The Inspirational Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

Tony Gaskins Jr. is a motivational speaker and relationship coach who focuses on emotional healing, self actualization and giving practical advice to others so that they can become the people that God has called them to be.

If you’ve heard of him, it’s probably because you’ve seen his quotes flying around social media. And if you haven’t heard of him prepare to be awed by his story. His inspirational messages are often reposted, reblogged, retweeted and shared across multiple platforms by the hundreds of thousands of fans and followers that are ALL pushing in the same direction as him. I’ve been following Mr. Gaskins’ work for a while and was very encouraged when he and his team responded with a “Yes” to my interview.

I am excited to give you another look into life and service of Tony Gaskins Jr.

Name
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

School
I have a PhD from Mistakes University.

What do you do?
I am an Author, Celebrity Life Coach, International Speaker, Bestselling Author, Spoken Word Artist, Ghostwriter, and a Business Consultant. Those are the things I receive a check from, but they break down into over 20 streams of income. I do anything I feel gifted at and know that it can impact someone’s life.

What started you on your journey?
I wrote my first book at 22 years old as I was looking for a way to use my gifts.

When did you realize you could achieve your dream?
Two years after publishing my book and pitching myself to media, I got a call from the producers of Oprah about a pitch I’d sent in. When they brought me on her show I knew then that somehow I would be able to get my message to the masses.

What is a quote you live by?
[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”” suffix=”#dream #build #empire”]If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs. ~ Tony A. Gaskins Jr.[/inlinetweet]

What is a tough lesson you learned? And how did you recover from it?
At 23 I was robbed and I lost my car and was put $30,000 in the hole. I learned that fast money isn’t smart money and that if you try to take short cuts in life you will be cut short. I rededicated my life to Christ and started living by His teachings. Those principles changed my life.

What advice can you give aspiring, entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artists and dreamers?
Do it for the right reasons. Don’t let money be your main motive. Don’t chase money, chase purpose and the money will chase you. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Look within and birth the brand that’s on the inside of you and you’ll never have to worry about going broke.

What’s next?
Too much to list, but more of the same of what I’ve been doing. I hope to get a TV show of some sort in 2015 to help expand, build my brand and reach more people.

How can people get in contact with you?
Web: www.tonygaskins.com
Twitter: @TonyGaskins
Facebook:@TonyGaskins
IG: @TonyGaskins

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Kevin Caldwell Fights for the Dreamer In You

Who’s fighting for you?

I’m honored to know someone who fights for others… his name is Kevin Caldwell, my brother. When he was a youth pastor at a megachurch in Dallas, TX he reached out to me (myself being a youth pastor at another megachurch in the the area at the time) and we began to build a great relationship.

Our desires were practically the same; to see people become everything that they were meant to become. But what I lacked in confidence he aided me in Scripture, Friendship and Encouragement. My life changed and vision grew as a result of our friendship when he invited me to come to New York with him for a week in February 2008 to connect with other thought leaders and thinkers. He has a passion to see people succeed in every facet of life.

Kevin Caldwell is a Courageous, Resilient and Dynamic Leader whose education and experience has shifted him into the high gear of seeing others WIN!

Name
Kevin Caldwell

School
El Centro

Degree
Associates in Business

What do you do?
I own a self development company that assist people with living in their highest potential.

What started you on your journey?
I grew frustrated with seeing numerous of people readily have faith and excitement for other people to achieve their dreams but those same people were either unable or unwilling to believe that they could use that same faith and excitement to manifest their dreams as well. So I set out on a course to alter poor perception and reducing belief.

When did you realize you could achieve your dream?
The moment I discovered that the passion I have for seeing others win, chose me to be that spark to ignite a fire of freedom for others.

What is a quote you live by?
[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler @kevincaldwell” suffix=”#greater #fight #appear”]I am greater than I appear to be.[/inlinetweet]

What is a tough lesson you learned? And how did you recover from it?
[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler @kevincaldwell” suffix=”#recover #bad #fear”]I learned that most losses aren’t as bad as they seem.[/inlinetweet] I remember wondering how I would survive a job loss and mortgage in foreclosure. The moment I changed my perception about the direction of my life, created a life saving belief system, and became clear about what I wanted, my life shifted.

What advice can you give aspiring, entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artists and dreamers?
Dream Big. Start Now. Make adjustments along the way.

What’s next?
Releasing my first book which is a self guide on how to reach your potential daily.

How can people get in contact with you?
Web: www.theKevinCaldwell.com
Twitter: @KevinCaldwell
Facebook:@KevinCaldwell161
IG: @KevinCaldwell

Has Kevin Caldwell impacted your life? If so, leave your feedback in the comments below.

