Be Inspired | Do Good:
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this, the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10
Those are Xavier Duckett’s words to live by and by listening to this podcast you will definitely see this passage is a very influential part of his life. Xavier believes in an impact of service and has a strong desire to carry on the legacy of his family by serving others and helping children to realize their true potential.
Born in Roanoke, Xavier grew up in a very loving and giving family. His grandfather was a very hard worker and did various odd jobs doing whatever he needed to do to make ends meet. His grandfather and his family always gave back and were very humble about it. They did not advertise what they were doing online or by sharing the news with everyone, they helped others when they could and in secret if possible. Xavier referred to this giving back as the “humble hustle” and it inspired the name for his non-profit, The Humble Hustle Company, Inc. Xavier displayed his humble and servant heart on his first mission trip to Mississippi and then to Louisiana to help rebuild from the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. A little while later, he also visited Ghana on another mission trip.
Xavier now has multiple jobs and still gives back whenever he can. He is the Founder and Lead Photographer for VII Photography, the Lead Counselor at Dominion Youth Services, a Staff Photographer for ColorsVA, and the Founder/CEO/Owner of The Humble Hustle Company, Inc.
One of the biggest challenges that Xavier has had to overcome is finding people who are truly authentic. There are a few times when someone may seem to have a caring heart, but they are only helping out to benefit themselves. Xavier seeks people who want to give because it will benefit others more than it benefit themselves. They do not expect or hope to receive anything back, except for feeling good they helped another person. The best part of what Xavier does is the reaction of the children with their smiles. He loves to show them that someones loves them and cares for them
Xavier Shares a Quote That Inspires Him
Winston Churchill says, “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” Everyday you fail at something, whether it is forgetting to do something or not honoring a commitment, but you fail at something. You have to push through to make everyday a good day. Some days will be easier, others will be harder, but you have to keep pushing forward. You also have no guarantee for tomorrow to change what happened today.
A Few Parting Words of Advice For Getting Involved
- Take Time for Others: Find a time to help children in anyway you can; you can go to a library and read to children, volunteer at school, take someone to get ice cream. The effect of your actions are huge because it shows them you care.
- Look and Ask: All of Roanoke schools (city and county), Cultural Arts for Excellence (CAFE), Renaissance Academy, Hope Center, The Humble Hustle Company, etc. are always looking for volunteers; reach out to them to see how you can help.
- Challenge Others: do your part, even if it is small, to volunteer somewhere to show you care
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