PODCAST EPISODE

"Mind Your Character" - Guest: Stephen Smith of MS Lean

The Golden Key with Alex Cardona

Feb 11 2022 • 23 mins


The common phrase mind you manners, really means mind your character. Too often we find ourselves discovering our character in following others, instead of looking inside for our own greatness. We often tend to listen to other’s judgements about what is cool and when we do we lose ourselves to other’s opinions. On today’s show Stephen Smith explains the value of owning your character and minding your character in all scenarios.

Stephen Smith is the Owner of M.S. Lean LLC, a Landscaping and small construction company located in Buncombe County NC. Stephen started M.S. Lean to help encourage Entrepreneurship among the Black Community and to employ individuals coming out of incarceration.

Stephen himself served 16 years and 2 months in Prison and upon his release founded the Buncombe County Reentry and participated alongside Mountain Bizworks' discussion at the White House to push lending to ex felons for Entrepreneurship.

Stephen is now the President of Black Men Uknighted (BMU), a group centered around Economic Development for Blacks and is also the Board Chair of My Daddy Taught Me That (MDTMT) a local Youth Mentorship Program created by one of his closest friends Keynon Lake.

Stephen continues to encourage Entrepreneurship and find news ways of closing the wealth gap for Blacks in this area by sharing his own personal experiences and challenges.