Sharing The Gift [Video Below]


I had the opportunity this morning to sit on a panel speaking about a film called, The Last Mile by Sundance Award winning  filmmaker Ondi Timoner.  The Last Mile, is a program in San Quentin prison that is designed to help prisoners develop businesses so that when they are released they can be self-sufficient and potentially ask for investments.  Programs and films like this help facilitate the real change each community needs by challenging the way things have been done with innovative new solutions.  But it all starts with someone who decides to use what they have.  Pleeeease take time to check out these guys on The Last Mile!

New International Version

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Be an Anomaly!


Anomaly [əˈnäməlē]

  1. something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected:

    “there are a number of anomalies in the present system”

    Rarely do successful people who were born into seemingly hopeless situations follow a loser’s blueprint.  So why would you?  Living chosen means becoming an ANOMALY; creating a new mold that you and your future family can emulate.  One of the keys to becoming successful is thinking differently about your current position.  If everyone who is from where I’m from seems to be repeating the same behavior and falling short, that becomes the norm. Therefore abnormality becomes necessary in order to succeed. My goal should be to see where they went wrong and do something different. Success sometimes requires deviation from the norm. Live Chosen!


Young Mogul: Off and Running!

Well the third year of this journey God’s placed me on called the Young Mogul Group began last night!  We are immediately working on the next calendar for 2016 and trying to get it ready by the end of the year.  This is currently my social enterprise that has a focus of teaching students entrepreneurship, decision-making, and self-branding.  Already we are looking for companies that need ad space, want to help with production, or to support the students with their entrepreneurial goals. In a word, its officially….#MOGULSEASON!

Mogul Tip-“Work Like Steph”

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No matter what your obstacles or what doubters tell you isn’t possible remember; they’re only right if you quit. The key is sticking to the plan once you’ve got it. You rarely get new results doing old things. If you have a new vision or mission it will require new habits. Believe that. Habits determine our destiny good or bad. If you develop the habits of winners guess what you become.   #newvisionnewhabits #worklikesteph

Think and Act Like a Mogul!


 This year for Shaper Speaks has been phenomenal! From meeting and presenting to some of the most awesome young minds across NC to celebrating the first year of the mogul through launching the first Young Mogul Calendar I feel like I’m moving in the right direction. Like anyone else, however, sometimes I am unsure about the next steps. What I want you to remember is 10% complete is better then 0% engaged or started.  Each young person I meet has similar issues. 1.) Not knowing where to begin. 2.) Being afraid to begin. 3.) Allowing things or people to distract them or feel unsure about themselves.

My answer:

Start with a Vision (Pray on it and go!)

Engage in a Plan! (Find someone who has done what you’re trying to do and ask.)

Start to Execute! (Take a leap of faith!)

Try it and let me know how it goes!

I look forward to the opportunity to speak at your next event.



1st Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

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Broken is Broken

Why is it when people have grown up with a physical disadvantage, or physically broken in some way we make adjustments for them when they try to be productive members of society despite these circumstances; however when people have grown up spiritually broken and try to also be productive we shut the door. If someone has a slight limp we give them more time to enter the elevator, or to cross the street to get to work.  If someone has a criminal background because they grew up spiritually broken (homeless, in poverty,etc.) but has since moved passed it we judge by who they were and not who they are. It frustrates me to no end everyday to see the disparities.  You never know the whole story.  Even though you cant see scars doesn’t mean there was no hurt.  After the healing has happened and they have moved forward the only difference in them and you is…nothing.  -Shaper