October 14 is my ‘brother from another mother’ Usher Raymond’s birthday. Last week, I flew to New York to celebrate his day with him. As I was walking the streets of New York with my sorority sister and dear friend, Jacquie Lee, I heard “is that Sheri Riley”. Imagine my surprise when I turned to see Raoul Davis, who’s based in Delaware and the owner of Ascendant Group. Raoul has worked with me for over seven (7) years. His company specializes in strategic branding for leaders.
When I met Raoul, he believed in me and anchored me when I was ready to give up. His unconditional support served as a life jacket, soap box, sounding board, and binoculars for me, my vision, and my purpose. He has stood with me when life kicked me in the teeth and I couldn’t fully work on Exponential Living for over 14 months.
I had this type of belief in Usher when I began working with him when he was 15 years old. During my tenure at LaFace Records, Antonio “LA” Reid scrapped an entire Usher album. He believed in the impact Usher could make and knew he needed more time to develop as an artist. This belief allowed Usher the opportunity to record his break out smash “You Make Me Wanna”, which launched his career. He is now a global superstar, who’s still relevant after 20 years and kicking off a world tour in November. Rushing the process could have limited his career.
The power of people believing in you cannot only change your life, but also empower you to change the world. Some things happen in a short time, but those things that endure, need time to cultivate.
What I’ve learned on my Exponential Living journey, is just because people are moving faster than you doesn’t mean you won’t complete YOUR race. My favorite book says, “the race is not won by the swift or the strong, but the one who endures to the end”.
This week, I encourage you to say Thank You to everyone who believes in you.
I would love to hear in the comments below how someone’s belief in you has empowered you.