Find Your Purpose & Build Your Business: Dare Dreamer Show Interview with Author & Financial Expert Glinda Bridgforth
On this episode of the Dare Dreamer Show I get to speak to Glinda Bridgforth, a renowned financial expert, author and speaker who talks about finding your passion, starting a business, building your brand and overcoming obstacles when following your dreams. Be inspired as she shares insight for you to go beyond daydreaming to daring to take action:
More About Glinda Bridgforth
Glinda Bridgforth is a leading financial expert who explores the emotional and cultural factors that block financial success. She brings over 30 years of experience to her consulting practice, Bridgforth Financial & Associates, LLC, and specializes in a holistic approach to money management. Bridgforth is the author of: Girl, Get Your Money Straight! and with Gail Perry-Mason, she coauthored Girl, Make Your Money Grow!. Her most recent release is entitled, Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!. All of her books are Essence bestsellers.
Bridgforth has been featured in USA Today, Essence, Ebony, Money, Black Enterprise, and Jet magazines, and has been featured on television and radio shows nationwide including Oprah, The Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN, ABC News Now and Fox Business News.
She was honored as an “Influential African American” on the highly rated radio program, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Bridgforth was one of the featured coaches on Oprah’s widely popular, six-part series “America’s Debt Diet.” She conducts workshops and lectures around the country. In 2007 she completed a four-city national tour as a keynote speaker with Bishop TD Jakes’ BEST Conferences.
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I’m inspired by the words he shared at the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…”
- Steve Jobs - Click Here for the Entire Speech Transcript
Also one of my favorites, the text to one of Apple’s most popular commercials and manifestos:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Apple, Inc.
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Marshawn is so open with helpful information and encouragement for entrepreneurs, especially for women who want to take their business to the next level. I love how she infused her faith into the past tele-seminars on focus and purpose that I have been able to take part in. Previously on my site Dream in Soul I posted about an interview she did on Christian women in business and how they can better balance their roles in life (click here for that post).
Here’s a recent video where Marshawn speaks on “How to Build Your Life God’s Way”:
This month Marshawn is kicking off a new program called The ME University Inner Circle Mentoring Mastermind. When I read about the program and how she is offering to instill her knowledge into other women to help them succeed, at an affordable price, I was drawn to apply to learn more from her (as she has been a “mentor-from-afar” to me in previous years as I learned from her other programs). To find out more about the Mentoring Mastermind visit http://meuniversitylive.com/innercircle and also visit her website http://marshawnevans.com to learn more and be inspired by her business and ministry.
Watch Marshawn talk about the Mastermind program below:
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Video Source: Ten9Eight Website
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During the seminar Dr. Harris spoke about shifting your paradigm in order to move to the next level of success in all areas of your life. She challenged us who were on the call to identify harmful paradigms that are stunting our growth, regarding our relationships, health and financially, and to start living differently starting today.
As I listened to her words while eating my lunch, I began mentally going over areas of my own life that needed an overhaul. It’s funny how just changing the way you look at a situation can drastically transform the outcome and can free you from ideas you had that were really inaccurate.
Rather than me try to explain how much her words affected me, why don’t you go over to her blog to hear the recording of the call. Click here to be inspired by her wise words of how we can change our view of the world in order to move closer to our dreams.