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

Hi Yona, how do you think about risk?
Without failure there can never be growth. The life of an Entrepreneur is risk in itself. The decision to independently provide for yourself and to take on the responsibility of having to provide for others is not one in which was taken lightly. After loosing both of my parents, only a month a part, becoming an entrepreneur was a decision I made based on necessity. Life as I knew it would never be the same. In an instant, I went from graduating from Shaw University with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, planning my next move to a big city, and working for one of the top universities to becoming a legal guardian to a mentally ill younger brother, having no permanent place to call home, and no idea I was going to make it all work. The world of education can be rewarding and stressful at the same time. You can have the highest education and still make less than someone who never completed a degree program at all. It was time for a change.

Only five months after my mothers death, I enrolled in real estate school and obtained my real estate license. Six months after obtaining that license, I made a friend during a networking event who introduced me to a millionaire who invited me to be apart of their beginner realtor groups. Three months after that, during a regularly scheduled comedy event I was able to meet a friend who put me in contact with an owner of a radio station. A month after, my event and catering business was created. We were able to join forces and put together not one but two artist showcases in Greensboro, NC. Currently, I have interviewed of ten business owners, independent artists, financial advisors and the journey still continues.

Without taking the risk and putting myself out of my comfort zone none of these things would be able to be accomplished. Instead of focusing on the negative making an active choice to live is one I strive for every day. The outcome is always worth the risk. If life was easy it most definitely would not be worth living.

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.
My work – one thing that is different about is how versatile I am . I currently work in the field of early childhood education as an administrator; Licensed North Carolina Realtor ; Podcast host for 105.1live located in Greensboro, NC which streams in over 160 countries; and lastly, I own an event and Catering business. Limits are meant to be exceeded and fitting me into a box is nearly impossible.

I would not be where I am today without strong parents, great friends, and resilience. The road to where I am today was not one without its many tests. I’m order to pass those tests I really had to dig deep and focus on what I truly wanted out of life, derive a plan on how to obtain it and hold myself accountable to be able to stick with the process. Being young, opinionated and driven created many challenges in the way up. Persistence, is what changes the narrative and ultimately gained me the respect of all the doubters.

The lessons I have learned along the way include always remember to love yourself; Be willing to adapt and embrace change; run your race for you and no one else. Self love is the best love. If you do not enjoy what you are doing then what really is the point.

When it’s all over I want the world to know that I was born; I created ; and I overcame . There is only one Yona Simons.

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?
Downtown Greensboro Eat- Stephanies
Drink – House Divided

Visit- Hilton head, NC

Drink – Fat Tuesdays Greensboro, NC

Check out – 105.1live radio station

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?
Derrick Watson – Owner of 105.1 Live

Adonye Fubara – Photographer , Ye shoots

Laverne Fubara- Advisor

Tee Ramsey – Owner of the Link Center Raleigh & Durham

Website: Keepingitrealwithyona@gmail.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Mz_ Simons

Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/Keepingitrealwithyona105.1live

Youtube: Www.youtube.com/keepingitrealwithyona

Image Credits
Adonye Fubara – Photographer @yeshoots

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