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If you watched the Netflix movie, Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madame CJ Walker and had an ounce of entrepreneurial spirit within you – you were inspired and motivated to new heights!
The movie brings the biography of Sarah Breedlove On Her Own Ground to life, as it documents the life of Sarah Breedlove (Madame CJ Walker), daughter of former slaves played by Octavia Spencer. After a few failed marriages and a daughter from one of her marriages, named A’Lelia, she moved to St. Louis and was employed as a washerwoman for many years. While beauty regimens were overshadowed by the daily hardships and work, many women began to work as beauty agent for Annie Turnbo Malone, an established black female entrepreneur. With her knowledge as an agent, Sarah would take Annie’s recipe and evolve it into a product that she sold door to door in Colorado.
In 1906, she married Charles Joseph Walker, an advertising salesman, whose name she adopted as her brand name. Sarah had little to no education but was a natural when it came to business. She used that savvy to enlist other women and take her brand to millionaire status, branching out to Central America and the Caribbean.
In the Netflix film, her tenacity and determination caused her to be resilient in her business after many upsets and downfalls. She even divorced her husband Charles Jones Walker because he could not understand her focus and drive and eventually got fed up with feeling as if he did not matter in their marriage or business.
This is a great movie that you should see a few times if you are a black female entrepreneur. There were some great takeaways from the film that you can keep in mind while building your brand or empire.
Some key points that I took away after watching were:
- Marry for your future
Sarah Breedlove married CJ after she had already begun her business. He was an advertising agent that helped her tremendously with marketing her products in the beginning. But, the business side of things were difficult for him to grasp and their marriage did not work because of it. I know that love is blind, but as a businesswoman perhaps she should have married for her future. She knew which direction she wanted to go in business, but did he? Not saying that it works for everybody – but it is important to marry someone that’s headed in the same direction as you in life so that you will not grow apart.
- Make Sure Your Team is Tight
Have members of your camp sign non-disclosures or non-compete forms to ensure that they will not take your brand secrets and cater to your employees or clients. Without these agreements in place Sarah was able to do this to Annie, and Charles did it to Sarah when they divorced and he tried to re-brand with his new wife. Protect your brand at all costs.
- Tell Your Story – It Sells
That’s right, your brand story is important! Your brand story is the series of events that led up to the inception and launch of your brand. For Madame CJ Walker, her brand story revolved around her losing her hair to alopecia and what she did to make her hair grow. Every brand has a story, you just must find a way to tell it and make it go with the narrative of your brand’s mission and message!
- Remember, the best reflection of you is YOU.
Madame CJ Walker’s husband wanted to market the product using a visual that was not what she wanted. Madame CJ Walker wanted her brand to stay true to its mission and her brand story. She did not want to falsely advertise her product on a woman with long silky stands already coming from her scalp. It was something that she had to ponder over for a little while, until she finally realized that she was the best face for the brand. She was the face behind the story. Represent your brand and be present in it.
- Becoming self-made isn’t for the faint of heart.
When you are self-made, no one is paving the way for you. No one is investing in your journey like you; you must make every step, turn – right or wrong on your own. Becoming an entrepreneur is not for the faint at heart. There will be upsets, downfalls, roadblocks, no’s and rejections, but if you are truly in it because it is your purpose and passion, then you won’t be detoured. Madame CJ Walker persevered through obstacles, fires, and then some – only to be one of America’s first black millionaires, along with her daughter A’Lelia in New York.
These are just a few takeaways and I am sure there are many more that can be found each time you watch this great film about black female entrepreneurship.
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Bravo TV’s reality star, Jewel Tankard; wife of former NBA basketball player and Jazz Recording Artist, and Pastor, Ben Tankard gets in the flow and chats with Life in the Overflow’s Publisher about her life as a mother and a business woman. Check out our interview with the MillionHeiress herself and learn how she balances it all successfully.
LITOMAG: Hi Jewel how are you?
Jewel Tankard: I’m great how are you
LITOMAG: I’m great, thank you so much for joining us for Life in the Overflow and gracing our publication. How is Ben and the family?
Jewel Tankard: They are doing so good; everybody is full-fledged, knee deep in their purpose.
It’s just a heavy season of work for us, we love it. Thank God for his Grace. It makes it fun.
We laugh about everything, we crack on each other. It’s been a lot of fun being married to him for sure.
LITOMAG: For those who don’t know who you are, tell us about you a little bit about the show and background about yourself.
Jewel Tankard: Thicker Than Water is about how Ben and I have been able to successfully able to blend the family together. It definitely hasn’t been without challenge. But I think it’s a beautiful story about an American family; Ben has his 3 or 4 kids and my 1. We decided there was not going to be any step mama or step dad. We weren’t going to have any step children. The kids were young they were 8, 10, 11 and Marcus was like 13, so I think because they were so young, they were real sweet, they loved me right off. I was a blessing of course and Cyrene was just glad to have sibling and a dad, so you know that was good. It was a blessing, but you know when you actually get married and try to blend the family together, that’s’ where the conflict came in; with us wanting to raising them one way and their biological moms wanted to raise them another way. So that’s where a lot of those challenges came in at. And we show that on the show. And we’re also really strong entrepreneurs and we love God. So all of those core values of God, faith, family and finances, we want children to be extremely successful; you know emotionally socially mentally and financially. We don’t want to hold them up, when it comes to talking about that – I’m like ‘baby the prayer meeting is over, you need to get it in’. You know whatever they want they can have. The show is about the blend of the family and how we are entrepreneurs and pushing our children to stick with those core values.
