Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Resilience Expert" Sylvia Duncan

Sylvia Duncan, “The Life Detox Coach,” inspirational speaker, and author of The Journey Back to You, teaches those she who calls Destiny Seekers, how to live life with resilience, happy and whole. Sylvia received coach training with the CaPP Institute and speaker training from the National Speakers Association’s Illinois Speaker Academy.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Sylvia Duncan: I ran into several challenges when I started The Duncan Approach.Most of them were normal challenges anyone would face when beginning a startup, for example, whether to be a Sole Proprietor or Corporation. However, since The Duncan Approach is a series of training and coaching programs to help people who I call Destiny Seekers to think differently, the most important yet, fulfilling challenge I faced, was creating programs that would motivate people to change their thinking while at the same time, embrace possibility for their life.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

SD: I was inspired to help people, mainly women because of my own experience. I grew up witnessing my dad physically abuse my mother until it ended with her shooting and killing him. I realized that the aftermath of what I witnessed; low self-esteem and low self-confidence, was holding me hostage so to speak, and keeping me from living the life I desired. I overcame these self-limiting behaviors and I want to help others do the same. The most authentic and natural way to accomplish this was to become a life coach and Inspirational speaker.

BN:How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

SD: I can’t say that I’ve mastered this, yet. I’ve found that no matter how much you plan and schedule your day, stuff just happens. The key is to follow your schedule while still being prepared for the unexpected.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

SD: I am inspired and live by a Carl Bard quote that says, “Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending”. It’s true, you can’t go back and change your past, you can only move past it and create a better future. It’s what Paul says in Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”. KJV

BN:Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

SD: Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Earl Nightingale and Zig Ziglar to name a few. I’ve found that your mentor or people who influence you don’t always have to be someone you see or speak to daily. Just listening to recordings or reading books from people I consider brilliant influencers has helped me to understand that the only thing standing between me and success is effort

BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

SD: My first must have is a foundation in The Lord. Also, I must always have a belief in me, I must remain open minded, and I must have quiet time with God. In addition, I must never stop learning, I must never lose sight of my mission and most importantly, I must be willing to do it alone.I once defined a BOSS as someone who had total control, over their life and future. Now, I see a BOSS as someone who can impact the lives of others in a way that communities are changed. Helping others see what’s possible for their life while also creating in them a desire to help others is my definition of BOSS.

Be sure to follow Sylvia Duncan onTwitter @LifeDetoxCoach an check out her products & services at

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rise To Move By La'Keisha Gray-Sewell

Courtesy: Maya Angelou Film

There are those whose lives are so majestic, so profound that their living can provide us definitive examples of how to move beyond the blocks in our own lives. Sometimes it feels like they are our teachers and life coaches.

I was prompted to contemplate this recently when I went to see the film “Still I Rise,” a documentary on the life contributions of Dr. Maya Angelou. I never had the privilege to meet her, nonetheless, her life has had such an indelible influence on my identity and sense of self, I paid to see the film twice!

And while this is not so much a review of that film, it is a testament to how our cultural icons can indeed inform us on how we too can be influential game changers.I was so moved, I feel compelled to share a few of my takeaways with you, too.

Our lives are bigger than us!
This is a concept I have always believed in. After all, it is the impetus for starting a not for profit organization serving urban girls. Yet there is something deeply spiritual about using our gifts to serve. Whether we serve in board rooms, in hospitals, classrooms, with our words on paper or on stage, our service should open doors for others, provide hope to the hopeless, and it should speak for the muted. Mostly, it should be a source of power for the powerless.

In this way, our service moves us beyond the block of ego and narcissism.
Courtesy Democracy Now.Com                 

Your gift will make room for you
Simply through her gift of storytelling, Dr. Angelou was able to travel all around this globe doing what she loved. All the more inspiring is that she found a way to diversify her gift through multiple outlets. In that vein, she was an author, poet, dancer, songstress, organizer, producer, and professor who served with heads of State; collaborated with legendary change agents such as James Baldwin, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X; and was featured in magazines; and educated new generations.

Like Dr. Angelou, our gifts (talents/service, etc.) can move us beyond our block and onto the world stage.

Love is light
Love will help us to move forward in ways that lighten the mood and relieve tension in our home and work spaces. Practicing Dr. Angelou’s brand of love is simply seeing the good in others irrespective to our perception of their shortcomings.  If we practiced this with each person we encounter, even when it is merely through email or a phone call, just think of how much more pleasant our disposition would be if we were guided by love? This positions us to receive understanding and appreciation from others when we fall short, too.

Don’t stop believing in your dreams
No matter your age, education level, finances, or social status, right now is perfect  to begin living your dreams. Tap into aspirations and goals you set but abandoned long ago.  Challenge yourself to make them come true.

To Learn more about La'Keisha via her website and follow her on Twitter @MrsGirlsLikeMe

Why Every Creative Needs to Unplug and Unwind By L'Oreal Thompson Payton

Technology and I have a love-hate relationship.
I love being able to keep in touch with faraway family and friends. I hate being constantly connected. An oxymoron, I know.
I was one of the last in my group of friends to subscribe to the smartphone life, despite persistent protests from my then-boyfriend. Now I probably use my phone more than I care to admit: on the bus, on the train, on the plane, at the gym, in the bathroom. It’s almost like my phone is an extension of my hand.
Being a slave to technology comes with the hustle. If you’re a blogger or small business owner, you have to remain on top of everything or risk losing that next big deal/break/partnership, etc. Not too mention the pressure to acquire more followers, more subscribers, more this, more that.
But it’s never enough. And, if you’re not careful, the “need” to keep up with the Kardashians and every other Instagram personality will leave you burnt out and exhausted.
Which is exactly why I relish the opportunity to leave it all behind. Earlier this year, my husband and I joined my family for our second annual spring break trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. For a week, my immediate family, aunts, uncles and cousins enjoy quality together time at a beach house … cooking together, eating together, laughing together and dancing together.
Yes, there are TVs (this year’s residence came complete with a home theater!) and yes, there is WiFi. But, for the most part, we’re able to truly be together without distractions from work and everyday life. I wrote in my journal for the first time in over a month on the deck overlooking the ocean. I just wrote and wrote and wrote some more. I wrote everything that came to mind. Everything I’d been internally debating and mulling over for some time … my hopes, my dreams, my goals and aspirations. I left my heart and soul on those pages. And I felt refreshed and renewed as a result.
I brainstormed and started several blog posts during that downtime as well. Without the constant need to go, go, go, I was able to pause, step back and reflect. I gave my brain a chance to “turn off” and, as a result, I was rewarded with ideas and strategies to take my brand to the next level. Without constantly scrolling social media pages, I was able to think about what I really, truly want to accomplish instead of what so-called experts say I should want.
By unplugging and unwinding, I was able to reclaim my sanity and creativity. Now I’m ready to kick some ass and take some names. Who’s with me?
Learn more about L’Oreal at her blog and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @LTintheCity.