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Shelly Shell Williams On How We Need To Redefine Success

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Redefining Success is relative and defined by you, not the world around you.

If your definition of success is defined as opening your eyes each day, that is redefined Success. If God has given you another opportunity to create, figure it out or work on the life you desire, you are successful. All we need is a chance, and each breath you take is a chance to love and be loved, the ultimate way to Redefine Success.


Have you ever noticed how often we equate success with more? Whether that’s more products, more profits, more activities or more accomplishments, we buy into the belief that we have to do more to have more to be more. And that will sum up to success. And then along comes The Great Resignation. Where employees are signaling that the “more” that’s being offered — even more pay, more perks, and more PTO — isn’t summing up to success for them. We visited with leaders who are redefining what success means now. Their answers might surprise you.

As a part of this series, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Shelly Shell Williams.

Shelly Shell Williams, a MediaPreneur affectionately yet authoritatively referred to as Philly’s Oprah. She climbed the corporate ladder from Intern to Executive Producer of Urban X-pressions, the longest-running video show in the Delaware Valley. She is a 3X Billboard Award-Winning Executive Producer. She is also a Speaker, Course Creator, Content/Newspaper Writer, and Social Media Strategist, HubSpot Certified in Advanced Social Media Strategies. Shelly Shell Williams specializes in helping her clients connect and grow their reach and sales by creating valuable content for social media and digital marketing channels.


Thank you for making time to visit with us about the topic of our time. Our readers would like to get to know you a bit better. Can you please tell us about one or two life experiences that most shaped who you are today?

I failed! One of the most significant experiences was when I failed all but one course in college. After graduating with my associate’s degree from Jr. College, I continued my education at a prominent University. Going to this University was a whole new world, literally. Class sizes were large, nothing like the Jr. College; when I saw all the people, all I wanted to do was talk, hang out, and barely study.

Once the University semester was over, I received my grades; I was shocked. I’d never seen my name with F’s down the page before. Not sure why I was shocked when I received my grades; when I knew I wasn’t doing the work, I knew I wasn’t applying myself.

University schooling was different from school growing up; I didn’t have to study to pass my junior high and high school classes. I accepted a 2.5 GPA, which was just enough to graduate. I was crushed, but it was at that moment that I realized a few things. The first thing, I’m not ready for a big University, and the second thing, I had to choose a career that interested me, not my mom.

I re-enrolled in the Jr. College with an I will not fail attitude. I felt the shift inside; I was clear on the type of career I now wanted.

My first Associate’s Degree prepared me to be a secretary or administrative assistant. Once failing at the university level, I knew in my heart that being a secretary was not for me. My second time around, I concentrated on Business Administration. I began to develop my non-stop work ethic; I went over and above on most projects, I wanted A’s, and B’s this time, I was involved, interested, and motivated. I graduated with another associate’s degree with almost a 3.0 GPA. This experience shaped me into who I am today; I am relentless; I want and have a life filled with A’s, wins, awards, and strive to be best in what I do. Embracing my failures as a learning opportunity prepared me to be an entrepreneur who understands that we will fail. Still, if we lack persistence, the outcome will end in a crushing defeat.

We all have myths and misconceptions about success. What are some myths or misconceptions that you used to believe?

Whoa, this hit me like a ton of bricks; one of the biggest misconceptions is relying on celebrity interviews or connections to be successful. I used to believe that the more celebrities I interviewed or people saw me with the stars, I was successful. In reality, it made me popular, not successful, which is a big difference. I also used to believe that the more projects I worked on, the more I would be successful, which is the biggest myth.

How has your definition of success changed?

I recently spoke on a panel at a Music and Film Festival in Philadelphia, and one of the audience attendees asked; how we define success? My answer was to have the Freedom to yield income while working in my passion, fulfilling my purpose, and using my gifts to make a difference in the world. Shifting my focus to Freedom is how I’ve redefined my success since covid. Before covid, my life was a rat race, moving from project to project without stopping to focus on my long-term goals. I didn’t think of Freedom as a success prior to the quarantine, but it most certainly became my priority. Creating products that yield passive income became a top priority. Making money is necessary to live but being financially successful without living the life I desire is not my definition of success.

