Who’s That Boss: Dee Marshall
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Dee Marshall lives to empower other women as a life coach who specializes in providing spiritual growth and personal development in women. She is the founder of Girlfriends Pray, which is a prayer ministry consisting of more than 100,000 women all over the world. The mission of Girlfriends Pray is to get more women closer to God through prayer. Marshall has also founded other programs such as, Raise The Bar, LLC, DeeCMarshall.com, and Young Savvy. These programs were created to help build brands, empower women of all ages, and to inspire and motivate women to live their best lives.
Additionally, Marshall has been featured on MSNBC, ABC, FOX 5/My9, Black Enterprise magazine, ShePrenuer, and Echoes of Empowerment…just to name a few. Her success with coaching has led her to the role of life coach for TV One’s Makeover Manor. She is also a motivational speaker who has shared the stage with Congress Woman Barbara Lee, Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick and Rep.Yvette Clarke, as well as many actresses. Marshall is an inspiring woman and chooses to devote her time to women who are eager to grow and develop, both spiritually and physically. She epitomizes a true BOSS Lady indeed and is not afraid to let the world know. Dee Marshall is setting the tone for entrepreneurship for women and is a force to be reckoned with.
The BOSS Network: Walk us through your journey to success. How did you get to this point?
Dee Marshall: My journey to this point in life, if I could sum it up, really comes from being groomed in a corporate environment. I’ve worked for Fortune 100 companies, in White male-dominated industries where I was the minority, and the bar was set very high. So when you are in that space, there is a lot of learning that happens and you have to show up and give 110 percent. When you are a double minority (a woman and you’re brown), you have to prove and reprove and what that means is you have to show up already with an “A” game, you have to constantly be better and constantly work hard to be the best. What that means is that a lot of my time, in order to stay there, I had to show up in a constant space of learning and development. I would really attribute my success to starting off in an environment where the bar was set really high, and I was one of the few having to give 110 percent to be better. It forced me to wander in the space of growth and development and always be forever learning and stretching and becoming better.
TBN: What do you do to stay on top of your game professionally?
DM: Professionally, I always look at the champions in the space as a gauge, never as a goal, but as a gauge. I am always listening to God and I am always taking my cues from God. I think all of my friends are fabulous game-changers and trailblazers and so it’s good for a gauge. It is healthy competition and it is healthy encouragement. So we will look at each other like “I am not doing enough.” In order to stay at the top of your game, you need to associate with the champions in the same space, the game changers the people that are playing at your level, that’s who you want to play with. I always have to be in a position of learning. I always have the input of fresh supply.
TBN: How do you balance your personal life with your professional?
DM: I believe in harmony. My life all runs together because my personal and my professional is all one. Meaning I don’t have a professional life, per se. There is a call on my life so I don’t detach from it. So, I do believe in harmony that real success is that you’re successful in all core areas of your life. You’re at least doing well. You cannot be winning in one area and then failing in another. I just don’t believe it’s possible and so that is how I manage this thing called balance that I say is harmony. Everything working together that’s 100-percent alignment with who I am, who I was called to be, that is how I work those things together, my personal and my professional life. I had lines of distinction, personal and professional. When you step up to have a meaningful and a purposeful life, you no longer have the lines, you have a blend. You can be all of who you are and who you were created to be … on purpose for your purpose.
TBN: What advice would you give to a budding entrepreneur or career woman?
DM: One piece of advice is to follow your heart. What that means is the first part of following your heart will look like you’re following your passion. The second part of that will look like you’re following your purpose. They are two distinct things. Passion leads to purpose, but passion is not purpose. That’s my only advice.
TBN: What is it that you do in your business that makes this business win?
DM: I will say this, the reason why my business is so successful is because women are hungry and they have a need. They are hungry for more of life and hungry for a better life and there is a need to show people how to win in life. People, for the most part, do not know how to live life and win, there’s no school that teaches us the formula that gives us a curriculum to show us how to walk this thing out. A lot of brown girls, a lot of women are looking at television and they’re salivating and they want to know how they can have it for themselves. The reason why I am in business is because there is a need for the service we provide and we provide spiritual growth and personal development and I have to tell you people are knocking down our doors because they are tired of struggling and trying to figure out how.
TBN: What does BOSS mean to you?
DM: You know, I think to claim BOSS, it really means that you are 100-percent authentic, you are 100-percent winning in your inner and your outer being–all areas of your life. There is no winning on the surface and you’re failing in your private life. I really believe being a BOSS means that you are crystal clear on who you are. You are crystal clear on where you’re going and you are in control. You are living and I believe that you rank at the top of your game and at the top of your class at the top of your peer group. That’s a BOSS.
Some people will claim BOSS when it’s not true. Now I do believe that there is something to be said for speaking prophetically about what you desire. A real BOSS is when you’ve gone through life and had some experiences, but you think you are fully in control. For as much as we are in control, next to God we are not. For He is who controls it all and has his hands on our life.
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