The 10 Best Quotes Guaranteed To Get You Motivated.

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The 10 Best Quotes Guaranteed To Get You Motivated.

It's no secret: Words have power. And the quotes in this list are guaranteed to shift your perspective + outlook. I want you to hush the chatter of society, and live life on your own terms. And with these quotes, I'm challenging you to do just that!

Whether you're an inspiring entrepreneur, seasoned vet in this business game, or a millennial who knows they deserve more, don't give up on dream or more importantly yourself

So if you're feeling stuck or simply need a little motivation, these 10 quotes are the solution. 

 

ONE.

You have everything you need to build something bigger than yourself.
— Seth Godin

TWO.

If you truly want to change yourself, you must first change your mind.
— unknown

THREE.

The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done.

FOUR.

A setback is a setup for a comeback.
— T.D. Jakes

FIVE.

Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.
— Anonymous

SIX.

Decide what you want or someone else will.

SEVEN.

You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
— Henry Ford

EIGHT.

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.
— Denis Waitley

NINE.

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
— Lolly Daskal

TEN.

If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it. —teach yourself to be impatient.
— Gurbaksh Chahal

I hope these quotes inspired a #Mindshift + encouraged you to push through. Grab your Free Mindshift eGuide filled with resources (books, videos, podcasts + more) to keep you motivated on your journey toward success.

Your partner on the journey, 

Simone Danielle. 


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Mindshift- The Interview Series: Featuring Brandon Of The Scheme Team.

Before we begin, let's set the stage. The purpose of this interview series is to inspire and encourage millennials to take the leap into entrepreneurship or give advice to those currently on the journey.

This series will highlight millennial entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries who are offering services, products and resources to their audiences. 

 Throughout the next couple of weeks you will have the chance to read the stories of millennial trailblazers who are designers, social ambassadors, photographers, and more. I hope you are inspired!


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In this Mindshift Interview, I have Brandon of The Scheme Team. During this interview, we deep dived into all things business, influencing the future and more. Brandon is an serial entrepreneur with three companies under his umbrella. How does he manage to do what majority would describe as the impossible? He breaks it down for you, here...

Behind the Person

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Tell a little bit about yourself and what you do. 

My name is Brandon Miller, I was born in Southern California but claim Denver, Colorado as my home. I received my Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where I also minored in Technology & Management. Currently, I am an implementations and operations consultant (from 9-5), and the rest of the hours in the day I am the CEO and Head Designer for That Guy’s Graphics, Co-Founder of The Scheme Team Blog & Community, Co-Founder of The Black Burdell, Inc. – a nonprofit focused on promoting, supporting, and cultivating black entrepreneurs, as well as a avid runner and Chipotle Connoisseur.

What is one quote you live by? Give an example of how you’ve applied this quote in your journey.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

This quote means so much because it ties together legacy, purpose, and passion. My dad, who is probably the smartest, most business-savvy, and motivational people I know, always told me he worked so hard so he could provide a foundation for my brother and I so that we can be better than him. My brother and I never really understood how to be better than what we thought was the best, but it ended up making sense the older I got.

If you’re not passionate about what it is that you are doing, if you don’t have a forward-thinking purpose - you’re doing yourself a disservice and that particular task a disservice as well.

What’s one habit you have developed that you feel as though has aided in your overall journey?

Removing the phrase “I can’t do that,” from my vocabulary.
  1. The statement in itself is crippling and debilitating, I look at it as you telling yourself “I’m not as good as God thinks I am.” 
  2. Ever since I let go of that phrase the sky has been the limit for me. I actually love it when people tell me that I can’t do something now, one – because I know I can (and proving people wrong is always fun).

What is one book, you feel has contributed to your success?

The Alchemist.
— Paulo Coelho

If I told you I’ve read The Alchemist seven times would you believe me? Paulo Coelho does a great job of personifying some of my favorite themes.

