“I was doing over $1B in business before I gave myself permission to be smart, black and female.”
Today, you’re in for a real treat. I interviewed an amazing business woman with so many great insights that you can and should put to use right now.
Janice Bryant-Howroyd is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, author, mentor and Presidential Special Appointee.
Janice is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ActOne Group, a global leader providing customized cutting edge solutions in the human resources industry.
She’s currently listed at #54 in the Forbes 2018 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. In 2014, she was recognized by Black Enterprise as the first black woman to own and operate a billion-dollar company.
In May of 2016 Janice received a key Presidential appointment by President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Janice has traveled to over fifty countries promoting education and the powerful impact it has on communities around the world. Her accomplishments, both personal and professional, are inspired by her deep faith and her love for her family. She says, “One cannot effectively lead without passionately serving.”
Janice is a truly remarkable woman who started from the ground up, and is constantly learning and adapting to the world around her. But doing so while remaining true to self.
Connect with Janice:
- Personal Website: askjbh.com
- Business Website: The ActOne Group
- Twitter: @JBryantHowroyd
YouTube: Janice Bryant Howroyd
LinkedIn: Janice Bryant Howroyd
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- The Art of Work – How to Make Work, Work for You! by Janice Bryant Howroyd
- As a Person Thinks – Update of James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen and Janice Bryant Howroyd
Key take aways from Janice Bryant-Howroyd:
It’s the conversations you’re having with yourself that’s going to speak the loudest in your quiet moments. It’s the conversations you’re having with yourself that’s going to be heard by others when you’re not saying a word. And it’s the conversations you’re having with yourself that’s going to leave your legacy in life. It’s what you said to you that’s going to mean more and deliver more than what anybody else is saying. So you’ve got to be precious about it. Yes, I teach people to ask questions and then listen listen listen. I would encourage you that you are amongst that audience, that you ask the questions of and that you listen to. Please gain everything you can in the way of assimilating knowledge but be very selfish about how you bring it into yourself and how you apply it to your life. And be deliberate, be highly intentional about what you allow to stay with you, what you repeat to yourself.
- I live in expectation of blessing and consider everything on earth a blessing.
- I have four nephews who will be at North Carolina A & T State University all together. This is a school that is graduating the largest number of African American engineers in the U.S. The university has a dynamic business school where corporations and individually-owned businesses are being invented.
- I am one of 11 children, one mom and one dad, who really love each other and taught us the essence of so much that I brought into my business.
- The important thing for me about being a part of such a big family on a very mediocre income, meant that we were running a lot on teaming and a lot of ways to expand on something, and those principles have helped me in my business as well.
- So many of the lessons that I learned in my home, became not only personal values for me, they became business values for me; they actually enforce the protocols that I innovate that help me to offer workforce solutions across the globe.
- We had a mom and a dad who were connected in how they saw our family. Mom was the COO and dad was the CEO; and they exchanged their rules and their values in the process of raising us. So, it’s been a really important thing for me to be able to capture what just seemed natural for me as the actual culture and foundation points from which I now build out total enterprise solutions.
- Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. I’m on my path. I’m on my trail. I have not finished.
- Success for me is not a noun. It’s a verb.
- What still drives me is that I’ve not reached it [success]. My life has to be a progression. I’m still at it because this is what I’m supposed to be doing.
- We are iterative in how we live. We don’t reach a pinnacle and then just look back.
- We should be ever striving, ever engaged. I’m enthusiastic. I’m blessed with great health, discipline and good business practices and personal health practices. So, I’m very much enjoying what I’m doing.
- The influence that we have across the globe is dynamically being fueled by people who are fantastic about what they are doing. They’re working with deliberate intentions around delivering a workforce solutions to a geography that has never before had so many talent available and need so much more talent.
- Ronald Reagan taught us to trust and verify.
- Bill Clinton taught me something. Forget the zeros.
- The person you’re speaking with at that time is the most important person as far as we’re concerned.
- It’s about localization and not globalization
- Forget about whether somebody is at this level or that level.
- Money and numbers are important metrics to measure, but they’re measuring a process and a progress. They’re not a measure of the person.
- The income of a person is no indication of their value. Mother Teresa died penniless and the world bowed down in humility at her feet.
- We need to understand that when we’re building businesses, if we’re going to have people be a fundamental part of how we measure and how we value what we do.
- Get the zeros off. Focus on what’s happening in that moment, how it impacts the larger picture, then put it back together.
- We just earned another contract that is worth millions of dollars to us from a financial perspective. But unless we’re able to break down the service we deliver, location to location to location, and bring value to those individual stakeholders, that contract will end up not just being worth nothing but it will costs us if we don’t deliver well.
