Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: Greetings, My name is Tamara Mitchell-Davis. I am an author, entrepreneur, speaker, wife and mother. I have a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and hold a professorial position within the community college system where I teach business courses on-campus, online and within the Department of Corrections. I released my first book in April/May 2017 titled, #GoalGetter: Strategies to Overcome Life’s Challenges. I grew up in a housing project where children were already labeled as “At Risk” because of situations, circumstances, challenges, dysfunction (and the list goes on) which most were out of my control. As I matured, I realized that I was an “At Risk” child… I was At Risk for Success.
As I stumbled into adulthood, I had to mentally and emotionally prepare myself to not let my environment and what others thought of me hinder me from living my best life. “Best” as how I define it and not how others define it for me. When you know better you do better. I am an avid reader and I immersed myself in things that made me feel good about me. Whether it was taking a class, attending a conference, sharing my story to help someone else, writing, vision planning, and even talking and encouraging MYSELF through the lows in life, I was on this quest to seek purpose and passion.
I have made mistakes along the way. I struggled with doubt and fear of failure. But I had to put in the work to get to the “root” of my emotions. I had to ask myself, What is failure? What is fear? If something didn’t turn out the way I intended, does that mean I failed at it? Absolutely not! It just means that it didn’t work out and now I have the lessons learned from that experience to re-examine, re-group, re-charge and redirect. I had to learn this! This is how the title of my book was birthed. I was more intentional with setting goals. I used strategies and principles from my background in business as my framework to get me from point A to point B, C, and even D. In my book, I share the ups, the downs, the highs, and the lows and what worked for me hoping that my narrative will help change someone else’s thinking, approach, and even life.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? I would encourage others to pursue things of interest to them. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You will either succeed at it OR you will learn from it. Either way it’s a Win-Win. We spend so much time always trying to figure things out, trying to make sure everything is perfect, trying to wait for the right time that we end up with years that have passed us by and we are still in planning mode. I am not saying JUMP. It is good to have a plan. It is good to have goals. But, don’t spend so much time planning and on the merry go round that you get so dizzy and never actually move and do something. Try it out. See if it will work. It took me years to get my book published. Why? I stayed on the merry go round. My advice would be take risks. Study, Plan, and also Do! Put the work in to make your dreams become a reality. I am so happy I did and I am just getting started.
What is next for your brand/business in 2017? Since my book release and launch in April/May 2017, I have been on several book tours to share my story. I have done some local book signings in my state of Connecticut and have toured North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. I am now exploring other areas to visit for book signings. In addition, I have launched inspirational/motivational themed t-shirts and coffee mugs about strength, perseverance, and ambition which aligns to the title and framework of my book. I hope to add more speaking engagements to my schedule for 2018 and start writing my second book.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media: I want us all to WIN and I would be interested in hearing from you and learning of your progress. I can be reached Via Email, or you can follow me on Facebook and Instragram @GoalGetter860. For mugs and t-shirts, please visit my Online Store. Stay Blessed!