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A candid conversation with Corbin I. Carpenter, Esquire

Q5: "As a second generation entrepreneur, has that helped with your entrepreneurial journey. Please explain."

A: "Yes, having both my parents being entrepreneurs and currently with working alongside my father as my law partner, I have accumulated an immeasurable and priceless amount of wisdom, confidence and knowledge that helps me navigate through this entrepreneurial way of life. I’m a true student to my craft and the game. I take nothing for granted. I’m always reading

up on and learning of ways to get better and to be my best. My mother always said,"the more you read, the more you know, the more you know the further you go.” That quote and many others are engrained in my cerebral. Thus far through my entrepreneurial journey I learned, all entrepreneurs must: (a) stay hungry because you only eat what you kill, so if you ain’t killing, then you ain’t eating; (b) have vision to recognize the bigger picture, find where there’s

opportunity then execute, (c) always be humble by remembering you are never as good as people say you are and you’re not as bad as people say you are, so stay balanced; (d) always be diligent and prepared—you can never be too prepared; the best surprise is no surprise; and (e) always remember that proper planning prevents piss poor performance (6Ps).

Finally, you must hustle and motivate—you have to play the game, learn the game, master the game, then teach the game and repeat.

Dedication sees dreams come true—you must want this every day. Every. Single. Day.


As the late great Kobe Bryant said “There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”

If you know me then you know I truly embody this quote and the Mamba mentality with every atom and particle in my being. Kobe was a true inspiration to me and I hope I can continue to inspire others through my actions and work, as Kobe Bryant did for me. To the readers of this interview if you don’t remember anything I said, just remember that the highest human act is to inspire, so make sure whatever professional, political or civic endeavors you pursue in life that it contributes to creating and perpetuating legacies focused on

the overall positive and equitable advancement of society. The power is within us—we are the present and the future. Always follow your dreams, and if no one believes in you, just know that I do. Keep grinding and always strive for greatness in everything that you do because you never know who is watching and when opportunity will emerge. Stay active. Stay engaged. Stay

ready, always."

This includes the written dialogue with Attorney Corbin I Carpenter. To learn more about his law firm, visit

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