  • ‘Dreams,’ which we often look at as lofty goals that may or may not be attainable in our minds.
  • ‘Reality,’ your actual circumstances, whether good, bad or ugly.
  • ‘The Process,’ the bridge that connects the two (this is what we call ‘Schemes’).

As Santiago connects dreams, schemes, and reality: he learns that once you conquer fear you become an unstoppable force, the best way to learn is through action, and that success has a ripple effect – as you become better all those around you become better too. 


All Things Business

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How did The Scheme Team come to form? What was the idea that started it all?

A bunch of friends that committed to working hard and playing harder; and we wanted to inspire everyone else in our generation to do the same. Even beyond the core group that ‘officially’ started The Scheme Team, we had a decently sized circle of friends that loved to travel, that were pursuing their careers in hyper drive, and loved to have fun. I think it was New Years Eve 2015 when we had a conversation about first starting a blog and business.

What does The Scheme Team do? 

we are a community who brings together dope passion pursuers who are relentless in turning their dreams to reality.

We showcase millennial success, curate experiences that embody the work-hard-play-hard mindset, and have a lot of fun doing it. There are so many impressive people our age who are really making their dreams a reality – from climbing the corporate ladder, starting businesses, excelling in the arts, and are on the leading edge of ‘the next big thing.’

We want to be the vessel to showcase that talent, to motivate our generation to not be complacent, and have the opportunity to bring people together to learn from one another and collaborate – whether through our blog, book club, or on one of our experiences.

What problems or pain points are you looking to solve through The Scheme Team?

The concept of settling or complacency.

.We all get into ruts where we fear our dreams or see them as unattainable, but life is too short for that. By creating a mindset of ‘turning your dreams to a reality’ through multiple avenues we hope to motivate, encourage, and inspire.

There are a lot of misconceptions about running a small business or being an entrepreneur, like lack of freedom or difficulty growing income. What’s the biggest myth you’ve learned to be untrue?

You have to have everything about your business planned out before you can execute

Planning is important, as long as you don’t let a plan become crippling. Spend more time acting on your instinct, if you feel what the right business decision is – do it. Hell, if you fail guess what? You learned what doesn’t work and you have the opportunity to try again.

Once I stopped planning (as much), and started acting instinctively I’ve had a lot more fun with my businesses, a lot more failures, a lot more lessons, and ultimately, many more successes.

What tools or systems is a necessity for running your business smoothly?

There are also so many cool tools and platforms that can automate your business processes to reduce time on your end and seamlessly integrate what it is that you do.

Slack.

My favorite communication tool now is Slack, I use it for a number of my businesses and it makes it easy to communicate in real-time. It also helps monitor business processes like sales, emails from customers, track mentions on your social media, launch google hangouts, and so much more.

If This Then That.

In regards to automation; if you are a business that doesn’t use IFTTT.com (If This Then That), or Zapier you are swimming cross-current right now. These services integrate and automate across different platforms and can almost do anything you want them to. Morgan Debaun, the CEO of Blavity, put it this way – if you’re doing a task multiple times a day, you should automate it.

In order for a business to thrive there must be clientele. What marketing strategies have you used to attract and find new leads for business growth?

The biggest concrete strategy that we’ve learned is experiential marketing

Nothing is more valuable to a brand than when your community sells the brand for you. Our goals is to have everyone saying, “wow those are really dope people, doing really dope things, for a really dope purpose – I want to join the movement.”

We refer to ourselves as a socially powered success movement for that reason, it is our community that motivates us and truly powers us. So being who we are (passionate, intelligent, bottle-popping, purposeful, driven individuals) has served to be the best marketing strategy; everything else seems to just fall in line.

Being who we are (passionate, intelligent, bottle-popping, purposeful, driven individuals) has served to be the best marketing strategy.

Customer Service or the customer’s overall experience is crucial when it comes to brand longevity. What experiences have you created for your clientele or audience?

One of the biggest challenges that we have faced and still are combating stems from our name. We still get asked, “How can I be a part of the team?” Our answer is always, “Are you committed to making your dreams a reality? Cool, you’re a schemer, you’re on the team.”

