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Tammeca Rochester: Navigating the Ultimate Entrepreneurial Pivot | 193

Tammeca Rochester: Navigating the Ultimate Entrepreneurial Pivot | 193

Here are 3  takeaways from today's conversation with Tammeca Rochester of Harlem Cycle:
1. No matter your college degree, you can create the life you want. 
2. No career is absolute. At any point you can pivot and change direction 
3. To open a business you don't need to be the expert but you need to surround yourself with those that are

Our featured guest today is Tammeca Rochester.

Tammeca Rochester is owner and founder of Harlem Cycle, Harlem's 1st and only indoor cycling studio. She has three academic degrees (Mathematics- Spelman College, Mechanical Engineering- The Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stern Business School, New York University), multiple professional certifications, and several awards and honors. In 2016, she decided to turn her passion for fitness and open Harlem's 1st and only indoor cycling studio.

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KEY POINTS FROM TAMMECA:

  • I’m very grateful for my clients who keep coming back and rooting for the business and are willing to extend themselves without being asked.
  • I wanted to get back to the happy place of my childhood, and for me it was always about riding my bike.
  • I wanted to create the same downtown experience uptown with the uptown feel, music and culture.
  • As a new entrepreneur, you have no idea that it will, but everything comes at you in the first year.  
  • I wish I had the courage to make the leap, but I was pushed.
  • Talking about the decisive moment:  “The signs were on the wall for me, but when you realize that you are physically unable to keep up with that schedule, you need to make the leap.”
  • Since I made the leap, we’ve grown exponentially.  I was holding the business back living in two worlds, trying to hold on to my 9-5.”
  • Telling us the secret to the success of Harlem Cycle.  “I’ve always been someone who’s open for input, knowing that I wasn’t the expert.”
  • Lessons of an entrepreneur:  Always look at your numbers and have a little financial cushion for the bad days.
  • Lessons of an entrepreneur:  #1. Negative numbers are real numbers, and they have to come from somewhere.
  • Lessons of an entrepreneur:  #2. Pulling from my current 9 – 5 helped make payroll and keep us afloat the first year.
  • Lessons of an entrepreneur:  #3. Hire slowly.  Fire quickly.
  • Talking about the retention of her high-quality team:  “I couldn’t find the quality of trainer that I wanted, so I created a training program to cultivate the quality that I needed.”
  • Lessons of an entrepreneur:  #4. Remember that you are not the smartest person in the room, and I have had to learn that several times.  Listen to your team.
  • The Harlem Renaissance started in New York and it spread around the world, and so will Harlem Cycle.
  • There’s a manual for everything.  I want this brand to stay the same no matter where I go.
  • We’re making sure we stay true to the brand by putting a couple processes in place, to make sure we always stay the same — the product and experience.
  • Working out is just 50% of the model.  For us the other 50% is all customer service and creating a complete experience from the moment you step in the doors to the moment you get back on that sidewalk.  For us it’s all about the experience. 

 

ONE ACTION

  • Sit down and do a SWOT analysis of yourself.  I think the best thing to blaze your trail is to understand who your are as a person, where your weaknesses and strengths are, and then work from there.

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Eric Thomas: Why You’re Not Where You’re Supposed To Be | 192

Eric Thomas: Why You’re Not Where You’re Supposed To Be | 192

“The version of you that you are right now is keeping you from being everything you should be. Who you are right now is responsible for why you're not where you supposed to be…. who you are is keeping you from being who you should be and your dreams though, are the only thing that's telling you “Come on. Let's go!” Your dreams are the only thing that's telling “You can do more. You can have more. You can be more! Come on, come on, come on! Don’t be comfortable. Don’t sit. DON’T SETTLE!”

Our featured guest today is Eric Thomas, aka E.T. The Hip Hop Preacher.

