Melerick H. Mitchell’s own life is an example of a scientific theory he’s been talking about recently across the nation and in his hometown of Dallas.

The former systems analyst and engineering program manager turned management consultant uses his own experiences — and the dynamics of physics — to change the lives of others. His passion is developing new talent for business and industry and guiding individuals seeking to advance or change directions in life.

Mitchell, a mid-40s geek with a social conscience, uses the terms “kinetic,” “momentum,” and “g-forces” like he’s talking about a Dallas Cowboys game. But through his passion for developing one’s potential, you get the point he’s making about shaping circumstances so that they move you forward and upward to your goals.

Mitchell graduated from Bishop Dunne High School before earning degrees at Louisiana Tech University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He recently spoke to Madison High School students in Dallas, shortly after speaking at a regional conference of the National Society of Black Engineers in Riverside, Calif.

He’s been keeping a busy speaking schedule through his management consulting business, Drive Influence LLC. He’s been promoting his theory about combining forms of energy with your heart and head to develop your potential, become a leader and achieve your goals. He also shares his theory through his work as a community volunteer, as a former national professionals chair with the National Society of Black Engineers, and as a leadership program facilitator with companies as far away as Ghana and Jamaica.

“I asked myself how to apply physics to real life,” Mitchell said, discussing how he arrived at his “kinetic theory” designed to help individuals reach their potential. “And I asked myself, ‘What increases our potential as individuals?’”

He outlines the steps of this process in his second book, Kinetic Life: Unleash Your Potential, which will be released Thursday. It is written as conversations between a mentor and mentee. His first publication, The New Hire Guide, was released in 2012.

He said he plans for mentors and their trainees to use the book as a guide for conversations about the “roller coaster of life” that leads to growth and development when one lets heart, head and experiences propel them to action.

“As mentors, it’s our responsibility to help our mentees achieve more,” Mitchell said. “This book provides a framework for those conversations.”

To learn more, visit, email Mitchell at, or call 972-379-8441.

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