  • Through our blog, we want to highlight passion pursuers, their craft, keys to success and how people can interact with them.
  • Through our book club, we want facilitate discussions to bring more value to the lives of our community.
  • Through our travel experiences, we want to introduce people to each other, let loose, and have the time of their lives.
  • Through our shop, we want people to rock the #SchemerGear and tell the world they are relentless in pursuing their passion.

These are the experiences we continue to curate for our community and add value to the movement.

As a serial entrepreneur, (The Scheme Team, That Guy’s Graphics, and The Black Burdell) why did you decide to own or create several businesses rather than solely focusing on one?

It’s all part of the Scheme! Joking (kinda).

 It’s uncommon that you find people so like minded and dedicated to running a business, so when you encounter that it’s very difficult to turn a blind eye to it. With each business I’m surrounded by people that are very dedicated and very intentional, which makes it easy to balance the workload without losing momentum. Each team is very specialized in serving a niche market that it just made sense to keep them separate.

In addition, I’m fortunate enough where all of my businesses sort of flow with each other. As a graphic designer, I can create a lot of the marketing material for The Scheme Team and The Black Burdell. With The Scheme Team, we can highlight members of The Black Burdell community and co-brand events. Regarding The Black Burdell, I can offer design services to young entrepreneurs and introduce them to The Scheme Team community. I couldn’t have asked for a more seamless business portfolio at this time.

As an entrepreneur, one understands the time and energy required to run a business. How have you managed to run multiple?

This is the million dollar question. I get this question a lot, and often times I have to stare in the mirror and ask myself. I chalk it up to a few simple things.

  1. God. I think it is human nature to have to have something to believe in, something foundational to support you – and faith is it for me.
  2. Passion. If you are not passionate about something it won’t be sustainable – business, relationships, hobbies – it applies to everything. Too many people start businesses to make a quick buck and wonder why those businesses aren’t sustainable. 
  3. A solid team. Teamwork always makes the scheme work.
  • By surrounding yourself with people better than you, you are forced to step your game and be better.
  • By surrounding yourself with those that support you, you will not fail because true supporters will never let you.
  • By surrounding yourself with those that inspire you, you will never settle because they will push you, force you to come up with new ideas, and be great.

In all of my business projects – That Guy’s Graphics, The Black Burdell, and The Scheme Team I’m surrounded by team members, partners, mentors, and advisors that I look up to, that are supportive, and that inspire me.


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What are some accomplishments of The Scheme Team? And where do you see its future?

One of the biggest accomplishments is our sustainability and continuous improvements. What I’m most proud of is how adaptable we are to serve our community; from our ability to tell the stories of Schemers across the United States through our #SchemerHighlights, interact with our community in a unique way with our #SchemeReads book club, or to plan and execute some pretty impressive experiences (if I do say so myself).

The ability to bring together young professionals who are really grinding and motivated in many different industries, from numerous locations, and a plethora of backgrounds together to network, forge new relationships, and have a fun time doing it is my favorite thing to see.

I describe a Mindshift as a moment in time, where one realizes, there is more to life than what society has told. Can you describe your Mindshift moment?

This is a great question, I actually had to sit and think for a while. I would say that I have had many “mini-mindshifts” but the biggest mindshift I had was when I was studying at Georgia Tech. I was involved in entirely too many campus organizations, I was interning and working two campus jobs, President of my campus Fraternity, and pursuing one of Georgia Tech’s toughest majors.

I had a breakdown that was rough. Many didn’t notice or see it, but I was averaging maybe three hours of sleep a night and was bogged down by loads of stress. That’s when I realized I didn’t have to do everything, solve every problem, or be too consumed by my resume. I realized the power of saying no, the importance of only committing to what you’re passionate about and that life is too short to let stress get the best of you. The rest is history.

The power of saying, No.

What advice can you give to other entrepreneurs?

Don’t think, do.

