DERRICK Interview with Inspirational Jewel Dr. Virginia LeBlanc

October 15, 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 Dr. Virginia LeBlanc who is a Speaker, singer, coach, consultant, educator and is the bestselling author of Love the Skin YOU’RE In: How to Conquer Life through Divergent Thinking. A highly sought-after expert with a breadth of experience across industries, she employs knowledge and know-how through her company Defining Paths to transform client circumstances from the inside out.

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

My dreams are ever changing as I check off the list and have a revelation in my purpose. Perhaps the biggest “dreams” I have achieved to date are:

1) living and loving from the inside out;

2) becoming a published author; and

3) becoming a leader, influencer, and transformer of lives and entities for the better.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My faith, the abundant availability of grace, and the power of love encourage me. Also, knowing that I can and do make a difference on a daily basis gives me encouragement.

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

I am a multi-disciplined subject matter expert who has mastered the art of convergence in know-how transference across diverse industries through divergent thinking.

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

Are we ever truly ready? As we move in our purpose, we become ready and equipped every day. You will not know until you test the waters. I made the decision to step out in faith when a host of circumstances converged pointing me in that direction, and I could no longer ignore that calling.

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

This answer will always be Jesus. Walking after his example and teachings keep, correct, ground, and sustain me in love, empowerment, and peace that transcends my own understanding. When you understand how to love unconditionally, sacrifice for a greater good, and reach others through servant leadership, your perspective changes, and all of a sudden, life makes sense and is worth living.

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

Most importantly, I never fail, only gain lessons learned; it’s a mindset. My faith and the spirit within me mute fear of failure and activates/emboldens the fight in me.

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

Keys to success for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders: Tune into YOUR channel; manage YOUR reality; and think divergently. Follow YOUR path to purpose, do what you were meant to do, and always be you. It may take time to figure it out, but you will figure it out, if you keep trying. Stay in the ring and ALWAYS get up from the mat!

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

A holistic approach to life is a must including the exercising of faith. Let go of fear and jump. You will find the net. It may be a little or a lot lower than you thought but you will find it. If nothing else, and faith scares you, it is the law of attraction.

Visit Dr. Virginia LeBlanc online at http://definingpaths.info for more information.

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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.

 


DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement 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 Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

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

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

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

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

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

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

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

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

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

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

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

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

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

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

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

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

Connect with Mario Simone on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.


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.

Dream:

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.

Education:RonWalkerBook

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.

Resource:

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.

Ready:

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.

Individual:

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.

Challenges:

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 Writer, Producer and Advocate Yvonne Pierre

September 2, 2015

YvonnePierreEncouragement 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 Yvonne Pierre who is an award-winning writer, producer and advocate. She is a proud wife and mom of two sons, Zyair (her oldest) and Zyon (her youngest). Zyon has Down syndrome and is the motivation behind many of her empowering projects. Yvonne has written stage plays, a short film and is the author of “The Day My Soul Cried.”

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

My desire is to allow God to use me to make a positive impact in this world. My passion is storytelling in various forms. My focus is to successfully create timeless stories that will be read or watched for years to come. In the future, I pray that the success of my films and books will enable me to invest into other people whose dream is to make a positive change in the disabled community.

My wish is for my children, husband, family and friends to have a relationship with God, be in good health, happy, fulfilled spiritually and blessed beyond measure.

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

It is amazing that I evolved into a writer. I could barely read when I graduated from high school. I wasn’t a fan of education, because of my battle with reading and writing. To make a long story short, I realized that I needed to go to college. Initially, I failed the entry exam. But after a month of studying hard, I went back and passed it. I knew it was going to be hard, but giving up wasn’t an option. I was tired of being a failure and running. I sacrificed my social life and fully committed to my education. I was hungry for knowledge. That was in the mid 90’s. Today, I’m working on my second Master degree.  I received my Executive Master in Business Administration in 2010. I will be receiving my Master in English/Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction in 2017. No, I don’t have to get a Master’s to be a successful writer, it is a personal goal. I learned the hard way the importance of education.

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

I bring knowledge and passion for telling stories that uplift, empower and are thought-provoking.

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

I didn’t even think about if I were ready or not. I just jumped. Thinking back, I would say I was ready when fear could not immobilize me. I still have fear and occasionally doubt, but I use it to push me to be prepared. There was a time when all my excuses seemed logical, until I was ready to see beyond the excuses and obstacles.

