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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.

 

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Rochelle Gapere: Why Happiness? | 183

Rochelle Gapere: Why Happiness? | 183

Happiness is a choice! It is an overarching quality of life that is rich in a variety of emotions, even including stress, sadness and disappointment.

Our featured guest today is Rochelle Gapere.

Rochelle Gapere is an Attorney, Happiness Coach and Entrepreneur. Known for bringing her charismatic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual she encounters, Rochelle has mastered the art of living life fully and passionately. The release of her Amazon bestselling book, One Happy Thought at a Time: 30 Days to a Happier You, cements her lifelong practice of adding more happiness to this world by empowering others with science-based tools and techniques that help them lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Rochelle believes in living a life that is engaging at every level and utilizes practical techniques to teach audiences her unique approach to living a happy life.

Rochelle describes herself as an “Attorney by trade and Happiness Coach by heart.” Rochelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005. In 2018, she earned a Positive Psychology Specialization Certification through the University of Pennsylvania.

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KEY POINTS FROM ROCHELLE:

  • I’m grateful for the journey in this last year of my life.  I didn’t imagine how a closed door could propel me into my purpose.
  • Growing up, I remember feeling anything I wanted was possible.  I remember being absolutely fearless, and that my dreams were so huge, and there was no “no!”
  • I operated from a place of “if I work hard enough I can do anything I want.”
  • You may not always know what you’re going to do or the next steps to take, but if you know the overarching theme or feeling that you want from your life, then you know you move in that direction.
  • Pursue the things that align with your values.
  • I had tunnel vision in the pursuit of my goals.
  • … because we are always tasked with solving other people’s problems, we typically don’t tell people that we’re having problems.
  • One area of my life being bad doesn’t mean my entire life is bad.  I have my health, family, friends, a job, and I woke up this morning and my heart beats.
  • You’re not the only one going through your season, and others have gone through it and survived.
  • Most businesses are successful because of their employees. So, the happier an employee is, the more loyal they’ll be to the business.
  • If you go to work everyday and you feel valued, that your voice is being heard and you have a safe space to articulate your concerns, then you want to be there and you have a more vested interest in showing up everyday for your employer.
  • Employers, remember that your employees are human.  Implement kindness practices into the workplace.
  • The minute you transform your brain into an action-oriented mindset on how you could become better for having gone through challenges, you are empowered.
  • Disappointments are inevitable.  How would you grow, if everything went your way?
  • Vulnerability is bravery.
  • You can’t fix what you don’t confront.
  • I absolutely believe that the first couple minutes of your day, sets the entire tone for your day.
  • Too many of us are waking up and rolling over and picking up our phones, looking on our email, looking on Facebook. We are allowing people's messaging and energy to come into our environment before allowing ourselves to set the tone for our day.
  • I'm very very very very particular about 1) Waking up – 3 new things that you're grateful for everyday. People say how am I going to find 3 new things? You can! You could start by just thanking God for the things in your body – your nose, your taste, your cells. There are a plethora of things to be grateful for.
  • But then also, I believe in the power of meditation. Just being still. 2 minutes, 3 minutes – build up a meditation practice. And the next thing that I think, is to set your intentions. What do you want your day to look like? Literally imagine it – when you walk in your office, imagine how you want to feel. What do you want to accomplish?
  • And I tell people use the time that you have in your morning wisely. You're in the shower. If you are a Believer pray! Say affirmations. Hype yourself up.
  • By the time I leave my house in the morning, I am so hype, that no matter what the world throws at me I've already set my intention so clearly: I'm going to have a good day. I'm grateful. I'm going to work. I'm going to conquer this day. And so I'm so clear on what it is that I want my day to look like.
  • This is a daily practice and it's interesting because the days when I don't do it, I do feel off kilter. I'm just like fluttering around, like a bird without wings. 
  • You have to put yourself first. You can't pour from an empty tank. When you serve people from your overflow, you are better and they are better, because you're giving them the best of yourself. So if you can't give yourself 10 minutes in the morning just to get your mind right, I don't know what else to tell you.
  • Start now!  Start right now!  You don’t need to plan anything else.  Start the business right now.  Buy the URL on GoDaddy.  You don’t need to sit and write the 50-page business plan.  Build the momentum.  When you get small wins it gives you the momentum for bigger wins.
  • You don’t have to figure out the entire story before you take the first step.
  • So many of us delay our goals because of preparation, but really it’s fear.  You want to prepare and prepare but it will never be perfect.
  • Stop succumbing to people’s opinions about your plans and your dreams.
  • Start on the dream today.  So many people die with so much goodness inside them because they were waiting for this opportune, perfect moment.

