Tamara Mitchell-Davis is an author, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and friend. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a professorial position within the community college system. She teaches business courses on-campus, online and within the Department of Corrections. This Wonder Woman has received various accolades from her community including being honored amongst 100
Tamara Mitchell-Davis is an author, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and friend. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a professorial position within the community college system. She teaches business courses on-campus, online and within the Department of Corrections. This Wonder Woman has received various accolades from her community including being honored amongst 100 Women of Color for leadership and community service. She was also recognized and featured in Women of Distinction Magazine as a leader in her field. Tamara resides in her hometown with her husband, their children, and grandchildren. Learn more about Tamara’s book that she released last April/May, #GoalGetter: Strategies to Overcome Life’s Challenges.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Tamara, Tamara?
Tamara: I am a wife, mother, author, and entrepreneur. I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a professorial position within the community college system. I teach business courses on-campus, online and within the Department of Corrections. I was recently honored amongst “100 Women of Color” for leadership and community service. In addition, I was recognized and featured in Women of Distinction magazine as a leader in my field.
Fancy: Please share a little about your book, #GoalGetter: Strategies to Overcome Life Challenges.
Tamara: Growing up in a housing project, many children were already labeled as “At Risk” because of poverty, dysfunction, trauma, situations, challenges and the list goes on. As a child, this was out of my control as the case for so many other children and even adults. As I matured, I realized that I was an “At Risk” child….I was “At Risk” for Success. I had to mentally and emotionally equip myself with tools so that my surroundings became my motivation to want better and to do better. Therefore, I had to not allow the environment that I called home, as well as what others thought of me, hinder me from living the best life possible. “Best” is how I define it and not how others define it for me. This isn’t to say that I haven’t made any mistakes along the way. I have made mistakes and had many shortfalls. #GoalGetter is “my story” infused with strategies and practical applications that allowed me to shift my mindset and deal with hurt, pain, doubt, and fear. It is a story about strength, perseverance, and ambition.
Fancy: So it’s an inspirational read and a workbook?
Tamara: #GoalGetter: Strategies to Overcome Life’s Challenges is a workbook as well. It allows space for reflection on anything that is hindering the reader from progressing forward. In my pursuit of purpose and passion, I discovered that the key to triumph after challenges is positive thinking and strategic goal setting. I had to set goals for myself that were S.M.A.R.T. I also discuss a S.W.O.T analysis. This is a tool used by many businesses to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In the book, I share how S.W.O.T can be used for self-reflection and application. It is a book with practical strategies that can be implemented RIGHT NOW!
Fancy: What inspired you to write it?
Tamara: When faced with certain challenges, I always felt alone as if I was on the only one in the world dealing with something. Not sure why I had that mindset, but life thus far has taught me that I am not alone. I used “my story” as the framework to write this book hoping that it will help change the narrative of someone else’s life, for readers to be inspired, to know they are not alone, and to understand that their past, challenges and situations does not dictate their future. It may take work, but anything worth fighting for and working hard towards is worth having.
Fancy: From both your professional and personal opinion, what do you think stops most people from achieving their goals?
Tamara: If I had to name two things that I believe stops most people from achieving their goals, it would be fear and doubt. Fear will keep you stuck right where you are, and doubt cancels the plan before you can even get started. I operated in both. I was afraid to do certain things, and I doubted myself. In my heart, I felt I could, but fear and doubt crippled me. I felt I had to have EVERYTHING all figured out first when that is not the case. I had been writing my book for about 5+ years and FINALLY it is here. I was nervous about it the entire time but doing so was therapeutic for me. It was eye-opening and definitely the best thing I could have done for myself.
Fancy: We noticed you teach courses online and within the corrections department, do you teach these methods for your students to practice as well?
Tamara: I teach business courses, so whether its in my profession (or on a personal level), goal setting and S.W.O.T analysis are always a part of my lesson plan.
Fancy: What advice would you give to those setting goals for the new year?
Tamara: My advice would be two-fold:
- You don’t have to wait until the new year to set goals. You can set goals throughout the year. Monitor your progress or lack thereof.
- Although you set goals for a specific or intended outcome, because it may not work out the way you had intended does not mean you failed or you need to scratch the entire work you put in. I tell people all the time, there is no such thing as failure. For me, I have two options. I will either succeed at it, or I will learn a lesson. To me, that is still a Win-Win situation. If I learned a lesson, I now have this valuable information to either go back at it or do something different using the information that I have now obtained through trial and error.
Fancy: Please share two of your favorite quotes.
Tamara: Turn your wounds into wisdom – Oprah Winfrey
Strength does not come from winning, your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.- Gandhi
Fancy: Please share and upcoming events or projects you may be working on.
Tamara: I am hosting a Vision Board Party on December 16, 2017 in West Hartford, CT. I am currently planning a few more vision board parties for 2018 as well as local book signings. I plan to start venturing into speaking engagements and assisting others with bringing their dreams and visions to reality through masterclasses, other digital product offerings and start the foundation for my second book. I have a lot to keep me busy for 2018.
Fancy: Where can your book be found?
Tamara: My book is available on Lulu.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble. For a personalized copy, I can be reached at email@example.com.
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My website is www.tamaramdavis.com
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