Category Archives: Pursuing Your Dreams

Exclusive Interview with Shaquan Hoke

Shaquan Hoke, Founder and CEO of Beyond A J.O.B. Inc. – Career and Job Readiness Services, is a three time Amazon Best Selling Author, Inspirational speaker, and Trainer with over ten years of Professional Business Experience, Recruitment, Development, Sales and Job Readiness. Her company provides assistance in attaining the tools needed to gain employment or to map out a professional career, personal and business leadership coaching, inspirational speaking and leadership training to organizations across the world. Shaquan’s focus is on the quality of service provided, not the quantity of clients served. She views her clients as dynamic and diverse individuals who have ever-changing life-demands and evolving goals. No matter what your aspirations may be, Shaquan believes you can address your personal goals with a customized plan tailored for your success.

Shaquan has completed her first solo book, “The Audacity To Rise: Seven Steps to Create & Move Into Your Vision”; which details her transition to true freedom through the application of Prayer. This book became an international best seller with Amazon and now she is a three time best-selling author. Her second book is a collaboration titled, “Through The Valley” with Valencia Wallace and has Co Authored a third book, Business Success Strategies for Women On The Rise Presented by Marsha Guerrier. She also has a Planner for Job and Opportunity Seekers who want to start a business and get clear on the pathway to entrepreneurship. Books are found on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and at

A humanitarian and spiritual believer in Christ she spearheaded the Courage to Give project in 2017 which Annually serves over 200 homeless and low income women and female veterans with Personal Care Packages. Shaquan was featured on Bronx Net News TV and mentioned on NY1, CBS 2 and NBC 4 in her efforts to help the homeless. To date she has been assigned Success Ambassador by Dress for Success Worldwide 2019, awarded by the International Association of Women as 2018-2019 Influencer, Nominated Female Activist of the Year 2019 by Cheryl Wood’s SpeakerCon 2019, Women on The Rise Women of Distinction 2018 and I Am Empowerment Honoree. Shaquan has been featured by Refinery29 in an article that will be live end of summer 2019, DSE magazine, Boss Magazine, Kish Magazine, contributing writer to the new iWorshop96 Magazine and an Influencer/Content Creator for Women on the Rise Network. A highly sought-after Speaker on Job Readiness, Image and Personal Development in her local community and across the United States.

Shaquan has facilitated workshops and professional trainings at Dress for Success World Wide, Bronx Community College, Easter Seals NY, New York Urban League and many others. Beyond A Job has proven success strategies and methodologies for career and employment services, effective communication, critical thinking, and understanding behaviors that support and maintain healthy relationships.

Shaquan walks in her divine purpose daily as a servant and leader to empower others to become the best person that they can be and ultimately fulfill their divine destiny in life.

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Drive Your Dream from Pity to Purpose by Precious Smith

“Become Better”

There are times the things we want in life appear to be out of our reach. We find ourselves looking for a way to improve our circumstances, but we fail to realize that the key to improving our circumstances is improving ourselves. The key to getting where we want to be in life is to become better!

The question is…What do you do when you are faced with the opportunity to grow? To change? To go to the next level? To see past the chaos?

Do you shrink and sink? Or, do you stretch and rise?

Drawing from her personal journey, Precious Simone, Author of Confronting the Age-Old Question: Why Me, shares practical steps on how to accomplish something with your life and arrive at your full potential. She encourages, motivates, and empowers you to be a part of the process of improving yourself, doing whatever it takes, and gaining the courage to make progress towards becoming your best self.

You owe it to yourself to make every day of your existence count. You owe it to yourself to keep trying. Your dreams deserve a chance. Are you willing to pay the price? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to EVOLVE?

During all of the time that we experience life, we must be open to change. In order to do that we must (willingly or not )accept that we hold the keys that our Creator has blessed us with.

1) You can’t change the condition you are in , unless and until, you change what is inside of you. Whatever our spiritual or religion beliefs are ( in some case we don’t have any)our Creator has given us the blessings of limited free will. So we have the ability within us to begin this journey with the help of truly the greatest guide.

2) We have to make a conscious decision to be better and be willing to put in the work.

3) There is a fear that we must overcome… the fear of success! We all know how to fail and do worse because it is a real part of our life. Failure is not defeat unless we accept it that way.

4) We must be able to look in the mirror of our very “soul” and say “I choose to become better”!

5) Choose a mantra of affirmation and commit it into your self talk. One that I highly recommend is,

“Life is the gift that God gives to us , what we do with that live is the gift we give to God “!

I have known worse and I have known better… I choose better.

In addition, evolving has been going on from the beginning of time and we have the choice to be a willing advocate of changing for the better or just ride the flow and see what happens.