We had the good fortune of connecting with Doniel Ervin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Doniel, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to express these words: Prayer, Perseverance, Patience, and Pursuit. I know most people will remember me from my actions, not just words of work I’m going to do BUT do it. That’s why those power pack words l mention earlier is important to my character and integrity. For most, I gave my best. I did the best to make sure that person dreams succeed and not to be afraid of taking the risk when you must stand alone most of the time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more? We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from others that I offered in-person(before COV19) and online e-services; that it identifies its business’s niche. My services provide start-up businesses the wisdom, education need for entrepreneurs and non-profits in organizational development and guide them through annual income tax preparation services.
What are you most proud of or excited about in life?
I am most proud of my children, who all are young adults who have grown and live a self-sustainable life from the moral and godly principles taught of their youth. I’m excited that I can enjoy the growth of my grandchildren and that my mother, who departed in 2020, was able to see her generation of great-grandchildren. I’m excited to have my family close to my heart, for as the time move forward, my prayer is that I’ll be around to see my great-grandchildren, as my mother did in her later days.
How did you get to where you are today business-wise.
I must acknowledge my spiritual side in serving God. He has blessed me to start my business with no investors but with prayer, faith, persistence, self-discipline, and perseverance that brought this business to life. Most of all, the best thing about being your own boss is to have a relationship with God on your side, guiding you through prayer and learning to strategically forecasting your business.
My clients have been appreciative of Ervin Management Group team wisdom and business direction. We began the “IT’S TIME 2-STRIKE GOALS” workshops in 2018 to help individuals open a business and structure the company for future financial opportunities. With this in mind, most of my clients could benefit from the business EIDL and PPP assistance for small businesses. Ervin Management Group may not be at the billionaire status yet. Still, the vision once we recovery through the COV19 crisis, we will reach profit margins and soon open up transitional homes for women over 50 and economic and youth development centers.
Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
No, it has not been easy. Being a native New Orleanian, it has not been easy for me. During this interview, my business is going through limitations with the coronavirus social distancing protocols and financial frustration for small independent companies such as myself. My life struggles transpire strength and perseverance from marrying young at the age of 20 for eight years of neglect and emotional and physical abuse and giving birth to my fourth child, the promise from God. After delivery, my uterus ruptured, and I hemorrhage and lost 6 pints of blood and coded twice, from what the nurse told my sister at the time. In my upcoming book, many will enjoy this story this spring named “Bled Out, The spiritual fight between life and death” by Marionette Publishing. My son and I both charted no heartbeat, but a miracle happens, we are still here. Then entering a second marriage, the worst ever experience from the thought of love forever turned as a Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde series of demonic abuse that almost cost me my life and my four children. As you see, it has not been easy. During my life growing pain, then the passing of my brother in 1999, who was my best friend, my dad passing in 2009, I said that could life get any worst. Then it hit me, “no, I think not.” One night at the skating rink change my course forever; I fell and began to bleed from my rectum. I’ve been through it all, but this was it, I’m being.” diagnosis with colon-rectal cancer stage tier 4. An emergency operation was in order, plus chemo and radiation therapy, that I will survive but with an 85% chance that I would need a colostomy bag for the rest of my life. At that moment, everything flashes before me, and I have to start a new pathway to live my life. Taking charge and responsibility for the choices made was the beginning and the success I can see that has brought me to this place of entrepreneurship.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
My struggles were real, and I am still facing challenges, but the lesson learned along this business path is that you believe in your gut. When having those business brunches and dinners, be watchful and not so eager to make the deal. That deal may cost you your integrity and maybe your life. Yes, it is exciting to own your business. Still, you must put your work in it first, such as your management, payroll, inventory, policies, regulations of the states, federal requirements, and so much more. Next, trust is important but very rare these days, so if you have individuals work by your side when you have nothing, honor those and don’t take them for granted. Karma is real. Best quote ever, from the late Dr. Maya Angelo, “When a person shows you who they are, believe them.” What a hard lesson I learned before I heard these words. In business, people will show you who they are and demonstrate what they are, so believe them. I don’t despise challenges because challenges are the wake-up call of life. It brings you to hope and opportunity for innovator expansion to level up your idea to a more lucrative project that will be named “Your Business” one day.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I want the world to know that I’m a person of love and peace, and if I can’t help you, I would never hurt you. I want every person in the world to know that you have a talent and a gift to profit and live the best life ever. You can, and you will succeed. Everyone has their rainbow of life. The rainbow represents God’s covenant(Gen. 9:8-16) with every creature and man on the earth that He will never flood the entire world again. There is hope at the end of the rainbow; every person has to first believe in themselves to reach the end of their rainbow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Favorite spots in the city to take my BFF in-person before COV19, My BFF arrives in houston for the Week and to start it off right Saturday we will go to her favorite spot to enjoy some seafood at Craw-fish Cafe. On Sunday, We’ll keep our souls refresh and go to Lakewood church. Then on Monday’s, New Orleans traditions home cook red beans and rice and order some Popeye chicken. Next, Tuesday we play catch up and chill at a AMC movies, Wednesday have dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy, and lastly visit on Thursday we go for an awesome massage at Hotel Zara in preparation for the week to end for the Friday departure.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my oldest daughter, Ashley, who always strive to help others even though she may need assistance herself. She’s determined, courageous, selfless, generous, kind, loving, and the most beautiful black young woman who will be an awesome caregiver as a Register Nurse this Spring. She’s overcame the adversaries of life unexpected hardship from an abusive relationship and a single mom; this year, 2021, she will be graduating as an RN, a career goal met, and a dream come true.
Other: Boom Factor Radio Show https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZOB8T0DN2jf1cq3DWbKFZ
Author Dr. Dee book, “Innocence Invasion” https://booklaunch.io/marionette2016/innocenceinvasion
Boom Factor TV https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQpeEQMFPdQ-bCUnti7f3OA/videos
Image credit: Personal Photos by Zak L. Grace and Doniel Ervin