Conversation with Flaunt ya Faith Founder

What was your biggest mistake?

My biggest mistake was thinking my business could serve everyone. When I first started out in business I was selling t-shirts and I just thought I could sell to everyone. WRONG! What worked best for me was finding one market and servicing that one market. That’s what led me to selling jewelry.

How do you learn from failure or setbacks?

I don’t believe in failure. I believe in lessons. If it doesn’t work that just means there is a better way to do it. So I do whatever I need to do to find the better way to do it.

What are the most crucial things you have done to grow your business?

Networking has always been important for me. When I first started out in business I had no real money I was on unemployment so I attended local events, flea markets, where ever there was an event I was there. This helped me get local exposure. When I started to make money I started to invest in marketing. FB ads, connecting with influencers and bloggers.

What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today?

Don’t wait for opportunities, create it! Often times we wait for someone to give us the opportunity, we wait for the right time to start a business but what if the right opportunity never comes. The timing will never be perfect or right just follow your heart.

Live on purpose. Figure out why you are here and operate in your why. Don’t get caught up in money if you live on purpose money will follow you.

Don’t become loyal to dysfunction. If it’s not working in your business abandon it. Sometimes we get so used to systems and processes that have worked for us in the past and we become loyal to it. If it’s no longer working for your business there’s no need for it.

How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

I don’t have any kids yet so it hasn’t really affected me in that area. I can say family members don’t understand the dynamics of being an entrepreneur.

What motivates you?

My faith In God motivates me and when I think about the people I am called to serve that keeps me pressing forward.

What makes you happy?

Living on purpose makes me happy.

What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?

Wow. So many sacrifices while everyone is hanging out I was up late building my business. I passed up on some opportunities because I believed in my brand and business. I lost friendships as well as I stated before some people don’t understand the dynamics of an entrepreneur. We believe in our dreams and we fight for what we believe in.

How do you define success?

Success to me is living a life of purpose. It’s when you know who you are and what you were created to do. Once you have that figured out and you are operating in it the possibilities are endless.

How do you live an authentic life?

My faith keeps my grounded. I believe we are either operating from a place of fear or love. I chose love, God is love and love never fails.

What does living a Designed Life mean to you?

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord…I know I advocate for purpose a lot LOL but living a designed life to me means being who and all that God created me to be. When I’m living from a place of purpose I’m living my life to the fullest.

Favorite quote:

Life is a journey, not a destination

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Yes Boss: Peter Lentini on Brand, Fashion, and Entrepreneurship

Peter Lentini Efezokhae is the Founder and Creative Director of Ankara Festival Los Angeles (AFLA), created in 2010 with the intention to create a social landscape for cultural pride in the U.S., increase the visibility of African culture and foster entrepreneurship through fashion, arts, music, dance, and food. He began the initiative while managing Naija Entertainment, a company he launched in 2004 that has been a staple in the party scene in Los Angeles and across the nation for over 10 years providing Afrobeat DJ services, event production for corporate, wedding and private events and producing music concerts featuring world-renowned African artists.

Through his years of service to the African community in Los Angeles, Lentini has proven himself a staunch advocate for entrepreneurship, cultural pride and volunteerism. He has helped create jobs and various business opportunities, promoted African cultural preservation and forged a framework to effectively build partnerships through a powerful and sustaining network of influential individuals.

He has taken an active role in improving the lives of underprivileged communities through various charitable work such as feeding the homeless every year with PATH in Los Angeles and donating a percentage of AFLA ticket sales to benefit a non-profit organization dedicated to health issues, poverty alleviation, disease eradication, education, and research. Aligned with his commitment of benevolence, Lentini travels around the world through the TOMS “One-for-One” initiative giving shoes to children in need. The program also gives the gift of sight by providing free access to medical treatment, sight-saving surgery and prescription glasses to people living in disadvantaged areas.

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Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Peter Lentini was already a hustler in the entertainment industry from a young age as an event promoter, organizing street carnivals and concerts. As a little boy, he struggled as he balanced focusing on his studies and supporting his siblings raised by a single mother by peddling in the busy streets of Lagos selling water and snacks. As such, he has become the epitome of the American Dream since his move to the US in 2000 as an immigrant creating his own success through hard work and determination. With his commitment to be a positive social impact to everyone he encounters, Peter Lentini has been an inspiration and a mentor to a diverse youth group hoping to follow in his footsteps as he accomplishes various achievements never forgetting his humble beginnings.

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On his thirst for education, Peter Lentini has made it his mission to continuously learn from his personal experiences and challenges that has shaped his spiritual growth. He also set himself as an outlier with a plethora of degrees from various Universities including an Ordinary National Degree (OND) in Mass Communication from Ibadan Polytechnic, Nigeria; a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; an Associates Degree in International Studies from Mission College, a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from San Jose State University; and a Masters of Arts in International Relations from California State University, Northridge.  During his studies in the Bay Area, Lentini successfully produced African Student Union Cultural Shows and other events.

