We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven Daniel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven Daniel, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Honestly, being faced in a position where you find yourself asking if you should give up on your dream, is a difficult place to be in. You’re stuck between a dream and reality. Then and there you have to make a decision. In 2014, I found myself asking God if I should shut my business down, because I became overwhelmed with college and wasn’t passionate anymore just doing graphics and not really providing my best potential I knew I had inside. But surely, every time I said I was quitting, throwing in the towel and shutting it all down. I always found myself secretly going back to it again. And so many can relate as an entrepreneur, an author, teacher, servant no matter your calling sometimes we experience a roller coaster of feelings and heaviness. But you must remember the reason you keep finding yourself going back whether paid or not, treated like trash or bad customers. It’s because you’re passionate. It’s your calling and you can’t doubt it. So how did I know whether to keep going or not? Because purpose keeps calling me, teaching me patience, guidance and sacrifices. And I’m forever grateful for the journey. Recently, I was offered a job offer to become a flight attendant, one of my dream careers. I found myself astonished when I was offered the position. But God assured me that he had chose me for the position. Leading up to the day for me to fly out to Salt Lake City, Utah for training on March 16, 2020. As I landed in Salt Lake City I received a text message and email stating that our training had been canceled due to Coronavirus COVID-19. And 2 days later on March 20, 2020 there was a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Salt Lake City, Utah. After I had just quit my career in banking of the past 4 years to chase my dream career. I found myself asking what does this mean for me? I must admit it can be scary at any point chasing a dream not knowing where it may have you end up. Thankfully, I was able to return to the bank but I am determined to continue to chase my dream. Remember delay does not mean denial.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Men Love PR was originally birthed once I saw the dire need for diversity within the PR industry. I found myself attending events and overwhelmed by the lack of diversity of men in PR. And the few that were in attendance often shared they felt the same way. There wasn’t a voice for the few men that were passionate about helping others within the industry of PR. For me, PR goes beyond fame, celebrities, or being on television. It aligns with my calling of helping others identify and live within their true value and purpose. One of my mottos for my business has always been “Making Your Dreams Come Reality.” I enjoy being a part of that process with my clients. My vision for Men Love PR is beyond a public relations firm, I envision creating an atmosphere of young entrepreneurs teaching, building and investing in each other. I think that’s what sets me apart. I truly connect with each of my clients’ vision and passion and I make that my main focus. The process is never easy. We all will face our own challenges along the way. I simply believe how I got where I am today was believing in myself and not giving up. One of my challenges in business was believing in my own work. I would always find myself second guessing myself and doubting my knowledge. And one way I overcame that was “study to show yourself approved” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV) No matter what you believe in, you will always need to study to become approved in that area. I always tell young entrepreneurs to never stop being a student, you should always look for any opportunity to learn.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting me in Atlanta, Ga I would make sure they have the time of their life. I’ve lived in the Atlanta area for the past 5 years and it has truly become a home away from home, for me. Starting off the week I would spend a day showing my friend the authentic black history within Atlanta. I would take them where I first began my journey at Morehouse College and the AUC, west end area. Within the AUC area you find yourself walking in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and many more. I would also take them to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. We would then enjoy Hattie Marie’s BBQ for lunch. We would have to experience the famous skating rink Cascade. And then I would search for whatever R&B/hip-hop artist was performing in the area that week and attend a live concert possibly at The Masquerade. Over the years, I’ve seen how much Atlanta has increased with celebrities. I would love to stop by a few of our favorite celebrity restaurants Kandi Burruss Old Lady Gang and K. Michelle Puff and Petals Lounge. And lastly, I love hookah lounges and I must say the Buckhead area has some of the best.
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?
There are two women on this earth I would like to dedicate my entrepreneurial journey to, which both happen to be my clients. My mother Lorra Brown and my spiritual mentor Pastor Cynthia Diggs. My mother and I have always had such a mother/son business relationship. We both are passionate about business and love planning/working together. And my mentor Pastor Cynthia Diggs has believed and supported all of my dreams since day 1 of us first meeting. Both of these ladies’ wisdom, patience and guidance has been a true testament for me not giving up.
Photographer: Mark Flournoy Photographer: Kim Taylor of Kimazing Photography