We had the good fortune of connecting with Tee Marie Hanible and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tee Marie, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson that I have learned in business whether it has been as an author, as a speaker, or as the Founder of a nonprofit organization is to step out on faith and “Do It Scared” I think that many of us use fear as a way of keeping our finger on life’s procrastination button. And we use the fact that something gives us the jitters as a way to not move forward in obtaining our goals, dreams, or ambitions. In any career or business endeavor, there are bound to be setbacks, failures, and challenges. However, those who succeed are often the ones who can push through these self-sabotages and fears and finally start to manifest our goals into something tangible..
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.
What sets me apart from others is my resilience, determination, and ability to overcome adversity. I am most proud of my service in the United States Marine Corps and my work as a public speaker and mentor. I am excited about the opportunity to continue helping others and making a positive impact in the world.
Getting to where I am today professionally was not easy. I faced numerous challenges and obstacles, from growing up in poverty and around gangs on damn near every block, to becoming a victim of gun violence to dealing with discrimination and PTSD. However, I was able to overcome these challenges through sheer perseverance, hard work, and the support of loved ones and mentors.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along the way is that resilience is a key factor in success. Life is not always going to go as planned, but it’s how we respond to challenges that ultimately determines our success.
I want the world to know that my story is not just about my own personal journey, but about the power of community and support. I want to inspire others to overcome their own obstacles and to know that they are not alone in their struggles. My brand and story are about resilience, strength, and overcoming adversity, and I hope to continue sharing that message with the world.
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.
If my best friend was visiting the area, I would definitely take them to some of my favorite spots in the city. Day 1: Start the trip off right with brunch at Busboys and Poets. This restaurant has great food and a welcoming atmosphere. Afterward, we could check out some of the nearby shops and bookstores.
Day 2: Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This museum is a must-see and is filled with incredible exhibits that highlight the African American experience.
Day 3: Take a stroll through Rock Creek Park, which has beautiful hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. We could pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.
Day 4: Explore the Georgetown neighborhood, which has charming streets, great restaurants, and plenty of shopping. We could grab lunch at one of the many trendy cafes and do some window shopping.
Day 5: Visit the National Mall and see the famous monuments and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. We could also take a tour of the Capitol Building and see the halls of power up close.
Day 6: Take a day trip to Annapolis, Maryland, a historic town known for its beautiful waterfront and colonial architecture. We could grab lunch at a seafood restaurant and stroll through the quaint streets.
Day 7: Finish off the trip with dinner and drinks at a place that’s new for us both and try one of the many restaurants on the Wharf that I have been dying to get out to.
Overall, Washington, D.C. has so much to offer visitors, from its rich history and culture to its beautiful parks and trendy neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets is one of my go-to spots for great food and a welcoming atmosphere, and the African American History Museum is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the history of the United States.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Love it!! In that case, I want to dedicate my shoutout to my beloved adopted mom, who unfortunately passed away. As I mentioned in my book “The Warrior Code”, she played a vital role in shaping the person I am today. Her love, support, and guidance helped me overcome numerous challenges in my life, and I am forever grateful for her presence.
My adopted mom was an extraordinary woman who fostered over 35 children in her lifetime. She had a kind heart and dedicated her life to helping others. Her unwavering commitment to caring for children inspired me to become a warrior, and I hope to continue to make her proud.
Although she is no longer with me, her legacy lives on through the many lives she touched. I will always cherish the memories of her love, and I am eternally grateful for the time I spent with her. Rest in peace, Momma.