We had the good fortune of connecting with Delletia DeFlora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delletia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks has to be one of the scariest, most uncomfortable and powerless things to do. BUT IT’S WORTH IT!
You cannot grow in a place where you hold all of the power. You cannot grow in a place that you are comfortable in. Comfortability breeds mediocracy while allowing yourself to be uncomfortable for a season as you take a risk breeds something extraordinary. It’s in the uncomfortable moments where pressure is applied and where the things you’re working toward become polished diamonds.
For me personally, risk taking has played a HUGE role in my life and career. It has put me in the place of vulnerability where I had to seek mentorship. I had to ask questions. I had to be the student. I had to realize that I didn’t know it all. And as a result, I have experienced an exponential amount of growth. Now I’m looking at the next risk like “bring it on.” Because once you step out on faith once, then twice, then three times, you realize that your next level is in the next risk that you are about to take.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My journey to get to where I am today was not straight and narrow. It was wide with a few confusing exits, a u-turn here and there and steep hills *wipes sweat off eyebrow.* But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Two major things that I have learned along the way is to set short and long term goals, and to always seek help. One thing that the Bible tells us to do is to write the vision and make it plain. Whether that’s in the form of super cute vision board or bulleted list, you have to have goals that are steering you in the direction that you want to go. And while you’re setting those goals, it’s important to outline the steps to achieving them as well. You also have to realize that no person that you see on the magazine covers made it where they are alone. There were people in their corner. Expanding in your personal and professional life is not all about what you as an individual can do, but about what you and the team of people around you can do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dallas has so much to offer so making a list of things to do is hard to narrow down, but here it goes…
1. Brunch at Saint Ann
2. Klyde Warren Park
3. The Eyeball on Main Street Downtown
4. Segway Tour
5. Mexican Sugar
6. Ebb & Flow
7. Live music at The Freeman
8. Legacy Food Hall
9. Six Flags
10. Chilling on the Lewisville Lake
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One organization that has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth is Transform U. Not only were they the first official client of DeFlora Media Group to take on the full creative package (photography, videography, website design, graphic design, branding and social media), but they also applied pressure in my personal life.
Another person is Keydrin Franklin from 924 Photography. His mentorship helped me to realize the true passion that I had for photography while showing me various techniques, equipment upgrades and more.