We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Briggs and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think people tend to use the word risk and fear interchangeably. Based on your perception of things, is the glass half full or half empty, risk and fear can be synonymous. When I first started my journey as an entrepreneur I was a person who associated the two in the same way. The fear of taking risk actually propelled me into my journey. I remember being in a bad place within myself and life and I ran into someone I hadn’t seen since high school and as we were talking they were telling me about all the wonderful things they had going on. Finally they asked what I’ve been up to and what I had going on, and in my mind I felt like I wasn’t were I wanted to be and honestly I had nothing to show for it. Within moments I blurted out that I was in the process of starting a business because it sounded good at the moment. Don’t know why that was the first thing that came to mind but I believe it was meant for me to say it out loud. After that conversation the first thing I did was brainstormed what kind of business I could actually start. Long story short, lying about starting a business actually made me take the leap of faith to start one. There was a risk of failure, the risk of being considered a liar if I didn’t, risk of losing money I didn’t have to spare, many risk that brought the fear of disappointment. Long story short, the risk I took was well worth it and I’ve been able to help a lot of people because of it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m the owner and designer of TitleBlack Clothing. It is a lux urban wear brand for men and women. I also own a design company that helps other small businesses get off the ground. We offer marketing/advertising bundle packages as well as administrative setups for businesses. I am proud that I have two businesses that have helped me to be able to give back to my community in many different ways. I started out as an ex college athlete from a small town just trying to find where I belong. I knew what I wanted for myself I just wasn’t sure how to get it. I worked multiple small jobs until I came up with a plan and started executing. Nothing that is ever worth it will be easy and but the best part is making it to the other side. There have been many days we’re i wanted to quit on myself but deep down that would have been the biggest disappointment for me. I couldn’t let myself down, I couldn’t give up on myself. The biggest lessons I’ve learned on this journey is that you will only receive the blessings of your hard work when you have prepared and planned for them. When people hear my story I want them to know that I am resilient and fearless. I want them to feel empowered to embrace the fear and use it as a driving force to do whatever it is that they want to do. Fear is the fire to the desire

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?
My list of things to do: •Lunch at Sal & Mookies in the district at Eastover
•Shopping in the Renaissance
•Live Music at Johnny Ts
•Hanging out at Names & Faces Lounge Downtown
•Brunch at Iron Horse Grill

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I would like to thank my family, especially my mom and dad, for molding me into the person I am today. Making them proud and being a positive example for my family makes all the hard work worth it. I remember hearing all the great stories about my dad growing up. How great of a basketball player he was and I remember looking at all his trophies and saying I want to be great one day. I also remember being a child and watching my mom graduate nursing school, then watching her get her masters, and then watching her start her own business. I aspired to be great like them. I also would like to thank my business partner, Darryl, for believing in my vision and helping me grow as a businesswoman. And last but not least thank you to my sisters, Tangela and Larissa, for being there for me since I was in pampers literally.

Website: thetitleblack.com

Instagram: @thetitleblack

Facebook: @TitleBlack

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