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KEY POINTS FROM ERIC:

  • I’m honored to meet the people who are responsible for me being number one in the world.
  • I’m most grateful for God telling me to go from inspirational speaker to a businessman.
  • It was an unexpected blessing for me in the form of a conversation  that has changed my life and prayerfully will change other people’s lives.
  • Who is ET? I was very angry and defiant  … just wandering; then a pastor came in my life and mentored me, and I went from wandering to exploring.
  • I realized in college that while I may not have been the best speaker on campus, I knew I had a lane that was unique to me that nobody else was in at that time. 
  • The version of you that is you right now is keeping you from everything that you should be. Who you are right now is responsible for why youre not where you’re supposed to be.
  • Who you are longs for you to be comfortable. Who you are is stopping you from being daring.  Who you are is telling you, Don’t do that! …Don’t take risks! …”
  • Who you are is keeping you from who you should be, and your dreams though are the only thing that keep telling you, Come on!  Let’s go!”
  • ‘Wild thoughts' are so important because they are the ones that tell us to “Come into the deep. You can do it!”
  • Step 1 to enacting the change that’s needed is to just be authentic.
  • So many people are just living everybody else’s dream for them, worried about what other people think about their life.
  • You can only be successful being YOU!
  • Be authentically you, and then do it for a long time so people know thats really you.
  • Take pride in your craft. Too many people are skilled but not enough of them are in the will.
  • The areas that are your weaknesses or the things that youre not comfortable with, the gaps, that’s what will take you to the next level. 
  • Im in schools telling kids to find out what you like, what you’re gifted at, what you’re good at, and know the theory of it. 
  • The natural gift is a blessing, but the theory is where you make money in capitalism.  The theory is where people pay you.
  • Im having an insatiable desire to create companies to employ people.  That’s been my thing this year — finding a way to create jobs for minorities, people who are really the new majority.
  • There was a time when I had opportunities but I didnt have the money to invest in those opportunities, and so I want to be able to do that for others.  I want them to taste what financial freedom is like.
  • I want to give people meaningful work and put them in a position where this is just one of the 6 streams of income that theyre going to get because it’s going to take 7 streams to become a multi-millionaire.
  • People are willing to work hard when they see that their leader works hard.  Im the oldest but nobody outworks me.
  • If people are willing, theres not a place I can’t take you.
  • Dont crumble, climb!  There are somethings you can’t get for free.
  • Its not strength or weakness, it’s overuse or underuse – balance.

 

ONE ACTION

  • Don’t focus on what you want but focus on all the activities that it takes to get there.  Don’t make the goal, the goal.

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Simone Morris: Get in the Driver Seat for Your Career | 186

Simone Morris: Get in the Driver Seat for Your Career | 186

The driver’s seat is mine.  I claim it.  I am responsible for my career.  I am responsible for the outcomes.  No one else.

Our featured guest today is Simone Morris.

Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a thought leader in diversity and inclusion, specializing in directing organizations to leverage inclusion as a core strategy for competitive advantage as well as providing coaching to empower women to get in the driver’s seat for their careers.  The firm is also a certified minority and women owned business. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Norwalk, CT.

Ms. Morris has a background that includes over two decades in Corporate America spanning information technology, commercial strategy and human resources. She has been recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified coach as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also an adjunct faculty member for the American Management Association. Her key strengths include strategy, leadership, training and project management. She is skilled in creating and delivering training for and to adult learners. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development.

Simone’s thought leadership can be found on various platforms (Glassdoor, Leadercast, Smart-Recruiters, Social-hire, and BambooHR) and she is also the author of The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them.

KEY POINTS FROM SIMONE:

