We had the good fortune of connecting with Tamika Renee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tamika, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I look at risks as taking steps into the unknown. Many people look at risks as what you can lose, but I look at it as what there is to gain. What would be the take away for myself when getting into something new, something outside of my norm, the unknown? Sometimes the risk is all that a person needs to change their life. Everything we experience contributes to our growth, our evolution; however when it comes to my personal life the most rewarding growth comes from me taking a step into the unknown. Overcoming situations where I felt the uncertainty, not sure of an outcome, but I did it anyway- reassuring myself that something great had to come out of it. Sometimes taking risks don’t necessarily involve uncertainty either, it just requires the reassurance of having a plan for starting something new, something you haven’t done before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My podcast is “Welcome to the Winner’s Circle” – a space I created where one can receive enlightenment and positivity through sharing knowledge, perhaps healing, inspiration, laughter and conversation. A place where we can exchange meaningfull thoughts, I always say listen and take what you need.
I want listeners to finish each episode having gained a new knowledge.
I chose the audio medium as a form of expression because sometimes we have a story to share, and exchanging thoughts with others through conversation helps to bring it out. Or sometimes we want to have a safe space to hold conversation and share our thoughts.
Like we listen to music, we listen to people and what they have to say. We are curious about the people around us and always want to know more, we want to know how their mind works, why they do the things they do and why they think the way they do. Being able to tap into a critical part of your mind to think and form opinions are actions that will always lead you to win.
I am most proud of the opportunities I’ve had with past guests. I am excited to see what other opportunities this creates for me.
I got to this point by taking a risk, not knowing the turn out, but doing it anyway. For a bit of transparency, a challenge would be not having to be a perfectionist – there will be glitches, there will be times you get tongue tied, times where you lose your train of thought mid -sentence, etc. But I believe those authentic mishaps is what people really admire.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like to travel so there are many places- but for Atlanta, I would have the best time taking anyone to the Martin Luther King Historic Park and exploring on the MARTA. The MARTA because, growing up in a city and living the commuter life, one of the things I enjoy most is exploring. In my travels I like to experience each city’s own public transit system.
The MLK Historic Park is another place because I admire the preservation of black love. Coretta honored and kept Martin Luther King’s legacy alive by seeing this construction to completion.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who I’ve connected with over the years who have contributed to my growth and success- whether they were seasonal and/or still present in my life.
One book that I read which resonated with me is “Assata” by Assata Shakur. Reading her autobiography we see her execute so much strength with a “hard” exterior, a defense- where she showed so much strength, “bent” but never broke.
However in the final pages of the book she becomes soft.
The softness is significant as it displays vulnerability yet strength. This part of the book affirmed for me that there is strength in softness- a place where you are raw, vulnerable, and where you just are. A place where you are being. A place where you are feeling- your core. We all have our soft spot which is our core, our power source.
In this space you are your most creative and also become your own anchor.
This contributes with my success because in my moments of being soft, I am experiencing- which allows me to genuinely connect with others and continue to evolve myself.