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DERRICK Interview with Indra Public Relations CEO MJ Pedone

December 14, 2012

MJPedoneEncouragement 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 MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.

MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.

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

My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with  entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most.  They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.

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

I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.

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

I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school.  I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.

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

I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.

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

Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation.  Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.

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

The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can.  Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.

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

 Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics.  Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody.  Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.

Visit MJ Pedone for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Running Wild Films Co-Founder Travis Mills

November 28, 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 Travis Mills. After growing up in Ecuador and the Comoro Islands near Africa, he settled in Phoenix, AZ. His youthful interest in film turned into a lifelong passion and he has pursued directing through school and outside of it in his adult years. Travis has made more than 30 short films in Arizona and two full length movies.  Travis is a storyteller. Travis Mills is the Director/Co-Founder of Running Wild Films.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

My dream is to develop a local cinema here in Arizona that is supported by the community and also has an international audience online. These would be self-sustaining films, produced and released outside of Hollywood, and featuring local actors/crews, highlighting local businesses, and telling local stories. In the last two years, I believe that with Running Wild Films, my team and I have started to lay the foundation for a true local cinema in Arizona.

R is for Resource. What resource do you have that makes you stand out or unique?

Our resource to this community is that we are committed to staying here. In film, most everyone wants to leave for L.A. at some point. We are not interested in that; we are committed to this place. So we are a consistent and dedicated business for the community to rely on and support, and we offer experience to all ages and skill levels interested in working on movies.

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

After seeing the direction most filmmakers took out of film school and being somewhat disillusioned with the limitations of being a filmmaker, my partner Gus and I realized the potential for a different kind of movie-making and that we had the freedom to create something new and vital here. That was a little more than two years ago and our passion has grown more and more.

I is for Individual. Can you name at least one person that we should learn more about and why?

Gus Edwards is a person anyone would be lucky and honored to know. He is an incredible source of knowledge about film, but also a great voice of liberation. He sees what film could be and encourages his peers/students to break new ground.

C is for Continue. When things look bleak what makes you want to continue?

When we fail, and we value our failures as much as our successes, it is our passion for storytelling that keeps us going. I am not doing this because it is “fun”. I am making films because I have to, it’s an undeniable part of me that I am not willing to ignore. When things get tough, I remember that I have no choice, I must continue.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for others?

Dive in without any hesitation. My favorite filmmaker Werner Herzog said that making a movie is like jumping off a skyscraper. You must take the leap and then embrace the fall. It’s a disturbing image on the surface, but an inspiring one beneath it. I think you must fully embrace your vision in any creative effort and not look back.

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

To anyone, I encourage you to stay where you are. Look at the place around you, value its people, its places, its stories. As the world gets bigger with the internet, I believe that we can and should focus more on the places, people and things around us more.

Visit Travis Mills for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Personal Development Trainer Dr. Joe Rubino

October 24, 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 Dr. Joe Rubino who is an acclaimed personal development trainer, life-changing success & life-optimization coach & best-selling author of 12 books in 24 languages. To subscribe to his FREE newsletters, learn more about his life-impacting coaching, and courses or to read about his books, visit www.CenterForPersonalReinvention.com and http://www.SelfEsteemSystem.com

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

My dream or vision is to impact the lives of 20 million children and 20 million adults to live their best lives with soaring self-esteem, a positive expectation for the future and a commitment to champion others. My Self-Esteem Elevation and Life Coaching Certification programs www.highselfesteemkids.com and www.lifeoptimizationcoaching.com are attracting legions of light-bearers committed to impacting the lives of others. Through impacting others to impact others, I will realize my dream and we will shift the consciousness of our planet from anger, scarcity, violence, and fear to love, compassion, contribution, and empowerment.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Seeing people possess the courage to make right choices that align with their commitments and values rather than their petty concerns encourages me. I am humbled and moved by the awesome magnificence that every person possesses when they follow their hearts and intuition, manage their negative self-talk and act selflessly rather than from ego and fear.

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

My gift is creating structures and programs that allow others to win, to live their best lives, enhance their relationships, attract abundance, happiness, fulfilling work and peace of mind. Some of these programs include:

www.theselfesteembook.com

www.highselfesteemkids.com

www.lifeoptimizationcoaching.com

www.centerforpersonalreinvention.com

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

At the age of 37, I was a resigned extreme introvert who did not believe in myself, was unaware of my gifts, was not living my life purpose and was not honoring my values or contributing significantly to the world. By entering into a rigorous personal development program, I got clear about what this was costing me in terms of my health, happiness, values, life purpose, and potential for living my best life. I decided to reinvent myself and teach others how to also reinvent themselves to be abundant, happy, fulfilled, possess rich relationships and live without regrets.

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

The world is full of our teachers. When you become clear about what you need to grow and learn, those teachers will show up for you. We recommend a new life-impacting teacher several times a week for you at www.selfesteemsystem.com.

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

I know that every problem contains a gift within it for my growth and understanding. Life is a process of learning and growing and when things look bleak, I must ask myself “Who am I being that this is showing up in my?” “What do I need to learn to break through this challenge?” “What’s good about this problem?” Responsibility means having the ability to respond in any situation to be able to learn, grow and manifest your intentions into reality. By seeing the future as not only exciting, but inevitably positive and inspiring, I am self-motivated to do whatever it takes to realize my dreams.

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

Get clarity regarding your commitments. We are all committed to something…most of us are committed to our convenience.

Embrace, welcome and look for problems rather than try to avoid them. Within each problem lies a breakthrough we need for our personal and spiritual growth.

Take responsibility for everything that shows up around you. Not like it’s your fault, but to empower you to learn and become more.

Honor and remain true to your values.

Take the focus off of your petty concerns and play large with a commitment to impacting others. Make a commitment to leave each person a bit better than you found them.

Be a visionary. Know that you have the awesome power to manifest any vision you believe in.

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

Yes, know that every day offers an infinite number of new opportunities for growth. You can be aware of the possibilities, watch for the serendipities, live intentionally, and believe in yourself, live with love and positive expectation. There is great support for you to step into your magnificence, live your life purpose (we all have one), share your gifts with others, and realize your vision for a life that honors you and others. Live with love.

Visit Dr. Joe Rubino for more information


Today’s word is Trash

February 13, 2012

Pull out a piece of paper and write down everything in your life that is not of value. Ball it up and throw away your trash.

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