The leader knows the reality - Kenyan Proverb
There's no limits when determination meets drive. Elijah Shaw, President and CEO of Icon Global (full service, security consulting and investigative agency specializes in Executive and VIP Protection) . He grew up in the Ida B. Wells , Chicago inner city housing project. There's a saying by Theophilus London "I believe your atmosphere and your surroundings create a mind state for you". Although things weren't perfect for Elijah as a child he was surrounded by the leadership spirit of journalist and activist Ida.B.Wells. Thus foreshadowing Elijah Shaw's mind state to be driven on leadership and success.
The mogul has worked with numerous celebrities including Usher, Naomi Cambell, 50 Cent, and Kelly Rowland. He also is involved in politics and is set to partake in the Democratic and Republican National Convention in 2016. Elijah Shaw is a business man he takes pride in work and is dedicated to the protection and safety of his clients and staff. Aside from his numerous business endeavors he has traveled the world five times. He's touched every continent except for Antarctica. With an eye for detail Elijah Shaw has ventured into photography. During his travels he captured pictures of many marvels of the world.
His pictures are so amazing that he decided to share them on his blog "Life Up There". The proceeds from the site contribute to the purchase of cameras for inner city youth so that they may capture the stories of their reality, visions, express their creativity and foretold moments of their future. Elijah also is a part of Women's Advocate Inc which helps eliminate domestic violence in the lives of women, children, and families. It's clear that Elijah Shaw is determined to make gigantic changes in the world and leave a huge impact on the hearts and minds of many. It was a pleasure to interview him and to learn about his endeavors. He spoke with so much motivation and passion.
1.) The Mogul Girl : You've met President Nelson Mandela correct? He has a quote that reads " I learned that courage was not fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear". What gives you courage?
Elijah Shaw: Correct. Wow! That's pretty heavy. I think it's self-determination on my part. I'm not suppose to be where I am right now. I wasn't supposed to succeed. I kind of have to remember that. When I decided I was going to choose this career and take this as far as it could go. I knew that I was going to be up against some pretty tough obstacles at times and I was going to be in some very scary situations. So my driving source is to make sure that this was what I wanted and didn't want to do. I knew that in order for me to get by doing this I wanted to be successful. At the end of the day I have somebody's life, wellbeing, and entire brand in my hands. So I wanted to make sure that I treat that with the importance that it's due. I always have to keep these things in the back of my mind and make sure I don't skip any of those areas.
2.) The Mogul Girl : Love the title of your blog "Life Up There" . What are ways you can move your life upward despite any circumstances ?
Elijah Shaw : I think one of the biggest pieces is that you have to figure out what your vision is. Figure out what you want to do. When I talk to guys, girls , younger people , I ask them "What it is they wanna do?" and they're response is that they're not really sure. They say maybe this or that or possibly this. I think that it's important because you don't have to have it all figured out but you have to have a clear vision. That vision can change over time but it should be clear in sync and be able to be defined. When I do my training courses with guys who want to be in my industry , on the first day of class after my introduction I have them come up and tell me what they do. If they can't tell me what they do and boil it down into 60 seconds I feel like they haven't accomplished it. I need an elevator pitch. I need you to be able to sum up what it is that you do or what you want to do in a couple seconds because that will help you define your vision. I think that is key to getting to where you want to be,
Elijah Shaw is full of passion and determination. He has achieved numerous levels of success. He is proof that there is "Life Up There". That regardless of where or how you grow up, you can become great. He is a leader and he wants you to know that there is life out side your comfort zone. So get up, get out, envision your dreams and achieve them. A true leader knows their reality and the best thing about that is knowing that your reality can change from point A to point B in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is stay determined and never give up.
For more on Elijah Shaw visit
Icon Services Corporation: www.industry-icon.com
Elijah’s Bodyguard Blog www.bodyguardblog.com
Life Up There Blog www.lifeupthere.com