Jul 27, 2020
Favorite quotes of the episode: “I saw people in leadership positions who were just out for themselves, and I didn’t like that. I determined that if ever I was in a leadership position that I want to impact others and help them to succeed.”
“Ultimately, as a leader, when your people succeed or you have an impact on others, you look good.”
“Being a good leader really doesn’t take a lot, it’s showing your employees that you care about them. Something as simple as asking them, how did your kid’s baseball game go? Just show that you care, it’s a small thing, that’s a human thing.”
“Your past and your mistakes don’t define you. You can always turn it around and make your life amazing.”
In this episode, I talk with Trina Martin. She is an author, speaker, technology consultant, and podcaster. She uses her experiences to motivate audiences to overcome adversity, develop self-determination, and discipline. Trina also inspires emerging leaders to pursue their wildest dreams with heart and grit.
An accomplished IT professional and member of the U.S. military for 30 years, she has broken barriers and made strides in her career that many said weren’t possible. A native of Chicago, IL, Trina is the youngest of four children and the first in her family to attend college.
With unwavering determination, she enlisted in the United States Army and served in the reserves to put herself through school at Alabama A&M University. Both of these choices fueled Trina’s desire to succeed and revealed the depths of her resiliency.
Naturally skilled at finding the harmony between technology, science, and data, she has led a stellar career in the Information Technology field. As an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy and now as the owner of her technology agency, Trina has pierced the glass ceiling and excelled in positions typically held by men.
Throughout Trina’s career, the common denominator has been her ability to set goals and not only achieve but surpass them. Self-motivation, discipline, and hard work are the driving forces that helped her design a life and career that defied the odds stacked against her.
5 Questions Segment
Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? First, I walk Dexter the Doberman, then prayer, quick stretching workout before I start my day.
Q2. What's your definition of Success? Freedom. Freedom to live my life, travel, have my business.
Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? Having peace of mind.
Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? To really jump into my entrepreneurial journey, stay true to myself, and not chase a paycheck.
Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Taking time to enjoy life, be happy and not just be focused on that next hustle, that next struggle.
Book: From A Mess to Amazing, Trina Martin
Workbook at https://fromamesstoamazing.com/
Connect with Trina: https://www.trinalmartin.com/
Trina Talk Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/trina-talk/id1437583147
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