We had the good fortune of connecting with Elondria Gilford and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elondria, how do you think about risk?
I view everything as a risk. Simply getting up in the morning is a risk, driving is a risk, choosing a career is a risk, parenting is risky. Risks are inevitable and you never truly know what the future holds. Therefore, I have learned to not be afraid of risks. I now get a little excited when I take risks. When it comes to my life and career, I take what I call “wise risks” and allow God to handle the rest. A wise risk is not an easy risk or a risk that is not foolish to some, but it is a risk taken with the wisdom that God has given me. There are some things that I do that people may think is absolutely crazy, but it is the risk that I am willing to take for my life and career. I have not always the best decisions, nor will I ever always make the best choices, but I am not afraid to take a risk and fail. If failure comes from taking a risk, at least I took the risk and experienced the outcome. With any failure, there is always lesson attached. I would rather take my lesson and apply to the next step in my life than to not learn the lesson at all.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe that I got to where I am in my life and career by believing God, taking risks, and always looking forward. My journey has not been easy, at all. Attaining my bachelor’s degree took 8 years, I got kicked out of school because I had a balance that I could not pay, I had to go through close family members being incarcerated, I had to go through going from wealth to paying for gas with quarters and nickels, and so much more. We would be here all day if I told you everything. This journey has been quite the journey, to say the least, but God has been my source. I am now an educator, I have a bachelor’s degree in management with a minor in human resource management, and I am currently in my last semester of my MBA program on a full academic scholarship. I also have 5 investment properties here in Houston and am looking to purchase more. Additionally, I am currently looking into positions outside of the state of Texas to expand my career to Corporate America and to expand my real estate business to other states. What I really want people to know is that you can’t give up. There is someone that needs to know that you didn’t give up so that they don’t. If I had given up, I honestly do not know where I would be today. I definitely would not be speaking to you now. I had every reason to throw in the towel and at many points, I wanted to. I felt like things would never get better and that I had no purpose here, but I continued going forward, even when I could not see better things coming my way. I am hoping that you do the same. Keep going forward, even when you don’t see what you would like to see. There is so much in store for you if you don’t give up.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am very adventurous and I love to always try new restaurants and hangout spots! I don’t go to the same spots often, so I really do not have a favorite! Houston has so much to do! Look things up and make sure that you READ THE REVIEWS!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My amazing parents, Charles and Adriane,

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