Rickey Layfield on his Greatest Fear, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring Youth

When your mind is consistently creating ideas to be a part of the solution, you become a leader. Chicago’s Youth and Community Advocate and Entrepreneur, Rickey Layfield, instills the definition of leadership as he continues to inspire others.

“Death. Not leaving a legacy. Being forgotten. Those are my greatest fears. The more lives I changed, the more I help… With that, I become more eternal,” shares Rickey.

“I want to be a part of the solution.” Rickey Layfield , who’s also a BAM counselor, Youth Care Worker at Mercy Homes for Boys, and VP of Programming for Urban Male network.

The younger generation needs someone they can look up to, especially during the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As a mentor, he continues to guide them on the right path. But sometimes, to be able to help others, it’s okay to step back and take care of your own mental and emotional wellness.

So, how are you feeling about everything that’s happening right now?

Just observing. The news keeps changing every couple of days. Being a black man, my emotions went up and down. I didn’t want to talk to anybody. As an advocate, I felt guilty, not being there to serve my youth because I dedicate my life to fix their problem.

Rickey continues to be the resource for the youth. Seeing them graduate with a bachelor’s degree and get employment are his goals for each one of them. To do that, he wants to lead by example. He continues to sharpen his entrepreneurship skills.

“Men have tough exterior. Sometimes, you just have to listen.” – Rickey Layfield talks about being an important figure in their life.

To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to remain consistent. You have to be resilient because you are going to fail. We all fail at one point. But getting back up is what makes you successful. You have to lead with your heart. Help each other out. 

– Rickey Layfield

What do you want to tell the younger generation?

I know it sounds real cliché,’ but you can literally be anything you want to be. I used to think it’s impossible. You just have to learn the theory. Then, do it. But you have to be consistent. 

ZOOM EVENT: A time for our youth to share their thoughts in regards to the state of the black community

What would you want the world to know?

Take action. You do have power. You can find a way to make a change. It takes time, but it is beneficial to be in that window, being the resource that changes the future trajectory. We have to be a mentor, a resource. It takes a village. Get involved.

Happy Juneteenth!!!

Follow Rickey on Instagram at @MyVisionLives

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