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

Chosen: Gifted and Set Apart (Video)

If you missed it, this weekend I had the opportunity to get together young men to learn from some awesome professional and life teachers. The goal was for them to learn that each of them had a destiny greater than even they knew. Each of us has been Chosen or selected to be more than what most music and media tell us we are supposed to be. God’s selected each of us for greater things even before we fully realize it.  Presenters like Isaiah Hunter (owner of Wilmington JetSki Rentals), Jay Ross (Former NFL Defensive Tackle), Christian Hip-Hop artists Electionsure, and powerful poet/motivational speaker “Life” all came to share their wisdom. Students learned that it’s alright to be a professional but you need to be committed to your call and not get distracted by other’s.  Check out the short video to share in the experience.

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My Vote Will Count!


Warning: This show was previously recorded. The early voting period was from Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2014.


Hopefully by now you’ve been hearing it over and over again. Vote! And Soon! Well, not only did I get the message but I made sure I took it upon myself not only to vote, but to vote early.  And while its not the Presidential Election of 2016 its still important to be heard in local elections. Voting locally can help support whatever policies you want to see moved forward on a national level.  This is also a way of you practicing being heard in, or for your community.

Anyway, whenever you do decide to vote one thing that you always need to take note of are new rules and changes to the process. When can I vote, where do I vote (the appropriate station is critical), and what can affect whether my vote counts?  Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a couple of gentleman that were happy to oblige by answering these questions for us. One shocking remark by Ronald Spark is that on November 4th poll representatives legally cannot tell you where you are supposed to be voting. If you vote at the wrong place your vote will not count!  Early voting however could be taken care of at any poll within your district. Click above to hear what they had to say on our most recent episode of ShaperSpeaks.

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