We had the good fortune of connecting with Pasha Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pasha, how do you think about risk?
“If you don’t take risks, you will always work for someone who does.” When I first took the leap of faith and decided to quit my job and go for my dream of entrepreneurship full-time, everyone thought that I was crazy. The naysayers said things like, “what if it doesn’t work,” and “why walk away from a secure salary?” I wanted to build my own dream rather than spend my life building somebody else’s. There is no law in the universe that says you must stay locked where you are, that you must continue to do things the same way all the time. You are the one who determines what has worked for you. Change can be a bit scary, but staying where you are, if you’re not happy, is even worse. Never make a career out of something that should have been a hobby. Too many people make a permanent decision based on a temporary circumstance. • Track a new path and allow doors to open for you by seeking out new resources. • Take a class or attend a seminar. • Accept invitations. • Meditate to relax, clear your mind and improve your intuition. • Seek out experts, find a mentor, read a book on the subject of your interest, learn something new. • Develop a habit of daily self-improvement. Growth and self-improvement are like showering: you should do it daily. Just because you showered yesterday doesn’t mean that you don’t need to shower today. You must cleanse your mind daily of negative thoughts and lather up with new empowering ones. You are exactly where you need to be. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” (T. S. Eliot)
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my early twenties, I packed up and moved from Alabama to Atlanta, without a job and with no money. I slept on the floor of my best friend’s one-bedroom apartment and managed to get two jobs—working for Emory University during the day, and coaching gymnastics in the evening. I was also an NFL cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t long before I got tired of being on the sidelines, literally, cheering for millionaires on Monday night. I saw their houses, cars, and lifestyles up close and I wanted what they had. It was then that I knew I had to make a choice. I could either continue to cheer for millionaires or I could find a way to become one. It was time for me to become the millionaire that my friends and family wanted me to marry. One day I was invited to a business meeting that was being held in the middle of the day. I didn’t know it then, but that was the day that would change my life. The room was filled mostly with very professional-looking and sharply dressed men. The cars parked outside the office were the type of cars I wanted. I would say “that’s my car” when they passed me on the street. The presentation started and a young charismatic gentleman walked to the front of the room. He started talking about building your own dreams, residual income, and not having any limitations on how much you can make. I must admit, that was the day I really started to DREAM BIG! Here was a twenty-six-year-old guy making more money in one month than I was making all year long working two jobs. I knew this could be my way out. That was the day I became an entrepreneur. A learning curve in business is inevitable. DON’T EVER FORGET THAT. Overnight success rarely happens for most people. By age twenty-seven, I was riding the infamous entrepreneur roller coaster. My car was repossessed, the business I had started to build crashed, and I was at the lowest point in my life. I could either quit, which I seriously considered, or I could fight through it and figure it out. I decided to fight. I started to spend more time learning, growing, and listening to the best in the world. By age 29, I was earning six-figures a year from home. Since then, I have gone on to earn millions, and most importantly teach others how to do the same. I used to run on to a football field in my cheerleading uniform and cheer for millionaires, now when I walk out on the stage and speak at arenas and stadiums, the crowd screams for me. What a full-circle, and humbling moment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would have breakfast at Eggsquisite Cafe. Lunch at Ra Sushi. Dinner at Season’s 52. We would hang out at The Star and Legacy West for shopping, entertainment, and socializing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It was around my seventh year in business, and I was in the valley of my journey again. One of my business partners told us that he knew this guy who was a great speaker and that we should have him come speak to our sales team. I was afraid to ask because I didn’t know at the time if we could afford his speaking fee and a facility. With a lump in my throat and my voice shaking, I picked up the phone and called the speaker, Dr. Dennis Kimbro. I had read his best-selling book, Think and Grow Rick: A Black Choice. We did not have the turnout for the event that we had hoped for, and after expenses, we ended up in the hole financially. My husband and I had taken our rent money and car note money to pay for the event. At the time, Dr. Kimbro’s daughter was also his manager, and I was so embarrassed having to call her and ask if we could have a little more time to come up with the money to pay him. But that day Dennis Kimbro spoke life into my business. I have read hundreds of leadership and motivational books and listened to the best speakers in the world at events, but for the first time, I could relate personally to the stories of people just like me going from nothing to something. It was great to hear the story that Napoleon Hill told about Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford, but when I listened to the story of Madame C. J. Walker, the first black woman to build a million dollar empire of her own, I felt in my soul that it was possible for me too. The disappointment of low turnout for the event was my appointment to build a friendship with one of the most incredible human beings on the planet, my mentor, Dr. Kimbro. Today, Dr. Kimbro always corrects me when I say that he changed my life. He tells me that he wrote the book and provided the information, but I was the one who changed my life. I hope that this book has the effect on people around the world that his book had on me.