In this episode, I’m speaking with Laforenzo all about Courage and Grit and how is on a pathway to help others change their mindset around money.
About our Guest, Laforenzo
Who Is Laforenzo Wilkins?
Before anything more, Laforenzo Wilkins is a Christian, He puts God ahead of his life. You will hear him say often, “it’s God’s plan”. A proud father, good friend, and pet lover, he loves being an inspiration to others. He is ever seeking to motivate and encourage anyone; everyone he meets to push for higher-quality living. Laforenzo sets out each day with the hope of making at least one person smile. He touts often that you never know what someone has going on in their lives, and if he can do nothing else, he can at least give them a smile.
Almost losing faith
Broken hearted and weary physically, Laforenzo felt his faith wanning. In late 2019 his then fifty-eight-year-old mother was diagnosed with Dementia, early-stage Alzheimer’s. He was at a loss on how to receive that news. In hindsight he knew his mother did the best that she’d learned how, to raise him and his sister, but because she seemed to always have been at battle with her own demons, their relationship was distant. And his relationship with his father had been completely non-existent from the moment his mother chose to leave his father when Laforenzo was ten years old.
Then on January 3, 2020, Laforenzo received news that even today, still causes him to cry at the thought of it, his best friend had been brutally murdered. This was a heart break on a different level for him, in fact, he felt like his soul had been severed. As if his mental and emotional wasn’t broken enough, his physical sooner followed, Laforenzo was diagnosed in April 2020 with COVID-19. Even with all the pain and turmoil that haunted his body, heart, and soul, with each day he continued to smile. He knew that somehow, he had to keep pushing forward. So as his health improved, he decided to try and heal his spirit by focusing his attention towards helping those that were far worse off than he. He became an advocate for feeding the homeless.
Giving Pain a Purpose
Dedicating his time to helping others only brought so much solace, and Laforenzo felt that slowly even that was wanning. He desired, no he needed to find some peace, so he turned to God. Laforenzo noted driving out past his home, one afternoon to a lake nearby, and there he did something he hadn’t ever done before; he had an honest to goodness, truthful and cleansing, heart-to-heart conversation with GOD. He’d concluded that God must have a higher purpose for him, that it must be in God’s plan for him to accomplish something great. In fact, his best friend had instilled that very thing in him since they were kids. Except Laforenzo had no earthly clue as to what that could be. So, he prayed and asked God, at this lake, on this day, to reveal his true purpose in life – to reveal to him his true gifts. He wanted God to use him – all his good and bad, to be an inspiration to another – to simply be a source of happiness for someone else.
Laforenzo thought about his own struggles in life, his mother’s struggles, and considered his sister’s encouragement, that he was meant to be in sales. Between all this and God’s guidance, Laforenzo found the AM/PM Academy, by creator and founder, Ashley Massengill. He decided to make the investment first and foremost for upgrading his own lifestyle, but also to help others do the same. He knew that God was with him on this journey, because just as he was about to lose both himself and his faith – in June 2020, God blessed him with a few miracles. He was able to remove his 15-year-old son from an unfavorable situation and relocate him to Texas with him, he and his partner were able to find a great home to start this new life with his son, and God saw fit to bless him with a job that allowed him to be accessible to both his family and his entrepreneurial aspirations.
Finding Peace in Purpose
Laforenzo, just a day before his thirty-sixth birthday, October 2020, proudly launched his own, grassroots financial solutions firm, E3 Financial Solutions. He’d imagined that he would take things slowly to get his feet wet, to work in his business part time and continue working his 9-5 for at least the next 6-8 months. But God had very different plans. Laforenzo’s sister who was also in the beginning stages of her business start-up, supported him with giving his company and his brand a unique appeal – helping him to stand out in a very saturated industry simply by leveraging his story. Working with his sister, a business development coach and brand strategist, Laforenzo learned to take control of his brand narrative; creating a purposed-driven brand roadmap for clarity and connection, a brand persona to help focus his target audience, gain an understanding of brand storytelling giving his business a humanistic appeal, and creating content that resonated with the emotions of his audience.
These new strategies helped to catapult Laforenzo’s entrepreneurial career in less than 90-days. Appreciative of his growth, Laforenzo knew that to completely embrace this elevation, and to truly give others the hope he desired that he needed to heal. So, on the anniversary of his best friend’s passing, he decided to celebrate his friend’s life and honor his own by taking part in a healing ceremony. He admits to gaining more closure than he expected. He realized that he was also mourning the loss of other close family and friends; nursing his feeling of emotional abandonment by his mother, as well as her new diagnoses; festering over the lack of a fatherly figure in his life, and other childhood pains. Laforenzo admitted to crying for hours, but he also admits to feeling like huge weights were lifted from his shoulders. He finally felt at peace, but ironically ready to push forward in his purpose.
Faith and Works
March 20, 2021, marks a new era of living for Laforenzo. It’s when he says his business really took flight. He remembers the moment he decided to fire his fulltime boss and hire himself. Laforenzo for the first time in his life, felt like he was in the right place, finally doing what he was purposed to do, and loving every moment of it! As of date Laforenzo is nearing his one-year anniversary as a fulltime entrepreneur, a business owner, a financial solutions specialist, an advocate for quality living through sound financial management and literacy.
In just under 12 months in, Laforenzo has made over $60k in revenue, doubling his would have been salary from Amazon. He projects hitting six figures by month 18. But what is most rewarding to him, is his unwavering faith in God’s plan for his life, and the time he gets to invest in his relationship with his son. Laforenzo admonishes the fact that he has been able to assist over thirty families in manifesting their dreams through credit repair and other financial advisory. In fact, to name a few:
12 purchased their dream car,
2 closed on their dream home,
4 clients home offers were accepted,
18 clients passed the 700-credit score range and
one client was approved for a $1.1 million home loan
Laforenzo’s motto is “it’s God’s plan, but faith without works brings about no results – work on yourself, so that you can put your gift to work for others”.
You can contact Laforenzo here: https://www.facebook.com/E3FinancialSolutions
About your host, Christine
Transition and Lifestyle Coach, Host of The Corporate Escapists TV Show & Podcast, Speaker & Educator. In a past life, I was a corporate queen, earning the big bucks & working my way up that ladder. From the outside, I had it all, but I felt completely dead inside. It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom that I really discovered what was missing from my life. I realised I had no idea who I was.
What lit me up. What was setting my soul on fire? What was my passion in life? But after years of doing the inner work, I have rebuilt my life and now I want to help you do the same.
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