Set Up Your Own Fashion Business (Infographic)

Launch Your Fashion Business Successfully

Don’t be fooled, amidst the glitz and glamour of the industry, (real or imagined), an entrepreneurial approach must be taken from the start in order to achieve any measure of success.

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Whether you will utilize drop shipping or ship directly to your customers, it is important to get familiar with the International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) to prevent any undue stress that can accompany the shipping process.

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Being aware of this is important to make a decision whether you will ship via sea or air.

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel.

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How to Set Up A Fashion Business: First Things to Think About

There’s no shortage of business ideas – they are a dime a dozen. What is missing most of the times is ‘how-to’ get started. The question of, ‘how do I turn my passion for fashion into a viable business’ is one that can be daunting. Yet, with the right guidance, it is possible although not easy.

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10 Things to Take into Consideration to Increase your Productivity

If productivity is the holy grail of success in life and business, why are so many failing at it? Click To Tweet

Everyone wants to be successful at their life’s work. Everyone wants to be amazing. If you profess otherwise, it may be because you are afraid to fail. And if you are afraid of failure, that suggests that you in fact want to succeed. So, go ahead, admit it, you want to win at whatever you choose to do in life – back to my point, we all want that.

When you are close to forty years like I am, there is no way you can make claims that you have not done some silly things. One of them for me is that there was a time in my life when I was busy as a bee. Was I being productive? Not necessarily. They say it pays (I think they mean cost) to learn. No doubt, I have paid dearly with my time. Because when I look back on the many things I’ve had my hands in, the way I allowed other people’s agenda to become my own, I know I have thrown away some of my wealth.

But then as I get older, there’s no doubt I’m wiser.  As I become wiser, I believe paying it forward is a good investment. Here are some productivity tips I’d like to share with you.

  1. Say no to things that are not part of YOUR agenda. Avoid being busy – prioritize and do only what matters. Are you invited to speak at a conference about an off-topic matter? One that doesn’t align with your purpose? Turn it down nicely. ‘No’ is a complete sentence but if you must explain, let the person know that it doesn’t align to where you are headed. They will understand. If they don’t, all the more reason you should say ‘no’ in the first place.
  2. Realize that there are different levels of priority. If everything is important, nothing really is. Things like checking emails are not that crucial. Believe me, the sky won’t fall when you refuse to check your email every 10 minutes. As a matter of fact, you may want to turn off those email notifications on your phone (food for thought). Set aside a special time throughout the day for that and honour it.
  3. Also on the subject of email, don’t copy more people than is necessary and don’t ask to be copied on every single thing. The more people in the thread of email, the more responses are coming in that require you to at least acknowledge. Your successful self will thank you for it.
  4. Just like you wouldn’t want someone to skip you in a line at the bank, let new tasks wait their turn. Avoid adding them at the beginning of a queue. The more you are able to mark off older items from your to-do list, psychologically you will feel much more accomplished and motivated to stay focused.
  5. Schedule, schedule and schedule some more. Take it from me – someone who hates routine and to be scheduled – it is the best thing I could ever do for myself. Like I confess earlier, I was always busy but not necessarily productive. Using John Lee Dumas’ Mastery Journal has worked wonders for me. I focus on my sessions throughout the day, take the necessary breaks and can actually measure my progress along the way. You know the importance of this right? What doesn’t get measured cannot be managed.
  6. As you get better at scheduling, you will realize that you will need to tweak how much time you spend on a particular item/task. It will help you be more realistic as you goal set.
  7. Try and limit the pop-up meetings. You know the kind that wasn’t scheduled ahead of time but you are expected to attend? I know it is impossible to avoid, as for entrepreneurs, the only constant is change. You should really evaluate if the meetings you are attending are necessary towards your growth agenda.
  8. Use a scheduling App when trying to set up meetings. It eliminates the backing and forwarding to determine convenient times for all parties. A scheduling app like Calend.ly works wonders for me.
  9. Master social media involvement. Automate and schedule like your crazy. There are a myriad of tools such as eCLincher, MeetEdgar, HootSuite, Recur Post and others to help you. So far eClincher is the best I’ve come across. There are even a few that works with Instagram where you can not only schedule posts but schedule your first comment using your hashtags, etc.
  10. Well, this one I’m about to mention is so key (note to self). Take time to take care of yourself – rest, eat properly, take breaks in between, exercise (yes Heneka, exercise). You only have go at this thing called life, don’t waste it trying to make a living and forget to really make a life.

I would love to hear from you. How are you mastering productivity or are you still struggling? Leave a comment below.

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel.

 

eZ-Xpo to Host The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference with Heneka Watkis-Porter

Get the Knowledge and Resources to  Change Your Life From Thought Leaders and Experts in Their Respective Fields Around the World

San Francisco, CA., July 27, 2017  – eZ-Xpo, the global leader in All-in-1 Virtual Collaborative Network Solution, today announced eZ-Xpo is powering the first The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo during September 25-28, in Jamaica.

This event is the most impactful virtual conference and exposition for Startups in history. This conference features the most dynamic CEOs and Founders, entrepreneurs, change-makers, and thought leaders to impact our community of peak performers.

