We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Byrd-Prosper and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is something that isn’t taught in grade school, not even in college, but it most definitely should be. Failing to take risk is really just fear. When I was little I was ask my mother why a certain actor/actress was in their role when it was obvious that they weren’t the best actor and she would say “they had the guts, they took risks that most haven’t and will not take”. She would go on to explain to me that if go through life without taking risks once you age you will look back at your life and most likely regret a lot choice, decisions, career paths or personal journeys. As a person that was always outspoken most would assume that risk taking was something that I was born with. However, it was quite the contrary. My mother, my godmother and other strong women in my village taught, explained and showed me the benefits of taking risk. When it came to baking and cooking it was something that my core family and friends new I loved and always did but I never took it serious. The main reason was self-doubt and failing to step out of the box and take risk. I worried about what others would think, how would they respond? Would they support me? Once I got over the what ifs such as potential embarrassment, flopping and failing and other insecurities I learned to accept the gifts and talents I was given and showcase them to the world.
Once you realize that everyone doesn’t, will not and doesn’t have to like anything you do but if you focus on the people that love you, your work, your skillset then you will never be broke and you will also be successful in your chosen career.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
During the day I lead a team of sales executives for a fortune 500 company. I enjoy creating, shaping and developing strong winning leaders.

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?
As an avid traveler my favorite city to travel to in the US will always be Los Angeles. Los Angeles is super exciting and no matter who’s playing on the Lakers there’s something fun and exciting about LA and the Staples Center. Yes, it may take an hour to drive 11 miles in LA but hey it’s LA… plan accordingly lol. Not only are the sports team exciting there is always an event or taping one can go see and let’s not forget the food. I mean c’mon LA is a food heaven. I can taste the food as I am typing lol. From Hollywood to Chinatown to Santa Monica to Long Beach to Malibu back to Inglewood and every in between LA the best place for food, sweets and culture.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother was instrumental in creating the fearless, driven and humble woman I am today. While she was on this earth she schooled me daily and made sure that I understood the importance of life and the small window of time I had to make an impact in this world. My mother explained to me that is important to associate with people who want or are doing great things so you can push each other to do greater things. My mother associated with other smart and resilient women and those women also took me under their wings and I learned so many great processes from them that I still use today.

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