The pandemic, in many ways, was a time of collective self-reflection. What changes do you believe we need to make as a society to access success post pandemic?

I’ve seen people who were once struggling prior to covid living financially successful now. One of the biggest things that helped many people was the extra unemployment per week, and it gave people a lump sum of money they hadn’t had before.

For some, it provided them the capital they needed to invest in setting up a business or paying off debts. What we need to access success post-pandemic is to continue to provide a way for people to apply for a grant or financial assistance to start a business.

We saw that the government could implement systems to help homeowners and renters. We saw a need for affordable housing, livable wages, giving all people access to affordable education or business knowledge; all of this must continue.

What do you see as the unexpected positives in the pandemic? We would love to hear a few of your stories or examples.

The day the quarantine was put in place, I felt relief like never before. I kept it to myself for fear that people would think I was insane, but the truth is, I needed to stop. Of course, I didn’t want the dreaded covid, nor did I want people to die, but I truly needed to pivot.

For the first time in a long time, I had the time to take online courses, which led to an increase in income and the knowledge necessary to help others. I now have online courses, a membership website, part of a mastermind group, and coaching.

I did things that I never thought I would have done. I did 30 interviews in 30 days straight via zoom. I was able to connect with people all around the world. Online streaming opened many doors; I spoke on major platforms, interviewed celebrities, hosted virtual parties, talk shows, and so much more.

One of the biggest unexpected positives was getting closer to my family; it helped us build stronger bonds and depend on each other. I was also able to virtually visit several new online churches, as many as I wanted to in one day.

We’re all looking for answers about how to be successful now. Could you please share “5 Ways To Redefine Success Now?” (Please share a story or example for each.)

1. Redefining Success is relative and defined by you, not the world around you.

If your definition of success is defined as opening your eyes each day, that is redefined Success. If God has given you another opportunity to create, figure it out or work on the life you desire, you are successful. All we need is a chance, and each breath you take is a chance to love and be loved, the ultimate way to Redefine Success.

2. Redefining Success is approaching each day with gratitude.

Gratitude makes leaders more effective and aids in creating a better work environment. Gratitude shifts your mind and helps you focus on everything that will go right in a day. I participated in a #67DayChallenge with Glenn Lundy. The challenge was to start each day by writing a gratitude list. I began looking at my daily tasks with enthusiasm; I began to think of all of the great qualities of my family and friends. When I woke up, I reviewed the list from the day before and noticed how many extraordinary things were in my life. I succeeded in completing 67 days of the challenge, and once it was over, I’ve continued the practice of approaching each day with gratitude. Gratitude helps you relax, relate and release your overwhelmed feelings by your daily tasks and replaces it with a sense of hope.

3. Redefining Success is being prepared to pivot when necessary.

The more I know, the more I grow! The best way to be prepared is to find situations where you can expand your horizons, whether reading a book or taking up a course. Preparation is key to the pivot; if you continue working on self-development, you won’t have to get prepared; you will already be prepared. When the quarantine hit, many business owners were trying to figure out technology and how to work it all. Self-development is a lifelong process. Most of us want to improve ourselves, and it can be a powerful and transformational mental tool, provided you have the inner motivation to follow it through. The most successful people in the world have self-improvement practices.

4. Redefining Success is seeking to be valuable, not successful.

Dr. Myles Monroe taught the importance of seeking value and watching Success follow you. I am a witness to this. When covid first began, I dove headfirst into self-development. I focused on honing my social media strategy skills and volunteering for two months with my new client, Kingdom Social Media. I first had to see my value to become a person of value, and now I am sought after for my social media strategies and content creation. The more you serve with value, the more people will pay you to do what you do.