LITOMAG: Speaking of entrepreneurship, you yourself you are not just a wife, mother, a reality TV personality, you also have your own television show and you are a network marketer. I’m reading all of that and I’m wondering how does she do it? How do you do it Jewel, how do you balance?
Jewel Tankard: Girl, it has definitely been it’s a set. I continue to challenge myself to grow. I love adventure, I love new projects. I hate complacency and hate mediocrity; every single minute of my day is accounted for. My husband and I work so closely and he has a beast mode work ethic and so do I. I was up at 1 am trading the markets and didn’t go to bed until 2, and we were up this morning at 7:30 having our prayer time and since then I was off to the races for a meeting and press. I think that we’re not sluggish at all we have a lot that we want to accomplish in ministry and in business. I think that when you make up in your mind that every minute is accounting for, We’re eating right, Ben is working out I’m still working on that part, honey So we have good energy to do everything that God has called us to do. It’s a lot of fun, I love what I’m doing, and I’m changing women’s lives and helping them become financially educated, with the MillionHeiress Club. It’s a lot of fun.
LITOMAG: Let’s talk about that you are a Multi-million Heiress they dubbed you as; What is Ardyss? Can you tell us about that how you got started with that?
Jewel Tankard: I’ve always realized I was good at sales. I got my first job at 19 and I was fooling around with different network marketing companies, and nothing was really working; and so I came across Arydss International and made over a couple million dollars in a short amount of time with over 100,000 people in 10 different countries. That’s when I realized, ‘Okay you’re really good at this whole thing’, and so suddenly I’m helping a lot of people make a lot of money, but I also saw a lot of people lose a lot of money. It really developed my passion to want to educate women in particular on developing a long-term wealth strategy. It’s not just about how much money you make, but it’s about what do you do with it, and where are you with your financial portfolio. So doing that, I started the MillionHeiress Club, so now I help women develop a taxfree retirement, and I help them learn how to trade on, we talk about real estate deals they can get involved in, I help them to buy oil wells. It’s really a well rounded university, MillionHeiress University. I want women to feel relaxed; you don’t have to know anything and they can join and get involved for as little as $30/mo on JewelTankard.com. We have webinars where they can literally see me and I talk about everything in every single area of money and we do some things for entrepreneurs as well, but in particular to make sure that the financial ties together.
The Basic package is $30/mo; we have 4 different packages. They’ll have access to my mentorship. You know I don’t basically tell them about my wins, I tell them about my losses. You know the reality is, you know, you’re gonna have losses. Some kind of way you’re going to have a loss. I talk to them about my team building and about my issues; we do personality tests. Not just a personality test for you, but for your team and those around you. It’s all about personal growth and it’s about finding about where you’re strong and where you’re weak How to assert your strengths and develop your weaknesses.
LITOMAG: Tell us about the Jewel Tankard show on the Impact Network in its 2nd season. What made you want to do your own television show?
Jewel Tankard: I like to talk! You can’t figure that out honey? I am a master communicator I love to talk; I love to hear about their stories; their tragedies and how they overcame them. And so the Impact Network reached out to me and asked me if I would love to have my own show, and I was like are you kidding me!? I would love to. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve had the opportunity to interview some great people like David and Tamela Mann, Tamika Raymond, Usher’s ex wife, Heavenly from Married to medicine, Evelyn Braxton and we talk about real life stories. And it’s really good and amazing journey, and 2nd season was off to the races and the responses have been great, everybody loves it. I’m just having a great time. And last year Impact was in 34 million homes last year, and this year they’re in 60 million, so the response has been amazing.
LITOMAG: Tell us about your new pillow line. How did that come about?
Jewel Tankard: It’s still in the infancy stages. I literally just got my first product line here at the house. You know for me, I’ve always been about affirmation. I love dealing with affirmations, so I said I want to make pillows with affirmations on there. You know, “I’m Smart, God loves me. You know some people are having family issues, so what if they look at a pillow everyday that says, God loves me and my Family Does Love Me. And another pillow that says, “I Love My Family” and another pillow that says, “I am Rich”. So that’s where the whole thing came from and so I got a pajama line with the slippers. You know, I want them to dream at home and I want them to be comfortable. The whole pajama line and pillow line, everything has affirmations on it.
LITOMAG: What can we expect in the new season of the show?
Jewel Tankard: Fun laughter and real life drama and conflict and any given time, we were each other’s nerves. You’re going to see Cyrene in college and that whole attitude; and issues with Marcus and Benji. So it’s going to be good.
Life in the Overflow Magazine got the opportunity to talk with Christian author, Corinthus Altson about his new book, The Gift of Grace. The Gift of Grace is the first book that is part of a 3 book series.
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