- Stop worrying about someone else’s zeros. Focus on your 1 through 9.
- When you talk about valleys, you talk about going through, and one thing we all understand is being on our grind. The big lesson I’ve learned is that as you grow your business, successful people embrace doing the things that people who don’t consider themselves reject doing. Whether that’s doing the hard things first in the course of a day, or whether that’s really taking the hard look at the reality of your situation on the whole.
- It’s about embracing the thing that’s hard. Most difficult things are simple. Simple doesn’t mean easy, but most of the things that you’re really invested in — that you may waste time with procrastination, or you may find personal attitudes that will keep you from making the right decision. You just want to do the same thing over and over again and expect that same results.
- All those things are emotional, but successful people really embrace doing the things that most people find difficult to do or will reject. That’s sometimes that’s referred to as the winner’s edge or plays itself out as stick-to-it-iviness
- Going through valleys doesn’t mean that you aren’t climbing mountains at the same time. You’re gonna have some trails of up and downs.
- Trailblazers’ signature nomenclature is what’s all about — trailblazing. You’re trailblazing, going through paths that you’ve never been before. It doesn’t mean somebody else hasn’t been through it. It’s just new to you.
- When you accept that, then you’re more open to the idea that you can embrace teams and networks. You can even fail on your way to success, more than once.
- We’ve all heard stories of people who’ve done that, but somehow when it’s our own personal lives, we tend to put those blinders on, and we believe that just focusing on our goals gets there.
- The result is the truth. This means you’re not gonna be stopped or you’re not gonna be in error by the obstacles that come along your life in the process of growing and going where you want to go
- Every road has its different milestones — 50 miles ’til; 40 miles ’til
- When it comes to going through valleys, there are valleys on your way to climbing a mountain. Every mountain has a valley.
- Very often I’m asked about sexism and racism. Lately people have been asking me about rheumatism but the truth is the challenge I faced have been my own self that stopped me in my way more often than others.
- I do not negate that these things exist. We all see it clearly. But it’s not what they call you, it’s what you answer to. For me it’s really been the truth of that. Not just believing that but knowing that.
- I believe the sun is gonna come up tomorrow. I know that I’m speaking with you in this moment. It’s moving from believing to knowing that’s been the biggest struggle for me.
- It’s only been the last 4 1/2 to 5 years that I’ve given myself the freedom to be a smart, Black woman.
- I grew up during the time of segregation in a town called Tarboro, North Carolina. I was a pre-Civil Rights kid, and I knew what it meant to never get a brand new book. Every book I got had pages missing.
- I grew up in an environment where I knew what it was like to be lesser than, and I grew up in a community that taught me that that was my right place. But I also grew up in a family that taught me that this world is big and God’s promise is real, and you live in consistency with that, and make sure that you learn and you grow; and you’ll be able to change that, and you may be able to change that for someone else.
- The things that I’ve learned as a woman are lessons for men as well.
- I have to own my own truth.
- The Definition of Love … My Love is of a birth as rare, As ’tis for object strange and high: It was begotten by despair, Upon Impossibility.
- I was hanging the identity of myself on disparity and what was being shown in front of me about who I could be and who I should be.
- It’s the conversation you’re having with yourself that’s gonna to speak the loudest in your quiet moments.
- It’s the conversation that you’re having with yourself that’s gonna be heard by others when you’re not saying a word.
- It’s the conversation you’re having with yourself that’s gonna leave your legacy in life
- It’s what you said to you that’s gonna mean more and deliver more than what anybody else is saying, and so you’ve gotta be precious about it.
- Ask questions and then listen. Listen. Listen.
- You are amongst that audience that you ask the questions of and that you listen to.
- Gain everything you can in the way of assimilating knowledge, but be very selfish about how you bring it into yourself and how you apply it to you life.
- Be deliberate. Be highly intentional about what you allow to stay with you and what you repeat to yourself
- I was doing over a $1B in business before I gave myself permission to be smart, Black and female. Imagine what life could look like had I given myself permission sooner.
- Play the music that takes you where you want to go.
- Janice’s ABC’s of life: A – Ask the right questions; B – Be where you say you’ll be; C – Communicate-
- Janice’s ABC’s 2.0: A – respect the power of artificial intelligence. B – What are you buying into? C – Communication. Be very selfish about what you’re allowing to come into your consciousness as well as what you’re putting out.
- We are iterative beings — we have room to grow and the need to forgive.
- Your unconscious mind starts to unpack your conscious mind in some very profound and deliberate ways.
- Be highly thoughtful about what you say. Everything matters about what you allow into your brain.
