We were lucky to catch up with Frankie Wilson recently and have shared our conversation below.
Frankie, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. What do you think matters most in terms of achieving success?
I believe that success is the point where your discipline and commitment meet. Short-term success can be achieved through the consistency that discipline helps to create. However, I believe long-term success includes a third piece, purpose. A purpose that transcends the positions we carry, creating the motivation for our behavior (discipline & commitment), resulting in massive success.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
My journey to this point was pretty unconventional. However, the tie that binds every venture, lesson and experience together has been my love for business, leadersip and working to inspire and motivate life-changing habits. My habits and desires from eight years old to present day are surmised by my mantra, “own your actions, create your experiences.”
I’m a man of faith who’s worked successfully in music, business, finance, entertainment media and now psychology. As Co-Principal of the Zoe Communications Agency and founder of VM Communications, I use my understanding of communication, performance and the psychology of human behavior to help clients with the creation and execution of their strategic goals.
I’ve have been recognized for my work as an individual and am proud to say that as a company led by myself and my amazing wife Feleceia, we are doing the same. It is very fulfilling.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
One of my favorite quotes come from the former CEO of Jamba Juice, James White. He says, “sometimes you have to slow down to speed up.” I’ve found that to be true on multiple occasions both personally and professionally. But none more than in the past few years during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a company, we made some very smart and fast pivots to our services early on as the business world was being forced into the digital space, in mass. However, we began to grow faster than what our discipline could maintain. Which took us from our most successful year to being on the brink of insolvency.
As tenured entrepreneurs and people of faith, my wife and I had to make tough decisions to reduce our workforce and more. However, the determination, brilliance and commitment of our team has helped turn the tide and we are now on track to meet and possibly exceed our previous goals with new strengths, lessons and successes.
We’d love to hear the story of how you turned a side-hustle into a something much bigger.
I always had a side hustle. From the time I was 16, I used to sell candy at school. From high school through college I’d cut hair for men and women in my dorm room, I’ve sold services and products from sing-o-grams on Valentine’s day, to watches ghost writing and more! As much as I loved to create, I was even more passionate for making things grow.
While in undergrad at Prairie View A&M University, I began my career in radio. After graduating. I started to produce shows for myself that reflected a vision I had for radio. Those shows became audio podcast before the potential for podcasting was highly understood and blogging was the popular thing to do. In one year of making those podcast, the determination of my one man guerilla marketing team, nights doing production until 4am and etc, earned my show national and international recognition. Within the years to follow, my podcast had become a nationally and internationally self-syndicated, award-winning radio show.
My work now in business, psychology and as a speaker are extensions of the same purpose and exuberance I have for radio. I work to help create the internal environments that inspire people to own the actions that make thier lives amazing.
By paying attention to what the side-hustles did for myself and the customer, aside from profit, I discovered the motivation that helped me scale over and over again.
- Website: https://MrFrankieWilson.com
- Instagram: @MrFrankieWilson
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- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Frankie/Mba
- Twitter: @MrFrankieWilson
- Youtube: @MrFrankieWilson
- Other: https://ZoeSaysHello.com
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