5. Redefining Success means Freedom to love what you do and generate income while doing it.

Haha, I laugh because, from the outside, people think being a business owner means you have some unspoken freedom to goof off and not work. It’s quite the opposite; the Freedom you get is living in your purpose and knowing you are doing what you are called to do. Not everyone has found their calling; not everyone can do the things they love; that’s why it’s Freedom. Knowing what God has called you to do is redefining success.

How would our lives improve if we changed our definition of success?

I remember watching beauty pageants, and the ongoing answer to what the contestants wanted most was world peace. It might have seemed cliché growing up, but the truth is, our lives would change if we didn’t live with the keeping up with the Joneses mindset. All the money doesn’t bring peace; if we change our definition of success to peace, the world would be a happier place.

What’s the biggest obstacle that stands in the way of our redefined success? And what advice would you offer about overcoming those obstacles?

The biggest obstacle standing in the way of our redefining success is belief.

We have to change our mindset to believe that success is how we individually define it and that if we believe that we are successful, then so will the world.

In every course I’ve taken since the pandemic began, each one began with affirmations to shift our mindset. You’d be surprised at how many people lack the belief mindset. Make daily affirmations a part of your morning routine. Wake up and declare I am capable, equipped, and intelligent enough to create the success I desire.

Where do you go to look for inspiration and information about how to redefine success?

I’ve never had to look for information on redefining success, and I just had to understand my definition of success. I am inspired by The Bible and God’s word when it comes to inspiration.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US, with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He, she or they might just see this if we tag them.

Sarah Jakes Roberts and Devon Franklin, I couldn’t pick just one, I wrote a list, but I will begin with these two. I read their books, Women Evolved and Produced by Faith; these two humans are my spirit humans; they speak directly to me when they deliver the word. Both of their careers align with my path; with Sarah Jakes Roberts, I would love to talk to her about overcoming insecurities, relationships, and preaching with Devon, film production, God, and career. Even as I write this, I believe that I will have this opportunity.

How can our readers further follow your work online?

I would love to hear your feedback and connect with you all via email by texting the word MIX to 42828, or on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/shellyshellwilliams/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ShellyShellWilliamsPhillysOprah

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We greatly appreciate the time you spent on this. We wish you continued success and good health.

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Is Crypto Safe? What You Need to Know

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Is Crypto Safe? What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About Crypto Security

The cryptocurrency market is booming with more new coins and startups than ever, but they’re not all created equal. Cryptocurrency is a trailblazing technology that could overhaul the financial systems of the future. However, it’s wise to do your homework before actively trading or investing in cryptocurrencies with price volatility and privacy concerns.

What Is A Cryptocurrency?

Digital money that makes use of cryptography to safeguard transactions and regulate the generation of new units is called Cryptocurrency. It’s called a cryptocurrency because it relies on cryptography’s encrypted form of data. Cryptography also provides anonymity for users by obscuring their identity and, indeed, all aspects of their transactions.

Cryptocurrencies can be mined, traded or used to purchase goods and services. A person would have to rely on already established relationships with merchants or banks to make purchases in the past. 

How Safe Is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is more than an idea to create a digital form of currency at its core. Cybercriminals have learned that they can target these digital currencies because they are not regulated and not backed by any government. In theory, it’s tough to track down the source or the location of cryptocurrency transactions.

Cryptocurrencies are a prime target opening for cybercriminals since it’s difficult to trace transactions and identify the individuals involved.

How to Safeguard Your Cryptocurrencies

Cybersecurity in Cryptocurrency is a common issue and one that you should be aware of if considering an investment. Though the concerns are real, these problems can be mitigated mainly through a few simple security steps before trading or investing in Cryptocurrency.

Here are some basics steps to help secure your account from Cryptocurrency transactions:

Password Protection

Enable two-step authentication and password protect your computer when searching for cryptocurrency exchanges. This will prevent anyone from accessing your machines if they are stolen or hacked.

Use a Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network (VPN) is a computer network where you can hide your proper IP address. If a hacker were to try and break into your account, they would see an IP address from the VPN, so it would be impossible to gain access.

Backup Your Wallet

Backup information that includes public address and private keys. This will help you retrieve any lost currency or prevent others from transferring Cryptocurrency from your wallet.

