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Author: Stephen A. Hart

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Trailblazers.FM is an interview-style podcast where host Stephen A. Hart delves deep into bold conversations with brilliant Black men and women - legendary creators, best-selling authors, self-driven entrepreneurs, and passionate leaders. Each episode documents fascinating and extraordinary Black stories, to help teach actionable strategies, valuable tactics and innovative tools, that you can put to use immediately on your journey to becoming transformative trailblazers.

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A Time to Be Still

A Time to Be Still


In the Bible, the book of Ecclesiastes‬ chapter ‭3 says   “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.    The Word says there is “a time to be silent and a time to speak” ‭‭ Blazer Nation ... for the past 4 years I’ve spoken and shared over 200 episodes with you. I’ve always been honest with you guys and right now I’m telling you the truth when I say that I am not in a great state of mind and I’m entering a time where I believe I need to be silent and to be still. 
Do it before you’re ready!  The action to take is to take action!  
Merry Christmas  Blazer Nation   Last week I shared an inspirational episode titled Acres of Diamonds, where I told you that you had all you needed and that somewhere within the work you are doing today,  lurked an opportunity which could bring you everything you could possibly want for yourself, your family and your career.   As I thought more about that, I wanted to follow up with one of the best episodes we had this year that was an example of someone tapping into their acres of diamonds. We’re going back to March of this year and today you’ll hear from one of my all time fav episodes on this podcast with our friend and trailblazer, Mignon Francois of the Cupcake Collection, who found her acres of diamonds.   If you hadn’t yet done so, please consider joining our community. You can find us at    So let’s not delay any further. Grab a pad and pen and get set to receive today’s motivational mission fuel from Mignon Francois.    Enjoy!          
Today, I’m going to share a story with you that was originally told by the founder of Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Russell Herman Conwell. He told this story more than 6,000 times all around the world.   This famous inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds, has inspired me in so many ways and I'd like to share it with you today.
Your vision wants to come to fruition for you just as much as you want to see it for yourself. But a lot of people forget to do the work. You can't just slap a picture up on the board. That's nice, but what are you going to do to get there? What are the steps that you're going to take? And a lot of it has to do with mindset over money. This week's feature is a PON DI REPLAY throwback to December 2016 with past trailblazer Lucinda Cross. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
Today, I lift my head and I see this seed that I planted over 200 weeks ago. And I didn’t just plant it and leave it. No, I  watered, nurtured and cared for this podcast (my baby) each and every week. Not a Monday morning at 5am went by that I didn’t have an episode going live for you in nearly 4 years. And today, we celebrate yet another amazing milestone in episode 200. There are so many of you who over the years have shared a DM or a WhatsApp, a text, a post or a tweet or a 5 star review and in whatever way you did that and given me a big ups, you’ve let me know you care and that you’re listening.  And I can’t tell you just how much I value and appreciate every  last one of those notes and messages.  My call to action today is to move from a pursuit of success to that of significance because what we are leaving, matters! What we leave will impact others ... for good or bad. My ask today is that you’d join our NEW Blazer Nation facebook community.
Many of you might be online, but your website or social media profile doesn't have the right visual and verbal identity. You aren't clarifying  your purpose and mission, and no one can really make sense of who you are, who you’re serving and what you’re serving. In today's episode, we discuss the 5 elements that helped me lay the right foundation for my podcast and personal brand to overcome some of these obstacles. This week's featured trailblazer is yours truly, Stephen A. Hart. In case you don't know ... I'm Stephen A. Hart and I'm a Brand Alignment Strategist who guides busy heart-centered entrepreneurs and leaders through a clear and proven process to build, market and grow their amazing personal brand.  I also host this podcast, Trailblazers.FM, which is the #1 interview style podcast that explores stories of successful black professionals. The podcast has featured more than 150 black professionals and has been heard by more than 250,000 from 140 countries around the world. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM   #Podcast #Podcasting #Trailblazer #BlackExcellence #BlackSuccess #PersonalBranding #PersonalBrand #Entrepreneur #Leaders #Leadership #TrailblazersFM
Teachers are blown away because they'll give me the kids that say they hate math and I'm like, yeah, I'll take them. That's what I look for. And from there they'll do more work in my class the first day meeting me than they would have the entire semester. So this is really impactful. This week's featured trailblazer is Marcus Blackwell. Marcus Blackwell is the CEO and Founder of Make Music Count, a math curriculum taught through music. He received a B.S in mathematics from Morehouse college and has played professional gospel piano since the age of 16. Students are not performing well in mathematics. Marcus dedicates his energy to developing creative methods that convince students to embrace mathematics. His company is designed to go into the school systems to work directly with students connecting the mathematical dots where the traditional methods of teaching fall short. Marcus believes that he is able to connect well with students because he also struggled with math growing up and it was music that allowed him to eliminate the intimidation he had towards mathematics. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