  • I am grateful for my daughter who is going  to be four in two weeks. I am amazingly grateful to be a mother.
  • I got into coaching through the experience of finding myself and my next chapter of what’s next.
  • It’s important to be in the driver’s seat of your career.
  • For a very long time I had a hands-off approach to my career, allowing others to dictate what was best for me.
  • I found myself tweaking and tweaking to fit the company’s objectives and more and more of me was coming out of the equation as I tweaked to be accepted.
  • I was unhappy.  I was getting paid a lot of money. I had access to wonderful brands and access to events, but I didn’t feel that was my purpose.  I didn’t feel fulfilled. 
  • It’s very scary to step away from certainty and step out on faith into risk.
  • The driver’s seat is mine.  I claim it.  I am responsible for my career.  I am responsible for the outcomes.  No one else.
  • So what is it that Simone wants to do? Let me get in the driver’s seat and start steering  towards what I really want.
  • @simonemorrisent says, Stop the blame game of “it’s somebody else why I am not happy about my career.”
  • Assume this position:  “I am in the driver’s seat.  This is happening to me, and what am I going to do about it?”
  • What is your plan, and who are the players you need on your success team to get there?
  • When people saw me they saw the organization that I worked for, but I had to find me and my brand.  Who is Simone?  Who does she represent?
  • I was afraid of networking. I thought that I could get ahead just by doing my job.
  • I said no to social opportunities, sat at my desk and did my job but things were happening at the social events.
  • As an entrepreneur, you have to learn business development and how to market your brand.
  • Want to form your success squad?  Be clear about who is on your  team, who you need to set you up for success, and be intentional about it.
  • A master mind can help you to elevate your game and see business differently.
  • Being in the space of other successful leaders, will help you to push yourself and elevate your thinking.
  • “Whatever Happens, You can  handle it,” Susan Jeffers
  • A sponsor is a champion and advocate for you, someone who is speaking on your behalf when you’re not in the room, someone who is creating opportunities and access points for you.
  • Say to yourself, “My career is my responsibility!”  Affirm to yourself that you deserve to be in the driver’s seat.  Once you claim it and you affirm it, then you can take consistent action to make it a reality!

 

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How Minda Harts’ Helping Women of Color Secure Their Seat | 185

How Minda Harts’ Helping Women of Color Secure Their Seat | 185

As leaders and those managing diverse talent, we should understand – How do we invest? How do we get the most out of our talent? How much of our talent are we willing to use?

Our featured guest today is Minda Harts.

Minda Harts is founder, speaker, adjunct professor, podcaster, seat creator and now an author. Minda is a California girl, who grew up in Chicago and today calls New York City home. In addition to her passion for helping women of color secure their seat at the table, she's also a lover of grits and rap lyrics.

My ask today is that you’d buy a copy of Minda's NEW book now!

KEY POINTS FROM MINDA:

  • I'm so grateful that God has given me the desires of my heart.
  • The things that we work hard for, the things that we say we want — sometimes we might just get it, if we’re crazy enough to believe it. @MindaHarts
  • I'm so grateful that He entrusted me with this time, this gift that He’s placed in my spirit to be able to give it to the world.
  • I’m grateful that God has trusted me enough to be able to produce this next body of work that is about to hit the world.
  • @MindaHarts Success is not a solo sport.
  • @MindaHarts The Memo journey started for me being one of the only black women in my workplace and I thought that situation had buried me, but it planted me.
  • I was able to turn those lemons into lemonade and create my business in that season.
  • I was suffering in isolation but it got me thinking of other women of colour, other black women, going through some of the same things.
  • I didn't want other black women to feel alone and question if they were worthy enough just because the narrative has told us differently
  • There wasn't a book that addressed the needs of women of color in the workplace
  • The Memo comes out on August 20th, and I’m so excited for women of colour to read about their stories being told between the pages.
  • I actually worked my day job for almost four years before leaving to focus full time for the Memo.
  • Building my company was an organic process and the result of staying true to the mission I had in mind
  • Investors early on thought this mission — women of colour — was too niche
  • I was hearing women of color tell me that they finally felt seen!
  • When you create something, there are often various iterations of the product along the way
  • When I started the Memo back in 2015, I put out a newsletter every Monday, a memo, and have not missed one publication since July 2015
  • Slowly but surely, the tribe began to come, and in 2016, we began doing live career bootcamps
  • We leaned into the conversation and the voice of the tribe, as women expressed their needs for community
  • Even though we weren't making a lot of money, we just kept going.
  • It wasn't until 2019 that I was able to pay my partner and myself something from the business
  • We had an investor offer us lots of money, if we changed our niche focus, but we didn’t.  
  • I knew in my heart we were on the right track, and it’s definitely paying off in dividends.
  • We talk about #TheFutureofWork a lot — which is about understanding how your talent views the workplace and how they experience it.
  • As leaders and those managing diverse talent, we should understand – How do we invest? How do we get the most out of our talent? How much of our talent are we willing to use?
  • If you don't understand their experiences, then it's harder for you to get the most out of them and help them achieve their goals, and obviously achieve your goals and everybody wins, because you're helping the company's bottom line.
  • How often do you read about the experiences of your talent? What about the people on the ground?
  • We're talking about money in the book. We talk about the tools we need in our toolkit like self-advocacy and how to negotiate your salary.
  • I'm big on legacy — what are you leaving behind and who are you helping?
  • I see myself as a person planting seeds. I think God chose me because I have the heart, a servant leader's heart to go the distance for my girls.
  • God could have chosen anybody, but He chose me, and I don't take that lightly.
  • I will run with it and when it's time I'll hand the baton off to the next person.
  • I don't want to leave the workplace the way it is now. I want to do so much more for your daughter and the daughters to come, so that they have agency when they sit down.
  • I realized that as we build our brands, there needs to be a social media platform that you make your jam and get busy on.
  • I feel like if you use Twitter in the right way, you could really get down to some really good content.
  • I think there are a lot of people who are looking for answers and how they invest in themselves
  • I use Twitter to ask the questions that people want to give advice to., and it creates this dialogue about leadership and management and the workplace.
  • My book is already a best seller because it’s resonating with the people that it’s supposed to, and it’s opening up the eyes of people who didn’t even realize that this was a problem.

