DERRICK Interview with Motivational Speaker and Author Jonathan Rivers

February 12, 2018

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 Jonathan Rivers who has as a BS in Marketing from Auburn University and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Rivers is married to his wife Erica and they have four children; Kingston, Ezra Adah and Titus. He is also an author, motivational speaker, professional development consultant and youth coach and mentor.

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

My dream is to travel around the world with the purpose of transforming mindsets through speaking, encouraging and enlightening. I plan to create a program that sends young men and women to leadership camps to build their acumen and leadership skills, which they will bring back to the community and share with their peers.

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

I have my BS in Marketing from Auburn University and my MBA from the University of Phoenix. I consistently speak about the principles I learned in college such as the product life cycle and human capital. I also discuss my experiences of discovering my purpose, overcoming adversity and building relationships.

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

I consider myself unique because of my versatility. I am a powerful and passionate storyteller with knowledge and experience because of my background as a former collegiate athlete, high school educator, motivational speaker and believer in Christ.

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

I realized I was ready to run my own speaking and consulting business when I was laid off from the University of Phoenix in 2014. I applied for at least 40 jobs and got told no every single time. I then knew I wasn’t being told no to anyone’s organization; I was being told yes to my purpose!

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

Darren Palmer is my publisher, one of my mentors and a driven individual. He is the owner of his own self publishing company (selfpublish-N-30days) and he has helped me step into a new level of greatness. His vision and preciseness regarding his professional direction is inspiring and beneficial to anyone.

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

I was abandoned by my father at birth and raised by a single mother. I was sexually abused as a child and involved in multiple life threatening car accidents. There was a time I only had $30 in my checking account but I did not allow those circumstances to make me a victim because I chose to allow them to make me a victor.

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

1. Do not compere yourself to anyone else! God made each of us in his mold, but unique in our own way. Everyone has a purpose and it is not predicated on being just like the next person. Work to be better than you were yesterday, rather than being better than someone else.

2. Be intentional about everything in your life! Too many people live life on cruise control with a laissez faire attitude because they don’t care what may transpire. If you don’t intentionally create your road to success, you are creating your road to mediocrity.

3. Learn, Learn, Learn! Continue to research what it is that you want to pursue in life. Do not allow the opportunity to learn be stripped because of arrogance or your perception of a specific source. Life is a teaching tool and it needs to be observed.

Visit www.Jonathanbamrivers.com for more information.

 


Professional Development DAILY Message for Tuesday April 12th, 2016

April 11, 2016

“Don’t lose your career because of how you treat a PEER (Purpose Employment Energy is Required).”   ”

 

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


Encourage Students and Staff to BUILD Relationships

April 20, 2015
Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes became an entrepreneur during his First Year of college at Tennessee State University by starting a business with three packs of hotdogs in a dorm room with a friend.

As a business owner Hayes was able to network and build relationships with students and staff on campus that he is still in touch with today.

Hayes saw the need to teach the lessons he learned so that students and staff would understand the value in relationship building. Through the word BUILD Hayes shares 5 simple strategies that every student or staff can do to improve on a regular basis.

B – Become You

U – Understand Your Uniqueness to Reach Your Peak

I – Invest In Your Future Through Networking

L – Learn From Past Relationships

D – Develop Others

Hayes presents his timely workshops at meetings and events and has been featured as the keynote speaker at several conferences sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Clarion University, Columbus State University, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

Derrick Hayes is never selfish with his success and uses his network to BUILD relationships with others by providing them with guest blogging opportunities, publicity with DERRICK Interviews, recognition on his blog Today’s Honoree and motivation with The DAILY Message and the Android and iPhones app Motivation To Your Mobile.

For more information contact:

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

WOE (Word Of Encouragement) Enterprises

P.O. Box 8702

Columbus, GA 31908

info@derrickhayes.com

http://www.DerrickHayes.com

(706) 615-1662


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.


DERRICK Interview with Veteran Miyoko Hikiji

October 25, 2013

MiyokoBookCoverEncouragement 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 Miyoko Hikiji who joined the active duty Army in 1995 and served three years as a supply clerk at military bases in Louisiana and Texas before returning to her home state of Iowa where she attended Iowa State University. While studying journalism and mass communication and psychology, she continued to serve part-time with the Iowa Army National Guard as a supply clerk and truck driver. She deployed to Iraq for a year from 2003-04 and her experience as a female combat veteran is the crux of her memoir titled “All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq.”

