Today’s episode is going to be short and sweet.

This year was truly successful in so many ways and I want to highlight the 3 things that aided in my success for 2018.

And the first was that I made a DECISION!


Despite all the things I had on my plate: a super busy full time job, a young family, two active kids, this podcast, clients who demand more and more time, speaking opportunities, and more… I had a goal to begin my Branding course. It made absolutely no logical sense trying to plan it for this year.

But this branding academy is part of my 10 year Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGS) and I decided it would happen in 2018. Despite all that I mentioned above, I essentially lit my boats a fire by announcing in August that the course was going live in BETA in October.

That decision was the trigger. Once I decided, that was it. All the issues and challenges that the devil threw at me, I just smiled and kept pushing. It was absolutely insane what had to happen to make this a reality though. So don’t think it just came together. There are many many nights I’d wake up with my head buried in my laptop at 2am. Didn’t know when I went to sleep. And just kept going. And here’s the thing. I still don’t think the course is all the way complete. I launched at what I feel is 60-70% of where I envision it going and being, but my students who are applying themselves are geeking and finding tremendous value in that.

I do remember someone saying to me that “Your 10% can be someone else’s 100

So if you’re stalling on your calling, as brother Shawn Dove would often say, it’s time you made your DECISION, get off the fence and just jump in.

People who succeed aren’t lucky. They don’t have more brains, or more opportunity than you. The only difference is that they decided to take action.

People do what they make up their minds to do!

So step one is to DECIDE!!!!

The second step that lead to this year’s successes was that I was highly intentional and deliberate to SERVE others


Earl Nightingale says:

Our rewards in life will always be in exact proportion to our contribution or service 

The money you are paid by the company you work for, will always be in direct ratio to the need for what you do, your ability to do it, and the degree of difficulty involved in replacing you.

It’s time you stop looking at ways to charge for every last thing you do. I’m sick of seeing people who focus so much on the monetary gain. They lead with the dollar. I’m going to tell you this, not a single morsel of my success of this podcast would have come if I lead with what I could earn.

In fact, I LOVE this podcast so much that I’ve done it for the past 3 years and from the start it was never about what I could earn from it. My sole goal was to SERVE and contribute something I thought the world needed.

What’s that returned? So much more than I could ever have imagined. I’ve had the accolades and features, and I’ve now been heard by 155,000 across 110 countries around the world. This year we got featured on the home page of Apple and I spoke on stages at Podcast Movement and Mid Atlantic Podcast Conference.

There are many of you who have followed my journey and you now know me. You know, like and trust me. You know my family, you know my likes and dislikes and we’ve developed a relationship.

Because of that, I’ve not had to solicit a 2 year sponsorship with CBMA that helped offset the expenses of producing the show.

So I am a living example of Earl Nightingale’s words from 50 or 60 years ago. My rewards on this show are the direct result of my focus to serve you. My focus was and is never on the dollar. It’s to produce the best possible interviews with today’s most successful black professionals. It’s to bring tremendous value by way of the knowledge, resources and tools of today’s most accomplished. That’s been the mission from day 1.

What’s your mission? Who are you serving? 

Get clear on that. If you do that, I promise the money will follow.

The last and most important step in this year’s success foundation was my focus to BUILD A LEGACY.


Many of you have heard me say in the past that your legacy are the seeds you plant in a garden you will never likely see.

Your legacy are the seeds you plant in a garden you will never see.

What seeds are you planting? 

When you are 65 or 70, what will your life be worth? What will you have accomplished? What will you have left your children and the world? How will the world be better because you were here?

Take some time in this holiday season to answer those questions.

Here’s the amazing beauty in today’s nuggets of wisdom. It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through. It doesn’t matter what your financial situation is today. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, married or single, rich or poor.

You can DECIDE, SERVE and take steps to leave a LEGACY.

You’ve got the GOLD (G O L D) all between your ears. You’ve got a GOLD MIND. It’s time to reframe your mindset and begin to get clear on your goals, your mission, your vision for 2019 and beyond. It’s time to reframe your focus to serving others, knowing that your rewards will come when you’ve helped and contributed and served others. And by doing these things, you will leave this world better than when you entered it. You will leave a harvest for the next gen.

Friends, I hope this has been helpful. Much love and have a blessed week.

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