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Craig The Barber®: Finding Balance in Your Passion | 182

Craig The Barber®: Finding Balance in Your Passion | 182

Know your why! Why are you passionate about what you're passionate about? And why do you want to make that a career?

Today's guest was one of those people who inspired me to launch Trailblazers.FM and was one of our very first conversations on the podcast back on on episode 7. Today, we spoke with Craig The Barber.

Craig the Barber is Hollywood’s top source for men’s grooming needs, a role he has held for more than 10 years. But the true story is that Craig unknowingly began his journey toward becoming a master barber all the way back at the age of 14 years-old. Craig’s belief that being a well-groomed man does not mean going overboard and that any guy can take charge of his style and appearance with the right guidance.

Craig is a true example of how following one’s passion will lead you to never “work” a day in your life because you will always love what you do. As he says himself, “Life is meant to be lived, not worked!”

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KEY POINTS FROM CRAIG:

  • @Craig the Barber: Hard work yields tough times, but it also yields great times.
  • When you’re nurturing and growing your passion, you sometimes forget to eat and forget to pay attention to people around you.
  • I read a very alarming statistic not too long ago in marriage.com and it stated that the entrepreneur divorce rate is 5 or 10% higher than the regular one. If we take that divorce rate in the United States, which is about 38%, that would mean that the entrepreneur divorce rate varies between 43 and 48%. That is 2% short of 50% and that is pretty scary stuff. The fact that something so well intended, something that you love and that fulfills you so much could be so damaging to the people around you and you know, whether you're married or not. I think you can really equate the experiences of loving something so much that neglect is placed in other areas, whether it's your child, whether it's your friendships, your relationship with your parents and just isolating yourself and really really pouring yourself into this passionate career goal can be very dangerous.
  • Three (3) tips to help you find balance in your passion:  (1) Know your why; (2) Maintain laser focus; and (3) Staff your weaknesses.
  • Sometimes passions should be hobbies, so know your “why
  • Know your why! Why are you passionate about what you're passionate about? And why do you want to make that a career? Sometimes passions should primarily just be hobbies. Sometimes passions are shaped by outside factors. It could be sometimes ego, it could be your parent shaping you or shaping your vision. It could be wanting specifically the ability to make a lot of money. You know, when you can really challenge yourself as to why you're wanting to move into this direction of a passionate career path, just make sure that you can give it a very valuable litmus test to see how much you really are passionate about it, because this journey and many entrepreneurs out there can speak and chime in with this or give a head nod to this, is that it's not easy. When the going gets tough, do you run away or grind harder?
  • I’m addicted to the results for the people I’ve helped.  It keeps me getting up in the morning.
  • The ups and downs challenge and check me; but because I know my why, I’m sound with my vision and focus.
  • Success is the total picture; so finding balance in everything across the board is far more important than the success of your career.
  • Always be comfortable with saying, “no.” @WarrenBuffet.  When you say, “no,” they want you more.
  • Know where your passion lies, and test it with every decision that you make.  It will save you so much time and energy.
  • Our value, in the short time we have, is in what we make of our lives and what we’re able to give to others.
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    Henry Keculah Jr: How To Pitch Like A Champion | 181

    Henry Keculah Jr: How To Pitch Like A Champion | 181

    Stay confident, and never let “I do not have enough money” prevent you from following your dreams.

    Today's guest is Henry Keculah. Henry was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 117

    Henry Keculah, Jr., is the founder and CEO of 4.0 Growth Productivity Accountability (4.0 GPA.). Keculah is a first-generation American, and his parents immigrated to the U.S from Liberia.