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Marvin Wilmoth: A Unique Approach to Community (Real Estate) Development | 184

Marvin Wilmoth: A Unique Approach to Community (Real Estate) Development | 184

Determine what makes you happy and find a way to make money doing that!

Our featured guest today is Marvin Wilmoth.

Marvin is Managing Principal and Co-founder of Generation Development Group, a boutique real estate development and consulting firm focused on providing housing solutions with the goal of creating transformational communities. Throughout the course of his career, he has been responsible for the financing, development and/or construction of over 1,800 units in multiple states and US territories with a total development cost of approximately $500 million dollars. 

Marvin is also committed to civic service and was elected in November 2018 as the Vice Mayor and Harbor Island Commissioner for North Bay Village, Florida. Prior to being elected, Marvin served as Vice-Chair of the North Bay Village Planning and Zoning Board and Vice-Chair of the Charter Review Board.

He is the recipient of several community awards including Success Magazine’s 2010 Top 40 under 40, 2012 Business Leader Magazine South Florida Movers and Shakers Award, and the 2016 BMe Community Leader Award. Marvin has also participated in several leadership programs including The Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Program,  Leadership Florida’s Connect Florida Program and The German Marshall Fund’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

Marvin earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Florida A&M University as well as an M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

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KEY POINTS FROM MARVIN:

  • I was just recently selected for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship which was part of the German Marshall Fund.
  • If you want to build and generate wealth, you’re going to have to create something or own something.
  • The metrics about what “ successful” development looks like are off.  It’s purely financial and does not consider the humanistic element of community.
  • When we think about community, the things we use to determine success have nothing to do with financial returns.  
  • We created a new model that focuses on utilizing the social determinants of health as the drivers for creating value in the community.
  • By thinking through strategically where you’re trying to go, you’ll have a higher likelihood of achieving that success.
  • People don’t invest in businesses they invest in people; so, if they don’t believe in you as a leader and your ability to execute, you will never raise money.
  • Determine what makes you happy and find a way to make money doing that.
  • Every morning, after I pray for all the great things that I have in my life including my wife, I take an hour to strategize about what I want to accomplish that day and recheck the things that I wanted to accomplish the day before and how far off I am from that.
  • To maintain clarity on your goals, focus specifically on what you want to accomplish, and get rid of the rest.
  • It’s very easy to get lost in the minutiae of the day-to-day and then wake up several months later and realize that you haven’t made a much larger impact.
  • The noise of life consumes you the moment you open your eyes each morning, and without clarity and set goals and tasks everybody else’s noise will take over your life.
  • Read books and educate and expose yourself to things that are outside of your skillset.

 

THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

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