Joel Wiggins on ‘Restoring The Man’
By Wanda Armstead Smith|
Entrepreneur, Joel Wiggins—a self-made millionaire—opens up and shares his inspirational journey as a businessman and Restoring the Man. Wiggins says, the way to restore civilization is to restore it from the man. He shares his views on how the sanctity of home is being destroyed by removing the man (especially in the black community).
“Our community will never come together unless you restore man. He must get back in his home, protecting them, loving them, dating his wife, taking care of his seniors, being there for his children.” A true family man and father of two beautiful daughters, Wiggins has learned there is nothing more important to his girls than the love they receive from their father. “My oldest daughter likes to say, I thank God everyday that he gave me the best dad in the world. But I must date her. I must be the example of manhood to her.” He goes on to explain how he was inspired to create “Dance with Daddy”, an annual event for fathers and daughters that has been growing in popularity over the past 6 years. With future plans to expand to 50 cities, “Dance with Daddy” will be held in 5 cities this year in hopes of also reaching out to other young ladies with dads who are not active.
This year’s events are scheduled for January 26th (Greenville, NC); February 2nd (Raleigh, NC); February 9th (Richmond, VA) and February 16th (Charlotte).
Wiggins has written several books. “Even though I’m not a writer, I’ve learned that I have a lot that comes out in book form for people because really in the end it’s about empowering people. It’s not about me! I don’t care if you never refer to my name again, but I do hope that you get the very things that I have been taught.” The first book is titled “Why Are You Sitting in My Chair.” In his research, Wiggins has identified a downfall of leadership within the community. He explains his ideology of his book. “The book deals with how you are gonna restore your community. The ones we have in leadership are pastors. The pastors are pretending to be the kings. The problem is that pastors don’t create economic development environments. Our young men are kings! You must teach business to these young men. You must teach them how to lead and you must fund their ideas so that they can restore their communities.”
He goes on to explain the negative impact on the community when this doesn’t happen. “So what is happening is the king is not in his rightful seat of authority, leading and building a community. What you will have is a community that’s dying. I am living proof and saying to you unless you change that model, it’s gonna continue to die. Because when kings run a community they value people; Priest, when they run a community they value stuff. So if he’s sitting in the king’s chair, not only is the king not operating, but the priest is not doing what he’s supposed to be doing. He ain’t shepherding the sheep! In other words, he’s not making sure the sheep are taken care of. He’s trying to get money and stuff and be king for himself. You must shift that!”
Wiggins’ second book, “The Business of Home”, is a business book written for the home. “It’s making sure that men understand that you don’t run a business one way then go home and defer your leadership to your wife and children” he says. In his book, he breaks down how running a home is similar to running a business. “You must do a S.W.O.T. analysis (an evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). You must have a vision. You must have a mission statement. Manage them well; you must lead them well. You must have discipline, you must have estate planning, your health-everything you do. And if you give a man a blue print of how to operate, if he does that he’ll get kingdom results!” Wiggins adds.
Wiggins is now dedicating his life’s work to defining his own success and living in the will of God. Indeed, he has already impacted so many lives.