can too. I read tons of biographies. I love the John H. Johnson story.

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

Just one good idea – implemented the right way  – at the right time -with the right connections – can equal millions of dollars.

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

Develop your personal brand and stay true to it. Polish and upgrade your brand – but don’t change it. Stay authentic.

Visit Pam Perry for more information.