- Cancel out thoughts that do not serve well to where you are going, so they don’t interrupt the unconscious path that you’re taking.
- @JBryantHowroyd on the contribution of a team: When you start getting to the point where you believe it’s all about you, that’s where you start your decline.
- When you have a team that is constantly allowed and encouraged to bring innovation and thought into your organization, then you’re growing.
- The FEET upon which we stand: Freedom to innovate. Excellence in delivery. Everything matters. Time to understand.
- We value the freedom to innovate in order that we have excellence in delivery, and because everything matters, we invest the time to understand
- Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally!
One Action To Blaze Your Trail:
Set aside one hour and do a t-graph. Draw a “T” across a piece of paper. Above that “T” write down the one big thing that has a timeline achievable before the end of the year. On the left side of the “T” write down all the positive steps that you are taking and all of the negative steps that you are taking. On the right side of the “T” write down what needs to be done, positve and negative. Then turn this T-graph into your SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). It can be excellent and cathartic in journalling, but it’s absolute and intentional around building out success plans.
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Now this gala is going to be honoring tanya allen of the skillman foundation, one of our past guests john rogers jr the ceo of ariel investments and george soros found off the open society foundations to learn more about purchasing tickets to the gala or if you’d like to become a sponsor for the event please visit blackmail, achievement dot or g or you can shoot me an email stephen at tv pa dot com you’re listening to the trail blazers podcast where we will explore the stories of successful plaque professionals join us as we highlight the knowledge resource is in tools of these accomplished trailblazers tto help provide the knowhow confidence in motivation you need to play your trick and now here’s your host stephen hart please initial welcome son hong you episode off the trail lisa’s fm podcast today’s a special one on dh i am so excited to be beginning a new six week siri’s featuring trailed lee’s entrepreneurs. We’re taking you into the lies and stories of seven black entrepreneurs and business owners. Well accomplished their slice of greatness but are continuing to push toward even higher heights on their journey in true trailways of fashion we’re going to be talking with them about things they’re most grateful for in your life right now we’ll share a little bit of their background on your story on some of the things that have presented them challenges and elise on their journey and allow them to open up and share with you some motivational mission fuel you’re gonna get all kinds of insight and resource is that they’re using on her journey right now and you’ll hear what they think you should be doing to begin taking action towards policing your own trail if today’s your first time listening i want to say thank you so much for joining us on today’s episode and i invite you to hop on over to our web site at tv pa dot com where you can check out our archives off over one hundred and thirty plus other episodes will have a little something in store for everyone so make sure you check that out you can also follow us on social were on the gram on instagram, facebook and twitter or handle is at tv ipod and so without further delay i want to introduce it at the first guest in this entrepreneurship siri’s we’re talking today with janice bright holroyd who is an amazing businesswomen entrepreneur, educator ambassador off a mentor and presidential special appointee she’s a phoned on chief executive officer of the act one group which is a multi billion dollar award winning talents and talent technology enterprise no janice is currently listed as the number fifty four person in the fords twenty eighteen list of america’s richest self made women in twenty fourteen she was recognized by black enterprise is the first black woman to own and operate a billion dollar company and she was beat his first ever bt honors entrepreneur of the year and has received black enterprises business of the year award as well in me of twenty sixteen chinas received a key presidential appointment by president barack obama’s a member of the president’s board of advisors on historically black colleges and universities she’s traveled to over fifty countries promoting education and the powerful impact it has on communities around the world and her accomplishments both personal and professional are inspired by her deep feet on her love for her family plays a nation hope you’re as excited as i am right now to welcome the one and only janice brains how right let’s go hello and welcome back to another episode of the trailblazers podcast my guest today is janice brandt holroyd miss janice welcome and thank you so much for sharing in this conversation with me today all stephen is such a great honor and blessing to join with you the work you’re doing is tremendous and i’m very excited to be a part of it thank you so much so we love to open up all our conversations from a police of gratitude and so i’d love to have you share an unexpected blessing that your most grateful for in your life right now well let me tell you something stephen i live in expectation of blessing and consider everything on earth of blessing what i will tell you some uninspected good things that have happened for me are that my teams are really working on some from a business perspective that is have been working on some efforts for a while and we actually thought that we would have another six months engagement before we got results and i just got an email from europe today that blessed us with the new relationship and allow us to deliver work for solutions across and blow than a gannet wait on a personal level i have to tell you that i got for nephews who are going to be a north carolina anti state university while on fry single with the andes all around the world so some of them if this is a professionally engaged conversation are listening now and i know they’re just champion lee the aba fried we have for a school that is ready waiting not only the largest summer adam and european engineers in the us but i never business we are corporations get individually on this this is surveying it seems on that campus so