From unemployed and broke with no options….to corporate VP with stock options, Rome Madison knows the importance and reward of rebranding your self-image. After 17yrs as a superstar sales pro & executive leader in the medical industry, he teaches and coach clients how to better their best to achieve SUPERSTAR SUCCESS. His keynote speeches, book, blogs, and training sessions will instill the habits, insight and skills of Superstar performers to elevate your performance and multiply your results.
CC: How do you get people to dig deep when that sometimes [reveals] things that we really don’t want to deal with?
RM: Well, I can’t make them do soul work. All I can do is like the old adage, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. I wrote this book for the person who is ready and willing to make a change in their life. I don’t know when that time is for someone, but when that time is, for the person who reads my book, I wanted this to be very practical. I wanted it to be more than an entertaining read; I want it to be engaging to where you are working with this so it guides you through a process in self-discovery. That’s exactly the way I intended for this book to be – to speak to the heart of that person who really wants to make a change.
CC: Wow… Interesting. In prepping for this conversation, reading the book… What it has done is literally make me look at myself and really ask myself those questions that are sprinkled throughout the book: Who am I? Where do I want to go? How am I gonna get there? Am I focused enough? What’s my next level of superstardom? I’ve literally begun to ask myself these questions – and over again… Journal entries… Talking to my friends… Talking to the people who work with me on Brotha and Nebo Publishing… How do we become better? You made the point earlier that a lot of people won’t read the whole book, per se. But, what they will do is read an article about a book or read an article about the author of a book. So, for the reader who will be reading this interview and this article, what would you tell them about that quest of going to another level but [they] don’t know where to start?
RM: So, this is a predictable answer from an author, but I would tell them to start reading as much as they possibly can. Reading reveals something in us; it confirms thoughts that we have about ourselves but many ways we don’t have ways to confirm. It’s the same energy and feeling we get from reading God’s word. God’s word is the book of life and it tells us things about ourselves that we hope; it tells us things about ourselves that we want to believe but we don’t have that critical mass of positive seeds that takes our beliefs over into having faith. Hebrews 11:1 is one of my favorite scriptures: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We all have that hope deep in our spirits somewhere, but without that critical mass to build that hope into something tangible… What brings our spirits around in toward the direction of things hoped for, those things that we dream about, our prayers, is that continuous watering – that continuous dripping – of those positive thoughts and those positive words, those empowering things that we put into our hearts and our minds. If anybody who reads this article has ever had a dream, an idea, a passing thought, they know that dream or thought or idea has not gone away. They don’t go away, we have to replace them with something else. So, if they want to manifest that and they find themselves in a season in life where they feel a burning desire – if they truly want to manifest that – read this book.
CC: Are you done dreaming?
RM: Oh, no! The best thing about being and knowing that we are connected to the same spirit that rose Jesus up from that grave is that it is an un-dried reservoir or inspiration and power. You just can’t get enough from it! No matter what you do, no matter what you accomplish, that part of us can make our dreams even bigger than we possibly imagined. I’m living the life today that twelve years ago, I did not know was available to me. When you grow up in certain situations, you might see it in the distance…but it’s fleeting because there’s nothing in you that allows you to believe it with integrity. But God’s word says all things are possible to he who believes. So, to really manifest that idea or that dream, you can start by saying, “It’s possible.” I define that reservoir as your star power.
CC: Do you agree that you have to believe that you have the star power to begin with?
RM: Oh, yes. And I believe that deep down, most people do. In some people, it manifests itself as envy because tey see someone pursuing their dreams or accomplishing great things and instead of being inspired by those people, they envy those people because they’re taking the chance on themselves and that person may not have the courage to do that. So, instead of admitting you don’t have the courage, it comes off as malice or envy towards another person because they have and you wish you did. I believe that all of us, on some level, believe there is something more for us in life than just what we’ve been born into.
CC: What’s next for Rome Madison?