 I talk to current and aspiring entrepreneurs just about every day and I often find them caught in the “What-If” cycle. They’ll plan something great, think of something miniscule that might happen, scrap their plan and start the process over.

Until the rubber meets the road you won’t have an answer to your “What-If questions,” but if you fail fast, fail forward, and fail often you can learn, adapt, and innovate much quicker.

Lastly think about what living life on your own terms means to you. Describe your ideal situation.

I’d say my ideal situation would be one in which I can help others build and better their businesses, collaborate with one another, but also ensure a positive and fun experience (all while making money).

For me this boils down to starting a diversity consulting and strategy practice coupled with an innovative co-working and event space 

I want to help people build innovative businesses, collaborate with other top talent, have a conducive environment to work in, and have the time of their lives doing it.

Additional Gems From Brandon:

Start. Connect. Inspire.


Connect with Brandon:

Twitter / Instagram / Website

Connect with TheSchemeTeam:

Twitter / Instagram / Website


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Mindshift- The Interview Series: Featuring Diamonde Of Blossom

Before we begin, let's set the stage. The purpose of this interview series is to inspire and encourage millennials to take the leap into entrepreneurship or give advice to those currently on the journey.

This series will highlight millennial entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries who are offering services, products and resources to their audiences. 

 Throughout the next couple of weeks you will have the chance to read the stories of millennial trailblazers who are designers, social ambassadors, photographers, and more. I hope you are inspired!


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In this Mindshift Interview, I have Diamonde of Blossom  During this interview, we deep dived into all things business, influencing the future and more. Diamonde is passionate about creating her reality. And her initiative to start her own network is no surprise! Here, she shares her trials + successes on the entrepreneurial journey.  

Behind the Person.

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Tell a little bit about yourself and what you do. 

I’m a woman obsessed with living at my highest potential. Literally, OBSESSED. I’m always reading, researching, and trying to learn more about growing closer to the Universe. In all that I do, whether I’m producing a show, writing a book, developing a concept for a client, I’m passionate. I’m thinking, how can I implement my best into this?

What is one quote you live by? Give an example of how you’ve applied this quote in your journey.

This is a tough one because there’s SO many. I think a good one that I have to remind myself of sometimes is

We’re already equipped with everything we need.

We don’t have to search for anything outside of ourselves because we already have what we’re seeking. When I really stop to think about that, it’s pretty deep.

What’s one habit you have developed that you feel as though has aided in your overall journey?

FAITH.

Having FAITH. I used to worry so much but when I realized God’s power and His ability to come through, I learned to stop worrying. That doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous sometimes, because I do. But I have faith and know that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Not only that, but God ALWAYS always always comes through. 


All Things Business.

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How did Blossom come to form? What was the idea that started it all?

I grew really tired of creating television that didn’t serve my purpose for the sake of a paycheck. I wanted to create meaningful content.

After working on OWN’s “Iyanla, Fix My Life”, I realized, I needed and wanted to create this kind of content all the time. Instead of trying to search for it and wait for another network to call me, I had to create it myself. I had to be an example, THUS, Blossom. It started with the idea of just creating a bunch of different shows but now has blossomed into this concept of housing other content creator projects that make our audience feel good.

What is the ‘Why’ of Blossom? What problems or pain points are you looking to solve through Blossom?

I feel like television, specifically unscripted/reality television, has created an environment where we’ve truly become obsessed with comparing ourselves to other people’s lives in a negative way. We’re looking at what they’re wearing, where they’re partying, what they have on and then looking at what we don’t have.. And it’s like THAT DOESN’T MATTER. We need to be focused on the present moment. We need to learn to be okay with who we are and what we’re doing. We need to be validated as we are in this moment and that’s what I want Blossom to do for our audience. Validate their identities. Love them and embrace them for who they are in this moment.

...what I want Blossom to do for our audience [is] validate their identities. Love them and embrace them for who they are in this moment.

There are a lot of misconceptions about running a personal brand or being an entrepreneur, like lack of freedom or difficulty growing income. What’s the biggest myth you’ve learned to be untrue?