Miyoko was honorable discharged after 9 years of service, with 12 military decorations, and since 2005 she has worked as a writer, actress and model.

Miyoko is an advocate for veterans, especially in the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Suicide. These topics, which effect a large percentage of the military population from the previous decade of wars, are the subjects she is investigating for her second book.

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

My dream is to be open minded to the gifts of the people and the world around me to live with an attitude of gratitude for the blessings of my life. I want to connect the strengths and talents of people in order to close the gaps and met needs, whether they be business, financial, social or emotional. I want to make a difference, no matter how small, each day, turning negative energy to positive in the world we share.

My goals, more concretely, are to pursue a master’s degree in journalism or creative writing, write a second non-fiction book, a sequel to my deployment memoir about post traumatic stress, military sexual drams, substance abuse and all the related challenges of veterans, especially women veterans, reintegrating to civilian life.

I want to continue to raise the awareness and education of the non-uniformed population about these issues and be a leader in the non-governmental, non-profit initiatives to help struggling veterans now.

Earlier in the year, my first book, “All I Could Be: My Story as a woman in Iraq,” was published by History Publishing.  It was a tremendous undertaking, but I can see now, that writing a book was only the launching pad for a much larger mission. I have joined forces with seven women vets to form the first National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau aimed at promoting a positive image of women and I am also the spokesperson for the military sexual trauma initiative for the Veterans National Recovery Center.

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

I have two BS degrees from Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communication and Psychology.  My media studies got me in the habit of scanning news stories, asking questions others are uncomfortable asking and many are hesitant to answer in plain truth. It also taught me to be a lifelong student of life to always wonder, search and learn.

My psychology studies helped me to view many mental disorders as challenges instead of illnesses, and many as manageable and treatable. Particularly in the realm of traumatic stress. I saw how the brain and body’s reaction was a normal response to extraordinary circumstances and that social support and help with others stressors, like homelessness or unemployment, can have a significant impact in helping a person win back their best self.

Through both courses of  study, I learned to listen compassionately to the stories of others.  Everyone has a great story inside.

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

My greatest resources are my abilities to communicate with clarity and passion as a writer and a speaker. What is unique about me is the fact that I have lived a soldier’s story, but don’t look like GI Joe. In fact, I now work part-time as an actress, a profession that some would label as quite opposite military life.  I see the two as having similarities life. There’s a different set of skills and a different uniform, but a similar level of commitment and preparedness. Good soldiers don’t miss “mission time”working actresses don’t miss “call time.” Both also require a high level of boldness and ability to think on your feet.

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

I knew I was both ready and moving in the direction of my destiny when I got those first few calls for interviews about my book prior to its publication. Some of the interview questions were difficult, complex or personal but I felt comfortable, articulate and in the right place at the right time.  It was time to raise the visibility of women in the military and I suddenly knew I was supposed to be a part of that movement. It was powerful feeling.

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

Photographer Ben Easter. I have a soft place in my heart for artists, of all mediums, that use their talents to not only express beauty and emotion, but do so for a greater good. Ben has a beautiful spirit  and easily connects with people through the lens of his camera to tell their stories. He has generously donated his time, talent and resources to create exhibits to raise money for children with Down Syndrome and children with an incarcerated parent. He also photographed my book cover, which I constantly receive compliments for.  Though Ben is already highly successful, I anticipate seeing his name attached to many projects in the future and I look forward to celebrating those with him and hopefully working with him again.

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

I came from a fairly large family of five brothers and sisters and I was the youngest. So, there was a lot of competition for my parents attention and considerable pressure for me to be as good in sports, music and athletics as my siblings, who were all very talented. My parents were only 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants, so they were hard working, but poor. College savings was not available to me. That’s the biggest reason I joined the military at 18 to earn the GI Bill.

I think there are also challenges embedded in being a minority, especially in a nearly all Caucasian state like Iowa. Many of my peers growing up, and some adults, displayed over discrimination and used racial slurs. Combatting their ignorance and developing thick skin prepared me for the greater challenge of being a woman in the military. My first duty assignment in 1995 was with a combat unit and had only recently opened its ranks to women in the few jobs labeled as “non-combat.” The women made up only about 3% of the unit and we had to overcome stereotypes and unfair treatment. Outside of my deployment to Iraq in 2003-04, that first year in the military was the most physically and mentally challenging experience of my life.

