Everything I needed To Know About Corporate America
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I am an entrepreneur and author from Houston, Texas. I have spent over ten years working with many of Houston’s top social, corporate, and non-profit institutions, and my work has included community outreach, project management, workshop facilitation, fundraising, and keynote speaking. For the past five years, I have been a public and community affairs professional with a substantial knowledge base in the areas of corporate relations, civic engagement, and real estate development. Additionally, I have written guides to personal finance and event planning, and have just released my third book, “Everything I Needed to Know About Corporate America” in early 2021. This book is geared towards young professionals learning how to navigate the corporate world.
What would you like for us to share with the world?
In early 2021, I released my third book "Everything I Needed to Know About Corporate America," with its goal being to help recent college graduates and people in mid-management positions. I was particularly interested in writing this book for young black and brown people who are interested in getting a corporate job and are concerned about systemic racism in the corporate atmosphere. After my experience working in a corporate job, I realized that there was so much I didn’t know beforehand. For individuals who don’t have the right mentors or parents who worked in a similar field, this transition is much harder. In the book, I discuss interview etiquette, the ins and outs of having a first job, stories about race relations within the corporate workplace, and how to establish your personal brand at work
What is something that most people don't know about you that they would be amazed to know?
I am actually a very good dancer. I studied dance for three years and still love it!
I am obsessed with Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. I've seen every episode from all 22 seasons at least five times. Actress Marissa Hargitay is my best friend in my head. Sometimes I know the actors' lines before they open their mouths; that's when I know it's time to turn off the TV and open a book.
What is something that you hope to improve about yourself?
"I hope to one day be able to not compare myself to others. I think that is a very difficult thing to do for many people, but also extremely important." - William Matthews -
What words of advice would you give to our audience concerning staying positive in today's times?
First, it’s important to have a work-life balance, especially during this time where most of us are working from home. Some ways to achieve this may include working out outside or having lunch away from your desk and your work materials. I have also made a vow for myself and for my mental health to disconnect from work at the end of each workday. It may also be helpful to envision the best place on Earth according to you. For some people, it may be in their wife’s arms, holding their baby, etc. For me, I either think about being on the beach or since I love traveling, being in front of the Eiffel Tower. Just think, “What is your happy place?” and go there for 10 seconds. This visualization technique both gives me a feeling of happiness and encourages me to keep moving forward.
Name three things you can’t live without?
God. Family. Tortilla Chips.
What is some advice for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
First, don’t let anybody tell you who you are. It’s important to find this for yourself and then stick with those values throughout your career. What type of leader are you? What values are important to you? Don’t sacrifice these important qualities for a seat at the table - other great opportunities will come. Next, surround yourself with people who hold you accountable, and who don’t simply agree with everything you say. My top five friends are what I call my “Board of Directors,” and they make sure to both hold me responsible for my actions and also celebrate my wins! Finally, make sure that you read a lot of books on entrepreneurship and leadership, and find a mentor in your chosen field. Also, remember comfort and growth do not go together. When you feel uncomfortable, that’s you growing as a person.
Mr. Matthews Interview on LET HIM TALK
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