As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human. For the past two years for Black History Month, I started an online series called 28 Days Diversity where I would feature someone new everyday during the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. Even though it’s black history month, the goal for 28 Days of Diversity is to feature not just African-Americans but other minorities in the web/tech space. Also note that 28 Days of Diversity is not a popularity contest or an influencer list but a list of thought leaders in the social web sector, including entrepreneurs, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order who I have either met in person or followed online. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph.
For 2012 I wanted to not just feature individuals but also ask a question to where each featured person could share their passion with others. For 29 Days of Diversity 2012 each post/person will answer the question “What motivates you to become successful?”
For the next 29 days since 2012 is a leap, come back to visit SocialWayne.com/tag/28daysofdiversity and/or 28daysofdiversity.com to see who’s on the list. For day 9, I would like to introduce to some and present to others:
Terrance Gaines has been interested in technology ever since he can remember. He realized his passion for technology of all kinds when he worked at an electronics store selling Audio/Video gear to make some extra money during college.
In 2008, he decided to share his techie background and unique writing skills, and created BrothaTech.com. Where he writes about the latest technology trends, does gadget reviews, and writes about the technology he uses everyday. In addition to his blog, Terrance has also written technology news that empowers the African American community for BlackWeb20.com & AtlantaPost.com (now apart of Madame Noire), and currently writes mobile app news and reviews for AppScout.com, small business mobility and productivity articles for SmallBizGoMobile.com. Several of his technology articles have been published in print for Uptown Magazine and he can be regularly found guest posting for various sites like BlackWeb20.com, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com…and anybody other site that needs a fresh (and a little witty) technology perspective.
Terrance’s latest tech travels include reoccurring appearances as a mobile app specialist on the “Mario Armstrong Show”, XM ch. 169 and his future plans include Apple Certification, speaking, and a weekly technology podcast.
What motivates you to become successful?
It’s pretty simple for me: Being around other successful people. By far the most rewarding attribute I get out of networking with other entrepreneurs and professionals is listening to what they are currently doing, the plans they have for the future, and how they are executing on their goals. The energy, the passion, and the resiliency in everything they do is something I admire in successful people, so I try to hang around them as much as possible in order to keep me motivated in my own endeavors. “Birds of a feather flock together” is pretty cliche…but so true.
You can follow the status of 29 Days of Diversity 2012 on http://28daysofdiversity.com, http://socialwayne.com/category/28-days-of-diversity/ and syndicated on BlackWeb 2.0.