Podcast interview for Discover Your Talent–Do What You Love

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Podcast interview for Discover Your Talent–Do What You Love

Delano Lewis, a former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, rose from segregation-era Kansas to prominence in government, business, and the not-for-profit world. His bestselling memoir, “It All Begins with Self,” affirms his belief in the value of family, education, hard work, perseverance, mentors and supporters. His trailblazing career includes top positions at National Public Radio and the Peace Corps. Delano Lewis, is a family man, a pioneer, a trailblazer, a public servant, a businessman, and a diplomat. His message is clear that with a strong family foundation, solid education and training, hard work, perseverance, committed mentors and supporters, you, too, can be successful. It starts with self.

How Did You Start Using Your Talents?

As a full time law student, working 44 hours a week at the renowned Menninger Clinic to support his family, Delano was tapped for the new Honors Program at Robert F. Kennedy’s Department of Justice. His whirlwind initiation exposed him to espionage and criminal cases, and whetted his appetite for government service.

The Most Impactful Turning Point?

While serving in the recently created Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he was tapped by the Peace Corps to serve as a top staffer in Nigeria until civil war shut down operations. Then, with his wife and three small boys, he moved to Uganda and managed 160 volunteers and staff.

The Most Powerful Lesson Learned?

Self-discovery—learning your strengths and weaknesses—is foundational, followed by a strong education. Be open and ready for opportunities and be willing to take risks. Don’t be afraid to dream because dreams do come true. Ask yourself, “What can I do that will be productive for me in this society?”

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About the Author:

Brian Lewis is a Chef, Author and speaker. He is the third child of Delano Lewis and is currently in charge of public relations for the Ambassador.