SBTM May 2015 Anthony Ford - Page 5

Business Publisher’s Column small MAY 2015 EDITION HOUSTON MAGAZINE Chairman John Cruise President/Executive Publisher Steve Levine Vice President /Associate Publisher/ Creative Director/Editor Barbara Davis-Levine Business Development/PR Aaron Kaplan Evelyn Pereira Roy Pereira Graphic Designer Lavinia Menchaca Photographers Gwen Juarez Contributing Writers Barbara R. Davis Mila Golovine Ruben Gonzalez Bruce Hurta Hank Moore Howard Partridge Christi Ruiz Rita Santamaria Kim Sawyer Gail Stolzenburg Holly Uverity Jack Warkenthien Heather Green Warner Aimee Woodall Chief Advisor Hank Moore Publisher’s Advisory Board Shah Ardalan Helen Callier Sonia Clayton Donna Cole John Cruise Dirk Cummins April Day Dr. John Demartini Maya Durnovo Kathie Edwards Mila Golovine Dory Gordon Greg Grant David Holt Richard Huebner Jeffrey Jones Darryl King Sandy Lawrence Craig Klein Wea Lee Bertrand McHenry Hank Moore Lisa M. Morton Mike Muhney Leisa Holland Nelson Tony Noun Mayor Annise Parker Page Parkes Howard Partridge Susan Repka Maria Rios Grant Sadler Rita Santamaria William Sherrill Pam Terry Linda Toyota Jack Warkenthien Carlecia D. Wright Aaron Young Phone: 832-419-2814 E-Mail: Or Write: Small Business Today 5380 West 34th Street, Ste 230 Houston, TX 77092 See us on the web at Free APP for Android & iPhone go to your APP Store and type in Small Business Today Magazine SMALL BUSINESS Today MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY LEGACY PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC. 5380 WEST 34TH ST., STE. 230 HOUSTON, TX 77092 EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER - STEVE LEVINE: 832-419-2814 CHAIRMAN - JOHN CRUISE: 832-460-2020 ADVERTISING RATES ON REQUEST. BULK THIRD CLASS MAIL PAID IN TUCSON, AZ. POSTMASTER: PLEASE SEND NOTICES ON FORM 3579 TO 5380 WEST 34TH ST., STE. 230 HOUSTON, TX 77092. ALTHOUGH EVERY PRECAUTION IS TAKEN TO ENSURE ACCURACY OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS, SMALL BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR OPINIONS EXPRESSED OR FACTS SUPPLIED BY ITS AUTHORS. COPYRIGHT 2012, LEGACY PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED. What is your motivation for success? T here are really only two true motivators for success.  They are hope of gain or fear of loss.  By far, fear of loss is a lot stronger.  We all launch our businesses with the hopes of building and growing a business that will work for us and not the other way around. But, when there is a true fear of failing at that business or whatever your dream is, you commit yourself to that accomplishment.  Ask any of our cover honorees what helped them achieve their success in spite of the odds against them and they will tell you it was their desire and fear of failure. I have often observed that, “If there was a victory, there had to be a battle.” My friend and SBT Columnist, Ruben Gonzalez says, “Pursue your goals like a soldier going to battle who is on a mission to succeed!”   I was recently a guest on the “Exit Plan Show” and was asked what my own motivation for success was.  I shared my personal story that began with my desire to prove that my grade point average in high school and college were NOT going to be a reflection of my potential for success in life!!!    Even though I was lucky if I received a grade of “C” in school, I am extremely proud of what I have accomplished these past 44 years since I left school.  In addition, I have reached most of my professional and life goals and dreams ahead of projection!   This month’s cover honoree, Anthony Ford, has more than overcome his challenges to be the success in life and business that he is today as he leads others following his example!   It is time to let you get started on this month’s very special issue. Good Reading, Good Sales, & Success to You, Steve Levine President/Executive Publisher, Small Business Today Magazine