Everyone seeks answers to life’s pressing questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I become successful? How can I get wisdom? Some pose the questions mid life, others in their later years. Author, Creator, Entrepreneur, Leader, Poet, Speaker and Visionary Jaylen LaGrande, has already found the key to his success and the answers to those most significant questions.
In his book, Deliverance through Expression, Jaylen writes… “It’s time that we look beyond how the world measures us and grow accustomed to a new system of belief.” He believes that patience and persistence mixed with faith and belief in God and self is the answer this current generation will embrace as the secret answer which lies BEYOND THOUGHT!
Beyond Thought is an amazing journey in which God is taking young Jaylen. A native Detroiter born in 1992, he is a high school graduate of Advanced Technology Academy in Dearborn, MI. He is currently studying Business Management at Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, Texas.
Jaylen’s passion for business was apparent even at the impressionable age of eight (8) when he skillfully sold tickets to a homemade “auto-show” in his mother’s basement. Using his ingenuity, Jaylen hung flashlights from the ceiling to create spotlights that illuminated the stage in which he showcased his model car collection. Admission was a quarter.
Five Dollar Charlie was remarkably the very first story that he wrote at the age of five (5). His first published work - Freedom’s Dream - was a third grade black history paper that appeared in a Detroit newspaper. His second published work, a poem called “Calvary”, appeared in the anthology, “Tracing the Infinite”, and won the 2003 Book Editor’s Choice Award.
At age eleven, Jaylen’s ambitions to become an entrepreneur grew stronger motivating him to create Jay’s Cards and Designs. Designing flyers, business and greeting cards by hand, Jaylen began his journey of becoming a self-made businessman, receiving constant positive encouragement from his mother.
His accomplishments include many ventures that give him bragging rights, but instead he praises God for all that he has. Jaylen published a magazine in November 2010. Its phenomenal success drew the attention of a buyer before his second edition and he sold the magazine rights. He went on to open Religious Expressions - a retail store that tripled in size in less than 4 months at a major mall.
In 2009, Jaylen published his first book “Deliverance through Expression”, a short story with a collection of poetry. His second book Identity Crisis: The Final Verdict released in the summer of 2012.
Jaylen is surrounded with inspiration. Besides the encouragement he receives from his mother, Alison LaGrande, Jaylen admires the entrepreneurial spirit of his aunt Rhonda Hamilton who willingly provides her wisdom. Over the years, he constantly hears his late grandpa’s encouraging words, “you’re the best”. His mentors Joel Osteen, Sean Combs (P. Diddy), Les Brown, Farrah Gray, Russell Simmons and Kenneth Brown are important to his success; as are his literary influences which include Hill Harper and Napoleon Hill who wrote: A Dream Is A Goal With A Deadline.
Jaylen’s goals of becoming a successful entrepreneur by franchising his retail store, Religious Expressions, and owning his own hotel chain are clearly visible on his faith walk. He speaks positive “I AMs” into his own life daily and sees himself as a best-selling author, life coach, world renowned inspirational speaker, a mentor to other young aspiring entrepreneurs and becoming a millionaire before age 26.
Jaylen’s zeal is intriguing to watch as he works with more unction and drive than any adult.
Jaylen’s faith is so strong, that he’s learned to simply stand in the background and let God have His way. Jaylen truly believes that when we give God complete control, His thoughts become our thoughts, His vision become our visions, and His ways become our ways, and when you do things His way, you cannot fail. Jaylen has actually changed his business title from owner and C.E.O to (C.S.V.) Chief Steward/Visionary, acknowledging that God owns everything.