In life, we come across people who I call 'Divine Mentors'. Whether you have a personal relationship with them or not, these people intrigue us by their outlook, their work ethic or their positivity. By being exposed to their lives, we feel somehow connected to them and inspired to infuse their way of life into the areas of our own lives that may need revamping or encouraging.
Alyi V. of Sirius XM is Co-Host of “The Feature Presentation” and Creator of “Sincerely” podcast. Alyi became a mentor of mine for the reasons mentioned above and she continues to add to the list. Despite an industry that pressures people to blend in, Alyi is determined to unapologetically live in her truth, hoping to inspire others to catch on. During a philanthropy mission in the Dominican Republic, Alyi sent over some words of encouragement to remind us that no matter your title, kindness is not a lost art.
Describe yourself and what you represent in 3-4 words.
Alyi V: Hustler, ambitious, passionate, focused, fearless.
KAE is an acronym for “Kindness Above Everything”. What is something kind someone has done for you that directly impacted your career?
Alyi V: I believe everything happens for a reason and certain people are placed in your life for reasons. I have a great foundation of people around me including my partner in crime, DJ Suss One who has given me the opportunity to be his co-host on Sirius XM Radio on his show. This has definitely impacted my career and he continues to push me and helps me grow as a person.
You’ve had the opportunity to interview many people, who had the most profound effect on you?
Alyi V: The person who has had the most profound effect on me…there are so many but I would have to say Rick Ross. I constantly bring him up, but there is something about his presence and the way he speaks and what that interview meant for me. Ice Cube is also someone who was a great interview and has made me open my eyes to things. In those interviews, I get locked in and take myself out of “Alyi V” and become so into the conversation that I forget the cameras are around.
Who was the kindest?
Jidenna, Tee Grizzley, David Banner and Nick Grant were all so very kind.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Every woman, I believe, should always partake in a woman’s empowerment event of some sort. You meet so many women on different levels and get to talk to them and there is nothing like having a conversation with one of your sisters that understands you.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love about my job the most is the process. I love that I continue to grow and learn. I never miss the opportunity for personal growth. It truly doesn’t feel like work to me. I can’t imagine myself not living my dreams.
Since March, the “Sincerely” podcast featuring Tahiry Jose, Jessenia Vice and yourself have been hitting the airwaves. Why do you feel it’s important to be sincere and live in your truth?
“Sincerely” is a podcast that I started and have been wanting to do for a while. I wanted to have a podcast with two other females and just be honest. Not just about emotions, sex, etc. but about ourselves. On “Sincerely”, you truly see a different side of me than you see on the radio. I get to kick it with my girls and be honest. I go through my problems and happiness on the podcast and share it with my girls. Tahiry Jose and Jessenia Vice have been amazing and hearing their stories, I constantly learn from them. We all have issues in our lives but always live in our truth. It’s the best way to live, it’s freedom.
Why is kindness important to you?
Kindness is important to me because doing the right thing is ALWAYS the right thing. It’s good karma.
What does KAE mean to you?
KAE to me, means good karma. What you put out in the world, you will get back ten times fold. Never miss an opportunity to be kind to someone, for there are people fighting battles far greater than yours.
This week, I urge you to practice transparency. It’s okay to let people see that at times you don’t have it all together and need guidance. Show your divine mentee’s that falling doesn’t matter, but how you get up always will.
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