I want to be an entrepreneur because I don’t want to work for anyone.

So untrue. We still work for people. I probably work for more people than I ever have now. Lol

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What tools or systems is a necessity for running your platform smoothly?

A solid team and processes.

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from all of the female entrepreneurs that I’ve worked for is - process. I’m in the process of creating processes right now. I’m using Asana right now to get organized.

Asana.

In order for a brand and business to thrive there must be clientele. What marketing strategies have you used to attract and find new leads for Blossom’s growth?

All growth right now has been natural. I don’t know that I’ve necessarily done anything yet that has intentionally grown our audience. However, the end of the month is dedicated to creating marketing strategies so that we can grow our audience, content creators and production clients.

Customer Service or the customer’s overall experience is crucial when it comes to brand longevity. What experiences have you created for your clientele or audience?

Besides social media, nothing yet. We haven’t officially launched but when we do, we will definitely make sure our audience has an empowering experience. 

An empowering experience.

Influencing the Future.

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What are some accomplishments of Blossom? And where do you see its future?

We grew to 200 Instagram followers without any real effort, which is nice. And it’s only been a month. That’s exciting to me! The future is HUGE. We’re the Netflix for multicultural millennial women and we came to DISRUPT, okay?

I describe a Mindshift as a moment in time, where one realizes, there is more to life than what society has told. Can you describe your Mindshift moment?

Love is more important than accomplishments.

Living in California, away from my girlfriend and friends taught me that love is more important than accomplishments. A notch on my resume can’t compare to the feeling I get when waking up to my girlfriend. Love fuels me. Love fuels all and lack of love can cause destruction. That’s my mindshift moment. I like that by the way. “Mindshift moment”. Thanks, Diamonde!

What advice can you give to other entrepreneurs?

  • Experiment.-Don’t wait for things to be perfect, execute.
  • Read business books.
  • Do what you can with what you have.

Lastly, think about what living life on your own terms means to you. Describe your ideal situation.

I just want to feel free. I want to live as God wants me to live. I want to love as God loves.

That’s really it. For me, that’s the foundation to which I can build my dream life.


Additional Gems from Diamonde:

Do what you love. Develop your 'Why'. Seize the Present Moment.


Connect with Diamonde :  

Instagram / Twitter

Connect with Blossom Network:

 Website /  Blog / Studio


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Mindshift- The Interview Series: Featuring Charisse Of Charisse Christine.

Before we begin, let's set the stage. The purpose of this interview series is to inspire and encourage millennials to take the leap into entrepreneurship or give advice to those currently on the journey.

This series will highlight millennial entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries who are offering services, products and resources to their audiences. 

 Throughout the next couple of weeks you will have the chance to read the stories of millennial trailblazers who are designers, social ambassadors, photographers, and more. I hope you are inspired!


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In this Mindshift Interview, I have Charisse of Charisse Christine. During this interview, we deep dived into all things business, influencing the future and more. Charisse would be considered by many as a Youtube Personality but more importantly she is a content creator. And with an audience of 100k+ and growing, she uses her platform to empower the lives of young black women. #Blackgirlmagic Charisse has established herself as a brand. Essentially, she is her business and rightfully wears the title as an entrepreneur. In this interview, Charisse lays it all out, so I suggest you go grab a notebook and a pencil because she's dropping diamonds, rubies, emeralds. Yes, all the gems. Check it out!

Behind the Person

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Tell a little bit about yourself and what you do. 

We can start at the beginning! I’m a Southern California native. I was born and raised in Orange County and now I currently reside in Los Angeles. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, I naturally wanted to also be my own boss and live the challenging, yet rewarding entrepreneurial lifestyle.

My passions for business and the beauty industry led me to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) where I received my degree in Beauty Industry Merchandising and Marketing. Currently, I create hair and lifestyle content full-time on YouTube for millennial black females. This video content ranges from hair tips and advice to morning routines to lookbooks!

I create hair and lifestyle content full-time on YouTube for millennial black females.

