We are kicking off Black History month 2018 with a special friend of mine, Zemirah Scott. She is a philanthropist, branding marketing analyst, personal trainer, and business owner. She has a profound way of igniting lives, and we clicked immediately the very first time I met her. She is a former Temple University and Montgomery County Community College student, and her mission is to supply resources and tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses to gain economic stability. Since 2013, she has been the CEO of her marketing branding company, The Difference Development Group, better known as DDG-Philly in the City of Brotherly Love. Zemirah has truly impacted communities around her by her involvement in small business development, speaking at conferences, and mentoring youth. Her desire to give back has allowed her to amplify her knowledge, expertise, and professionalism. Her vision to propel and ignite the dream chaser inside each of us is everlasting, and that is what she is bringing to us in this episode.
Drop the Negativity
Who are the people that surround you? Zemirah says that this is an important thing to consider. We MUST surround ourselves with people who do amazing things! When she faced depression, she knew that it was necessary to “be the best me” and make changes. To excel at an optimal level, there may be people that you don’t need in your life, so drop them---and drop the negativity!
TWEET: Find ways to either change you or change your environment.
“It’s NOT really about you”
Have you made excuses as to why you CAN’T do something? We would all probably admit that we do. Zemirah shares her experience when she had promised to write a book, but then decided to put it on the back burner because she had internal battles and a lot going on in her life. Her coach said, “It’s not really about you,” and that comment gave her a new perspective and new motivation to follow through.
TWEET: We owe it to ourselves to uplift someone else.
Do you take the time to intentionally mentor others? Zemirah mentored her younger sister, age 11, who now has her own business! Her sister watched everything Zemirah has done, and she is learning what it means to be financially stable. Zemirah says, “I may not ever have a full-scale mentorship program, but I will always make room for mentees who want to learn.”
TWEET: Massive failure equals massive success.
Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take—“Watch The Secret, a documentary, by Rhonda Byrne, to unlock some things. That---and journaling.”
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:
[2:17] How Aimee met Zemirah at a talk by Cornell Thomas at the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia
[5:34] Intentionally seeking out people who do amazing things—and drop the negativity!
[8:30] My escape: journaling and a new poetry book
[10:37] The journey to the book that almost didn’t happen
[13:49] Helping someone learn and grow from my experience
[18:07] Learning from each other
[19:28] Why Zemirah doesn’t have a road map
[21:31] Zemirah’s mentoring success
[27:13] What surprises her most about her journey
[28:07] Upcoming from Zemirah—the scoop on Legendary Live!
[32:03] Balancing her work with “side hustles”
[36:12] Looking back on accomplishments
[37:12] When Zemirah started her dream chase
[40:40] Zemirah’s ONE action for a dream chaser to take