The Multi-Talented Entrepreneur – Ebony Combs

I had the pleasure to meet Ebony Combs last Summer through a mutual friend and my wife. Her story and passion for helping others goes beyond her inspiring Facebook posts and Twitter following. She’s sincere and authentic in every since of the “words” in real life. In addition, I recently ran into her at an event in Downtown Dallas, almost a month ago, and she was super humble and excited to be a part of this series. She’s a mover and a shaker who has garnered a handful of accolades and accomplishments under her belt on a national level in a short amount of time.

It is my pleasure to kick off the “Entrepreneurs and Influencers Series” by presenting to you, The Multi-Talented Entrepreneur – Ebony Combs

Name
Ebony D. Combs, MS

School
Oklahoma State University- Stillwater, OK

Degree
Master of Science, Educational Leadership Studies—Higher
Education and Bachelor of Science, Business Administration—Human Resources Management

What do you do?
I wear many hats, but the one I’m most proud of is Mommy! Being a mother has led me to my purpose of being an entrepreneur, more specifically, a single moms coach. For title sake, here are my roles: Creator & CEO, iamebony.com | Full time Single Mom | My Black Is Beautiful Ambassador | Blogger | Speaker| Goal Strategist | Single Moms Coach

What started you on your journey?
My journey started on May 21, 2007, when I gave birth to my daughter, Zari, and journeying alone. She opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know, and that was a world of transparency and purpose. She has been my reason for living to see another day and fighting until the final round.

When did you realize you could achieve your dream?
I realized I was capable of achieving my dream once I got out of my own way and sought the help of my Creator. He showed me a strength I didn’t know I possessed; when I had to simultaneously learn how to parent my daughter alone and figure out life. God began to open doors that only he could and shut the ones that were no longer for me—one’s that I’d passed the test and the season had ended. I applied for and was chosen one of six women to become the first-ever ambassadors for My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB)—a Procter & Gamble initiative designed to empower and motivate Black women. Receiving this opportunity confirmed my faithfulness and obedience to my life’s work.

What is a quote you live by?
[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”imebony” suffix=”#quote”]“Do one thing every day that scares you.”― Eleanor Roosevelt[/inlinetweet]

What is a tough lesson you learned? And how did you recover from it?
A tough lesson I learned was that life will knock you flat on your behind, but staying there is optional. As a single mom, I got hit with a ton of bricks when my daughter’s father checked out on us. I wasn’t sure of the direction I should take, coming from a two-parent home, the experience I had of ‘family’ gravely differed than that of my daughter’s. I wasn’t accustomed to a one-parent home, weekend visits, split holidays, and child support. I still have days where this is a challenging concept to wrap my brain around, especially with its inconsistencies—he tends to parent when it’s convenient for him. Our views of the relationship were extremely different and the ‘love’ I believed we had, was a tough pill to swallow in seeing its truth. I learned to swallow the pill with one big gulp of forgiveness, a changed mindset, and radical moves toward a better future for my daughter and me, but it took some time because I often blamed myself. I knew that forgiving myself of his cheating—it wasn’t my fault, and barring that bitterness from my heart was the only way I’d be able to fully embrace my new experience as a single mother and woman searching for her purpose. I owed it to myself first and foremost, but then to my daughter. I couldn’t pour into her, when my well was dry. I recovered by drastic goal setting, getting my own life coach, and stepping out on faith.

What advice can you give aspiring, entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artists and dreamers?
Advice I’d lend to aspiring entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artist, and dreamers would be to trust God! It’s a simple as that. Trust him, his plan, and his timing. You must do your due diligence in seeking your purpose and applying action steps in getting there. Use one revenue stream to invest in your purpose and just flat out BE STILL and listen! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you won’t know how to do everything, don’t be afraid to fail—your greatest blessings.

What’s next?
What’s next is the March 2015 release of, “Fabulous New Life,” a book I’m co-authoring. Then, it’s publishing my first solo book project, “NAKED MOMMY TRUTH: The Single Moms Unique Guide on Complete Restoration, Resilience, and Prosperity,” under my publishing company, B.A.R.E. publishing. 2015 is the year of open doors and supernatural blessings. I also plan to host intimate events for single moms to be rejuvenated and poured into, along with a little pampering. These events will fall under my single mommy society—a group for single moms to meet on a quarterly basis and support one another, our children, and dreams.

How can people get in contact with you?
Web: www.iamebony.com
Twitter: @imebony
Facebook:@imebony
IG: @imebonyc