We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharita Humphrey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharita, how do you think about risk?
I think of risk as a gateway to a possibility of a new beginning. With that being said, I’m a person who takes calculated risk and it wasn’t easy to get to this place. One of the biggest risks that I took was leaving my government job to start my own business. In full transparency, I thought I would retire from my government position because it was my bucket list job.
After a few years at my job, I wanted more for my life but most importantly I wanted time freedom. I was scared to just quit without a plan. I knew it was a risk to leave my job but I was so determined that I gave myself six months to quit. I knew I was risking my stable income but I was willing to take the risk to chase my dream. I gave my two-weeks notice and that was the day risk stared me in the face. Quitting my job was not an easy decision but it truly changed my life for the better. I’m now a nationally recognized and award-winning finance expert and money mentor.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a nationally recognized, award-winning finance expert and money mentor. I’m a national partner and media spokesperson for Self Financial, Inc., and I’ve been featured in top-tier media including CNBC, iHeartMedia, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and the BBC World News.
Having previously been broke and homeless myself, I know first-hand that financial freedom has a blueprint and I’m committed to helping minority women and men change the financial trajectories of their lives.
I also help Black and Brown entrepreneurs learn how to accelerate their businesses and secure funding through my other company, BH Ventures which offers a comprehensive business education program.
What sets me apart from my others is that I’m an ecosystem builder. My commitment to continue to advocate for financial literacy, business education and access to capital for minority men and women not only in my local community or state but across the country allows me to be a financial frontrunner. I was named the 2020 National Financial Educator of the Year for the work that I do.
I believe change comes when you’re willing to share your story and be transparent. I didn’t see myself as a finance expert and dealt with imposter syndrome in the beginning of my career. I used to think who would listen to someone who lost it all and did it with the small children to care for. I was my own roadblock then but when I began to break out of my shell and share my story and knowledge great things started to happen. You can’t be scared to share your story or your journey because there are people who need hope that they can overcome their personal and financial hurdles. The one thing that I want people to know about me is that I’m not perfect and I didn’t always make the best financial decisions but once I changed my mindset I changed my life. I’m here to help those who are tired of working just to barely make ends meet and desire a different life for themselves and their families. I help people to become Financial Trailblazers creating their own paths to wealth. they lher local community and across the country.
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.
Houston is an amazing city to visit and the diversity makes us truly a melting pot that anyone visiting would immediately want to come back for another visit. Here’s the itinerary that I would give my best friend to have a great and exciting time while in Houston:
Places to visit:
The Menil Collection
The FOMO Factory
Places to eat & drink:
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
State of Grace
Brennan’s of Houston
The Melting Pot
Places to hang out:
Buffalo Bayou Place
Rosemont Social Club
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?
The person who has been so instrumental in my success is my husband, Quincy. He has been so supportive and encouraged me to follow my dreams and to trust myself that I can accomplish my goals. He made so many sacrifices for me in the very beginning and it’s because of him that I’m able to do what I love each and every day.
If I had to shout out an organization I would definitely have to give a big thanks to The University of Houston’s SURE Program. This amazing program geared to provide business resources and education to underrepresented entrepreneurs in the City of Houston helped to shape my business trajectory.
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