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Stephen A. Hart: 5 Takeaways That Helped Me Get The Best Job Ever! | 177

Stephen A. Hart: 5 Takeaways That Helped Me Get The Best Job Ever! | 177

When a recruiter or employer googles you, the results they find are a digital first impression of you … and what they see will leave them either more or less inclined to hire you.

Our featured guest today is yours truly, Stephen A. Hart.

Stephen A. Hart is a marketer, brand strategist and host of Trailblazers.FM, a top interview style podcast 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 132 countries around the world.

Stephen is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa. He resides in Maryland, married to his wife Kristin of 11 years and the #bestdadever to his daughter Layla and son Nigel.

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  • How are you progressing toward your goals and your long term vision? 
  • I’m big on those BHAGs, those big hairy audacious goals that we set for the long term. I personally do BHAGs for 10 years out and that then informs what I get done year to year.  
  • If this is the first time you’re hearing me talk about BHAGs, go back and listen to episodes 131 and 132 from last summer. 
  • I’m a very entrepreneurial being, and I host this amazing podcast and speak publicly at different events but these things are still much more fun and passion than it is full time revenue for me. 
  • I’m still gainfully employed to help ensure I can keep that happy wife happy life situation happening at the Hart house
  • I’ve opted to keep the podcast and my entrepreneurial desires to a side hustle more than a main squeeze. 
Takeaway #1: Get Clear On Where You’re Going To Need To Pivot 
  • It was almost a year ago, I heard some thing on the job I had then that gave me pause about my future with that company, and I knew then it was time for a shift. I’d been with them for 5 years and it was time for me to begin exploring what the future could and might look like. 
  • This required me over several months that followed to look at my BHAGs, look at the vision I wanted for myself and what I’d already accomplished.
  • I really had to have a heart to heart with myself and begin asking some tough questions: Who are you becoming? Are you happy? What do you want next? Are you going to be doing this just for the money? What are you still really passionate about? How would my next decision impact or aid what mattered most to me and my family?
  • I discovered that I wanted to remain a marketing professional, but that I wanted to incorporate some of the skills I’d developed on the side as a podcaster and all that podcasting had exposed me to within this sort of new media channel, and I wanted to bring that into my next 9-5 if possible.I wanted to connect with an organization that would embrace all of who I am and see the value I can bring. 
  • I didn’t want to have to show one side of me during the day and only expose the best parts of who I was becoming at night
Takeaway #2: Build Awareness Around That Future Version of You 
  • I began a slow and deliberate process to take much of what I’d taught others to do. I began to focus on optimizing my own personal brand. 
  • My resume and specifically, my LinkedIn profile began to be framed to tell a story about me that I wanted to share. Lesson here is that you are in control of the story others see about you online.
  • This required me to carefully craft the right sort of messaging and brand identity that would hopefully attract a very targeted set of organizations and repel everyone else.  
  • I can’t stress how important it was that my LinkedIn profile expanded on the framing of that resume. 
  • LinkedIn is visited daily by 100m users. Recruiters and employers are now actively using the platform to network, vet and recruit candidates. I used LinkedIn to my advantage in this job search process.
Takeaway #3: Position Yourself As A Credible + Knowledgeable Solution
  • In many cases we put ourselves in debt over our SOCIAL STATUS and positioning. We care so much about the location and size of the house we live in. We care about the brand of car we drive. We care about the schools and colleges our children attend. We put stock into the brand of companies we work for. Maybe you are that person or maybe you’re not. I think each of us cares about some or all of those. Either way, we don’t give equal value or are even aware of our digital status and the impression that is left there. 
  • When someone googles you, the results they find are a digital first impression of you. For a recruiter or an employer, probably upwards of 90% of them are going to absolutely go to your LinkedIn profile. And what they see there, will leave them either more or less inclined to hire you. 
  • My advice is that you must take the time to begin to optimize your LinkedIn profile.
  • Give thought to how you’ll need to craft and position yourself visually. 
  • Take the time to craft a succinct, but engaging summary for your LinkedIn profile. Learn to pepper in keywords that will help those searching for the things you do, to find you.  
  • Give a recruiter or employer a quick view of why they want to consider taking the next step to reach out to you. What problem are you going to help them to solve? 
Takeaway #4: You’ve got to JUMP!
  • You’re afraid of the great unknowns. You’re afraid of having to interview for another job. You’re afraid of what might actually happen next. 
  • You’re never going to get out of the room you’re stuck in, if you never open the door to new opportunities. 
  • You’ve got to jump to justify your fear or opportunities. 
  • Nothing bad will happen if you don’t jump, but you won’t change or grow either. 
  • LinkedIn didn’t get me the job. I still had to go through countless job interviews and prove I was the right guy for them, but I was discovered there and I’m certain that my attention to the details are what helped to separate me from the crowd of 700 other applicants.
  • Ask yourself this question: If someone happens to land on my LinkedIn profile for whatever reason: a job, a business partnership, a future date or a future client, would they like/want what they saw? Would they be more or less inclined to take the next step and contact me? 
Takeaway #5: No Matter What: BE YOU! Be Your Own Unique Person
  • I was offered a job opportunity to be where I am today, because I was talented and skilled as a marketer yes, but I believe if you ask my team, they chose me because of my authenticity.  
  • I told them all about all sides of Stephen A. Hart. The guy who was a Marketing & Communications Manager, a top rated Podcaster, a Brand Strategist, a proud husband and father. 
  • I am now being asked to do what I genuinely LOVE and get paid for it. 
  • Anything is possible, but I’d like to believe my strategic approach lead to the success I’ve experienced this spring. 
  • I want each of you to get clear on your vision. If you’ve got to pivot from where you are now, explore the impact. Ask yourself some tough questions to determine how you will need to position yourself for the next move. 
  • Begin to position yourself digitally. Optimize your personal brand and tweak that messaging and brand identity to attract the types of people and organizations you really want to work with and remember this, it’s not everyone, so you’ll def need to repel those you don’t want. 
  • Remember that when you’ve got done tweaking, you’ve got to get out the plane. You’ve got to JUMP!
  • And lastly, you’ve got to remain authentic to who you are and what you’re wanting to do. Don’t paint a picture of something or someone you think they need or want.
  • BET on YOU! Bet on your strengths. Bet on your passion. Bet on the things you love and would love to do if they weren’t going to pay you a red cent. 
  • Thank you to my new work team if you’re checking this out. I’m excited and looking forward to the years ahead. I’m going to give you my all, because you also bet on me.
Hit me up right now on twitter @stephenahart or @tbpod and tell me your fav takeaway

