We had the good fortune of connecting with Dynasty Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dynasty, how do you define success?
To me, success is defined by two things, the way you wake up thinking about yourself and what impact you have made on the people around you. I used to define success based on an individual’s assets, liabilities, status, accolades, and money. However, I do not negate that these things are not held to high value, but monetary attributions do not always equate to happiness. So it depends on what success to means to you and your journey and how you measure yourself accordingly in daily life. The majority of the reason I feel successful is based on the battles and triumphs I have overcome and picking myself up after feeling discouraged and defeated. Once I overcome my hurdles, I find out about hidden reserves of strength that I did not know lived inside me. This made me feel more resilient and stronger versus how much money was in my bank account. I feel successful in my eyes because I am making a huge impact in my community and go to bed with peace, knowing that I am doing something every day that I am passionate about. “Success is just as powerful as the person who is working towards it!”- Dynasty Taylor
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Currently, I am employed as a High School Counselor for Da Vinci Rise Highschool. I am a service-focused Social worker who studies trauma, and I have founded two corporations to help build and strengthen resources in the Los Angeles community. In 2014 in my first semester of grad school at USC, I started a non-profit organization called Dynasty’s United Youth Association that provides free educational, career, and mental health programs to youth ages 5-18 in underserved communities. I also co-founded a limited liability company called Mental Health in the hood that helps expand awareness surrounding mental health perceptions, stigmas, and oppression amongst everyday people through advocacy, education, programs, and life coaching to help cultivate and rebuild healthier environments and values. I am also on the board as the Youth Representative of the Southeast Congress Neighborhood Council, where I help advocate on homelessness, housing, land use, emergency preparedness, public safety, parks, transportation, and sustainability in South Los Angeles. I am most proud of the impact that I have made on the youth in my community, from helping students apply to college, providing tutors for academic support, helping young people gain employment, creating meaningful volunteer opportunities, and providing accessible and equitable programming for marginalized communities. I got to where I am today based on my dedication, determination, and strong discipline. I have been employed since I was 14, so I understand the value of hard work and what commitment looks like to meet your goals. I am the type of person who puts in 14-16 hours of work per day regardless of the week’s day. This work is never easy, but it would not feel like work if you are passionate about what you do. An individual must find out who they are and their purpose on this earth. Once you find out what you like to do, the value of your work will become more meaningful to you. When life gets tough, and business is not going so well, I tend to take a day or two to evaluate my leadership and the systems I put into place. This work can become very challenging, so you must practice self-care and apply healthy practices to your everyday living. Sometimes you will find yourself mentally exhausted, and when that happens, you need to take a step back and take care of yourself rather if that’s taking a break, walking your dog, spending time with friends or loved ones, eating a meal, doing yoga, and or reading a book. I have learned along the way to have fun while I am creating and building my empire. I have learned to smile even through the tough times and show more compassion to myself during the journey. When you are a CEO or Entrepreneur, it is always work to do when your the head person in charge, so you must find balance and pace yourself. Life is too short already, so you want to find happiness through your work, especially if you have given your life to your craft. I also learned that everyone is not going to believe in your vision, so it’s imperative that you believe and keep going regardless of what others have to say. If you don’t believe, your team will have no one to believe in. I want the world to know that I relate to the youth because I personally know how it feels to grow up in poverty, living on government assistance, being raised by a single parent, father incarcerated, and “hope”; not being sold at your closed market store. My goal is to close the achievement gap on educational inequalities, expose more career opportunities, advocate for mental health support, and keep youth off the street. I build entities that motivate our youth, inspire growth, strengthen the community’s resources, and empower more people to want to give back to their people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite spots in the city is Dock Waller Beach in Los Angeles. This is the only beach that I know that allows people to host bomb fires during the evening. It’s nothing like a warm sunny day with your feet in the sand, eating snacks, drinking wine, and listening to the waves with Bob Marley or Sade playing in the background. The other most thriller places or things I like to do are Six Flags Magic Mountain and road trips. I enjoy active activities such a zip lining, go-carts, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and afternoon BBQs at one of my friends/family members houses. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
TD Jakes (Pastor, Motivational speaker) & Brene Brown (Author, motivational speaker: Book- Dare to lead) – helped me understand the true value of leadership and how to lead people with courage and vulnerability
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