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The Create Your Life Series is for Self-starters looking to live
life on their own terms. Join award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker
Kevin Y. Brown as he shares the Strategies Behind the Successes of today’s
Trailblazers by uncovering experiences, daily habits and defining moments of
high achievers from around the world. Learn more at cylseries.com

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The Create Your Life Series is for Self-starters looking to live
life on their own terms. Join award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker
Kevin Y. Brown as he shares the Strategies Behind the Successes of today’s
Trailblazers by uncovering experiences, daily habits and defining moments of
high achievers from around the world. Learn more at cylseries.com

    CYLS 188: The Return

    CYLS 188: The Return

    Episode Summary

    On his adventure to explore Africa, Kevin Y Brown gives his experience traveling in Africa and how he discovered the young market of podcasting on the continent. He highlights the lessons he learned from visiting six countries on the continent and how it has impacted his life. In this episode, Kevin discusses landing a job at Afridpods as the Chief Content Officer and Head Of Strategy and what to expect from CYLS.

     

    Kevin Y. Brown

    Kevin Y. Brown is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center For Public Trust (CPT) “Being A Difference” award recipient, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author.  The former MTV Networks host and NYC fashion marketer has created an international following as a speaker on personal excellence, effective communication, and leadership.  Kevin has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Modern Man of Distinction” and highlighted in various publications for his self-help speaking work and helping students graduate college debt-free.  Recognized for his commitment to empowering foster care youth and as a foster care system alumnus, he has also delivered the keynote address at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia, and Osaka, Japan.  Kevin is currently the creator/host of Sirius XM’s “Create Your Life” series, a fellow in the New York Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

     

    Insights from this episode:

    Kevin’s experience in Africa
    Kevin’s curiosity about podcasting in Africa
    How his trip to Africa impacted him
    Kevin’s transition from an entrepreneurship to office culture
    Kevin’s move to Kenya and getting recruited to work at Afripods

     

    Quotes from the show:

    “I knew there was an opportunity on the continent, and I understood the importance of podcasting and what it could do in order to preserve the language, the traditions, and customs for people on the continent” –Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #188
    “I had the opportunity to see the lineage of black excellence, and culture in all these different countries: unity, family ties, and so much more” –Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #188
    “I had to learn that people don’t work around the clock 24/7 like I had been doing” –Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #188
    “I knew that I saw an opportunity and I needed to get back to Africa, but I just didn’t know how” –Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #188
    “Living in Africa definitely has its pros and cons, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons, and I am very thankful” –Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #188
    “Staying focused, staying true to myself always really helped me and has been a true North even when it seems like things are blurry” –Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #188

     

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    • 25 min
    CYLS 187: Guest Episode - The Origins Of My Podcasters Journey

    CYLS 187: Guest Episode - The Origins Of My Podcasters Journey

    Episode Summary

    In this episode of the Create Your Life Series, Kevin is a guest on Afros & Audios IGTV, where he talks with Talib Jasir about why he made the leap into podcasting and how his experience in other industries laid a foundation for his podcast success.  This uplifting interview on personal evolution and being committed to excellence will inspire you to keep making the hard choices that will bring the success and happiness we are all seeking.

     

    Kevin Y. Brown

    Kevin Y. Brown is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center For Public Trust (CPT) “Being A Difference” award recipient, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author.  The former MTV Networks host and NYC fashion marketer has created an international following as a speaker on personal excellence, effective communication, and leadership.  Kevin has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Modern Man of Distinction” and highlighted in various publications for his self-help speaking work and helping students graduate college debt-free.  Recognized for his commitment to empowering foster care youth and as a foster care system alumnus, he has also delivered the keynote address at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia and Osaka, Japan.  Kevin is currently the creator/host of Sirius XM’s “Create Your Life” series, a fellow in the New York Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

     

    Talib Jasir

    Talib Jasir is a storyteller, author, podcast producer, and advocate for the people and their collective power.

    Born a twin in Baltimore, MD, he spent his earliest years traversing the backwoods of Maryland’s Eastern Shore under the guardianship of his Great Grandmother.  Reared by a village of irrepressible folk, he learned the paramountcy of kinship, love, and the dynamism of language.

    Talib is a creative entrepreneur with over 15 years of professional experience in marketing and advertising.  Founder of the Afros & Audio Podcast Festival and the Vanguard Podcast Network, he is also a dual-certified Life Coach with a focus on supporting creatives, podcast creators, and entrepreneurs.  Talib received his BA in Public Policy/Urban Studies, Africana Studies and Social Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ.