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

Don’t discount anyone. Many of the connections you make later in your career will originate from some of your first work relationships and friends, Movers and shakers from disparate industries often come together as leaders to promote community prosperity. Everyone is connected; always be professional. Also, a lesson I learned early on from one of my mentors was that it was my responsibility, at each rung of the career ladder that I climb, to reach down and pull someone up. The best position to be in is in the middle using the help of another to climb up while being the help someone else needs to achieve their next goal. Depositing into the dream accounts of others is one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make.

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

Trust yourself. You’ll make mistakes, especially if you take risks, But risks are required to actualize opportunity and the risk is often proportionate to the loss or gain. While we always want to gather information and trusted advice, at the end of the day the decision is yours and your path is unique. You will not get to where you need to go following in anyone else’s precise footsteps. Learn to adapt and don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way. You must pause and be thankful for the joys and blessings in order to have the emotional fuel required to keep charging ahead.

Visit Miyoko Hikiji for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Daddy Everyday Author Delonso Barnes

September 30, 2013

DaddyEverydayEncouragement 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 Delonso Barnes, who is an author, filmmaker and marketing consultant based out of McDonough, Georgia, a city outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta and Thomas Edison State College in the fields of Music Entertainment Management and Marketing respectively. Barnes’ is a husband and father of two sons.

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

My ultimate dream has always been to make a living (at least equal to what I am making now) in entertainment, music in specifically. However, when I became a father in 2005, the focus moved to assisting others in realizing their dreams. I guess being a father figure to my son shifted my professional aspirations. Now, using my creativity and marketing know -how is how I want to make my living and make my dream a reality

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

My educational background consists of an AA in Music Entertainment Management from The Art Institute of Atlanta and a BSBA in Marketing from Thomas Edison State College. Life itself have educated me rather assisting bands in their marketing and promotional efforts or brainstorming with small business owners on strategizing their businesses.

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

My resources are truly at their highest when I’m passionate about the project. When I’m passionate, my creativity, dedication, previous experiences and business sense really shine. I can develop simple marketing plans for projects but when my heart is in it, my strategizing is on another level.

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

Currently, I’m in the middle of marketing and promoting my first book entitled, Daddy Everyday. To be honest I wasn’t ready for this or even wanted to write it. The concept of writing a book about changing the negative perception of black fathers was placed on my heart from the Almighty and intensified by raising my two sons. In addition to Daddy Everyday, I’m in production of a documentary entitled, The East Atlanta Project, about the struggles and life of black hip-hop, punk and rock musicians performing in and out of Atlanta. Music is my roots and I have always been ready for this, just didn’t know my place. I actually had to stop production of the documentary because writing Daddy Everyday was my purpose and I couldn’t do anything else until it was written.

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

One individual in my network others should learn more about is Roy Cummings. His thirst for knowledge and then ability to turn that knowledge into know-how e.g. like photography, graphic design and communication , makes him a valuable asset to a network.

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

The challenges I have experienced throughout my pursuit of happiness, happiness being working for myself, have been self-inflicted. Procrastination and fear have crippled my progress and focus. Only way to combat procrastination and fear is quite simple in theory, but can be complicated in execution. The solution is, take action. I simply started writing for the book and filming for the documentary. Then I reached out for a little assistance, which also forced accountability on my part. Once I got things rolling, my procrastination reduced, still around though. My fears have subsided and I’m courageous in my business dealings.

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

Research, plan and do it. Regardless of what people say, do it. If you fail, pivot your plan and try again. If you are passionate about your business, don’t let anything derail your focus and dedication.

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

If you are looking for motivation or inspiration, you don’t have to look no farther than the person in the mirror. Envision yourself living your dream and let that be your inspiration.

Visit Delonso for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Former NBA Player and Entrepreneur Jonathan Bender

August 5, 2013
Photo by JB Intensive

Photo by JB Intensive

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  Jonathan Bender a former NBA pro and now philanthropist and entrepreneur who serves as CEO of JB Intensive, which markets his own medical device invention—the JB Intensive Trainer therapeutic solution that generally relieves chronic knee, hip and back pain and helps athletes reach fitness or training goals.

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

My dream is to build a great business empire and share my success and entrepreneur secrets with others to plant hope within their lives and to help guide them to their vision of success.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Knowing that God has me in the palm of his hand and he is in the driver’s seat encourages me to move forward.

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

My energy, consistency, determination and will to finish gives me an advantage when getting a job done.

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

I realized I was ready when I answered the question of what do I want out of life, then I was forced to create the roadmap and follow it.

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

Christ, because he is the beginning and the end and nothing can be done without him. He is everything!