Use Multiple Wallets

Using more than one Cryptocurrency wallet helps protect your investment from theft even if your account is compromised. If you have a cryptocurrency wallet on multiple devices and platforms, it’s easy to keep a backup of your information in case of an account breach.

What Are the Risks Associated with Cryptocurrency?

With all the blockchain talk about decentralization and anonymity, getting swept up in the hype is easy. Cryptocurrency has become a rapidly growing portion of the investing market, and many retail investors are looking to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.

While the technology behind cryptocurrencies is impressive, risks are rushing, making trading and investing in Cryptocurrency risky for inexperienced traders. 

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams come in many forms, including emails and text messages. These scams can occur on an individual or a more general level, as most commonly happens. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes information on detecting phishing scams. Still, it’s hard to tell the difference between a legitimate cryptocurrency exchange and an imposter because most large cryptocurrency exchanges do not have contact information listed for regulatory reasons.

Volatility

Cryptocurrency is a very volatile market that can swing wildly in either direction in almost no time at all. All cryptocurrencies are responsive to news, which can cause price changes within minutes or hours. There are also several different types of currencies, so you may have a hard time getting used to the volatility of each type. If you see only one digital currency (e.g., Bitcoin), it’s easy to assume stability when it’s still highly volatile.

Online Payments

While using crypto for online payments is a convenient method to pay for products and services, there are significant hazards involved with such transactions. When you pay for anything using bitcoin, you have no way of knowing the seller’s identity or having your payment details validated by a third party. You’re on your own if there’s an issue with the transaction.

With online purchases, you don’t have access to a complaint process, and there is no recourse if something goes wrong. This all results in anonymous transactions that pose risks online. As long as Cryptocurrency continues its rapid growth, this will be an iCryptocurrencyilers and sellers will need to solve.

Conclusion

Cryptocurrency is a highly sought-after currency for investors due to its untraceable nature and ability to exchange value without interference from a third party, such as a bank. However, this feature also makes it an appealing target for cybercriminals.

If you’re considering investing or trading in Cryptocurrency, educate yourself on the processes used to make transactions and invest your money safely and securely with reliable services that vet every transaction before letting it go through. Before diving in headfirst, make sure you research the different types of Cryptocurrency available and what risks are associated with each one. For more information on Cryptocurrency and its different types, visit our blog now!

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Food Is Medicine And What We Eat Is Important

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Your mental state is a critical component of your physical health. And when you’re under a lot of stress, you might not be eating the healthy food that provides nutrients for fighting anxiety and depression. So when we examine what we’ve been eating, most of us discover that the decisions we’ve been making in the name of simplicity, convenience, or saving time have been damaging to our total health – body, mind, and spirit.

A person’s diet is a direct reflection of their health. When a person does not eat the right foods, their body breaks down. This can lead to an overall decrease in quality of life and many other diseases linked to improper nutrition. In North America, our current diet mainly consists of an excess of grain, sugar, fried and fatty foods. As a result, disorders including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and certain malignancies are becoming increasingly widespread.

The science of food has always been discussed; however, with recent technological innovations in food processing and agriculture, people have enjoyed more convenient foods that are less expensive than ever before. Unfortunately, with every convenience comes a trade-off. Smart foods are often packed with sugar, salt, and calories, leading to poor health in some individuals. 

To understand what a person is putting into their body, it’s essential to realize that the small molecules in food are responsible for allowing our bodies to function. These small molecules are called nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and enzymes. A nutrient is not a value unless absorbed by the body through a specific pathway. For example, if you absorb calcium without vitamin D, your body will not use that calcium. 

Eating a balanced diet keeps you healthy, but it helps reduce your stress. For example, eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants because they help augment your immune response and prevent toxins from damaging your cells. Vitamins A, C, and E serve as antioxidants that fight off free radicals in the body. Free radicals are toxic products of metabolism that cause damage to your cells. Experts claim that they are responsible for the aging process. Good sources of these vitamins are deeply-colored vegetables- green leafy, yellow, and orange vegetables, such as squash, broccoli, kale, spinach, and carrots.