     

    Insights from this episode:

    Details on why Kevin started on a radio platform, how he built his catalog of shows to launch on SiriusXM, and how that led to starting Podcast Laundry.
    Differences between being a creative person versus a business person and how to bring those two aspects together to succeed.
    How to set goals and be intentional in achieving what you desire and the life that you want through personal work and personal evolution.
    Difficulties Kevin experienced that helped him find a better way forward.
    Benefits of using a podcast production company beyond just the technical aspects.
    How to build and surround yourself with a community that provides support and opportunity for everyone.

     

    Quotes from the show:

    “You’ve got to think outside the box.  If you have places that already have a large distribution network, this is just a way to increase your reach.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #187
    “I approached [podcasting] like a business from day one.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #187
    “Audio is a cornerstone.  It is an opportunity to expand so far into different creative aspects.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #187
    “These legal and small things like that make people come in and respect you and your show on another level and I think that helps to raise your bar.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #187
    “In order for you to get where you’re needing to go, you’re going to have to do your due diligence.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #187
    “Sometimes the absence of expectation allows you to breed creativity.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #187
    “Per

    • 48 min
    CYLS 186: Amplifying & Empowering the Latina Voice with Rita Bautista

    CYLS 186: Amplifying & Empowering the Latina Voice with Rita Bautista

     Episode Summary

    What is the most important thing for a podcast to have?  An audience.  Rita Bautista not only found an audience for her own podcast, she also found an audience for a network of podcasts.  In this episode of the Create Your Life Series, the creator of the Latina Podcasters Network tells Kevin that no matter what your approach is to podcasting, the most important thing is to get out of your own way and get started.

     

    Kevin Y. Brown

    Kevin Y. Brown is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center For Public Trust (CPT) “Being A Difference” award recipient, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author.  The former MTV Networks host and NYC fashion marketer has created an international following as a speaker on personal excellence, effective communication, and leadership.  Kevin has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Modern Man of Distinction” and highlighted in various publications for his self-help speaking work and helping students graduate college debt-free.  Recognized for his commitment to empowering foster care youth and as a foster care system alumnus, he has also delivered the keynote address at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia and Osaka, Japan.  Kevin is currently the creator/host of Sirius XM’s “Create Your Life” series, a fellow in the New York Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

     

    Rita Bautista

    As founder and CEO of the Latina Podcasters Network, Bautista connects aspiring and established Mujeres Latinas and the Latinx community. She has been called a bold innovative thinker and cultural connector by her peers. She’s responsible for hosting the first Latina Podcasters meetup at any podcast convention.

    Her passion and love for the podcasting industry came in 2019 when she launched her first podcast, Empowerment & All That. This podcast was dedicated solely to empowering women by delivering motivational interviews and episodes. Her desire to keep growing in the podcast community and finding cultural relevance was the driving force to develop Latina Podcasters Network.

    Latina Podcasters is the first and only global podcast network committed solely to amplifying the voices of Latinas and Latinx mujeres.

    Bautista is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and has over a decade of experience serving on civic and non-profit boards representing Latinx voices in education, government, business, and sports.

     

    Insights from this episode:

    Differences between Latino and LatinX, the necessity for the term, and how it gives space for everyone to be themselves.
    Details on why Rita created the Latina Podcaster Network, the community it created, and the positive promotion of culture that has grown from the network.
    Rita’s top tips for creating a great audio experience for listeners and how to build an audience.
    Benefits that podcasting can provide such as a creative outlet, personal growth motivator, and bonus therapy.
    How to navigate negative feedback, stay motivated, and overcome challenges.

     

    Quotes from the show:

    “I’m lucky.  I think I’ve had the opportunity to live in some really dynamic and traditionally rich cities and then others, like Houston, that’s a commercial, thriving, business-development type city.” – Rita Bautista, Episode #186
    “I started my podcast because I wanted to begin to empower women and basically give back the message that I had been given.” – Rita Bautista, Episode #186
    On Rita’s experience starting a podcast: “It was like an additional layer to therapy.” – Rita Bautista, Episode #186
    “What’s beautiful about leaving something uncut is you can always go back to it and see your growth.” – Rita Bautista, Episode #186
    “We, fundamentally, are all pretty much the same on the inside.” – Rita Bautista, Episode #186
    “It’s really okay to start where you are.  I

    • 43 min
    CYLS 185: Project, Set, Achieve: Bringing Success into 2021 with Eric Fondren

    CYLS 185: Project, Set, Achieve: Bringing Success into 2021 with Eric Fondren

    Episode Summary

    Kevin continues his talks with Eric Fondren on how pivoting has benefited their businesses in 2020 and what other strategies they will use to bring success to 2021 including focusing on yourself to help manifest your goals.  Eric talks about how his businesses have been performing and what he’s working on now and Kevin discusses the importance of projection when it comes to creating a stable and growing business.  Discover how to create repeatable strategies for success, in this episode of the Create Your Life Series.

