We had the good fortune of connecting with Reginald Russell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reginald, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My end goal is legacy, when I am done and ready to accept emeritus. I want my children’s children to not have to worry about a financial means in which to support themselves or their families.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career as an entrepreneur began with the origination of a non-profit organization, which segued into becoming an author, selling clothes, and health and wellness products. I got to where I am today by not being intimidated by the unknown. I learned about the capacity that I possess to manifest life, exploring the power that God placed inside of me as a “co creating” conduit has been nothing short of phenomenal. Being an entrepreneur hasn’t been easy, you become a great filter, as no one person has become successful solely on their own merit and efforts. It takes an entourage of people to come along side of you to plant both good and bad seed to help mold you into who you need to be along this path that you have chosen. I have had to learn what relationships would be fruitful and which ones wouldn’t. We overcome some of these challenges by allowing life’s experiences to be our teacher, I however would petition anyone to learn from others experiences before you afford them for yourself. Anything that I have done has had opposition and anything that you will do in life will experience the same. The importance about this certainty is found in how you embrace it; I have found through trial and error that it is best to stand up in the face of adversity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I always have to visit South Phoenix, we’d spend some time with my people in the “hood”. Then we’d visit Tucson and reminisce on special college days at the University of Arizona. After that we’d explore some of the metropolitan area offerings in visiting restaurants and lounges in downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. The visit would most likely end with visiting family settings in Gilbert, Arizona.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The first person that has influenced my life is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a relationship with my Heavenly Father has established my drive and desire to substantiate my effort here on this Earth. I would like to thank and attribute much of my success to my parents for sharpening me with exposure to “real life”, and also to my brothers with helping me to navigate the “waters”. I’d like to recognize the support of my loving wife, who continues to aid me in building me where I do not see vulnerabilities; she is my blind spot checker. Additionally “Les Brown” was a great mentor who taught me that you must go before you are ready. I use this advice to this day; not allowing the fear of the unknown to prohibit me from exploring my dreams and visions