 What is one quote you live by? Give an example of how you’ve applied this quote in your journey.

I want the world to be better because I was here.
— Will Smith

This quote is so simple, yet so powerful. My entrepreneurial journey is about so much more than just creating high quality videos or reaching big numbers – it’s about the people around the world who I’m able to connect with. Ultimately, I’m working hard for something bigger than myself! I’m fulfilled knowing that I am able to positively impact the lives of others.

I’m working hard for something bigger than myself!

What’s one habit you have developed that you feel as though has aided in your overall journey?

Organization.

There are many! If I were to only choose one, it would probably be my habit of organization. It is everything to me! With so much going on at once, if I didn’t have my planner filled out with today’s to do list, important deadlines, video plans, etc., I would be all over the place! Getting organized definitely helps me stay one step ahead and allows for efficiency. 


All things Business

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How did Charisse Christine come to form? What was the idea that started it all?

Charisse Christine as a brand began as a combination of two things:

  1. Me being passionate about wanting to find a way to positively impact the lives of others.
  2. The lack of black content creators in the beauty community on YouTube.

YouTube is an interactive community that has allowed me to connect with young, black females to not just discuss beauty, hair, and lifestyle, but also to empower them in their personal lives.

You describe yourself as a Content Creator. What does a Content Creator do? How has this title or position impacted your lifestyle?

My definition of a content creator is someone who, through his or her own creative process, creates unique, consumable online content that aims to entertain or inform. So as a content creator on YouTube, I produce, film, and edit videos that aim to inform viewers about hair and lifestyle topics in a relatable and easy to understand way.

As a content creator, I’m always on social media. This has impacted me both in a positive and negative way. Negatively, it makes it difficult to shut it off at times and I’m guilty of constantly being on my phone checking for updates. It’s addicting! I have to consciously remind myself to take a break. Positively, being able to connect and engage with individuals from all over the world via the Internet is priceless. It inspires me in my own personal growth as an individual and motivates me to work harder.

What is the ‘Why’ of your brand: Charisse Christine? What problems or pain points are you looking to solve through your platform:Charisse Christine?

As an empowered, young, black female my hope is to inspire others to discover and embrace the beauty and power of their own black girl magic!

There are a lot of misconceptions about running a personal brand or being an entrepreneur, like lack of freedom or difficulty growing income. What’s the biggest myth you’ve learned to be untrue?

You must be a risk taker.

The biggest myth I’ve heard is that in order to be an entrepreneur, you must be a risk taker. For me, it’s less about being a natural born risk taker and more so about deeply understanding the needs and wants of your core customer so that you can better control the outcome of your business and brand decisions. We will take on “risky” or challenging opportunities if we know that the outcome will be favorable for us. It’s a lot of strategizing!

What tools or systems is a necessity for running your platform smoothly?

Social Bluebook.

It’s so incredibly useful because it tells you how much your social media platforms are valued at. This comes in handy when negotiating compensation with businesses that are looking to sponsor you or advertise on your platform. Knowing your worth is definitely a necessity.

Google Analytics.

 It collects measurable data such as demographics, engagement, website traffic, etc. Super important in order to keep me on track!

In order for a brand to thrive there must be clientele. What marketing strategies have you used to attract and find new leads for your brand's growth?

In order to attract new viewers, it’s first important that I am creating valuable and high quality content that caters to my niche customers. They, as most people do, appreciate quality content that adds value to their life. This keeps them returning for more content and sharing it with their friends.

Promoting my content across my various social platforms where posts are easily shareable allows for bringing my content directly to my audience while increasing my brand’s visibility.

Understanding SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is important in order to get more traffic to my site. This includes strategically naming my videos, including keywords at the top of the description box of my videos, etc.

Customer Service or the customer’s overall experience is crucial when it comes to brand longevity. What experiences have you created for your clientele or audience?

An authentic experience.

I genuinely want to help other women with their hair care needs and because of that, it comes across in my videos that I care. It comes across in how I treat my viewers. This shows that my brand is trustworthy and approachable.