     

    Kevin Y. Brown

    Kevin Y. Brown is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center For Public Trust (CPT) “Being A Difference” award recipient, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author.  The former MTV Networks host and NYC fashion marketer has created an international following as a speaker on personal excellence, effective communication, and leadership.  Kevin has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Modern Man of Distinction” and highlighted in various publications for his self-help speaking work and helping students graduate college debt-free.  Recognized for his commitment to empowering foster care youth and as a foster care system alumnus, he has also delivered the keynote address at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia and Osaka, Japan.  Kevin is currently the creator/host of Sirius XM’s “Create Your Life” series, a fellow in the New York Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

     

    Eric Fondren

    Eric Fondren is a mixed bag of skills that includes both hard and soft skills. After obtaining his computer science degree from Morehouse College, Eric spent 3 years on Wall Street learning why it's difficult for large companies to innovate. While working full-time, Eric also went on to obtain his Master's degree in professional counseling.

    After his stint on Wall Street, Eric tried his hand with a number of ventures including web design, relationship coaching among other things. All of this experience showed him his true path, which was to build a technology company.

    Today, as CEO of ITELLIO (originally branded as FreeATM) Eric has built a large-scale ad network that aggregates 9,000 digital screens into a central buying platform. 

     

    Insights from this episode:

    Updates on Eric’s businesses and business development pipeline, as well as how COVID allowed his business to grow.
    Details on how Eric is establishing himself as a brand of information using social media and with his new show, Pivot or Die.
    Updates on Kevin’s businesses, how COVID tested and proved his business model, and his plans to generate more income streams within the same industry.
    Benefits of using projection to predict business growth and trends and scale your business accordingly to meet those projections.
    Benefits of using an accountability partner/coach, goal-setting, and other tools to help you stay on track and meet your goals.

     

    Quotes from the show:

    On Eric’s show:  “[Pivot or Die] is all about the mistakes you can make as an entrepreneur and what you need to do to make the decisions that will lead to success.” – Eric Fondren, Episode #185
    On being successful through the pandemic: “If you were selling a product that was ‘nice to have’ maybe you need to pivot into a ‘need to have’ scenario.” – Eric Fondren, Episode #185
    On generating success: “I feel that is our best [asset], that we are really good at customer service.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #185
    On the intangible aspects of running a business:  “At the end of the day, money’s cool, it’s one thing, but people want to show up to a place where they actually feel welcome and taken care of.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #185

    “You know the model; hire slow, fire fast.” – Kevin Y. Brown, Episode #185
    “I think I’m pretty adept at building an opera

    • 36 min
    CYLS 184: Afros & Audio & Community Building with Talib Jasir

    CYLS 184: Afros & Audio & Community Building with Talib Jasir

     Episode Summary

    In this episode of the Create Your Life Series, Kevin talks with fellow podcaster Talib Jasir about the power and influence of community when it comes to creating not just a successful podcast but a podcast festival.  Talib shares important lessons for potential podcasters or anyone who wants to start a creative endeavor.  Listen in for details on the Afros & Audio Virtual Podcast Festival happening November 14th and 15th and to hear a preview of some of the events.

     

    Kevin Y. Brown

    Kevin Y. Brown is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center For Public Trust (CPT) “Being A Difference” award recipient, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author.  The former MTV Networks host and NYC fashion marketer has created an international following as a speaker on personal excellence, effective communication, and leadership.  Kevin has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Modern Man of Distinction” and highlighted in various publications for his self-help speaking work and helping students graduate college debt-free.  Recognized for his commitment to empowering foster care youth and as a foster care system alumnus, he has also delivered the keynote address at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia and Osaka, Japan.  Kevin is currently the creator/host of Sirius XM’s “Create Your Life” series, a fellow in the New York Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

     

    Talib Jasir

    Talib Jasir is a storyteller, author, podcast producer, and advocate for the people and their collective power.

    Born a twin in Baltimore, MD, he spent his earliest years traversing the backwoods of Maryland’s Eastern Shore under the guardianship of his Great Grandmother.  Reared by a village of irrepressible folk, he learned the paramountcy of kinship, love, and the dynamism of language.

    Talib is a creative entrepreneur with over 15 years of professional experience in marketing and advertising.  Founder of the Afros & Audio Podcast Festival and the Vanguard Podcast Network, he is also a dual-certified Life Coach with a focus on supporting creatives, podcast creators, and entrepreneurs.  Talib received his BA in Public Policy/Urban Studies, Africana Studies and Social Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ.