it’s all it’s all just a great day for me yes i love this i love this and you know everything i’ve seen unheard from you i know that you’re a very driven woman from tarboro north carolina on you just hear that wait you say is gonna sound a backhoe sand again that’s right tarboro north carolina i fold it i found it so amazing writes that you grew up in a big family i saw that your parents had eleven children what you’ve seen was my dad my dad is from our family off twelve on dh you know it left unwanted and hold experience of growing up in a big family influence the values that you live your life by today well you know what you give me opportunity to say something they’re actually a couple of things and i commit to answering your questions but you’ve laid the platform to comments i think a very important and it’s my understanding that your audience is primarily black professionals i think this is a message for everyone and they will appreciate it and share my sentiment on this one eleven children one mom one dad who really loved each other and taught us essence of so much that i brought into my business and then to the important thing for me about being a heart of such a big family i bury me your income which i didn’t know until i went to university there was stephen i originally university well get this i graduated with honors so when that i was done it’s just that my perspective my list is different right right now you know the difference between riches and wealth which is fundamentally the second bullet that i’m making growing up in a ali of working people in the house every day meant that we were learning allot tini and all lot ways to expand on something and those principles have helped me and my missus well so after all most of your business have your own generations of this but it was certainly true for me that i learned to be a part of the team and i also learned what it meant to build out from basics i love that thank you so much for sharing that but me a question what was it so well how did experiences of growing up in that family influence your values right that you live your life by today ? Well, you know one of the things that’s true for many of us and dynamically for me is that so many of the lessons that i learned in my home became my only personal values for me they became business values for me they actually call us the protocols that i had a baby that helped me to offer work for solutions across the globe we have ma dad who were connected in how they saw our family mom was the c o o and get was to ceo and there’s changed their rules and their values in the process of raising us so it’s been a really important thing for me to be able to capture back to what just seem natural for me as actual the culture and foundation points from which now i’m billed out total enterprise solutions wow fantastic so i loaned me for a second i want teo just bring it forward just a little bit but i wanted to share a quick snapshot of your aunt’s funeral start with our listeners so in nineteen seventy eight you took fifteen hundred dollars which included a nine hundred dollar loan from your mom and it became it’s what became the act one group today you started with a fax machine a phone on your contacts and what i love about this story is that you built your company now over the past four decades into what is now a global three billion dollar organization that’s operating in nineteen countries two thousand employees and over seventeen thousand clients let me just pause take a deep breath on acknowledge you for true trailblazer an inspiration you are for what greatness can truly look like for black men and women on dh i know your stories impacting people two dates impacting me in a big way in the work i’m doing and i know it continues to impact generation stockholm that’s going to want to follow in your footsteps as well and so you know it had me as i was allowing this to influence our conversation i was wondering what still driving you to do what you’re doing right now well i had to ask the question in right way because very often when people applaud any of us when i say us i need black professionals and they do that in the spirit of trailblazing or pioneering they’re talking about our lives is so this is what we’ve accomplished no i don’t know if any of your listeners are familiar with the work i’ve done on my success theories but i have my future but they will be land through the nineteen combat organization the strangest secret and about my definition of success which is the progressive realization off worthy ideal i’ma earl nightingale addict i have that had that stephanie so well they make you memorize it so i wear new nightingale okay so i handle success is the progressive realization of worthy ideal so i in my man i’m on my trail i have not fish success for me is not a noun is a burn okay and that’s really important to understand and i think that very often when we talk about what we done our how we’re delivering forward to the world we tend to take a position off okay i’ve reached some panel no i am in the process of doing this so you asked me what drives me is not why am i still adding more profoundly ? I’m not reach it my life has to be a progression i’m still at it because this is what i’m supposed to be doing there enough mind you i have a son who’s leading the organization beautifully and i don’t need t be you know on my throne forever he won’t get a shot but we are irritating how way don’t reach people and then we just wait we should be ever signing ever irrigation i’m enthusiastic i’m blessed with great hill discipline and good business practices and personal hell practices so i’m very much enjoying what i’m doing about online also is pitches by a team of a red apple employees when you talk about you know two thousand less employees you’re talking about people who are all in some way or another entrepreneurial making decisions day today so when i look at the influence we have across the globe is dynamically being fueled by people are fantastic at what they do the team was in the one true whether the overlooking an apple why are actual one or a check from background checks is framing there doing it with the deliberate intention around delivering total work for solutions to a geography that has never before has so much talent available and need so much more available talent that’s a no no yes yes wow so let me break this part known a little bit for those listening right and i wanted to talk about some of the keys to growing a business because i shared