Messaging is so important because it just makes it clear how you add value to your industry, and a lot of people just aren’t clear about that. Our featured trailblazer is Maya Elious. Maya Elious is a personal branding strategist that teaches experts how to position themselves as the go-to authority figure in their industry so they can confidently launch their signature offer. She’s helped hundreds of students and clients get clear on their message, confidently increase their prices, have successful five-figure launches with their masterclasses, webinars, courses, and programs. Her main mission is to help women increase their impact and income with their gifts and expertise. When she’s not helping her clients build their online empire, she can be found traveling, scrolling through IG, or watching Hulu. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM  
I want to create long-term wealth that will last multiple generations and that produces cash; among the different options to invest, real estate is a very, very clear option. Our featured trailblazer is Tawan Davis. Tawan Davis is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of The Steinbridge Group, which has structured, executed and invested nearly $1 billion in commercial and residential real estate. Under Mr. Davis’ leadership—which includes managing the investment program and overseeing the day-to-day operations and transaction pipeline—Steinbridge is now investing more than $425 million in the urban single-family home market. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
As an entrepreneur and business owner, there is never enough learning that can be done. Our featured guest is Raymond McKenzie. Ray McKenzie, founder of Red Beach Advisors, an executive business and product strategy, operations, and process consultant with more than 20 years of experience with public, private, and start-up tech companies specializing in growth and scaling strategies.  Ray has held various senior executive positions with companies such as Verisign, Neustar, State Farm Insurance, TeleSign, UltraDNS and has served in an advisory role for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Ray McKenzie completed his studies in Management Information Systems from San Diego State University in 2001 and is a certified AWS Cloud Practitioner (CLF). Mr. McKenzie is also a certified Lean Six Sigma sensei (CLSSS) practitioner from Villanova University, is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) from Scrum Alliance. Mr. McKenzie currently sits on the board of directors for non-profit organizations such as My Friend’s House, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA and Students With Aspiring Goals based in Merced, CA and regularly speaks to groups of children and youth regarding entrepreneurship, leadership, and achievement. Ray is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.  My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
It really takes one step, one leap of faith, to grow something beyond what you ever imagined you could. Our featured guest is Jeresha "Sherri J" White. Sherri J started with one childcare facility and opened it because of her passion for education and children. She never imagined becoming a real business guru, opening five more childcare facilities, and starting a business coaching venture. Needless to say, listeners should walk away from this podcast episode knowing that one baby step is still a step, and that one step could be the seed that starts your garden. CONNECT WITH SHERRI J Instagram: @successsouvenirs; @sherrijlovely  Website:    
3 of the many takeaways from my conversation today with Tammeca Rochester of Harlem Cycle: 1. No matter your college degree, you can create the life you want.  2. No career is absolute. At any point you can pivot and change direction  3. To open a business you don't need to be the expert but you need to surround yourself with those that are   Our featured guest today is Tammeca Rochester. Tammeca Rochester is owner and founder of Harlem Cycle, Harlem's 1st and only indoor cycling studio. She has three academic degrees (Mathematics- Spelman College, Mechanical Engineering- The Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stern Business School, New York University), multiple professional certifications, and several awards and honors. In 2016, she decided to turn her passion for fitness and open Harlem's 1st and only indoor cycling studio. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
Eric Thomas, aka E.T. The Hip Hop Preacher kicks off our first episode of the 2019 Trailblazers.FM Entrepreneurs series.    “The version of you that you are right now is keeping you from being everything you should be. Who you are right now is responsible for why you're not where you supposed to be…. who you are is keeping you from being who you should be and your dreams though, are the only thing that's telling you “Come on. Let's go!” Your dreams are the only thing that's telling “You can do more. You can have more. You can be more! Come on, come on, come on! Don’t be comfortable. Don’t sit. DON’T SETTLE!”   My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
