Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life! by William Reed Columnist

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life!

“Get your Mind Right” is a term used to tell someone to get it together and start using their brain. Successful people have “yes I can” attitudes and outlooks.  “I can do it” are postures Blacks needs to use more effectively. Black Washingtonians will get a generous dose of “the power of positive thinking,” when the “Get Motivated Business Seminar” happens in Washington Tuesday September 22 at the Warner Theatre.  The day-long seminar training program features Les Brown and Washington-native Willie Jolley.

Willie Jolly is a D.C.-based entrepreneur that preaches and practices the power of positive thinking.  Based on the premise: “Think good thoughts and good things will surely follow,” both Brown and Jolley say their business seminars will take you to the next level of success, and that attendance will give patrons proven strategies to sharpen business skills, effectiveness and multiply your capabilities.

Some say African Americans have a “victim mentality” and lack personality traits deemed necessary for achievement endeavors.  Some blacks have been “faking it.”  But, they can gain confidence, heightened self-awareness and “stick to it until you make it” attitudes and outlooks from Dr. Jolley’s high energy, enthusiastic presentations on how to live a better life.   Though blacks have a right to righteous anger, most of us need new and healthier way of thinking and acting that lifts each of us and our race.  Jolley’s programs encourage, enlighten and enliven.

Willie Jolley has strong musical talents.  The personable entrepreneur uses his public platform to encourage people to rise above their circumstances to maximize their God-given potential.  Jolley’s presentations lay out guidelines for success.  In life, Jolley has come from being a fired singer, who was replaced by a karaoke machine, to president/CEO of Willie Jolley Worldwide, a top player in the $10 billion self-improvement industry of programs and products to improve clientele physically, mentally, financially or spiritually.

Son of a freelance newspaper reporter and a high school social studies teacher grew up in Washington, D.C., Jolly began singing in church and at parties, and soon formed a singing group which became a local sensation.  Though the singing group broke up, Jolley continued on as a solo vocalist, singing jingles for companies such as Pizza Hut and Black Entertainment Television.  A talented performer, Jolley has recorded dozens of commercials and songs singing background vocals for artists such as Jean Carne and Phyllis Hyman. Jolley’s voice is still featured in TV and radio jingles.

Likable “Willie” holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the California Graduate School of Theology, a Master Degree in Theology from Wesley Theological seminary and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from American University.  Jolley places great emphasis on individual growth and the collective development of black communities.  Jolley states that “It’s not important how much time you have; the key is what you do with the time you’re given.”

The Get Motivated Business Seminar can help patrons go from “I wish I could do that” musings into reality.  The series can help blacks connect self-esteem and achievement.  The other distinguished presenter in the seminar series is Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown an author, radio DJ, former television host, and politician. As a politician, he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.  If there is anyone that could walk around with a “woe is me” outlook, Les Brown was it.  Born into dire circumstances Brown was subsequently adopted by a single black woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic but gave him a sense of self-worth.  Les’ sense of self-esteem gained him an Emmy for his works on television after he’d left Ohio’s legislature,

Nobody will be mad at you feeling and appearing “full of yourself.”  Blacks can move up in society simply by using the power and initiative of positive thinking. A positive person anticipates happiness, is aware of and works on health and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle or difficulty.  Blacks can grow by positive thinking that allows greater cooperation among African Americans to network talents and skills to create wealth and economic goals.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via