How Hard Are You Working To See It Happen

Someone said to me this past weekend in a leadership session I was attending that they had recently been motivated by the question, “Do you have FAITH for the MIDDLE?”  At first, it sounded like it made no sense.  But as she explained what she meant I felt like it was exactly what I needed to hear at the time. At what point does your faith fizzle?

You see we often start out of the gate motivated and on fire to get better. We even tend to find the additional strength to push through when we see the end in sight. But what happens in between when things don’t move the way you feel like they should? What happens when it doesn’t look like you are moving in the right direction or even moving at all? Do you have faith for the middle?  Hard work doesn’t always ensure a win, but what it does, is guarantee 3 things.

1. Your struggles will make you stronger.

2. Your losses will make you smarter (if you learn from them).

3. You are priming your current situation to change or get better.

You see the excitement of the vision is just the beginning.  It’s easy to push yourself when you know the win is in sight. But the PLAN and work that is put in during those seemingly unproductive moments are when you learn, grow, and ultimately get the tools you need for the next test.  Ask any successful leader when they learn the most and quite often you will hear that it wasn’t in the wins but during the losses. That’s how they became successful. So the next time you begin to feel like you are making no progress I want you to begin to think of that moment as the richest, most valuable part of the process. Look back at where you started. Assess what you know now. Take just a second to appreciate your own progress.  And recalibrate to finish the test.

– Travis Corpening

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All Eyes On A Dream

Dreams. Dominic Santana, star of the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyes On Me” has just reached one of his dreams. Santana plays the role of Suge Knight in the film and during our conversation explains that this role has been life changing. Prior to this he’s taken on T.V roles shows such as The Game, and “Love for Sale” starring R&B singer Maya.


Young Mogul Growing with DGRY!


Young Mogul has seen a lot of growth and opportunity over the last few months. One of these opportunities was serving on a panel with GRITS (fellow DGRY participants) to discuss youth attitudes about community issues and education.  Prior to the panel students were given instruction and able to practice communication and panel etiquette.  Their confidence and ability to get ideas across in a succinct manner is improving by leaps and bounds.  They did an awesome job and we all look forward to the next chance to grow!

Next up is our calendar and the HBCU experience…. Stay tuned!



#theyoungmogulcalendar in the works

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!