Your Name: Sammy Kyereme

What do you do?: I am an Author & Motivational Speaker

Where do you work?: I am self-employed - Sammy Kyereme -  Born to Uplift, Inspire and Motivate

Where is your company located?: Ancaster, Ontario (Canada) and online

How did you get started in your field?: The desire to connect with people to spread positive messages is rooted in my Christian faith. I feel that I have an obligation to be a light in every space that I'm in. I chose social media and a book in particular because I realize that there is a lot of information and very little inspiration out there.

Releasing my first book based on the general messages I had created for my following has opened many doors. I was born four months premature but by grace and the willpower to overcome a supposed mountain, I've come out wiser, stronger and willing to help others see there is a better way.

Tell us a bit more about what you do: The major work I do is weekly positive/motivational social media posts on Instagram, Youtube and Facebook., I speak in churches and I am currently preparing for the official book launch for "The Miracle of You," Unlocking the Deposit of Greatness Within in my hometown of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) on August 12, 2017.

How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: I honed the ability to speak in elementary and high school, performing in talent shows as well as during presentations. It expanded over the four years I spent studying Communication at University of Ontario Institute of Technology. During that time period, I got to really discover my voice and see that words do carry the power to uplift.

I believe that my education equipped me, confirmed my gifts and also strengthened my ability to network and connect beyond the surface with others.

Is there anything else you are working on at this time?: As I mentioned, I will be launching my first book with MC Ebone at Divine Restoration Centre in Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday, August 12th. It is currently available everywhere on Amazon and Createspace. 

How do you define success?: I define success as embracing the fullness of your purpose and making a positive difference in the world around you.

Who are your heroes and why?: My heroes are Barack Obama, Diddy and my parents. Barack Obama and Diddy are trail blazers in their respective fields-politics and music/fashion. They showed me that creating a distinct voice and making it paramount that you help others along with the way will always open doors for you. My parents have shown me what real love and resilience looks like. They weren't dealt the easiest hand but they overcame and gave myself and my siblings the opportunity to excel.

If you had to start your career all over again, what would you do differently?: The only thing I would've done differently is start sooner. A part of me always felt I needed to be more established to step up but after taking the plunge, I can say no one has the power to change your life but you! Every person is a miracle; we all have something to offer if we'll take out the time to mine it out.

What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Positivity, Courage, Vision, Excellence and Adaptability.

What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You can learn so much from those who don't look, talk or think like you. Also, change is a constant. Embrace it and expect it!

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