that number just know right three billion dollars that’s a blessing but it also can seem so unattainable for most of the people that are listening so could you maybe help us to understand what it takes to what it took for you to girl act one from you know start two million tow hundred ways you know people get caught up on numbers and data day those wasn’t that change is a business ok let me explain what i’m talking about what i think you’re getting to something i learned years ago you know, her balls of where you are politically you can learn from people right wrong already taught us to trust and verify bill clinton taught me something i went to the white house when he was here and i remember him having a group of us saying business owners and we were talking about whether or not we do business with the government and he said you know i understand that these are him seeing his tongue but he said you know i understand that these numbers can get very daunting for you where you’re looking at a scale where the government manages dollars and manages Numbers he said 1 of the things he had learned to do was just racist see roads and then you’re dealing with one through nine and then embassy rose at the end i would encourage your listeners who are building a business managing our employees are simply going through their day to day in a personal relationships that the person you’re speaking with that time it’s the most important person as faras they’re concerned and if you can understand that it’s about globalization and not globalization you could grow get zeros off get about whether somebody is at this level of that level money and numbers are important metrics to measure but they are measuring a process any progress you’re not the measure of the person the income of a person is no indication of their value mother to reason why minimalists on the world bow down inability at our feet so we need to understand that we were building this is give people have people be a fundamental part of how we measure and how i value what we do get zeros off bullets on what’s happening in that moment how it impacts the larger picture then put it back together we can earn we can gain i just told you we just won another contract this contact is worth millions of dollars to must from a financial percentage but you understand unless we’re able to raise down the service we deliver location to location to location and bring value to those individual state holders that contract will end up not just being worth nothing it would cost us if we don’t deliver well and asio things stop worrying about what somebody else to see rose looked like bows on your one true love that love that i’m gonna come back to people in a second because i wanted to talk i’ve heard you talk on this many times what obviously forty years has taught you so much on entrepreneurs never go on a straight path from each of the rights well not a lot you say for years because my you are still in my twenties i mumbled something when you’ve got me absolutely on a beautiful woman she is everyone let me oh well mr legos let’s put it that way so you’re not still ready forces a that’s that’s awesome that’s fantastic i wanted to pick your brain on i find that or listener sometimes connects to the valley right because they can relate if they’ve been there or if they’re there right now and so i wanted to talk with you just i mean it’s a boat a challenging experience that you’ve had and i’m sure you’ve had many running act one and maybe have you sure what you learned about yourself through the experience well please about valleys you talked about going through what we all understand is being on our run, right ? Yes and the big lesson i learned is that i have alluded to this country element with my conversation about globalization of your services the main lesson i’ve learned is that you and grow a business if you are entrepreneurial about away it doesn’t mind who signs your check you write it so everybody’s your old brand whether you’re working in someone else’s something or your own got me this is fine okay we need to get that out your first stephen and the thing that i learned about going through the valleys or being on your mind is that successful people embraced doing the things that people often don’t consider themselves successful reject doing whether that’s doing the hard thing first in the course of a day or what oh that’s really taking the hard look at reality of your situation on the home is about embracing the thing that’s hard most difficult things are simple simple doesn’t mean easy but most of the things that you’re really invested in the human waste time with procrastination or you may i’m personal ad to set will keep you from making the right decision you just want you know that definition of idiocy is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result all those things are emotional but successful people really embraced doing the things that most people i’m difficult to do or will recheck and i think that sometimes referred to as the winners is your you know sometimes it’s suddenly plays itself out of situated nous but going through valleys doesn’t mean that you are climbing mountains at the same time you’re gonna have some trails up and down your signature nomenclature is what it’s all about trail blazing you’re going through past that you’ve not been through before that lisa hi helps hasn’t been too absolutely it’s just new to you and when you assess that then you’re more open to the idea that you can embrace teams networks you could even fail on your way to success more than once we’ve all heard stories of people who’ve done that somehow when it comes to our own personal lives we tend to put those blinders on but we believe that just focusing on our bone gets here yeah i have on my death saying that say’s the result is that true you know that means that you’re not going to be stopped and you’re not going to be in error by the obstacles that come along your life in the process is rolling and going where you want to go you need to stop and take measure along that had a little bit is well you know every rose has its different milestones right fifty miles still forty miles still you know you need to remember that so i think that it is really important for your listeners to understand that when it comes to go into valleys their valleys on your climbing a mountain every mountain has it yes yes i could listen to you talk for like oh i listen and i imagine several women who i know are frequent listeners that a podcast who