TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
Darnyelle A. Jervey: The biggest obstacle was clarifying what I did and for whom. A lot of people think that they can just hang their shingle and people will buy but it doesn’t work that way. In the beginning, I offered a lot but out of desperation more than skill. Learning how to trust my gifts and honor them in the marketplace made a big difference and it was with the help of a coach that I got the clarity I needed.
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
DJ: Sitting behind someone else’s desk is not what I was created for. I decided to leverage my gifting to solve a major marketplace problem because it’s essential and I am good at it. My experience in corporate and the non-profit sector is what gave me the courage to step out and start my own business.
BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
DJ:I have a team; I operate my business with systems and I don’t give myself permission t just work. I became an entrepreneur and built a thriving business to continue to thriveSo, that means that I have to focus on operating in my strengths and surround myself with others who can do the same. My company has employees and contractors, each with a specific skill set to run an area of the business. As the CEO and chief strategist, I stay in my lane.
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
DJ: “When I stand before God at the end of my life I hope not to have a single bit of talent left saying, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” Irma Bombeck. and, “You can’t have a booming business when you have a busted life.” Darnyelle A. Jervey
BN:Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
DJ: All of my mentors are unsung heroes, they work in executive positions in Fortune 100 or 500 companies. They’ve helped me to develop a business that aligns with my passion and purpose but also helped me to think strategically so that I consistently experience growth. In the marketplace, I admire many and have attended events or trainings from several people.
BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
DJ: Prayer, a journal, a solid talented team, laughter, direction and just plain doing the work.
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
DJ: A Boss is a person, in this case woman, who unapologetically positions herself to help others. She is a servant first. And she knows that in serving, she positions herself to build wealth spiritually and financially. She makes non-negotiable decisions, she is confident in her gifts and talents and she inspires a team to help her get her work out into the world. She is kind, focused, resourceful and committed to excellence.
Connect with Darnyelle A. Jervey on Twitter @darnyellejervey
and learn more about her products and services at www.IncredibleOneEnterprises.
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