Welcome to Business Innovators Magazine…Please introduce yourself and a brief thumbnail sketch of your background.
SS: My name is Steven T. Smith, I’m a native of West Palm Beach, Florida I’m 47 years old, I have Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I have worked in several Industries trying to find my Niche and what really drives me to be successful. I realize that working in different Industries has been a plus for me because they are all of great use to me today. I am a motivational and empowerment speaker; I am the CEO of Fashion Week West Palm Beach, Incorporated a published author also I have helped other businesses launch to become very successful. Being successful requires tenacity, persistence and the drive from within side never to die the fire inside me if not stronger and stronger because I know greatness has my name on it.
BI: What would you say is the area in business that you are most passionate about and why?
SS: The area of business that I’m most passionate about is the people business. Let me expound to you I have the passion for people since I was a child I’ve always had leadership qualities I knew greatness was in me to have the compassion to help people to look out for people and show love to people. When you exude, these different qualities business becomes easy it’s like breathing for me so therefore no matter what I step into because of me being a multi-talented multi-gifted individuals I succeed Thrive and prosper and it’s because I focus on the person and not the product. My deepest passions are to empower uplift and encourage people to go for that matter what they’ve been through or what they have faced. I realize that we all go through things on this Earth, and we have to realize that we can bounce back when to go forth, and you realize everything that we have faith to do great things and to help many people. My pain produces my purpose.
BI: How are you different than your competitors?
SS: The reason why I’m different than most competitive because I don’t compete with them I compete with them myself I realized the talents, skills and gifts that I possess and I utilize them to the fullest I never focus on my competitors because when I focus on them I lose focus on what I’m doing and who I really am. I realize that we are each individual’s we have different things to bring to the table and offered to the world, therefore, my competitors are not my focus my focus is on achieving my goals and helping those out there that need what I have to offer.
BI: Please tell me about any recent business accomplishments that you are most proud of and why?
SS: My most recent business accomplishments are as follows in 2014 I stepped out on faith and put together West Palm Beach first ever Fashion Week I’m thankful and grateful that it happened because it was a lot of hard work and a lot of fighting to win and accomplish and see a vision come to pass. This Fashion Week has continued, and we are now in our third year, and people are clamoring to be a part of it and to support and sponsor Fashion Week West Palm Beach. My other recent accomplishment is becoming a published author telling the world about my life things that are going on that was very painful and even painful for me to share but because I know it’s going to help many people to realize their faith and know that if I can go through what I’ve been through and still bounce back and move forward into doing great things then they can also.
BI: What Leadership qualities in Leaders do you most admire and why?
SS: What I am I about leaders is exactly what they do is they believe they don’t delegate they’re not bossy leaders will get down on their knees and clean that floor leaders will show you the way you need to go instead of being pushy there get down there they will get dirty they will be involved they will show you what it means because anytime you and leader people that are following you want to see where you just like me at one point while you’re still doing the same things that I do that’s what leaders do leaders Inspire leaders push leaders to encourage leaders to have strong faith and leaders know exactly how to get things done with or without anyone.
BI: What has been a key element of your success?
SS: A key element of my success is having a strong faith within myself knowing that I can do anything and achieve anything as long as I continue to stay focused on the prize and not what goes on around me. When there’s something so deep inside of you, and you know that you have dreams goals desires and things to achieve in this life, you will keep going because if I could switch it won’t turn off until you get to that place and all the things that you’ve been waiting on and asking and believing for it’s coming and it’s happening right before you. Success is based on what did I do to impact others what did I achieved that others appreciate an employee because of something inside of me that has never been done before or I’m doing it Greater, and therefore it’s happening because something inside of me became a reality.