     

    Insights from this episode:

    Details on why Talib felt the need to create Afros & Audio podcast and how that has grown into a community and a festival.
    Talib’s tips for building community around your podcast and how to avoid “pod fade.”
    Benefits of mentorship and having a circle of support to help you achieve the goals you have set.
    How to move beyond negative feedback using self-work and what you can gain from those conversations.
    Difficulties creative people face and the importance of overcoming obstacles and yourself on your way to success. 

     

    Quotes from the show:

    “It’s amazing to be a twin as an adult.  It took us some time for us to understand the importance of one another.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #184
    On growing up in rural Maryland: “More than anything it shaped me into understanding what community looks like and feels like and so I keep that integrity with me everywhere that I go.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #184
    “A lot of us who create community are really seeking folks to connect with, hold us accountable, be able to support and gain support.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #184
    “We all want to monetize and create this legacy and have something amazing but there’s information disparity when it comes to certain industries and I believe that is deliberate.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #184
    “We have the resources, we have the finances, we have the genius, we have the innovation and it’s really about [us not] looking outside of ourselves.” – Talib Jasir, Episode #184
    “Clear requests will get you

    • 32 min
    CYLS 183: Protecting Your Car, Finances and Happiness with Michael Holland Jr

    CYLS 183: Protecting Your Car, Finances and Happiness with Michael Holland Jr

    Episode Summary

    Get information from under the hood on how car repair shops truly operate and what Michael Holland, Jr. has envisioned to change that model.  By creating AMPcar, Michael has brought his guiding principle of “be the change you wish to see in the world,” to life and seeks to take the mystery out of your car repair bill.  Also on the menu, mentorship, motivation, and the importance of friends and family to your ultimate success, in this episode of the Create Your Life Series.

     

    Kevin Y. Brown

    Kevin Y. Brown is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center For Public Trust (CPT) “Being A Difference” award recipient, international speaker, entrepreneur, and author.  The former MTV Networks host and NYC fashion marketer has created an international following as a speaker on personal excellence, effective communication, and leadership.  Kevin has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Modern Man of Distinction” and highlighted in various publications for his self-help speaking work and helping students graduate college debt-free.  Recognized for his commitment to empowering foster care youth and as a foster care system alumnus, he has also delivered the keynote address at the International Foster Care Organizations Conference in Sydney, Australia, and Osaka, Japan.  Kevin is currently the creator/host of Sirius XM’s “Create Your Life” series, a fellow in the New York Chapter of the Startup Leadership Program, and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

     

    Michael Holland, Jr.

    Michael Holland, Jr. is an auto industry veteran who started his career at the age of 19 as a junior service advisor for Ford and Lincoln. Michael has since held every conceivable client-facing position that a dealership has to offer.  After moving to New York City in 2005, he attended New York University and worked full-time on New York’s 11th Avenue of auto dealers until he, and co-founder Eric, started an automotive-maintenance management company.  AMPcar saves clients time and money while providing honesty and transparency when it comes to servicing their automobiles. 

     

    Insights from this episode:

    Details on why Michael created AMPcar, the cost-saving services they provide, and the next steps they are taking to provide more efficient and affordable solutions for customers.
    Benefits and difficulties of having a successful career at an early age, such as income versus freedom.
    Five steps to having a successful career in the automotive industry.
    How mentorship can provide invaluable resources to help you advance your career, the value in criticism, and accepting help.
    Three steps to providing great customer service.
    Strategies for balancing life and career obligations including leaning on your friends and family for help. 

     

    Quotes from the show: 

    “I know what it’s like to be on both sides of the coin, I’ve been the dealership person calling and asking for the money and I’ve also been the customer on the other end not sure what I should do.” – Michael Holland, Jr., Episode #183
    On the benefits of AMPcar: “People have more confidence when they have someone that knows what they’re talking about in their corner.” – Michael Holland, Jr., Episode #183
    On starting a career early: “It was probably the one of the greatest decisions I made, and also one of the worst decisions I made in a way.  … It afforded me to earn a six-figure income really early in life but it’s kind of like golden handcuffs.”  – Michael Holland, Jr., Episode #183
    “Everyone can give you their own advice and everyone can give you what they feel is working, it’s my responsibility to take that advice and adapt it to me and my company in a way that makes sense.” – Michael Holland, Jr., Episode #183
    “When you receive excellent customer service, you remember it, and you want more of it.” – Michael Holland, Jr., Episode #183
    On how Michael balance

    • 49 min

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