Peter Lentini has received numerous awards and distinctions including profiles by the Life and Times Magazine as a Youth Leadership Award recipient, Outstanding Work Award from TOMS and was also featured in the YES BOSS Campaign as an Influential and Inspiring Entrepreneur.

As a thought leader in his industry, Peter Lentini has been invited numerous times to speak at corporate meetings such as the Global Sales Conference for TOMS and at prestigious universities including Yale and Stanford University addressing students, professors, and marketing executives.

With his love, passion, and pride for his culture and his dedication in raising two young sons, Peter Lentini is inspired to purposely and intentionally create possibilities of empowering and supporting a thriving community in Los Angeles that can celebrate its astounding diversity through exposure to the African heritage and legacy.

 

What does it mean to live a Designed Life?: For me, Living a designed life is all about loving what you do, and deriving joy in doing it. Living a life with a purpose, touching and changing lives with what you do and most importantly putting family first in all you do.

Favorite Quote: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

 

To learn more about Peter Lentini and his brand visit 

https://www.peterlentini.com/bio

 

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Exclusive Interview with Kabrea Thomas, CEO of Fashionably Yours

 

Kabrea Thomas is the CEO/Founder of Fashionably Yours. She is a New York City-based Image & Wardrobe Stylist and Personal Shopping consultant. Her firm provides styling services to professionals who want to add “umph” to their wardrobe so they can stand out and feel confident in what they wear.  

What habits and mindsets helped make you successful?
The habits that I’ve kept me successful is surrounding myself with others who are entrepreneurs- these people are dealing with the same things I go through every day. As an entrepreneur, I read so much on a daily basis. Things that relate to my everyday lifestyle and motivate me on a daily basis. I enjoy watching videos of other well-known entrepreneurs who went through what I did, and show me that I’m reaching closer and closer to my goals every day. Just following this routine every day allows me to appreciate my growing success every day.

How did you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I believe that my competitors are awesome! And I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting a few of them, what makes me unique is the way I work. My goal is to incorporate a fashion forward, a trendy yet comfortable wardrobe that fits my client’s everyday lifestyle. I believe that being an image consultant is more than just shopping and putting pieces together. It’s about knowing the person you’re styling. What does he/she like and feel comfortable in? I’m all about making my clients stand out and feel confident in what they wear.

What was your biggest mistake?

I wouldn’t say that I’ve made any mistakes, instead, I’d say I’ve made decisions that have helped me learn and grow. Sometimes when you’re starting a business, or even when you have an idea you automatically think boom- you’re going to be a major success. I’ve learned that patience is key to any success.

How do you learn from failure or setbacks?

I’ve been able to learn that it’s okay to take a step back and reevaluate yourself and what you want to do with your business. Life happens, and we all deal with obstacles differently.

What are the most crucial things you have done to grow your business?
The top 3 most crucial things I’ve done to grow my business would be networking. Networking is obviously the number 1 core to growing your business. The more people you know the more chances you are going to talk about your business. And the more who know about it talk more about your business. Secondly patience- success certainly doesn’t happen overnight. It’s all the little things that add up to that big great thing you were working on. And last but not least of course vulnerability. I never believed in this one but it’s true. You have to put yourself out there. Tell people your story. Inspire others along the way is my favorite thing to do.

What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today?

When starting out things will be super tough, sometimes you won’t have as much support as you thought and there will ALWAYS be someone out there who will doubt you. But try and surround yourself with others just like you. Put yourself out there. You have an amazing idea/product/service that everyone needs to know about. And always remember you ROCK!!

styling-3Why are fashion and personal styling important?

Fashion and personal styling are important because your appearance is the first thing that gets noticed on a daily basis. Through it all, not many take the time out to put an outfit together, and in most cases that can lead to low self-esteem and even depression. What I do is work from the outside and then work from within. You’re an important person, and when someone sees you they should think that too.

How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

When I finally made the decision to start my business it was at a very hard time in my life. I didn’t have the support from my parents, but I was able to make changes just from my routine and the way I thought. I knew that my business was worth it, so I made some changes in my life.

What motivates you?
What motivates me is my future. I know that I am capable of so many things. The more I let my mind wonder, the more I think about all these amazing things I can do to change one’s life, feeling and maybe even the world.

What makes you happy?
My business makes me happy, being able to learn and have a spiritual connection with a new friend. Food makes me happy (lol); my close friends and family make me happy. Life in itself makes me happy!

What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
As a successful entrepreneur, there are many times when I’ve had to put my business first, not too many people will understand why, but when you start a business your main goal is for it to continue growing.

How do you define success?
Success to me is beyond dollars. It is the ability to have your cake and eat it too in my book. Success to me is being able to live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted without a financial burden.

How do you live an authentic life?
I’m not sure that I’ve got the hang of it as of yet (lol). I’m actually still trying to balance out having a life and a business as two separate things. Let’s just say it’s something I am working on at the moment.

What does living a Designed Life mean to you?
Living a designed life is freedom! It’s showing others your truth and what you’re capable of. I truly believe that only the strong can truly live a designed life.

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