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

There are a few of individuals that come to mind are my husband, son and an artist named Kayla.  My husband, Steffan Cooks’ vision is to empower indie music artist by providing them with the tools they need to be successful in this business through his company Hungry Artiz.   My son, Zyair is an awesome music producer currently in school for audio engineering. Hungry Artiz client, Kayla Wyatt is a 13 year old, multi-talented artist (singer, writer, actress, and model) currently working on the release of her first single, “Stand Tall,” an uplifting, anti-bullying song.

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

There’s a quote by an unknown author that says, “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it come from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” For me, the challenges were harder to overcome when my focus was me. But when I began to focus on the purpose and message of the visions God placed in me, nothing was impossible. I began to get clarity and a better understanding of my purpose. This journey isn’t about me. I am a vessel. Once I understood that, doors began to open. Rejection and obstacles didn’t seem so bad anymore. Challenges bring discomfort and uncertainty. I had to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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

There are several keys to success such focus, determination, willingness to learn, forward-thinking, self-motivation, promotion, networking and most importantly committing to the vision. But I wanted to touch on self-promotion. Over the years, I’ve come across a lot of business owners and professionals who shared with me that they are afraid to talk about what they do, in fear of people thinking they are bragging. I do understand. I was the same way. Until, I realize that I was missing out on opportunities, people simply didn’t know. It dawned on me, why would I expect people to know about “my” business when I wouldn’t talk about it? There are ways to talk about your business without bragging, by focusing on the purpose and mission. For example, when I had a radio show, I promoted the topic and the guest. You cannot care about what people think. Okay, we all care, but it shouldn’t be to the point of allowing other people opinions to hindering or blocking you from opportunities, blessings and living a fulfilled life.

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

I have been advocating positive Down syndrome (Ds) Awareness since 2005. I thought I was doing something that would empower the Ds community, but this journey empowered me. Take a moment to check out the Rise eMag at www.theriseawards.com. There’s information on there about Down syndrome, highlights from the Rise Awards and what the awards is about. But most importantly, read the 2014 recipients’ stories, be inspired and pass it on.

Thank you very much for this opportunity, Derrick. I wish you continued blessings!

Visit Yvonne Pierre for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Student Life Manager Rick Daniels

July 23, 2014

RickDanielsEncouragement 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 Rick Daniels who is the Manager of Student Life at Rock Valley College. He received his bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2008 and his Master’s in Higher Education in from the same institution in 2011.

Today, Rick’s personal mission is to empower, impact and encourage the lives of students everywhere. He speaks on issues concerning leadership, diversity, Greek life, and is considered by many to be one of the best event hosts in the country; having hosted events for the National Black Greek Leadership Conference, The National Step Show Alliance, Disney youth Programs, and colleges and universities across the nation. Rick is happily married and a father of three, Christian, Madison, and Morgan Daniels. Rick is currently on the Go Hard or Go Home Student Leadership tour his personal mission to impact the lives of students at over 50 colleges, universities, high schools, and community organizations nationwide!

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

*         I have many dreams! However the two most pressing are moving forward in the field of higher education and continuing my speaking/writing career. Throughout my short career I have been blessed to receive two degrees, a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Higher Education. I am also the author of Tap Dancing Without Shoes: The History of Stepping and the Impact on Greek Life and Popular Culture.  I’ve also been fortunate to launch a successful speaking tour, the “Go Hard or Go Home Student Leadership” tour.  This platform has enabled me to speak to over 150 colleges, universities, and organizations worldwide.

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

*         As previously stated, I am blessed to have two degrees to my name and will be attending Northern Illinois University in the fall to pursue my Doctorate in Educational Psychology. I use my education daily in my position as Student Life Manager at Rock Valley College. However, I’ve learned more behind the desk than I ever did in the classroom and therefore learn something new each day, which compliments the education that I have already received.

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

*         The best resource I can offer is my story!  As a former student leader, I have been able to use my personal story to uplift and encourage students across the nation to keep moving forward in their educational journeys.

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

*         The very first day on the job. As I pulled into the parking lot I heard the still, small voice of God tell me that this was where I was supposed to be.

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

*         James Robilotta. He is an incredible speaker who has a truly inspiring story on leadership. Anyone who comes into contact will agree that he is a genuine spirit.

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

*         My biggest challenge was overcoming the mindset of failure and complacency that plagued my thinking upon graduating high school. I was fortunate enough to grow up with all of the ingredients of a good home but made the decision to slack off in school, which seriously hindered me when it was time to move forward with my education. I overcame this by reversing the previous decision and making the conscious effort to succeed no matter what!

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

*         Decide to be a success! Success and failure in life often come down to decision making and strategic planning. Some people make the decision to be negative, to be lazy, or to fail! The key to success is deciding that no matter what, I will move forward and I will win!

Visit Rick Daniels for more information.


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.

Visit Mr. Tycoon for more information.