RM: Wow… What’s next for me is, hopefully with the exposure of BrothaOnline, is getting a chance to share my story with more people. You know, it goes back to that significance in life. When you are serving humanity – and I believe we were all put here to serve a need for someone else, you know – that is the highest need. We are put here to be servants. All of us have a purpose in life; everything that is created on Earth has a purpose in life. We are the only creatures of God who’ve been given a choice to fill our purpose or not.
CC: You are the best at what you do. I want you to tell about claiming your star power. How did you become an expert in the field that you’re in right now? What is your current field – your 9 to 5?
RM: My area of expertise that I get paid for is teaching cancer-treating physicians and practitioners how to interpret the human genome and use that information to treat patients.
CC: Now, what is a human genome?
RM: The genome is our DNA… the basic building blocks of life. On the double-helix DNA strand, there are about 27,000 genes.
CC: Okay… What is your degree in?
RM: General Studies.
CC: Okay… Now, you’re talking about oncology… cancer… How did you become the leading expert in this field? People come to you, doctors come to you, physicians come to you… How did this happen?
RM: It goes back to when you asked me, how do people start? What do they do? I said read everything that they can get their hands on?
RM: Literally, back in 2004, when this industry was a fledgling industry, I was unemployed and I had no job options, this job was the only thing that I had as a possibility. The reason was because I was being turned down for simpler jobs that I knew that I could do, simply because I was unemployed. And everybody knows it’s easier to get a job when you already got a job. And the longer you stay unemployed, the harder it is for you to get employed. That was me. Remember, I was a General Studies major with a 2.5 GPA. I was being turned down by pharmaceuticals; I was turned down for selling Mercedes Benz! I knew the only opportunity I had was doing this, so I went into Barnes & Noble and Borders Books and I literally studied. I got books off the shelf to look up these medical terms that I kept running across and I had no idea what these words were… I literally copied and studied and I put myself through medical school just so that I could be prepared for this job interview that I was flat-out unqualified for. Flat-out unqualified. Now, this is divine… This is totally God. I wasn’t qualified and the reason I got the interview is because they were looking for someone crazy enough to cover six states to do this very new thing; it was a start-up; it was not guaranteed… I didn’t have any other options! [Laughing] So, the recruiter who was doing it got to know me and [nominated me] for the position. That’s the only reason I got to the table, Charles. So, long story short, I literally taught myself cancer on a very fundamental level. There was no Wikipedia… There was no Google back then… I had to literally go and study it myself every day. I got the job. The base salary paid me more than I ever made in a calendar year; fast-forward ten years later, that person who was the Vice President in the company and hired me and gave me my chance… I ended up hiring him to be my sales person when I was a vice president, and the industry had evolved. So, bottom line, that was the first company that was doing any type of genomic or genetic testing for cancer patients and I have evolved with the industry. I am an expert because I set up all of the best practices for the industry; I have educated physicians on how to use this information as well as a number of states, institutions and [medical] practices… I know every single tumor type – from brain to breast to lung – and what genomes are important to the specialists in those fields. These people respect me for my knowledge. I have presented in front of medical students, journal clubs, tumor conferences, at major academic institutions and they have come up to me and thanked me and asked me, “How did you learn this?” because I know something that is now my native tongue that they are just now learning. That’s how I became an expert in what I do. Now, I leverage my knowledge and my network to help all of these other companies. It is now the fastest growing segment of health care in the U.S.
CC: Amazing. I had to start with the book and end with the story in this interview so that people understand when you talk about claim your star power that you are talking out of some osmosis… You’re revealing what you’ve already lived. Based on your amazing story, is anything not possible?
RM: I just don’t believe so. I believe that all things are possible. I believe in a God who cannot lie and His word says that all things are possible to he who believes. I believe in Philippians 14: I can do all things in Christ, who gives me strength. That’s just what I choose to believe. There’s a quote that says a man becomes what he thinks about all day long. If you think all things are possible, then it shall be for you; but, if you have doubts and if you have reservations, if you believe that you are limited, that will also be your reality. When you are a believer and you can take God at His word, then you can rest upon that. The Bible is the original personal development, self-help book and all of what I talk about is rooted in this word.
CC: Thank you, sir. I really appreciate it.
RM: Yeah, man. Absolutely.