are hoping and praying for a fraction of the blessing you’ve had in your own journey right for their startups and their journey what have you observed though, being the biggest challenges that you see are black female entrepreneurs facing right now work you know our black women are one of the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs right now but also face so much struggle trying to rise right i’d love your input from your vantage point you know to share with them what you see is the challenge that there may be not looking at from their lands i’ll tell you one thing that’s happened for me if that could be helped because i had to speak from my own true their final answer i can give you academic perspective as anyone can i’ll see from my own truth and that is you know very often i’m asked about sexism racism later people asking about room urges you know but the truth is the truth is if in my own cell that stopped me in my way more often than else i did not get that these things exist we all see it clearly okay but it’s kind of like how many of your listeners are gonna relate to what i say it’s not what they call you is but you answer to for me is really been living the truth of their not just believing that but knowing that you see i believe the sun is gonna come up tomorrow i know there are speaking with you in this moment is moving from the leading to knowing that single biggest struggle for me and i have to tell you honestly i don’t have the occasion to seek it graduations and at big bess and organizations and keep those and i’ll tell you i’ve been sharing lately it’s only been the last four and a half to five years that i have given myself a freedom to be a smart black woolen now i love as you mentioned earlier in a town called taborn with your line yeah i love during the time of segregation some of your listeners may be too young to relate to this but i think all of them are educated and important enough to know about this i was a pre civil rights see it okay in i knew what it meant to never get a brand new poll everybody right out have pages missing but my dad would say you’re smarter nothing about what’s missing and my mom will say and what you do right now taping and so the kid denies you we’ll have that information available so i go up in an environment stephen were i knew what it was like to be left van and i grew up in a community that taught me that that was my right place but also who have been a family that taught me look this world is big and god’s promise is real and you live in consistency with that and you make sure that you learn you grow and you’ll be able to overcome that and you may just change you for someone else so talking about obstacles or things that i’ve learned as a woman the things i’ve heard there’s a woman on lessons for me as well you know may have their own concerns and their own lisa’s well especially black men and so what i learned is i have toe oh my old truth i remember my sister went away to university and this forms online somewhere and i won’t put it you know it is full mr wreck i’m going to take a little artistic license cia but i remember when my sister went away to look for one day and he state university and i was home and the house felt empty when she left now i told you there are eleven of us on the first one to go college still left inquest mom and dad full dozens of people every day every night in that home and it felt so interested in me and i cried about there we didn’t tweet and we didn’t face time we didn’t even have cellphones okay and no i was saying only also fall from topper and with caroline degree’s burn north carolina so leave letters that we found ourselves english sails and i wrote my sister the siri’s of letters about how i’m this juror and the loneliness i was feeling and she wrote me one letter by and in it she put a hole in the side. I know what i think my mind somewhere but it’s just it’s safe my love is on our birthdays rear is all objects changing high trusty gun i just see a possibility that’s the whole story and it taught me so much in that moment where i was painting my identity of myself on disparity on what was being shown in front of me about who i could be and why i should be on my sister and gone off to greece for what caroline she was on campus where everybody in that whole community was engaged in the process of ohio learning on people were coming in to speak and coming from different places and sharing with new ideas most of my sister’s letters for sharing with me concepts and new information that she learned from speakers but come speak at and t which is likely why i invested much time today speaking on campuses i’ve never thought about it until this very sentence even you blessed me with knowledge about myself in this conversation why why read my business i’m emotional why do i break my business schedule so often to invest time on campuses i think it’s because when i think back on the letters that i treasure in my life much cinema letters where my sister she out with me how speakers would come and she wouldn’t go to listen in the auditorium toe all these wonderful speakers from across the world who were teaching her inside that counts about places she had not yet been and so i’m gonna get myself back into the right emotional space and just say that if there are women listening please please understand is the conversation you’re having with yourself that sort of seat the loudest in your quiet moments and it’s a conversation you’re having with yourself that’s not being heard by others when you’re not saying a word and it’s the conversation you’re having with yourself the suddenly your legacy in mine is what you said to you that sort of mean more and deliver more than what anybody else is saying so you’ve got to be precious about yeah i teach people to ask questions of them this is this is this i would encourage that you are much set on using past the questions are and then you listen to please game everything you can in a way off assimilating knowledge but being very selfish about how you bring it into yourself and how to apply it to your line beetle liberty hi intentional about what you allow to stay with you what you repeat to yourself i’m a woman of a certain age and it’s on ly within the last forty after five years that i truly given myself permission to be smart and black and female and i was doing over a billion dollars of business before i gave myself affirmation in justin imagine what like looked like had i given myself permission solo i pray your families and