We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia A. Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cynthia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Anything worth having is going to require some measure of risk. The greater the risk the greater the reward will be. The question then becomes, how much am I willing to risk or in simpler terms, how much am I willing to pay? Before you can move forward on anything worth having; you must first count the cost and then decide if you’re willing to pay the price. The cost may require a considerable amount of time. It may require a significant amount of money but any risk worth taking will always require a cost. How much are you willing to pay? What are you willing to sacrifice to get where you desire to be? How much risk is too much? Most of us only look at the prize. We rarely count up the cost. We simply see the end results. So many times we sit back and criticize/admire the success of others but do not want to step out and take the risk ourselves. It is much easier to become a fan in the stands than a player in the game. However, there are others, who only see the obstacles and never even bother to take the first step. They do not want to risk giving up their place of security. There will always be something standing in between you and the end results. If your final destination is becoming a doctor, your first step would require you to finish high school. All of it requires time, sacrifice and money. So what are you willing to pay? For me, my final destination is worth any risk. It is and will continue to be worth the sacrifice. It’s worth the time, the sleepless nights, the ups and downs, the wins and losses and everything in between. It gets me one step closer to where I intend to because I realize it is a marathon, not a sprint. Please don’t misunderstand by no means am I saying it’s easy because it is not. I cannot even begin to count how many times I’ve stepped out and failed. I mean I fell flat on my face. At least 10 times a day, I want to give up and don’t even get me started on all my ridiculous insecurities. Do you know how many times a day I want to run and hide? Do you know how many times a day I believe someone else could do this so much better than I can? The reality is…they won’t because they’re not willing to take the risk. Every time I take a microphone to speak, I am faced with insecurities. Every time I mentor someone I am faced with insecurities. Every time I get behind my computer to write, I am faced with insecurities and every time I lead a meeting, you guessed it, I am faced with insecurities. The reason I keep going is because it is worth the risk. I face my fears and do it anyway! No success is worth anything without failure and failure is just a lesson in what to do differently next time. It was never meant to block you; it was sent to teach you, if you’re willing to learn. I am not ashamed to admit, I learned much more from failing than I did from succeeding. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT in love with failure but it has made me a better leader. It’s not how many times you get knocked down; it is how many times you get back up. My destiny will always require me to keep moving forward, no matter how many risks I have to take. No matter how many times I have to cry or even how many times I have to do it alone. As long as I can see it; I can achieve it. The risks are not a factor when your mind is set firmly on your destination. Everything about life comes with risk. It’s a risk driving in your car. It’s a risk falling in love and it’s a risk becoming an Entrepreneur but it’s truly a risk worth taking. Anything worth having personal, professional or spiritual will inevitably come with risks but to get to the finish line, I will accept the challenge and take the risk(s) every single time. When you get tired of sitting in the “stands of life” and watching others play the game, you were meant to be in, you will no longer be satisfied being a spectator. Today, I challenge you to become a risk taker. Focus on the prize and become fearless in your pursuit!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an Ordained Minister, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Christian Life Coach. I am all about helping people. My number one goal is to encourage others to keep moving forward. To let people know they are not alone. Rather its through prayer, an encouraging word, a note or a phone call. I have a compassion for those who are hurting. That is where my passion is…helping others. It is not always easy. As I’m sure you can imagine, there are more needs than any one person can fill. What I do can bring such immense joy one day and devastating sadness the next day but I always find a way to keep going. There is always more to do and there is always some one I can help. One of the things I’ve learned along the way is that it helps to have support but sometimes you have to do it alone. People may not always understand where you’re going or why you feel the need to do certain things. Mentors were such a blessing to me. It helped knowing they had already been where I am going. This support was greatly appreciated and it caused me to want to do the same thing for others. I want the world to know, it doesn’t matter where you’ve been. It matters where you’re going! Stay focused and never, ever give up!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Honestly, this is a difficult question for me because I don’t get out much. I enjoy walking at Stone Mountain and I love eating seafood.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To Rev. Dr. Leonidas B. Young my mentor until he passed away in 2016 and my Bishop who passed away earlier this year, Bishop Quincy Lavelle Carswell. Both of them have had the profound impact on my life and the insight to see in me, what I could not see in myself. I never would be where I am today, without their love and support along the way! From the bottom of my heart I am eternally grateful to have had them both in my life! To my mother my confidant and critic! She always tells me the truth, even when I don’t want to hear it. Thanks mom for always having my back! I love you, always! To my son, Matthew, the greatest son in the world; who partners with me as I follow my destiny. You have my heart forever!

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