An engaging experience.

 I value the opinions of my viewers, so I include them in each video. I’ll ask them to share their thoughts on a certain product and how it worked for them or what method they prefer to use. Getting your audience involved with the process helps you to build a closer relationship with them.

An innovative experience.

It’s important to be unique and offer something that the competition doesn’t. For me, I don’t feel the need to come off as an expert in every video. While I do have a lot of tips and information, I’m someone who is still figuring it all out – just like my viewers are. I let them know that! I take them along with me on my hair journey – the ups and the downs. It’s relatable content. Also, incorporating new editing techniques is key!


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What are some accomplishments of Charisse Christine? And where do you see its future?

Some big accomplishments of Charisse Christine include being able to work with well established brands such as Barbie, Nordstrom, and COVERGIRL to name a few. My brand has also recently reached 100k subscribers, which is a huge milestone! I see the future of the brand moving towards more lifestyle content on and offline that caters to my brand’s “why” – empowering other young black females.

I describe a Mindshift as a moment in time, where one realizes, there is more to life than what society has told. Can you describe your Mindshift moment?

Inevitably, there have been a few bumps in the road on my journey to where I’m at today. At one point in my educational career, I had to make a really tough decision. I was at a large university studying a major that I wasn’t in love with. For me, it was a terrifying thought that I was putting all of my effort and energy into something that left me unhappy, empty, and dissatisfied at the end of the day. I quickly realized that the path society wanted me to take wasn’t the one for me.

A wise man once said, “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This put everything into perspective for me and helped launch me into pursuing my creative passion and transferring to FIDM. Of course the journey is still challenging and overwhelming, at times, but the difference is that I’m working hard for something I truly love and believe in. It makes all the difference.

What advice can you give to other entrepreneurs or those looking to launch their own personal brands?

Be authentic and be you!

When developing your personal brand and/or business, authenticity is key. You will build a long lasting relationship with your audience/customers who will want to keep coming back for more.

Never stop researching.

I research new things everyday! How can I best utilize my analytics? How can I improve my editing skills? etc. Be a student of your craft and stay curious.

Lastly, think about what living life on your own terms means to you. Describe your ideal situation.

Living life on my own terms is all about being able to design my life into one where I am fully in control. For me, that means having my passion be my paycheck, creating my own work schedule, fitting in time to do fun activities on a week day, traveling more, and following other’s societal expectations less. Living life on my own terms is working out of a cute coffee shop one day and working poolside the next day. Living life on my own terms is making the decision to allow myself more freedom of choice with my lifestyle. 


Additional Gems from Charisse:

Be Authentic. Be Impactful. Be Valuable. 


Connect with Charisse:

Youtube / Instagram / Twitter / Vlogs


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Mindshift- The Interview Series: Featuring Henderson Of The Black Burdell.

Before we begin, let's set the stage. The purpose of this interview series is to inspire and encourage millennials to take the leap into entrepreneurship or give advice to those currently on the journey.

This series will highlight millennial entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries who are offering services, products and resources to their audiences. 

 Throughout the next couple of weeks you will have the chance to read the stories of millennial trailblazers who are designers, social ambassadors, photographers, and more. I hope you are inspired!


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In this Mindshift Interview, I have Henderson of TheBlackBurdell. During this interview, we deep dived into all things business, influencing the future and more. Henderson is simply an all around amazing person. There's guaranteed good vibes and a ton of laughter, if he's around. He's one of the hardest working guys I know, managing a degree in a 'by-no-means-easy' field, super involved on campus, yet is always down for a good time with friends. How does he do it? Let's take a look at his journey...

Behind the Person

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Tell a little bit about yourself and what you do. 

My name is Henderson Johnson, II and I am a recent Georgia Tech graduate in aerospace engineering, and now a PhD student in the same field. I was born in Atlanta, and raised in South DeKalb although most of my family is from New Orleans. I enjoy singing, and having conversations about solutions to issues plaguing the Black community.