your young mi and mistress give themselves that tradition you know one of my favorite songs in life is john lennon’s in action and i listened to it i’m ready proffered actually live from one of our african tours no that is what i listen to teach people to play the music that takes you through a while ago i listen to imagine and it helps me with all of those issues that we’re talking about people say so anyway that’s macy then that’s me wow that is so powerful i’ve lost all trina thought just listening to that that right there is a very very powerful thank you so much for sharing that you know i’m listening to you and i’m thinking of this court that says one generation plants a tree in the next generation gets the shed on dh i just appreciate your wisdom you planted a tree and you’re expending that shades us right now and i don’t know if you have any other practical advice for a generation of entrepreneurs and probably more practical on what steps we should be taking right now in this generation in this time that we’re in right now as new entrepreneurs toe work on our businesses well you know most of your listeners are probably familiar with my abc so i’m not gonna go through those but i think you can do right take them to the a b c’s and how find them what i will do is i’ll give you a new no okay cc point to ok it’s an a on this abc is about make sure we respect the power of artificial intelligence where does it play in our lives now most people think of artificial intelligence and they’re thinking about how artificial intelligence is impacting the workforce which is where i’m delivering a lot of my attention in my work as well to you know is it taking away jobs is it creating new jobs that’s a debate that would be held in a different form but for the purpose of your listeners i want them to understand the power of it because he can major lives narratively stronger more secure even also impacted in a way that seeks to really feel their own privacy and their issues are so and how they get into the game how they understand what life looks like going forward many of them appreciate it this a vehicle that i or technology that utilizes their homes but they’re not really appreciating it in terms of how am i an investment for them in their lives as well and then be that we will be about home but what are you buying into you know whether that’s making sure that you’re investing in startup businesses even as you’re an entrepreneur i into some of the businesses that you have an interest in whether it’s so learn more about the area you’re going into or it’s just to support the elected by how that allows us to see you businesses grow that we really appreciate the trends of how we’re becoming important in the lives we are invested in and the communities that you’re about but i think all of your listeners who are entrepreneurial e situated or professionally situated to buy that they start to think about how you’re buying into businesses not just the ideas while ideas you’re buying into but what technologies but business services are buying into be very thoughtful about that early on many of them are busy paying off school loans or maybe the first large purchases of homes make sure that you’re paying into your future is well and you’re buying into smart businesses create for polio that you’re really hearing them out and then the sea for me remains the same and that’s the communication beaver selfish about what you’re allowed to come into your consciousness this well is about what you’re getting out the consciousness is the communication that offers for your business i think these are things that are really important there in a minute as differently forever one of us because we are generative beings which i keep repeating fanatically in this conversation with you is that we are inherited that means we have room to grow and we have me to forgive you need to make sure that we are very very clear where we rely on our conscious minds to go you know your unconscious mind starts to unpack. You’re cautious mind you would’ve saying stephen your unconscious mind starts to your conscious mind is a very, very profound and deliberate ways you’ve gotta be highly volatile about you say everything matters about what you allow into your brain you’ll even hear me sometimes if i’m speaking or in a conversation floor all and i’ll say displaying that reject that castle that my most frequent belt it was like cancel that where i will chancel out on if it is not serving well to where i need to be going and it doesn’t matter whether it’s information perspective where the risk adle what already is i’ll cancel it out i will consciously cancel it out so it doesn’t interrupt the unconscious pair that i’m taking descending since from you yes yes absolutely and i love that you’re speaking that oats into existence and canceling that that’s amazing i will take all of that and put that out for you right now you know i sometimes if i’m in a public environment and it’s no secret it’s just keeps me blew it you’ll see me like chat with my middle three fingers of my right hand i guess just above my waist you know for some reason that’s where my sister to point is for me right ? And so i’ll just happen in and i’ll just cancel it out with somebody’s saying something that’s not reading good to the world i cancel it out if something’s happening in my life that i’m hearing it it’s not resonating with the direction i need to go i can’t believe you i say i say in error i cancel it out you know and sometimes i’ll just consciously outlaws that castle there and keep rolling we gotta be very thoughtful about the precious time we’re serious in this existence because we want the whole existence of mine to be beneficial to and beneficial from us it is important that we are very very oh very very possible about how we allow our conscious mind to interrupt or propel our unconscious behavior i love that i have a couple more quick questions for you before wrap up here but we talked about people a couple of minutes ago on dh i wanted to come back to days and and just ask you home much of the success of act one group do you credit to your own team one hundred percent one hundred percent now where are my in that picture ? I’m a part of that team the most of port of people on your team always wanna know this and i appreciate you for valuing that floor your clients are gonna appreciate that when you start to get to the point where you believe that is all about you i think that’s where you start with the plan you know you really you’re