We had the good fortune of connecting with Zianna Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zianna, what’s your definition for success?
Success. So many people associate success with money or wealth. How much you have or made by a certain age or time. For me, success is defined by how many people I impact, how many lives I’ve changed, and the legacy I leave. My legacy will be that I left this world just a little better when I’m gone. That I’ve touched people’s hearts and made a difference in the way people view life, see themselves, and encounter others. Success shouldn’t be measured by money, things, or accomplishments, but by the impact you’ve had on this world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
How did I get to where I am today… well, I didn’t grow up with mommy and daddy in the perfect household. Didn’t grow up with the best grades and coolest clothes. Didn’t live in the best neighborhood. But what I did have is a mother that knew how to be strong, a godmother that knew how to guide me, and a godfather that just so happens to also be my pastor at The Church Of The Open Door in Brooklyn, NY.
My godfather is one of, if not, THEE biggest inspiration in my life professionally and spiritually. One of his favorite sayings “obedience opens the door, disobedience closes the door”. My godfather, Rev. Dr. Mark V. C. Taylor is the true definition of hard work, discipline, education, and commitment. He’s taught me that hard work is what it takes to be successful. “It’s not what you want to do, it’s what you have to do” another one of his sayings from his late father, Curtis Taylor. My godfather planted seeds of discipline in me at a young age so that I can be my own boss. He had me around him and in church meetings at ages 11 and up so that I could see how business was handled. I’m not afraid of the work. I’m not afraid to challenge and push myself professionally because I’ve seen what hard work, sacrifice, and discipline produces.
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?
Well, I’m from Brooklyn, so one of the best places to visit for outdoor sights would be the city, 42nd street, Times Sq. I’m not big on the night life of NYC though. But if you’re looking for a nice place to relax, a spa, great scenery, nature… that’s Dumbo, by the Brooklyn Bridge all the way! One of my favorite places to go collect my thoughts and find peace of mind. As far as food goes, my favorite places to eat would be Red Lobsters, Hardee’s Chinese Restaurant, Bed Stuy Fish Fry on Nostrand Ave, and Purto Plata Seafood. Thee best!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I had to shoutout anyone specifically, it would have to be my godmother. The main reason I’m involved in so many activities, programs, and businesses is because of her. Debra McBeth. From church choir, praise dancing, competitive cheerleading, to knitting, ballet, and swim team… she made sure I was well rounded and ready to take on the world with all my talents. So grateful for her.
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