Many of our guests over the past year are entrepreneurs with new businesses in clothes design, make-up artists, bakers, florists, stationery, and photographers. I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Baisden, well-known radio personality, actor, author, and mentor for young men,during Minority Business Week presented by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and asked him to share some of his inspirations and his motivation to continue to pursue his dreams.
C&C: How do people overcome fear to achieve their dreams?
MB: Your aspirations have to be bigger than your fears. It’s only when your aspirations and dreams grow bigger than your fears that you will make a difference.
C&C: What inspired you to pursue your dreams?
MB: My desire to make an impact on society. My dream was, and still is, to have a positive impact. I’m not worried about achieving fame.
C&C: What is your favorite quote?
MB: I have many. I post quotes all the time on my social media pages. One of my favorites is: “Great things have no fear of time.” (author unknown)
C&C: What are some of your favorite topics to discuss and study?
MB: Inspiration, Motivation, Overcoming adversity.
C&C: What, if any, advice would you give to young entrepreneurs on dating?
MB: Date another entrepreneur or someone who has a family member who is very busy, because they understand the enormous pressure on an entrepreneur to achieve their dream.
Date someone with at least one of these qualities:
Great at being alone
Incredibly busy and passionate about what they’re doing, so they understand your drive.
C&C: Any final tips for young entrepreneurs?
MB: Entrepreneurship brings enormous joy and pride, but it can be hard on relationships and hard on our egos. Here are a few tips that I found helpful.
Get ready to fail. It takes time to build a business.
Check your friendships and relationships to see if the people around you are supportive of your goals and aspirations.
There are no neutral people in relationships and friendships with an entrepreneur.
You are either Dream Builder or Dream Killer.
A fellow young business professional , Ellis Foster talked about what he learned from his experience meeting Michael Baisden : Never be afraid to fail when you are pursuing your dreams. When you are pursing your dreams, you will encounter two types of people Dream Builders and Dreams Killers. Identify those people and continue to move forward.