growing your right and when you have a team that is constantly allowed to bring it and hurt to bring innovation and on into your organization you’re growing now you know we have something in our company that is our foundation we call a feat home which we stand and it spells out s o f e t it is freedom to innovate he is excellence in delivery the second he is everything marriage and the tea is time to understand so when you sell that how about how we live and how we work is safe we value the freedom to innovate in order to the lives liver excellent what is it ? We have excellent delivery because everything we invest in time to understand how brilliant will that be where you live that professionally and personally yes yes i’m for all of that last two questions here for you i will wrap up for today trailed liza’s are billy’s a nation as we like to call our community they love to hear to resource is off our featured guest and i wanted to ask you you know if they’re any books that you’re reading right now or maybe of red in the past that you would care to recommend and encourage us to also read well you know patrick lynch fiona’s book advantage is a really good while our business owners to be reading i think it is kind of interesting you asked me about how much credit i get to the rope and the strength of my organization to my team ah young man run live it actually brought that to our attention he is one around leadership team members and he encouraged my son read and media reap a book and i just think it’s awesome and patrick lynn’s unicef or advantage then there were two other girls that i’ve been going back and forth between i don’t read one book at a time i really be you know that to a pre amounts it out and this is remember to meet a man became afraid recently won it’s all one hundred year line living and working in an age of longevity and this is my andrew scott and linda bratton and then the far booth and i’m reading his life three point oh being human in the age of what artificial intelligence and this is my mark so i think those are really good books i’m always reading the bible so that’s my number one okay i told me years ago before she became today she’s a mom say but i have to account for why are you so insistent that the way you say that that means everything you just said isn’t true so i’m gonna say three face three bulls and you know you want to wait that’s right that’s right listen i enjoyed this conversation so much i have one last question for you that your last one thing this is a lot of things for last point is so what is one action that you’d recommend we take this week that is going to help us on our journey to blaze a trail do a graft sit down deliberately any day of the week that works for you that you have at least one hour and do a cheek crap you’re familiar with the keeper i am not okay so you can do this on your devices or you can do it all school paper pencil some of you may want paper pistol because when you see the parts you will not be able to make your rations too little but do it anywhere draw t across a piece of paper about that tea right now the one big thing that has a timeline achievable before into hell you see how cat away with big life thing just the one big thing you really need to succeed at before in the year or accomplish before the end of this year and then on the left side of that t facing you that will be stage right for those of you who are you know, acting inclined you’re going right now all of positive steps that you partying and all of the negative steps said you are taking on the right side stage left you’re going right now on what needs to be done positive and negative that he is going to start to look my cross okay and there you’ll be able to turn back into your swamps and it will be a war honest what then ? The lazy one that wear strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats you will start with that t graph it will help you a lot to be able to do that now i do this anytime i’m going into a new circumstance where southern rip our financial investment or whether it’s a new protocol that we’re gonna initiate i also do it on my personal life so it comes by nature to me and i have lots of books i’m a very device driven person because after all i am the host magnificently but to millennial right that’s right but i see that i still buy the books and you’ll find it in my life every one of the things i have most stuff in my life are candles flowers and boots that’s me and in my library many of my hosts are well said i’ve done my teeth browsing and i got to the point where now my family kind puts dates on and it’s been interesting for me to go back and look at some of those teeth brass and see the generation of my life and the success of my business all example through those grasso it could be excellent and chaotic and journaling but absolute and intentional around building out since says friends yes yes was i hearing them you were absolutely clear on powerful and amazing and wonderful and all of the above stephen yes please never compromise who you are personally to become you wish to be professionally that’s. The best advice i think i’ve ever been given and that i couldn’t give me one from my home you have heard it here miss janice thank you so very much for being our guests i know you’re on social media did you want to share any of your social media handles lps him up in the show notes toe yes jake ryan tell ruby j beyond why a d h o w r y d they can busy ask j b h at my website but my social media is james bryan tell boy and i’m gonna be in for blessings and sharing blessings steven absolutely i can wait for miss janice from tarboro north carolina has blessed my soul today stay well that’s it for today thanks again for listening to this episode of the trailblazers podcast i’ll be posting links to all of today’s book recommendations on links mentioned on our show note speech at tv pod dot com if today was your first time listening to the trailblazers podcast i just want to extend a warm trail blaze is welcome to you we’re so happy tohave you here and we encourage you to go ahead and get that subscribe button in your favorite podcast up go ahead and grows through some of our past episodes to keep the knowledge fluent if you’re a fine of the podcast onto these content and your maybe already subscribe to the podcast please continue to share and envy fight your friends your family, your colleagues listens an episode that you think my impact their most. 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