 

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Ralph Graves, Jr: Discover The Keys to Being Unstoppable | 176

Ralph Graves, Jr: Discover The Keys to Being Unstoppable | 176

You are here for a reason and a purpose.  Embrace the process not just the purpose.

Our featured guest today is Ralph Graves Jr.

Ralph D. Graves Jr. serves as Founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Millville, NJ. Ralph Graves is a Motivational Speaker, Business Consultant and Author. He is the Founder and Vice President of City’s Hope Community Development Corporation and Founder of Project U. He is also a member of the National Speakers Association, National and Philadelphia chapters. In 2011, he retired as a Sergeant of Police after 20 years of dedicated service to the State of NJ.

Having been certified by the John Maxwell Team as a Coach, Speaker and Leadership trainer, Mr. Graves decided to pair up his newly acquired training with his business experience and create Project U: Executive Coaching & Leadership Multiplier. Project U offers customizable training programs, resources, and assessment tools that have proven to develop, improve, and multiply leadership through its unique Cornerstone System.

Ralph Graves has accomplished many endeavors, but nothing compares to his GREATEST accomplishment, being married to his high school sweetheart, his best friend, his wife Christine Graves for twenty-eight years. He and Christine together have three children and three grandchildren.

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  • I’m grateful for life’s obstacles and life’s struggles because they’ve given me strength. Those struggles and those obstacles have allowed me to become the man that I am today. Without those struggles and obstacles, I wouldn’t be able to handle life.
  • I’m not wired for a traditional church leadership; I need to go out and make an impact on the community.
  • @RalphGravesJr Who am I?  I’m a retired police offer, church planter, author, motivational speaker, actor and I did a little modeling.
  • On protecting and preserving your mental health, @RalphGravesJr says: When you know that something Is not quite right and you’re feeling a little off, it’s important to recognize when you’re in trouble and deliberately surround yourself with the right people, the right environment, and the right culture.
  • You have some options.  Listen to the TrailBlazers Podcast or buy a book and be mentored by an author that you’ve never met. #mentorship
  • If we submit to the universe's system of success or universal laws, we’ll find success and feel better about ourselves.
  • If we try to operate against the laws of forgiveness, reciprocity or giving, we’re not going to succeed.
  • It’s a lifestyle:  Life is what you’ve got; style is how you live it!
  • Once you get in the flow of living in the lifestyle — the way it was set up with universal laws of success — you can make it.
  • 20 years in the police department and subsequent years doing motivational speaking prompted me to write my upcoming book, “Unstoppable!”
  • I’ve seen the universal laws of success work for and against some people.  How we live in them will determine our success.
  • The Law of Forgiveness says that “forgiveness has nothing to do with the other person but everything to do with us.”
  • Forgiveness helps us! We are killing ourselves holding on to some stuff that we should be letting go for our sake.
  • FORGIVE!  You don’t need to continue maintaining a relationship but release it; release them.
  • The law of habits says if you want to get rid of a bad habit, you must replace it with a good one.
  • Begin cultivating good habits, by developing a system for your life that enables you to do your best work during the best time of the day.
  • If you have to be fit for the work that you want to do. Taking care of your body is your responsibility.
  • Work with and work for what God has given you.
  • The only difference between us and who we want to be is  what we do with the 24 hours we’re given.
  • Take a stand against mediocrity!  Decide that you’re not going to be mediocre.
  • Going for the best for yourself, your family and your company, will require sacrifice.
  • Sacrifice means something has to die.  For everything you say “Yes” to you say “No” to something else.
  • It’s okay to say “No!”
  • Don’t believe the negative narrative about us, as Black men; write your own narrative.
  • You are here for a reason and a purpose.  Embrace the process not just the purpose.
  • You can come out of the situation but you have to rewrite the narrative.  You have to persevere.  You can’t give up!
  • Continue to make sure you’re in the right environments for success.
  • When you deal with cops, don’t escalate the situation.  Follow the process and file a report with Internal Affairs.
  • Life has a rhythm to it.  Find the rhythm, and you can be unstoppable!

