Think big, act big

— Jeffrey Hayzlett is a marketing powerhouse who has built a massive business from the ground up. He started as a small town cowboy who loved to talk to small businesses about marketing.

He soon became a popular speaker in his town, sharing ideas on how to help small businesses market their products and services and make more money. He was so effective that he was recruited by Kodak to be in their marketing department and soon became their chief marketing officer.

While at Kodak, he was able to help them grow their brand with national television success as a partner with Donald Trump on his Apprentice television series. He has since left Kodak and created the C-Suite Network and has become a national television and radio talk show host.

He is currently the host of the primetime television show C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV. He also hosts the All Business Radio show on CBS on-demand radio, Playit.

Hayzlett says that the most powerful tool we have is the ability to think and create new ways to generate income. One of his favorite books, the Napoleon Hill classic, Think and Grow Rich, has taught millions that thinking is the very first step in achieving. But “achieving bigger” means we must think even bigger and then act on those big thoughts.

“We impose limitations on ourselves,” Hayzlett says. “We make excuses for our mistakes and weaknesses. Plus, (when) we don’t own our story, we (forsake) our story.”

How does one gain their story? Identifying one’s story requires knowing who we are. And knowing who we are requires being brutality honest with ourselves. Secondly, we must learn how to tell our story. That is: “This is who I am; this is where I was; and this is what it took for me to get here.” Thirdly, having the right attitude and massive action propels us into being fearless and bold. Then we must allow ourselves to become irrational to get what we want.

Hayzlett is adamant about knowing yourself. “If you know, in your heart who you are, then you can lead, connect, relate, focus and adapt successfully regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur, an hourly wage earner or in the corporate world,” Jeff says. With this realization we break free from the old, destructive voices in our heads that give us excuses for not taking action.

Additionally, to think big and act bigger, we must confront ourselves with this brutal question: “Do we believe we can do it?” Then, we must get to work on building our belief in ourselves. Hazlett’s focus is sharing with businesses as well as individuals, how to market themselves to create greater impact and income.

Hayzlett is the author of several best-selling books including, The Mirror Test and Running The Gauntlet. His most recent book, Think Big, Act Bigger is what experts are calling “his best book yet.”

In this new book, Think Big, Act Bigger, Hayzlett cuts to the heart of what getting big results requires. You need to think big and then take the actions to back it up.

According to Hayzlett, “If you want to be the next big thing in your office or business…then it’s time to think big and act bigger. “It’s the relentless, not the lucky, who win in the end.”

Jeffrey Hazlett shared these pearls on my Sirius XM show:

  • It is not the lucky that win in the end – it’s the relentless.
  • Do what you love, but try to do it with great efficiency and excellence and people will pay you even more.
  • The most dangerous move in business is the failure to move at all.
  • Keep trying and keep stretching. What happens if you fail…no one is going to die.
  • Be the biggest, baddest version of yourself that you can be.
  • To be a big dog, you have to think big and act big.
  • Don’t just make goals…make promises to yourself. Then own them.
  • Pitch your ideas all the time. Some will hit and grow.
  • Passion makes perfect, not perfection, which is needed for continued improvement.
  • Be willing to think big irrational and crazy thoughts to get to your goals! Then go to work to turn them into realities.

Willie Jolley is America’s #1 Inspirational/Motivational Speaker/Singer/Author! He is the host of the #1 Motivational Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the opening speaker on the national “Get Motivated Business Seminar Tour.” A member the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, Jolley was named “One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World” by Toastmaster International. He is the author of several best-selling books and can be reached through his website (

Make money the old fashioned way

— As someone who has pursued business ventures since he opened his first lemonade stand as a kid, Randal Pinkett’s favorite television commercial growing up was from the financial firm, Smith Barney. It had a famous line, “We make money the old fashioned way, we earn it!” The underlying message was that while there are plenty of ways to make money, the admired way is to actually earn it.

And that tagline speaks to the work ethic of Randal Pinkett, who was the first African American winner of The Apprentice with Donald Trump on Season #4. With an educational background in engineering and business, Pinkett is both a Rhodes Scholar and a Walter Byers Scholar, holding five earned academic degrees. His MBA and Ph.D. are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Before appearing on The Apprentice, Pinkett had already established a career in business. He is considered a “serial entrepreneur,” having founded his first company, MBS Enterprises – selling compact discs and cassettes out of his dormitory room in college.

From there, he went on to start and grow numerous businesses, then sell them and go on to his next venture. From his compact disc company, he moved on to start a business to improve the lives of high school students. This evolved into his second venture – a training and development company for emerging and seasoned professionals.

Next, there was the Inner City Consulting Group, where he helped small companies grow their profits and performance. From there, Pinkett co-founded Access One Corporation, with a mission to ensure that affordable housing was equipped for the 21st by implementing innovative, sustainable broadband network and telecommunications solutions.

All of this lead to his current consulting business that he co-founded called BCT Partners. This is a multimillion-dollar, management, technology and policy consulting services firm. They work with corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve organizational effectiveness and support strategies for change.

BCT Partners is a minority-owned and operated, federal 8(a), small business enterprise. He has been a stalwart for sharing the excellence that small minority-owned businesses can bring to the marketplace. BCT Partners have positioned themselves as one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the areas of: housing and community development, economic development, education, government and human services.

Randal Pinkett’s belief in God has always been his source of strength and kept him grounded. He grew up attending St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) in Hightstown, N.J. When he returned from England as a Rhode Scholar, he joined the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, and later, First Baptist Church of Lincoln in Somerset, N.J., where Pinkett is an active member today.

He is the author of three books: Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business (Kaplan Business 2007), No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash (Trump University 2008), and Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness (AMACOM Books 2010) with his college roommate and business partner, Professor Jeffrey Robinson of the Rutgers Business School.

In addition to his business ventures, Randall Pinkett speaks to corporations around the country, including Pepsi and Walgreens; universities such as Duke and the University of Virginia; government agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, plus national conferences, including the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference.

Pickett has signed radio and television commercial deals; served as spokesperson for Autism Speaks and made regular public appearances on behalf of Verizon to support their “Fiber Optics Services” (FiOS) services and their “Verizon Shotcaller Showdown” business plan competition for minority high school students around the country.

During my SiriusXM interview with Pinkett, he shared lessons learned and earned as an entrepreneur and first African American winner of The Apprentice. Dr. Pickett says:

  • You can do anything you set your mind to do if you are willing to work hard to achieve it.
  • Start by envisioning your success on the inside and then go to work to create it on the outside.
  • You must create your own opportunity rather than waiting for it to appear.
  • Success is what we accomplish for ourselves, while greatness is the impact we have in the eyes of others. Strive for both.
  • The key to success is to bring value to world; then figure out how to monetize it.
  • Use your creativity, be resourceful and persevere! Never give up.
  • You must grow your courage. Courage makes you willing to take the first step. No first step, no ultimate success.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail because failure and success go hand and hand. The cleaner “Formula 409” was named 409 because it was the company’s 409th attempt. It happened after 408 failures!

Willie Jolley is America’s #1 Inspirational/Motivational Speaker/Singer/Author! He is the host of the #1 Motivational Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the opening speaker on the national “Get Motivated Business Seminar Tour.” A member the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, Jolley was named “One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World” by Toastmaster International. He is the author of several best-selling books and can be reached through his website (