Episode #349: From African Royalty to the Bronx with Remi Adeleke

July 4, 2019
Leadership

Remi Adeleke is many things, former royalty, an ex-Navy Seal, an author, entrepreneur and producer.

But most of all, he’s a symbol of perseverance.

Having gone from Nigerian opulence at the age of five to drug-dealing on the streets of the Bronx as a teenager, Remi knows a thing or two about tough times, and how to overcome them with nothing but sheer tenacity and hard work.

Remi is the author of Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds; the title a play on words on his most recent acting credit in Transformers.

Expect to take lots out of this conversation, including:

1 - Remi’s fascinating story of going from rock star to rock bottom and back again

2 - Why it’s often darkest before the dawn; and

3 - Why if you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything.

We also geek out on early 90s hip-hop wars and the Eddie Murphy classic, Coming To America.

But this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what we explored in this conversation, so strap yourself in for an hour with the one and only, Remi Adeleke.

Topics Discussed:

  • Losing his father and the throne at the age of 5
  • Growing up in the Bronx
  • Running scams and dealing drugs as a teenager
  • Starting his first record label
  • The East-West hip-hop wars of the early 90s
  • The crack epidemic of the late 80s / early 90s
  • Hitting rock bottom
  • Joining the Navy
  • Making it as a Navy Seal
  • Hell Week
  • The benefit of having people believe in you
  • What Remi learned about himself in the Navy
  • What leadership means to Remi
  • How to get the best out of your people
  • The challenges of becoming an author and writing his first book
  • Becoming a Hollywood actor
  • Why what stands in the way becomes the way
  • How to deal with and overcome adversity
  • If you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything
  • Remi’s morning routine

Show Notes:

1: Get the book: https://amzn.to/2J8Dnaw

2: Instagram: @remiadeleke

3: Twitter: @remiadeleke

4: LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/remi-adeleke-56900075/

5: Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pg/Remi-Adeleke-129399157227652/
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