We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Michael Oyedokun II and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Michael, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is: HUSTLE and CONSISTENCY. I have always had a desire to be great. I believe my African heritage on my father’s side and my Indian heritage on my mother’s side contributed to this hustle and flow. I believe that if you want something you can achieve it. It may not happen on the first try, but you must continue to keep striving until that door opens. Never give up. Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Never let the devil keep you from what God has for you. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” My word is “boldness”. The word for boldness is “parrasia” in Greek. You must be bold for God and bold in your hustle to be successful. Love yourself…even is no one else loves you back. That is ALL that matters.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I consider my career as my art. God has blessed me to inspire others through my words and life. I strive to be a change agent to those who I come in contact with. I am excited about completing my doctorate and what comes after that. I have learned that even though God has ordained you for a purpose, it is still up to us to allow that gift to come out and shine. I want people to remember me and I want to leave a legacy for those who come after me.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I would take them to see the beauty of the city. I would take them to Top Golf and then to some of the local restaurants in the area. If they are really my friend…we would also hit up the golf course at least twice in the week. I love black owned restaurants and I would take them to the majority of them to check out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to acknowledge a few people that have motivated me in my life. My mother, My love and My kids. My mother Charlesetta Oyedokun has been amazing in my life and has raised me to be the best MAN that I could be. My love, Shantell Holly, who has encouraged me and not let me settle for less than MY best. My kids, Emari and Shirah, who I live for and who I want to set an example for. I want them to know they can achieve anything in life.