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

Failing is how we learn , you see a failure is really a success in disguised as long as we learn something from it you should step out actually knowing what to do the next time.

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

First understanding what you want at the end of the day. Second explore what makes you tick and what gifts and talents that you have. Third research someone who has what you want and lives the life that you want that is doing what you inspire to do. Fourth move right away. Things do not have to be perfect you cannot side step failure, it will always come but make sure you learn from it every time and press forward.

Visit Jonathan Bender for more information.


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
“stuck.”

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.

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DERRICK Interview with Yoga Expert Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

February 25, 2013

AcharyaYogaEncouragement 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 Acharya Sri Khadi Madama who is a veteran speaker, workshop leader and special retreat host of 40 years.  Visionary, celebrity and author, she has a lot to share on a variety of subjects.  She is among the prestigious speakers listed with MPI (Meeting Planners International) and has bridged several speaking genres from motivational, spiritual, wellness, stress management and, of course, on the subject of Yoga.

Because of her versatility as a speaker, she has spoken to Realtors, health care professionals, at beauty trade shows, expos, museums, radio, college campuses, corporations and TV.

D  is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you  achieved?

My dream is to be able to start a non-profit organization in order to create a safe community for homeless women and children living in India by  creating a “pod project” of small bungalows created out of modified storage pods  that are self sufficient ie, solar panel to heat water, rooftop gardens. They  would be in safe gated communities with a large common house in the center for a  community kitchen and baths. The pods, although tiny would provide shelter. The  common house would also offer classes in reading, writing, and other Artisan crafts to help make the women independent.

In 2009, I received the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India Award) from the NRI Welfare Society, an esteemed organization that works very closely with the Indian Government. As far as I know, I am the only non-Indian origin person to  have received this award, which is usually reserved for NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) living abroad who help to sustain Indian culture around the globe. It  has been my dream to use my award status to gain visibility and credibility to  start the pod project.

E  is for Encourage. What encourages you?

This is a very difficult question because there is not one answer. I just seem to have this continuous flow of imagination that doesn’t seem to have a  limit. I am a prolific writer in several genres and a lot of creative energy. I  also have a passion for trying to make the world a better place. I’m blessed  with not needing others to encourage me. I’m usually the one encouraging them.

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

My imagination; accountability; follow throw; positive attitude; good time management and I know how to take care of myself as well as know when it’s time  to rest until my battery is recharged. I’m also good at saying no, when it needs  to be said.

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

Ideas incubate pretty quickly for me. As a writer, once I get an idea, I just start to write. I never have writer’s block and I never run out of ideas or  concepts. As for the pod project, it has been a very long running idea that I am  still not sure of how to bring to fruition, but having friends now retiring to  India, where I’ll be able to spend time, will make it a lot easier.

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

James Redfield. Author of the Celestine Prophecy. James is a true visionary of our times. He runs the Global Prayer Project for twice monthly  prayer/visualization and they are wonderful. Although I am a bit of a visionary myself, I rely on others to illuminate my own path.

Sarah Ban Breathnach. Author of Simple Abundance; Peace and Plenty; Something More, Moving On and more. Sarah is another visionary but probably doesn’t realize just how much of one she is.

The above two authors are my faves. I will read anything they write over and over again.

Chellie Campbell.  Author and financial stress relief visionary of The Wealthy Spirit. Her inspirational message is a salve for the challenging shifts  in the economy. Chellie is fabulous and friendly. This New York Best Seller List  author answers her own phone!!! She is truly inspiring.

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

I am an avid martial artist with 4 black belts, in 4 halls of fame and an author on the subject as well. as a warrior, I do not ever back down. when I  feel like I’ve gone 5 rounds with Tyson, I let myself crawl into bed with some  camomile tea and honey, darken the room, light a candle; maybe do a crossword  puzzle to reset my brain, let myself doze off and when I awaken, I’m ready to  get back up and start over again until I find the right solution. I also ask for  Divine Guidance.

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

Be VERY organized. Even the little things count. When the day doesn’t go right–you can’t get a hold of anyone, the mail is slow, no one is returning  phone calls—organize your desk, your files, your to do list. Pay attention to  small details. Freshen your office. This shifts the energy. Do some  affirmations, take a walk in the garden. do martial arts, yoga. Do something completely opposite to create an energetic pendulum effect. Call someone up and  ask what you can do for them? Remember: Tomorrow is another day; Look at things  differently and find another way.

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

February 14, 2013

DrWillEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

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

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

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

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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