The breakout star of The Real Housewives of Potomac shares her mission in life to make a difference in the world.
Monique Samuels is more than just a Housewife, she is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, and advocate for change.
The mother-of-two is a boss in every sense of the word. She manages her husband’s multiple businesses, which includes a real estate investment company, business enterprise, and the Chris Samuels Foundation. On top of that, she is also completing her business degree, managing her portfolio of real estate, working on her blog, “Not for Lazy Moms,” which discusses holistic and natural remedies for adults and kids, and touring schools across the country to inspire children to succeed with her B.O.S.S. mentality.
We caught up with Monique to find out what being B.O.S.S. (beating odds, setting standards) means to her.
Monique, what drives your passion to make a difference in the world?
MS: My family inspires me every day. I want to serve as a positive role model by working hard to make a difference in the world. My philosophy is that if you can change the mindset, you can change a generation.
What is the mission of your foundation?
MS: If you can perceive it, you will achieve it! The "I’m B.O.S.S. Foundation" is committed to guiding youth and members of the community through establishing mentorship and leadership programs. Many crave the idea of success, fame, and fortune without developing the mentality to be prepared to achieve it. God will never give you more than you can bear, so why not prepare your mind to be ready to receive the blessings he will pour out to you in your due season?
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What led you to develop this frame of mind?
MS: My success in life has taught me that anyone can beat all odds and set standards when it comes to our finances, health, family, relationships, and careers if we can change the way we think. Life isn't always easy, and believe me I've had to overcome my share of obstacles. I discovered that our perception of any situation is based on the experiences we’ve had and from the way in which we were raised. How can we develop healthier habits and change the mindset? By developing a more positive outlook on life and having the determination to do what no one else has ever done before!
That is a powerful message! Why did you decide to star on The Real Housewives of Potomac?
MS: The Real Housewives has a global audience and it is an amazing platform which lends me a voice to amplify my message to the world.
Has it been difficult joining the show as a new cast member?
MS: Not at all. I am real in every sense of the word, what you see is what you get. I will always stand my moral ground and be true to who I am. There is too much negativity in the world and I have no time for it. The audience can see everyone's true colors and when negativity comes my way, I will always rise above. I aspire to inspire.
How do you plan on amplifying your inspirational philosophy?
MS: I am visiting schools across the country to speak to children. Children are our future and it starts with them. Next week I am visiting 3 schools, Pleasantville High School in New Jersey, where I'll be Speaking to ninth graders about finding their purpose through their passion, and I'll also give them step-by-step instructions on how to start a business.