We had the good fortune of connecting with Vantonio “BeGreat OnPurpose” Fraley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vantonio “BeGreat OnPurpose”, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Jay -Z and Rick Ross through Think and Grow Rich was a had a huge impact on me. It was around 2014 when i was attending entrepreneurship seminars to learn how to build from the ground up or out the “MUD” as we say, and Napoleon Hill and Think and Grow rich kept coming up. As much as this book was referenced it wasnt until Rick Ross dropped his Mastermind CD and had Napoleon Hill in the intro did i stop and truly become curious of what this book was about. After researching Mr.Hill and what he and andrew carningue set out to do with the book, seeing how much Jay-z and Rick Ross referenced him… got me to study mr. hill and read the book. Once i read the book i start hearing the theme of burning desire and the wealthy don’t work for free… inspired me to push for more and to turn my passion to profit.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Im the founder of a 501c(3) nonprofit Teen Center, our program is called [IM]POSSIBLE PARADIGM SHIFTERS. A paradigm shift is a change in the way one views things. at the [Im]Possible Teen Center our mission is to raise the consciousness of teens through entrepreneurship, sportsmanship and mentoring. Im most proud of how our facility is coming to together, the teens that come gaining impactful experiences, myself for my growth and not folding. i have learned the basic of coding, graphic designing and mainly to run and operate every aspect of bringing a nonprofit to life. this truly been the most gratifying thing i have ever experienced, yet its also the hardest thing i have ever done. what makes its so hard is mentally, the rate of the learning curve is so fast in areas, slow in others and moment to moment. our facilities was abandoned since 2014 and we acquired it in the middle of 2020, so passing inspection of the building was one thing and then there is the personal growth of your own while learning how to truly be an director, and not having a budget to get help. i owe an public apology to a painter who i thought missed our thermostats, after buying numerous thermostats i find out our gas lines are missed up. i apologize to the painter (i know he will read this one day and “i apologize”). after finding out about our lines we are battling with the gas company to get the line working correctly. which ran over to us gaining traction getting teens coming then winter hits and the colder it got the less the teens showed. Next we get hit with Snow-vid which does some damage to our building we are slowly recovering from. in the mist of that we are steady growing in popularity and looking forward to a great spring break. I set a goal people told me was impossible, i had a paradigm shift, fell to my knees and ask Ahayah for only something he could give me. 7yrs later we have 12,600+sq feet teen center. Matthew 19:26… our story our brand is Faith 100% faith not 99.9, we want the world to know “nothing is impossible, the word itself says [Im]Possible
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.
ok first i have to hit my deezil greezil and Sheriff of EOA these guys are some of the nations top comedians that happen to live in our tow. we get deezil to record the visit and sherif to be our wingman. next ill take you to meet regiis &takiesha jones (tr3construction), Mykael Lane of “home team cash offer” and Trell Mccoy Handy man who make up the “urban power connections and a few other companies make up the “4-1 community project” where they are literally buying back the block. their movement of buying, restoring homes and helping people that typically couldn’t forward to themselves wile employing other local contractors. This is the group responsible for putting you in the Michael Jordan themed Air B&B. Next we would go see my boy Cory w/ Da keys this young man is an example of entrepreneurship and overcoming his story to owning his own car dealership, after we go see cori, we stop by Darnell & Ashleys Newmen’s “prepstart” to get our eat on in a healthy, clean and energetic way. Next we will go by Cassandra’s Weird Little Things to get our pre-game drinks for later. It should be close for us to start preparing you for our night life,we stop in on Shaniqua & Sean Peezy Of “Styluz” to get a fit. you know my model BGOP (Be great On Purpose)(my trademark) so we gotta hit solange’s “The edge” and get the after party outfit, oh you gone learn down here the club close at 2am and the afterparty opens at goes to 5am. by this time its shoud be about 7 and we will jump on our prayer call with “the tribe” a group of men that are on a journey to please, serve, and grow in the name of Ahayah for our 97sec prayer… go back to the air b&b and take power naps and get dressed… about 930ish we will start the pre-game, we hit the hangover bar for a little, next go to the aqua lounge til about 1am. Next we will place our food order with Steff peezy late night Kitchen, for nights like this Maxx Clazz will usually popup when he get off and we’d link of with my boy Cady King of NQA Music group for the rest of the night at Legends…. your official welcome to the 4th City Aka Killeen
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kaevion, Kamayiah, & Mekhi Fraley these are my kids and they are my motivation for literally everything. they are the ones i strive to make proud. i wasnt always sure how much i would get to see, talk or impact my kids. it scared me to think they would never get to know who i am or hear the story from me. so i set out to make the world tell my story by my works or as Ahayah says fith is in the works
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