What is one quote you live by? Give an example of how you’ve applied this quote in your journey.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
— Phillipians 4:6-7

 This is my favorite Scripture because this is my personality. No matter how much I care about something, I don’t worry, because I know God’s got me, and He has a plan. Learning to trust in God is the reason I know that I’ve been so successful.


All things Business.

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How did The Black Burdell come to form? What was the idea that started it all?

Originally, it started off as a program to help high school students develop as leaders in their communities to empower the younger generation to address problems in the community. However, that got shelved when Brandon and Darren graduated. My senior year of college, we made the decision to really go after it and redirected our focus to entrepreneurs, and specifically Young Black Entrepreneurs. This refocus was because we saw an opportunity to support a specific group of people in a unique way. Furthermore, this refocus still allows us to work with high school students as well, which is fantastic.

What does The Black Burdell do? What problems or pain points are you looking to solve through The Black Burdell?

The Black Burdell supports, promotes and cultivates, Black entrepreneurs.

One of the biggest issues facing the Black community is money not staying in our community. We preach “buy Black”, but how do I buy Black when there is no place to buy Black. By helping promoting entrepreneurship we make it easier for people to buy Black, which keeps money in our community.

We make it easier for people to buy Black.

There are a lot of misconceptions about running a non profit based business, like lack of funding or difficulty obtaining partnerships. What’s the biggest myth you’ve learned to be untrue?

The lack of funding.

There are SO many places to get funding, you need only ask. If you’ve got a cool nonprofit or idea, it isn’t hard to sell to people. You just have to make sure to ASK. The worst answer you can get is no.

What tools or systems are a necessity for running your business smoothly?

  1. Communication system for our team.
  2. Clearly defined roles.
  3. Motivated team members.

In order for a business to thrive there must be clientele. What marketing strategies have you used to attract and find new leads for business growth?

Network.

Much of our success thus far has been based on leveraging our network. Being GT graduates, we have an extensive alumni network that we have been leveraging to help grow our business. Furthermore, with the work we’ve done to get publicity this year, there have been ample opportunities to reach out and work with new people.


Influencing the Future

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What are some accomplishments of The Black Burdell? And where do you see its future?

This past April, we gave out our first scholarship, and that was just an amazing achievement.

The Black Burdell is really centered around a win-win scholarship application, where you get the opportunity to build a business plan and pitch.

I describe a Mindshift as a moment in time, where one realizes, there is more to life than what society has told. Can you describe your Mindshift moment?

For me, it was making the decision to step out on faith. When I realized that I had the business acumen and the leadership experience to make this venture successful, I went for it. Like anything, I just needed to commit the time to it, because I was more than capable of making it happen.

What advice can you give to other entrepreneurs?

Push through your fear or anxiety.

You are not the first person to start a business, so don’t let your fear get in the way of you taking that first step.

Fail fast.

When you start off, you will make a lot of mistakes. Learn from those mistakes quickly. Don’t make the mistake again (or at least try not to. We are human after all). Failure is not a bad thing, it is simply a lesson you needed to learn.

Surround yourself with a good team.

It is so important to be around people who are driven and motivated like you. It is even better if your partners are overachievers because you’ll be driven to work tirelessly to do even better.

Lastly, think about what living life own your own terms means to you. Describe your ideal situation.

Letting God’s purpose shine through my actions.

For me, it’s letting God’s purpose shine through my actions. I’ve learned that at least a portion of my role here is to serve as a vehicle to take people higher. When I became Mr. Georgia Tech, I wasn’t as much excited about the position as I was as the image that it portrayed. Namely, I showed other Black students that they could come into this place called Georgia Tech and thrive. I want to use The Black Burdell, Inc. to show them that they can thrive in the entrepreneurship space.


Additional Gems from Henderson:

Seek God. Better the community. Lead the way.


Connect with Henderson:

Twitter / Instagram

Connect with TheBlackBurdell:

Twitter / Instagram / Website


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