Iron is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, and it mainly functions to deliver oxygen to your cells. Hence, an iron deficiency, medically termed Iron-deficiency anemia, is associated with weakness, easy fatigability, and pale skin. Tea, coffee, red wine, grapes, and berries are rich in antioxidants that function the same as your vitamins A, C, and E. 
You need a diet that’s healthy and balanced – and one that can fit comfortably into your busy lifestyle.

Here are some of the recommended dietary guidelines.

Eat a diet high in fresh vegetables, vitamins, and minerals. 

Exercise every other day to release endorphins, feel good, get the blood flowing, and reduce stress levels. 

Eat salt only when you need it, but not too much as your body does not need it. Many people with anxiety are hypothyroid or have low magnesium. When your body needs more sodium, it can indicate that you are not producing enough cortisol or are dehydrated. If you experience chronic anxiety, I recommend working with a physician to run tests on cortisol levels and then take salt supplements as needed. Use spices like turmeric, ginger, curry, and aromatic herbs like parsley, rosemary, sage, and basil.
Eat low-fat meals because they will cause a minor spike in blood sugar levels: think lean meats, eggs, vegetables, and nuts; avoid dairy if it makes you feel anxious. 

Drink lots of water — keep hydrated all day — ideally at least half a gallon if possible — your brain needs water to function optimally! 

Avoid foods that you know will make you feel bad, such as dairy, even with low-fat content. You can cut out dairy and not worry about it! 

Avoid sugar, caffeine, processed foods, alcohol, and any other substance that makes you feel bad or increases anxiety levels. Also, avoid coffee — drinking more than one cup a day can cause anxiety in some people. Coffee is also dehydrating and inhibits the absorption of minerals from food/water/supplements — try caffeinated water as a substitute for coffee if you like the caffeine kick. 

Find a natural health professional that you can talk to or work with to quickly get the results you want. 

Healthy foods and nutrition can help you stay fit, but they can also assist you in treating disease. When you nurture your body physically with these nutrient-dense foods, your mental capacities improve, as does your spiritual welfare. Moreover, because your spiritual health is at its best, it will radiate to the exterior world, causing others to notice you’re happier and more relaxed, and your stress levels have decreased dramatically.

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The Points of Light Civic Circle Offers Real Ways You Can Change the World 

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Sixty-six percent of Americans don’t believe they can make a big impact in the world. 

That figure is according to Points of Light’s research on civic engagement. But what if I told you there are actually many ways to drive change? 

Today’s political climate can feel divided or even stagnant, but the truth is, you really can make things better, starting with your own community, one act of kindness at a time. And those aren’t just words. I’m here to share real, practical ways for you to make a difference. 

The Points of Light Civic Circle helps people connect to opportunities and understand that doing good comes in many forms. It is a framework that represents your power to lead, lend support and take action for causes you care about and live your best civic life. 

The Civic Circle provides actionable examples of all the ways you can change your community to reflect the world you want to see around you. In fact, you’re probably doing some of these things already. Are you helping a neighbor by picking up groceries or chaperoning on your child’s class field trip? You’re volunteering. Did you vote in the last election or help others get to the polls so they could vote? Those acts of civic duty illustrate the “vote” element. When you buy a product, do you choose to support companies that reflect your values or advance a social cause? That’s called “purchase power.” There are nine elements of the Civic Circle, and countless ways to bring each one to life. 

This blog is the first in a five-part series that will help you find real and manageable ways to activate the Civic Circle through apps, documentaries, podcasts and books. 

We also offer other resources to help you connect with all the ways you can become empowered to be the change you want to see in the world. Check out our videos that provide an in-depth look at each element of the Civic Circle. And don’t miss Civic Life Today, our digital magazine series. Each issue takes a deep dive and provides materials, ideas and inspiration so that you can become civically engaged.  Get started today, and launch your own civic engagement journey with these tools. 

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