Interview with Devona Stimpson

Hello Everyone! I am Shan Naqvi host of . Today I am here with an amazing guest. Devona Stimpson, nominated as San Diego’s Most Influential Woman 2018 by Life By Design magazine, is a show-stopper entrepreneur on a mission to raise up the world around her. She excels as an artist, best-selling author, international speaker, and branding expert. Devona is the Co-Founder of Strive & Grind, an international Branding and Creative boutique that positions entrepreneurs to create memorable, disruptive, and badass brands that dominate their industries. Additionally, she co-authored the best-selling book, Passionistas: Tips Tales & Tweetables From Women Pursuing Their Dreams, and is the Creator of gangSTAR* CREATIVE which helps creatives succeed in business and life. You can find her being featured in press such as the Huffington Post, rocking stages with top influencers, and creating jaw-dropping, exclusive paintings which you can find at . Let’s talk to her to learn more about her.

  • There are many people living in this world and they all give their own opinions and we’re little confused on that? I am sure… 89% people follow the opinions and I am one among them how to live our own life and build our own boundaries?

I think it’s important to remember that we only have one life and that life is ours. We can’t make an impact in the world if we follow what everyone else is doing or listen to what everyone is telling us to do. You have to follow your intuition and what you feel is right for you.

  • What does GANGSTAR mean? To me, it carries very negative meaning?

In the U.S. people use the word “gangster” as an adjective to describe things that are cool, amazing, badass, dope, hip, or awesome. For my movement gangSTAR* CREATIVE, I changed the word to GANGSTAR meaning as creatives we’re all badass and cool, and our talents allow us to shine bright individually like stars. In a sense we’re our own superstars, or GANGSTARS,  because no one has the same talent, we each provide a unique craft and talent to the world, and we’re all thriving to be the best.

  • How do you face the criticism?

I face it head on. If it’s something I feel will make me better, I’ll take it and learn from it. But I don’t let criticism slow me down from what I’m creating or hinder me from moving forward.

  • Will you say some words on” Living our own dreams” ?

Living our own dreams means to live the life you want to live. We all have dreams and desires, but it’s up to us to actually take action and make that dream become a reality.

  • Why entrepreneurship and not a job? As…the salary is not always fixed.

Because you get to create something of your own. You create legacy and impact in the world as an entrepreneur. You’re your own boss and no one gets to tell you what to do. In a job, someone else is in control of your livelihood. As an entrepreneur it’s up to you how much money you want to make and what you get to do on a day to day basis.

  • What would you say about art?

Creative work and talent is a priceless commodity that everyone should value and take pleasure in.

  • When you first time came in the front of people for speaking, were you afraid of it? How can we overcome the fear of speaking?

I always get nervous before I got out in front of an audience, but after a minute or so the nerves start to go away. I’ve always liked performing, so being in front of people never really bother me. I kinda look at speaking as a performance. To overcome the fear of speaking, I recommend speaking in front of people as much as you can. It could be at school, group of friends, church, events, organizations, sports, etc. The more you talk to groups of people the easier it gets.

  • Our elders always tell us to have fun only for 10% and the rest of the % you should work hard? What would you say about this, as on your website you have given the value to fun?

Why can’t you work hard and have fun at the same time? Studies show that productivity increases when fun and play are incorporated into a work or educational environment. Life’s too short not to have fun. Having fun also increases happiness which will increase your work ethic and results.

  • What would you advice to those who are just starting out?

Be consistent, be patient, and trust the process. It’s not gonna be easy, so enjoy the journey and take all that you can from the good and bad that will happen.

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