Align Magazine got a chance to catch up with, Kileem Slayton, a hard working Millennial entrepreneur who is still on his creative journey of self discovery and uplift within his community. This is what he had to say….
So Kileem, tell us about yourself? I was born in Philadelphia, PA. I did my last couple years of high school in Randallstown, MD. After high school I moved to Charlotte, NC to attend thee, Johnson C Smith University (JCSU) in 2010. It took me 9 years to get a 4 year degree lol. Currently I work for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte as a Case Manager. I have also written a book called “From Potential To Purpose”, and I run the Speak Your Peace Podcast.
Tell us about your podcast and the book your recently wrote My book launch for my book From Potential To Purpose will be debuting this April. I wrote this book after my younger and only brother was killed on April 27th, 2019 to gun violence. This book was my outlet. My idea was if more people found out who they were and what fulfilled them , there would be less hateful and hurt people in this world. The podcast started when I realized we all have a story. We all have been through something. Sometimes we cover our wounds up whether they are physical or emotional leading many people with similar wounds to believe that they are alone. But, they are not alone and this podcast seeks to shed light on those wounds and offer comfort to those who are listening.
That’s good stuff, has your journey been an easy one so far? Hell no. Ive been working 2-3 jobs for 10 years just to stay afloat. When I first got to college I survived off $20 a week and many times I walked to the bus stop and didn’t have bus fare hoping the bus driver would see my book bag and let me ride the bus anyway. She did! “Whew thank god”. But that was embarrassing. And then, of coarse losing my brother put me in a state of darkness which I have never been forever changing who I am and how I see the world.
“My idea was if more people found out who they were and what fulfilled them , there would be less hateful and hurt people in this world.”Kileem Slayton
What’s one thing we should know about you or your business and content? Everyone has a story and it deserves to be told on the Speak your Peace podcast. And if you aren’t fulfilled with where you are in life and there something in you saying “you can be more, do more, or create more” Then pick up a copy of my book From Potential to Purpose.
What sets you apart from competition (if there is any)? There is no competition. What sets me apart is that no one can be me better than me. If I do what fulfills me, how can I fail? I know there are systems and people that rank podcast and books that can create a competitive spirit within an individual but being at the top isn’t my main goal. My main goal is to continue doing what I love. There is no competition when your goal is to just be you. Being authentically you will always make you stand out.
What has been your fondest moment in your career thus far? Someone walked up to me and said ”Yo, your podcast is dope. I didn’t listen to it but I knew someone in my family who really needed to hear it and they really appreciated it and it helped them in their life.” That feeling was amazing!! It had me “cheesing” all day because people don’t know how much time and sacrifice I had to put in to create my podcast. There was so much work done on the back end; from staying up late, to making mistakes, all the way down to not knowing what the hell to do. But, when you overcome those barriers and you reach that first milestone it’s an amazing feeling like no other. I call it joy.
What do you like to do in your free time? Work out, play basketball, chill with friends, have deep convos about life, laugh, enjoy peace
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years from now? I foresee myself on TV doing interviews with people who have been through things and had to overcome struggles. I see myself wealthy and healthy. I see myself with several rental properties that are creating income. I see myself as a bridge for other talented individuals coming behind me.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? There are many people for different reasons. I would say my family early in life and my friends as I got older. My family set the foundations and my friends helped me grow, mature, and bring the best out of me. When I started to identify who I was and who I wanted to become I was listening a lot of motivation speakers at the time. A few Included Les Brown, Eric Thomas, Inky Johnson, Myles Munroe, Toy Robbins, Steve Harvey, Steven Furtick, CT Fletcher, Denzel Washington, Gary V, and Jim Rohn.
How were you as a child? I was an A & B student. When I was younger I took a test to see if I was gifted. “I wasn’t” in that way. I just had family at home helping me with my homework unlike many of my peers so I stood out. I did misbehave and fight a lot’s a child. I was still growing up in an environment that was not was not safe. Through exposure to violence, guns, and sex it prompted many of us to grow up fast. I was walking miles to and from school ever since kindergarten. But, that was our norm.
Is Charlotte a good place for what you’re doing? If I trust in God any place is a good place. God loves to grow where there ground is barren. If you trust in him he will put you in the right place, at the right time, so that you will meet the right people. Proverbs 16:9 Says ” In human hearts we lead our course, but God establishes our steps”. Also the best thing about the age we live in is that through social media you can connect with people everywhere.
What would you like people to remember about you when you’re gone? That I or you will never truly be gone as long as our influence lives on in others. Living is more than what you do for yourself it’s about how you were able to impact others. It is creating something that will succeed you when your body is no longer present.
Give one piece of advice that you can share with fellow Millennials Everything you need to fulfill your purpose God has already put inside you. Yes you have free will but your plan for your life and Gods plan for your life is Not the same. He will bless who you truly are not who you pretend to be. Keep him first, and remember every struggle is a set up for something greater. Proverbs 3:6 says “In ALL your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths”. This means no matter the obstacle, time, situation, or result. If you you call on him he will guide through success, failure, pain, and even your own mistakes.
“My main goal is to continue doing what I love. There is no competition when your goal is to just be you.”Kileem Slayton
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