 

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Stephen Chandler: Begin to See God As A Non-Negotiable | 175

Stephen Chandler: Begin to See God As A Non-Negotiable | 175

Discover how we can develop the routine and habits that will help us prioritize and grow as Christians.

Our featured guest today is Stephen Chandler.

Stephen Chandler is the bold, encouraging, life-giving Senior Pastor of Destiny Church.

Since its inception in 2011, Destiny Church has grown to a community of thousands of people and is known for its exciting culture and focus on leading entire families to a passionate relationship with God. Stephen has a passion to see people discover their God-given destiny, and has given his life to help others find fulfillment.

Stephen and his wife Zai reside in Columbia, Maryland with their two beautiful children Zoe and Roman.

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KEY POINTS FROM STEPHEN:

  • I’m grateful for the team that is around me: my wife and my kids
  • My wife and my kids are my biggest source of joy ever
  • With my staff: I never realized there are people that can care about your vision as much as you do!
  • I’m a Bajan Yankee: I was born in Baltimore to Bajan parents (Barbados).
  • I eat like a Caribbean and talk like an American
  • I play soccer and I also play basketball
  • When I say I was born in the church: I was born on a Sunday, my dad was preaching and my mom’s water broke.
  • I grew up in a small church in Baltimore: playing drums, playing bass, playing guitar, student ministry
  • It was around age sixteen when church wasn’t something I was dragged to, but passionate about
  • I remember at sixteen, I stumbled across Jeremiah 29:11, and it exploded in my heart. I realized I was not a mistake
  • What drives me: the fact that so many people feel invisible. So many people don’t realize that they’re not a mistake.
  • There is something God has placed inside of you that the world needs
  • God has something unique that He has called you to do
  • My goal is to help people connect to Jesus
  • Whenever you blaze a trail, you go a path that hasn’t been gone before, which means people are not going to understand what you are doing until you break out into whatever clearing you’re going to
  • I had to sacrifice having cheerleaders in my corner, and people that understand and really believed in what I was doing
  • The basis of habit is really what you value. What you value you’ll find time for and you’ll put systems in your life to make those happen.
  • We eat cause we know we’ll pass out if we don’t. I would say we sleep, but in our overachiever world, we don’t until we realize sleep is a necessity.
  • It starts with us seeing our relationship with God, not as an addition, but as our source.
  • I will never make as much money as I can, if God is not my source. My business will never become as great as it could, if God is not my source. My career and my marriage won’t get as far….
  • People think that God is a religious thing, God is a LIFE thing. See him as your source.
  • You’ve got to see God as a non-negotiable
  • When do you have the most energy? Spend 15 minutes, read one verse and thank God for His presence in your life
  • One thing to understand about the Bible, is that it applies to EVERY area of your life.
  • Find the areas of your life you’re not satisfied in: go figure out what God says about that
  • What do you want your kids to become? Dive in and find out about what God wants for them
  • Learn to talk to yourself! I just find that the great leaders determine the soundtrack of their lives
  • Satan is the enemy of ALL humanity. He’s constantly whispering in people’s ear that they can’t accomplish what God’s laid on their heart.
  • Satan can’t curse you, but he can get you to curse yourself by speaking things of negativity or worry.
  • You must begin to speak positively over your life: “There is a client out there set apart for me. The world needs what I have to offer”
  • What you say about you. What God says about you …. It will come to pass!

 

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Dr. Mildred Peyton’s Journey As A Bullying Expert | 151

Dr. Mildred Peyton’s Journey As A Bullying Expert | 151

Dr. Mildred Peyton is a bullying survivor, expert, and a children’s author of two books, A Bully on the School Bus and Sophia Writes To Her Bully. Despite having a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services (with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning), a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, she still experienced bullying firsthand both on the job and in her role as a mother trying to protect her children.

As an expert on bullying, she speaks from her heart and real-world experience. She knows the denial, pain, frustration, embarrassment, guilt, and sometimes even downright rage that consumes you when you or someone you love is being taken advantage of. Dr. Peyton guides her clients as a consultant and trainer through the process of joining her on the other side of establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and school environment to ensure greater success for all. Also included in her work, she provides one-on-one guidance to parents, students, and employees who are experiencing bullying and harassment.

Lastly, Dr. Peyton's doctoral research study entitled, Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children, along with hands-on educational training in facilitating focus groups and mentoring programs for students experiencing bullying and harassment are among some of her work which has demonstrated her commitment to cultivating safer schools and helping students. As for workplaces, Dr. Peyton's personal experience working in a toxic work environment inspired her to support and work with employers in creating and maintaining healthy workplace atmospheres where all employees will feel valued and respected.

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