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Steve & Pasha Carter: America’s Favorite Business Couple Talks Business, Family, and Leadership | 167

Steve & Pasha Carter: America’s Favorite Business Couple Talks Business, Family, and Leadership | 167

Anyone with the right work ethic, leadership skills, and dedication can build a multi-million dollar business.

Our featured guests today are Steve and Pasha Carter.

Pasha Carter is an NFL Cheerleader turned Multi-Millionaire, who took a $500 investment and turned it into a multi-million dollar empire. She’s an internationally sought after speaker, trainer and Direct Sales Expert.

Steve Carter is a Howard University alum who also built a multi-million dollar networking business. Steve now travels the country training and teaching others how to build successful businesses of their own. He’s now one of the most powerful success coaches in the world.

Together, this is America’s favorite business couple and I’m so happy to share this conversation with our community.

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KEY POINTS FROM PASHA & STEVE:

  • @PashaCarter  I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the cover of a magazine, and I am now a writer/contributor for Forbes Magazine.
  • @SteveCarterCLD  I’m thankful for my family every, single day.  I’m watching my children grow, and it excites me to wake up every single morning.“
  • @SteveCarterCLD We believe in doing as much as we can while were here, because time is limited for all of us.”
  • @SteveCarterCLD  Im forever thankful for the way my father raised us, and I’m paying it forward with my kids.
  • Talent is something that God gives you but skill requires you do something.
  • Skill is beating on your craft, day in and day out, until you master it.
  • I failed more, so I have been blessed to achieve more.  
  • More people have told me “No!”, … and I’ve had more ups and downs.  That’s the reason we’ve been able to build one of the most successful organizations in network marketing.
  • To be successful intimately and as business partners, we laid down a couple of non-negotiable ground rules when we started:  100% honesty and communication, and never arguing or going to bed upset with each other.
  • One the main reasons why I join the Direct Sales industry is because I didnt have the money or credit to start a traditional business.
  • @PashaCarter I figured out a way to make it happen.  I didnt want another 12 months or 5 years to find me in the same position because I chose an excuse over figuring out a solution to the problem.
  • @SteveCarterCLD Key components to succeeding in business: believe that you can achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve; find something that you enjoy doing; and don’t be afraid to work.
  • As an aspiring entrepreneur, lay a foundation and plant a seed.
  • Passive income can yield a lifestyle of the wealthy, Robert Kiyosaki.
  • Entrepreneurs are the only people who are crazy enough to say, We’d rather work 12 – 14 hours a day for ourselves than 8 for somebody else.”
  • Communication and integrity are significant attributes for good leaders.
  • If youre more concerned with helping others to accomplish whatever it is they want to accomplish, somehow gives it back to you, if you’re able to successfully do that.
  • Your job, as leaders, is to work yourselves out of a job, so that eventually those you lead dont need your guidance.
  • Were teaching our children to be entrepreneurs, and they’re exploring their passions.
  • Before a child leaves your home they should know how to build a million dollar business.
  • We teach our children to embrace failure.
  • If you failed and made a mistake that means you tried yourself something new and pushed yourself beyond the thing that you can naturally do.

 

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T. Dallas Smith Discusses The 2% of African Americans in Commercial Real Estate | 166

T. Dallas Smith Discusses The 2% of African Americans in Commercial Real Estate | 166

It’s not enough to just be the first or the largest, you have to pave the way for the next.

Our featured guest today is T. Dallas Smith.

Dallas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at T. Dallas Smith & Company.

Dallas began his commercial real estate career in 1982 at Atlanta Air Center Realty under the guidance of Thomas W. Tift as leasing and management representative for the portfolio. In 1989, he became the first African-American broker at Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia.

His affiliation with the company opened doors for many minority brokers. In 1995, he pioneered the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company, an African-American owned construction and management firm, where he served as VP of the Brokerage Division. Dallas led the company initiative of acquiring 40 parcels of real estate, a full city block in the intercity of Atlanta resulting in a mixture of office, retail and multifamily developments now valued at over $20 million.

In 2006, with the blessing of the late Herman Russell, Dallas opened T. Dallas Smith & Company, specializing in tenant representation. T. Dallas Smith & Company has led projects across the country with metrics exceeding more than seven million square feet of commercial property leasing and acquisitions and five thousand acres of land purchases. Since its inception, the team has grown exponentially successfully leading transactions totaling over $15 billion in aggregate value. Dallas is an innovator and thought leader in the commercial real estate community and is intentional about cultivating and developing diverse talent to help shape the commercial real estate industry.

