Georgia Tech Burdell School of Entrepreneurship

Georgia Tech; November 2016

I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the Burdell School of Entrepreneurship, a one-day startup conference where some of the best and brightest minority entrepreneurs give practical tactics on growing your business, no matter what stage of the process you are in. The title of my talk was "We Got The Keys' highlighting that our personal keys to success are all within and one must take the journey of self-awareness and self-enlightment as your compass throughout your entrepreneurial journey. The theme of my talk was inspired by the chart topping hip-hop hit "I Got The Keys" by DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, and Future.

Here is a summary of the major keys:

  1. Ownership is the key to financial liberation - "Until you own your own you can’t be free”
  2. We can fund companies with the amount of money that we spend in one weekend on entertainment. Pooling money together has power. Let's build our communities and support one another.
  3. Eliminate the mental shackles by eliminating the distractions that keep us from achieving our goals - “How we still slaves in 2016?” (Drinking, Smoking, Partying, Clothes, External Driven Validation, etc.)
  4. If you have a dream in your heart that you can’t shake, something that you believe in with every ounce of your being, then that mean’s God placed that desire in your heart. It reveals your true purpose on this Earth. Something has been birthed in you that is up to you to manifest for some segment of the world to experience. And if God placed that desire in your is already given you the power to accomplish it. So, again, what are you waiting for?
  5. Revenue generation and profitability is the key to building a sustainable business - “Key to life, keep a (customer) comin”
  6. “Life is not a game, only the fittest and most aggressive will survive. Sleeping is forbidden, seconds cannot be wasted. Once seconds are lost you lose and losing is for losers” -P.Diddy
  7. "I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison. Turn lemons into lemonade. The lemons are the failures and the lemonade is the lessons.
  8. The opposite of asleep is awake. STAY AWAKE, or currently known as STAY WOKE.
  9. My recognition from Forbes, BET, and Sephora came to me when I was in a place of rest because I surrendered to God and committed to following my purpose. It’s already been pre-destined for me.
  10. God is communicating with you all the time. So take some time to learn how God talks to you.
  11. One way to determine if you should hustle or flow is does it line up with what God told you? If it did -- hustle!! If it doesn’t -- flow. Surrender.
  12. Surrendering is a power position.
  13. Another way to determine if you should hustle or flow is to monitor your energy. When you feel like you’re on auto-pilot, like something supernatural in you is vibing to make moves, connect with people, etc. -- you’re in your hustle mode. That means GO GET IT!! God has lined it all up for you, make those encounters and exchanges that will bless you, get in the zone and get that work done. When you feel stuck, uninterested, and it feels forced, that means you need to slow down and get in a divine flow where you just surrender to God and let Him take the wheel. Identify if any fears are blocking you.
  14. Entrepreneurship is not a game. It takes ENDURANCE. DON’T PASS OUT, DON’T BURN OUT.
  15. Build on a strong foundation. When you’re walking in purpose, that gives you the strength and confidence to brag differently. The highest affirmations are: I’m a child of the most High God. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  16. How do you discover your purpose? The book The Purpose Driven Life gives us the acronym SHAPE - Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences
  17. In slavery, they erased our history. They changed our names. We didn’t know who we were. But now, we can awaken to that.
  18. “He who looks outsides dreams, he who looks inside awakens.”  
  19. Awaken to your God-given potential and know that you can do this. Go work in your God-given power! Because why? We got the keys!