Devin Robinson (known to many as Professor Devin) talks with us today about the plight of black-owned businesses and shares why he believes that the knowledge and resources needed to succeed are different for black entrepreneurs than for others. Devin is a business and economics professor and author of eight self-help books.
Devin’s Episode Outline:
- [02:16] What are you most grateful for right now?
- [03:32] What ignited the desire to become an entrepreneur?
- [08:00] Talk about Entrepreneurship being the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement
- [10:33] What is the biggest barrier to business ownership?
- [13:38] What were some challenges and failures along your path and what did you learn from them?
- [19:35] Devin shares the 4 steps that any aspiring entrepreneur should take to lay the right foundation for success
- [26:19] How do you go about finding the right people to bring into your organizations?
- [29:57] What’s one thing you wish you’d known before starting your entrepreneurial journey?
- [34:25] Share one action our future trailblazers should commit to this week to help them blaze their trail?
83% of crime in the black community is economically driven
Entrepreneurship is the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement
Devin’s Favorite Books:
- The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
- Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
- Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
- Outliers: The Story of Success
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
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Devin Robinson’s Bio
Devin Robinson (known to many as Professor Devin) is a business and economics professor and author of eight self-help books. His latest book is “Power M.O.V.E.: How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur.”
He was born and raised in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. He served two terms in the U.S. Army before leaving in 1998 to become a network engineer at MCI WorldCom. While there, the company went through the largest accounting scandal in U.S. History (topping $9 billion). After surviving a series of massive lay-offs and the CEO’s (Bernard Ebbers) conviction and incarceration, Devin decided to resign from his position in 2004 (sparing a junior co-worker’s job) to endeavor on a full-time career as an entrepreneur vowing to do everything right that his former employer did wrong.
Professor Devin appeared in the “Black Hair” documentary as a store owner in March 2007, which led to him writing the book “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner” in November 2007 selling over 25,000 copies independently. He has appeared in many publications, to include Ebony magazine, TV One’s News One and the NY Times newspaper, and was a recurring SME on the formerly nationally syndicated “Michael Baisden Radio Show” where he shared tips on business with the show’s 6,000,000 listeners.
Visit his site to learn even more about Devin.
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