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KEY POINTS FROM DALLAS:

  • Atlanta born, Atlanta bred, when I die I'll be Atlanta dead
  • I grew up about 20 blocks from downtown Atlanta
  • I grew up in a neighborhood where everybody took care of one another
  • If you're willing to meet people in the heart, not on the exterior, you can cover a lot
  • Herman Russell was the very first cold call I made when I was at Cushman & Wakefield
  • Herman Russell specialized in one thing; plastering
  • People forgot that Herman Russell was a specialist in one thing, that eventually morphed into several other things
  • Be very intentional and sincere about building relationships
  • It really comes down to the golden rule: Treat people the way you want to be treated
  • T. Dallas Smith and Company is the largest African American tenant representation firm in the country.
  • My calling was to bring people who look like me and you, into the commercial real estate space
  • God gave me one word – EXPOSURE
  • The reason there's only 2% of people in commercial real estate that look like me and you is lack of exposure and racism
  • The idea of giving up is not in my DNA
  • You got to be loved in your community first, to be liked in theirs
  • I've literally been the guy who's been too stubborn to quit
  • The scripture says: The footsteps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord
  • Take one step at a time
  • “There are no such thing as bad teams, only bad leaders” Extreme Leadership book quote
  • Fundamentally, before you leave, you have to serve
  • You want to be a plumber, hang out with plumbers. Find the best person in the field, and go be around that person.
  • Take the first step! If you have an idea that had never been done before, then go study pioneers and learn how they carried out their ideas that had never been done before.
  • Believe in something and believe in yourself
  • Seek His Voice and hear the thing He's called you to do; God called Noah to build the ark. He didn't called Jesse or James.
  • What is that thing He's called you to do? Seek His voice for your direction
  • Between the age of 8 and 10, the things you love doing will be the foundation of what you end up being for the rest of your life

 

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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Stephen A. Hart: Develop Deep Roots Before You Soar | 165

Stephen A. Hart: Develop Deep Roots Before You Soar | 165

You’re going to have your valley moments. You’re going to fail. You’re going to hit road blocks and delays. When those seasons come about and they will, just keep going. Keep watering that seed. Keep giving it good soil and sunshine. And just be patient. Have faith and believe in yourself and what’s to come

Today is a solo episode from your host, Stephen A. Hart.

Stephen A. Hart is the founder of Isles Media, LLC, and a Brand Alignment Strategist who guides busy entrepreneurs and leaders through a clear and proven process to build, market and grow their amazing personal brand.

Trailblazers.FM, is the #1 interview style podcast, hosted by Stephen A. Hart, that explores stories of today’s successful black professionals. The podcast has featured more than 150 black professionals and has been heard by more than 200,000 from 126 countries around the world.

Stephen is a dynamic speaker on the topics of personal branding, entrepreneurship, marketing and podcasting, and is part of the 2016 class of the Black Enterprise 100 Modern Men of Distinction. Stephen has also been featured on the home page of Apple Podcasts, Thrive Global, BET’s Centric TV, and Fortune.com.

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KEY POINTS FROM STEPHEN:

  • How are you progressing toward your goals for this year? Are you keeping track with the goals and vision you had coming into the year? 
  • The first quarter of 2019 was the first time we had 3 consecutive 5 digit download months on Trailblazers.FM and we finished this quarter just shy of 40,000 downloads. That’s even more amazing because just a couple weeks ago we  crossed the 200,000 lifetime download mark. 
  • Though we’ve been around for 3 years, almost 20% of our lifetime downloads came from the last 3 months. I am being transparent about that today because it feels a lot like the parable of the Chinese bamboo tree. 
  • The parable of the Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us lessons about patience, faith, perseverance, and our true potential as business professionals.
  • Like any plant, the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires water, fertile soil, and sunshine. 
  • In the first 4 years, the Chinese Bamboo Tree shows no visible signs of activity. 
  • There are times when you’re building a business or even if youre in corporate, where you’re working hard in silence and you’re putting in the work but you’re not seeing the return on your investment yet, you’re not seeing that promotion or growth in your business. Others will see you watering this seed of yours and ask what you’re doing? They’ll tell you you’re wasting time and demand you stop. And this often comes from those closest to you: your parents, your spouse, your kids. 
  • In the fifth year, the Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet (nearly 30m) in just six weeks!
  • Does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks? 
  • Was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system and a stable base thats strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?
  • We must grow a strong internal foundation first to be able to be prepared for whatever success will come. 
  • As quick as most of quick dollars' come in your front door, is as quick as they’ll go out the back. Don’t chase the overnight success.
  • Have a likkle faith. Trust God and His timing to help you along through those seasons of doubt that will surely come. Sometimes when you least expect it, is when you'll grow 80 ft in six weeks 
  • You’re going to have your valley moments. You’re going to fail. You’re going to hit road blocks and delays. When those seasons come about and they will, just keep going. Keep watering that seed. Keep giving it good soil and sunshine. And just be patient. Have faith and believe in yourself and what’s to come. 
  • Whether you’re listening to this and identify as an entrepreneur, a creative, a corporate professional, a non-profit leader or whatever work you’re doing, you must begin to exercise patience, faith, and perseverance, if you are ever to realize your true potential.
  • There are people who will come along side you. For me those people are a silent part of my foundation. They are the ones that helping me build this underground base. People like Shawn Dove and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, who have sponsored this podcast for 2 and a half years now. And so many others like Mike, Annette, TiffSouth, Minda, DK, Aimee J and my internal board of directors who check in on me day in and day out and encourage me and hold me accountable. 
  • Who are those people in your corner? Make sure you’re surrounding yourself with Champions. People who are a LOT smarter than you are and people who believe in you, beyond yo mama, and who can hold you accountable to your goals and give you sound advice and encourage you through those seasons when you not seeing the seed bear fruit or like the Chinese Bamboo tree, it won’t even break the soil. Those are the people who will stand along side you on the days where your doubt and fears are stronger than your belief, and they’ll make sure you go water your seed and not give in. 
  • If you’re standing with the seed and you’re afraid to plant it, don’t be
  • By not putting your seed of vision and hope in the ground, and beginning to nourish it, you will deprive the world of something God planted in you. 
  • The seeds you plant and nourish will give shade that allows other plants in your garden to grow up and bear fruit.
  • The grass is greener where you water it. 
  • Stop looking at someone else’s garden. Focus in, put on your blinders, and tend to what God has blessed you with. 

THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

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Marisa Renee Lee: How You Can Help Someone During a Time of Crisis | 164

Marisa Renee Lee: How You Can Help Someone During a Time of Crisis | 164

“This is a go-to resource when something bad happens to someone that you care about  whether it’s death, a serious illness, divorce, or a miscarriage

Our featured guest today is Marisa Renee Lee.

Marisa Renee Lee, Co-Founder of Supportal, a platform that makes it easier for you to respond when someone you care about is facing a life-changing challenge, is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to solve public problems. Marisa previously served as the Managing Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.  Prior to joining MBKA, Marisa served in a variety of roles in the Obama administration including the Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement and as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Domestic Policy Council and at the Small Business Administration.

Marisa began her career in international finance at Brown Brothers Harriman and during her time there, she founded The Pink Agenda, a breast cancer non-profit, in honor of her mother Lisa. Almost a decade later, The Pink Agenda is now a national organization of young professionals committed to raising money for breast cancer research and direct care service programs in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Marisa has been a featured speaker at several forums including SXSW.  Marisa has also written op-eds on grief, race, opportunity, and economic mobility for CNN, Philanthropy News Digest, News One, Huffington Post, and other outlets. In 2017 she was selected a member of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine among other community crusaders she admires.

Marisa Renee Lee is a graduate of Harvard College and an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  She resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband Matt and their dog Sadie.

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KEY POINTS FROM MARISA:

  • I am grateful for my health.  I spent a lot of time this past year being sick, so Im incredibly grateful to be feeling healthy and able to get back to the gym and spend time outside.
  • Im super grateful for the quiet time I get in the mornings with my dog.
  • Im grateful for my husband and all the support that he provides. His responses is always, “When are you gonna do it?  Get it done!”
  • Im grateful for the 11 women — my roommates from college — who surround me right now.  They’ve been an amazing support network in my struggle, trying to start my own thing and figure out so many different moving parts at once; and they’ve just been an amazing support network.
  • The inspiration behind so many things that I do has been my mom, just thinking about how incredibly strong and gracious and patient and faithful she was, given how much time shes spent sick, and still manages to take care of me, my dad and my younger sister.
  • I learned a lot about what it means to be a good manager; what it means to be a good boss, and how to develop those skills effectively. 
  • Like most of life, a lot of it comes down to treating people the way that you want to be treated.
  • I learned how to be a good manager/leader which comes down to time management, setting priorities, communication and over-communication.
  • The importance around setting priorities, was another thing I learned. It was around figuring what the priority was for us and having the discipline to focus on that.
  • I had always felt like I wanted to do something with my past history and my time spent helping my mom, taking care of her, and dealing with the grieving process.
  • Professionally, I am most proud of working for Barack Obama  having an opportunity to support the first Black President, which was for me a real personal decision.
  • The thing that I am personally most proud of is the time I spent taking care of my mom, making a decision, and shaping my life at the end of her life to prioritize her.
  • I always felt that there are thousands of ways to make it easier for people to deal with difficult moments  of grief, experiences and end-of-life decisions as it relates to their loved ones.
  • We came up with the concept for Supportal to be your go-to resource when something bad happens to someone that you care about  whether it’s death, a serious illness, divorce, a miscarriage; we want you to come to us, and we will give you tips and advice for how you can support that person, and also some practical goods, services and products that can help lighten the load of the grief you’re experiencing.
  • Consider Supportal in the same light as calling up your friend who has had the same thing happened.  Thats who we are.  
  • We’ve had a laundry list of crappy life experiences that we are leveraging to help other people.
  • We know things, that unless youve been there, you don’t know.
  • We have a series of blog posts across all the key categories.  You can hear firsthand from someone who’s experienced the kind of thing that you’re trying to help someone else with.
  • We pair those contributions with products or gifts that you can buy for the person who youre trying to help.
  • Success for me is getting to a place where when something bad happens in your life, and instead of going to Google or Amazon and getting something random, you come to Supportal.
  • The best first thing in support is simply letting someone know, in that immediate moment, that youre there.

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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Mignon Francois: Turning $5 into a $10 million business | 163

Mignon Francois: Turning $5 into a $10 million business | 163

Little becomes much when you place it in the masters hands.

Our featured guest today is Mignon Francois.

Mignon Francois is the Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection (TCC). While crunching numbers and creating the craze are amongst her job requirements, her favorite responsibilities within this role are giving hugs, listening, and mentoring her team and other up and coming entrepreneurs who seek after her grass roots experience.

Using her “Follow Your Spirit” approach, Mignon developed an iconic flavor that drew lines and attention to the hip nature of her Historic Germantown neighborhood that hadn’t seen this concept developed prior. The success of TCC thereby became icing on the cake amongst the existing North Nashville restaurateurs that would ignite a new movement to the area for other business concepts that might not otherwise have considered doing business in North Nashville.

Since planting its roots in 2008, Mignon’s business savvy has earned her the titles of “Woman of Legend and Merit” by Tennessee State University, “Emerging Business Leader of the Year” and Black Enterprise Magazine “Family Business of the Year Award”.

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KEY POINTS FROM MIGNON:

  • There are so many women in my village:  I cant do what I do without my mother; I’m grateful for my daughters because they allow me to run my business in the way that I do; I’m grateful for my grandmother who kept her hand open, and in her unselfishness, taught me so many things that I know.
  • My mother would smile at hearing me remember a woman by the name of Mrs. Fishburne.  She was a woman that knew my mother, at the time when I was 5 years old.  She extended kindness to my mother so she could feed us and make it through the week, after having given her last as her tithe.
  • Keep your hand open. Yes, things will fall out, but when you lose things, you also leave your hand open to receive from God.
  • All you get to keep is whatever you can hold in your hand.
  • What do you have in your house? Tell me what youve got, and I’ll tell you what you can do with it?
  • I turned $5 into $60 in one day; I turned $60 into $600 by the end of the week; and I turned that into over $10M in the time that my business has been in operation.
  • Little becomes much when you place it in the Masters hands.
  • Listen to that little voice on the inside that’s telling you that YOU CAN!
  • When we speak against ourselves, and we tell ourselves that we cant do things, who’s ourselves supposed to believe, if we can’t believe in us.
  • Check what you want for yourself, by speaking what you seek until you see what youve said.
  • The glass is half empty or the glass is half full; either way you see it, youre right.
  • Hunger is what inspired me.  When you are hungry you will do what it takes to eat.
  • When you are sick and tired of being tired, you will do something to change your situation.
  • All you own is now.  You only own what you choose to do with the moment that youre sitting in.
  • When you give all that you o-w-n right in the n-o-w, you will  have w-o-n.
  • Mignon’s approach to parenting:  “I nurtured very early on, my childrens ability to hear God for themselves.”
  • What we are living in preparation for has nothing to do with us but the ones that are coming behind us.
  • A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens children.

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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