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    KEY POINTS FROM HENRY:

    • Start preparing for college early, and find out ways you can take advantage of available funding
    • 1% of VC funding goes to people of color
    • Listen today, to find out “How to start your business, be successful and obtain free money.”
    • The first step to pitching like a champion is to understand your “why”.  
    • What is the problem that you are solving, and what is the social impact that your company is making?
    • Over 1.2M students, a student every 26 seconds, drops out of school every year. We help students discover ways to stay engage and stay in college.
    • People buy into the story you tell and buy into your company when you are relatable and you demonstrate that.
    • The second step to pitching like a champion is to understand the quantitative value you add. What do the numbers say about the value you add?  What are your metrics?
    • Looking for funding?  Here’s a tip! Stay in the know by setting up Google Alerts for pitch competitions. 
    • Follow the right people on social media and take advantage of the influencer network.  
    • A lot of owners end up with less than 20% of their company after having received VC funding, but bootstrapping allows you to keep the equity in your company.
    • If you want to pitch like a champion, focus on your why; articulate the problem you’re solving and the value that you bring.
    • @HenryKeculahJr says, Don't forget your team!  When you pitch for funding talk about your team and co-founders and the skillsets they bring to round out your team
    • Demonstrate a winning business model, share testimonials and round it out with a tagline that resonates
    • Tell potential investors how you will make use of their money
    • You can do it! Invest in improving your pitching skills and don’t talk yourself out of opportunities.  
    • @HenryKeculahJr Stay confident, and never let “I do not have enough money” prevent you from following your dreams today. 
    • Don’t get discouraged when the bank tells you, “No!” @HenryKeculahJr
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    Concita Thomas: 3 Easy Food Changes To Become More Consistent With Healthy Eating | 179

    Concita Thomas: 3 Easy Food Changes To Become More Consistent With Healthy Eating | 179

    When we bet on later, everybody loses because later is not guaranteed.

    The second week of our 2019 summer Trailblazers Masterclass series welcomes back Concita Thomas. Concita is a returning guest of Trailblazers.FM and was first featured on episode 66. In today's episode Concita shares 3 easy food changes to become more consistent with healthy eating.

    Concita Thomas is a Food & Fitness Strategist behind ConcitaThomas.com. She is on a mission to help busy women on the go, gain freedom from being overweight and unfit while avoiding diet traps and fitness obsessions. She helps by sharing easy to stick to food and fitness strategies, sprinkled with a healthy dose of encouragement and inspiration. 

    Concita is a Jersey girl living in Dallas, Texas with her husband, son and daughter. When she isn’t coaching, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her reading and sipping on a great cup of coffee.  

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    KEY POINTS FROM CONCITA:

    • Don’t bet on later!  Don’t let your health, wellness and fitness be the proverbial ‘can' you’re just kicking down the road.
    • When we bet on later, everybody loses because later is not guaranteed
    • Trailblazers who are crushing it can be even more effective if we're doing it from a place of optimal health.
    • 2 common challenges for those of us pursuing optimal health:  (1) I know I’m eating too much; and (2) I know I’m eating the wrong thing.
    • The first easy and simple change you can make to become consistent with healthy eating is to drink enough water every day. 
    • Drinking enough water can boost productivity, erase false hunger and increase your energy. @ConcitaThomas 
    • Even the least bit of dehydration has a dramatic effect on productivity.
    • Aim to drink up to half of your body weight in water in ounces daily, i.e. 200 lbs = 100 oz.
    • The second easy and simple change you can make to become consistent with healthy eating is to eat your vegetables.
    • Eat 3 servings of green vegetables per day.
    • Did you know?  Getting enough fibre by eating your vegetables helps to combat a sweet tooth.
    • A green smoothie in the morning for breakfast and a big ol’ salad for lunch are 2 easy ways to get vegetables into your diet.
    • The third easy and simple change you can make to become consistent with health eating is to include protein in your meals.
    • You can win the fight to be more consistent with healthy eating:  Drink water, eat your vegetables and include protein in your meals.
    • It’s not about what you take away from your diet, but what you add.  Add water; add greens; add protein.
    • Join the free support group for women at www.concitathomas.com/becomeafiercefriend
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