The Black Male Equity Initiative is an interactive exploration of what wealth and equity look like and how you can build it. The intent of the Black Male Equity Program is to establish a foundation from which to build, grow, and expand the Legacy Wealth perspective of black men by measuring and monitoring four specific milestones and results of a black male cohort. Our episode this week is a panel discussion about the first cohort of the Black Male Equity Initiative that took place in Detroit, Michigan. Our featured guests today are Dr. Pamela Jolly, Christopher Rutherford and Richard Grundy. Dr. Pamela C.V. Jolly is Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc, a strategic investment firm committed to minority business growth and development. Torch Enterprises has assisted over 1000 entrepreneurs, national non-profits, trade organizations, the Federal Government, foundations and financial institutions. Christopher Rutherford is a Promise of Place Manager in Detroit, developing strategies with community based organizations to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys. Chris has dedicated over 30 years in Michigan, helping young people from all communities to access opportunity. Richard Grundy is the cofounder and CEO of JOURNi. JOURNi is a non-profit focused on decentralizing tech education for Detroiters. Through partnerships with workforce development agencies, schools, and other organizations, JOURNi has been able to train hundreds of youth in web-development and entrepreneurship skills vital to closing the digital divide in Detroit.  My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag Trailblazers.FM. Our handle on twitter and instagram is @tbpod
Cities United works to support the network of Mayors who are concerned with the issue of keeping young Black men and boys and their families safe, healthy and hopeful. Cities United partners with these leaders in the quest to reduce the homicide of Black men and boys by 50% by the year 2025. Our featured guest today is Anthony Smith, CEO of Cities United. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
Being relational drives business. Your brand/business must be about more than just transactions in order for it to thrive. The beauty happens in between the transactions/deals. When you are relational, you step into the spaces between transactions, so to speak, and that step-in is what makes clients come back, makes them choose you, makes colleagues recommend you, and makes people want to work with you. Our featured guest today is A. Nicole Campbell. Nicole (Nic) is a mom first, and everything else falls into place because of it. She's an MIT graduate and an attorney who has served in senior leadership positions for two billionaire hedge fund giants.  Nic recently transitioned to a new role, having founded Build Up Advisory Group (February, 2019). Her firm specializes in designing and building systems to help nonprofits, philanthropies, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropists thrive. She's working to scale it to create the kind of workplace she's always wanted to work in. Build Up, Inc. is a boutique capacity builder that holistically supports leaders of color and projects and nonprofits led by people of color that serve under-resourced communities. Probably the first of its kind, and hopefully it can serve as a model for other fiscal sponsors. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
When Black males start to achieve, the mobility rates for our community will pick up exponentially.  That is the opportunity for us, but it is also the risk, if we don’t. Our featured guest today is Jim Shelton. James “Jim” Shelton is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blue Meridian Partners. In this role, Jim is investigating new areas where significant focused capital can help solve problems at scale and advising Blue Meridian. Jim is also a founding partner of Amandla Enterprises, Senior Advisor for Education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute. Prior to this, he served as President and Chief Impact Officer of 2U, Inc. and was deputy secretary at the US Department of Education (and head of its office of innovation and improvement) under President Obama. There, he served as the Executive Director of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and served on and led multiple interagency efforts focused on poverty reduction, economic development, entrepreneurship, and increased opportunity, such as the Investing in Innovation Fund, Promise Neighborhoods, and ConnectED.
Instead of helping children beat the odds, our work is about changing the odds for children. Our featured guest today is Tonya Allen. Tonya Allen, a serial “idea-preneur,” serves as The Skillman Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and increase opportunities for its people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM
The driver’s seat is mine.  I claim it.  I am responsible for my career.  I am responsible for the outcomes.  No one else. Our featured guest today is Simone Morris. Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a thought leader in diversity and inclusion, specializing in directing organizations to leverage inclusion as a core strategy for competitive advantage as well as providing coaching to empower women to get in the driver’s seat for their careers.  The firm is also a certified minority and women owned business. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Norwalk, CT. Ms. Morris has a background that includes over two decades in Corporate America spanning information technology, commercial strategy and human resources. She has been recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified coach as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also an adjunct faculty member for the American Management Association. Her key strengths include strategy, leadership, training and project management. She is skilled in creating and delivering training for and to adult learners. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development. Simone’s thought leadership can be found on various platforms (Glassdoor, Leadercast, Smart-Recruiters, Social-hire, and BambooHR) and she is also the author of The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them.   CONNECT WITH SIMONE Website: Twitter:        @simonemorrisent LinkedIn:     Simone Morrise Enterprises LLC Instagram:   @simonemorrisent Facebook:   Simone Morris Enterprises  
Comments (2)


i enjoy their podcast always dropping gems 💎

Jun 10th

Gary Moore Jr.

Truly enjoyed this episode and was a huge wake up call. Thank you for your time and what an AWESOME start to the work week hearing this GREAT story!

Mar 18th
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