The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference and Expo is the first Virtual Conference & Expo in Jamaica.  You should register for this Conference & Expo as an attendee if you are in a 9-5 feeling stuck and you want:
    Launch your business successfully
    Create profits quickly
    Life transformation
    Get unstuck
    Impact your life, family, community and your world

This new game changer platform will empower all exhibitors and sponsors to:
•    Showcase special promotion and deals or new product announcements through virtual booth (exhibitors)
•    Engage with attendees with live chat, Google Hangout, Skype or Web Conferencing
•    Capture qualified leads and marketing analytics with download hot lead spreadsheet
•    Conduct online breakout room for live chat or on-demand discussion board
•    Nurture customer relationship and trigger marketing automation from seamless integration with customer relationship management (CRM) and email marketing campaign

“We are excited to partner with eZ-Xpo to deliver this game changer solution to solve today’s challenging and dynamic market environment. Not only this platform will empower every speaker to connect, and engage with all stakeholders both live and on-demand; but also offer entrepreneurs and local business to showcase their latest products/services in a virtual booth.  It is the best of all world in one place.  As for the attendees, they get to experience life-changing presentations from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields.”  Heneka Watkis-Porter, Founder of The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo

“We are excited to partner with Heneka Watkis-Porter to host the first Virtual Expo and Conference at Jamaica where we connect all entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and local business managers virtually 24/7 worldwide.  It also set up a global foundation channel and opens unlimited opportunities to all stakeholders for ongoing collaboration every day,” Matt Fok, CEO of eZ-XPO.

Register for at the event, please go to: https://ezxpo.net/teyvirtual

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For more detailed information regarding the virtual event, please contact Heneka Wakis-Porter  at henekawatkisporter@gmail.com

About  The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo

The Conference is for you if you have a vision of running a successful business; to do amazing things and do great work. You know that doing this will change your life, you family and your community. BUT you feel stuck and aren’t sure of the steps to take to have a successful launch and create profits quickly. We want to help you become unstuck by giving you the knowledge and resources necessary to launch your business idea. Our team of qualified and super-successful speakers will take you through the ins and outs of doing business successfully as they share their expertise with you over these 4 days. These include Digital Marketers, Coaches, Accountants, Software Developers, Copy Writers, Motivational Speakers and more.

019 – Tips on Reaching Your Highest Potential, Becoming a Conscious Millionaire and Growing Your Business, with JV Crum III

JV Crum III is by Inc Magazine as one of the Top Business Podcasts to listen to in 2017, is Host of Conscious Millionaire, a Podcast and Nationally-Syndicated Radio Show heard by over 10 Million listeners in 186 countries. He is a speaker, coach, best-selling author, Huffington Post Columnist and Founder of ConsciousMillionaire.com and the First Million Academy. His global company provides coaching and masterminds for both small and mid-sized businesses that want to make a big impact and big profits. He is also featured in the upcoming movie, RiseUP, and holds graduate degrees in three areas: business, law and psychology.

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Show  Notes:

If you had to eat a worm, how would you cook it?

I would saute it in butter with some garlic and rosemary.

What inspired you to write “Conscious Millionaire”?

I was looking for about 3 years going camping, etc. and asking “why am I on the planet and how can I take the talents that I have and turn to skills and put them to use and to make this a better world to help other people? I was skiing for the winter. I picked up a brochure (from the cabin), looked down and saw the word ‘conscious’ and in my forehead I saw ‘conscious millionaire’. I got a little tingling in my spine and I said ‘that’s it! That’s what I’ve been looking for. So the inspiration for the book – having an aspiration to teach people a path to make their first million that was spiritual, and socially conscious that would fulfill them.

I got there at 25 with the Mercedes and the four-story home and it was great but then I felt empty as I had not gotten the fulfillment and meaning part of it all. So I put all these together so that when you build your first million you get there and you’re fulfilled and feel like you’re doing something that matters.

What does it mean to be conscious? – outside of being alive

There are 3 different ways we can look at conscious.

  1. Awareness, which includes, “what’s the best client for me to work with? What’s their top problems? What’s the solution that I can best provide them? How does this mechanics actually work? How do I market?
  2. Visionary, think of Steve Jobs where he connected to a bigger vision of what we all do in terms of how we communicate with one another, and there comes the iPhones. That’s the visionary leader of connecting to a better idea about the world might be.
  3. Being socially conscious – caring about your stakeholders, everybody that works with you, that you’re being fair in your dealings with other people. How do I uplift my client? Create a better world – create a change in my clients.

Why are you so passionate to help 6-Figure service-businesses and coaches reach their First Million?

I think it’s because I grew up in a family where there are about 200 people in a little town. Nobody had any money. My parents were very strict and conservative and they didn’t want to be embarrassed in the grocery store so I was taught not to ask for the candy bar. We actually didn’t have that kind of money. At 5 I said, I don’t think this is how I want to live and I said, ‘what’s the answer?’ Why don’t mommy and daddy don’t have any money and I said oh, I’ll grow up and be a millionaire.

At 25 I got there. I can tell you that making that first million is game changer, I can have a beautiful home, I can drive a Mercedes, I can go to Europe on vacation. I didn’t have to worry about the things my parent had to worry about and I can focus on living my life the way that I wanted; making a bigger contribution. That first million is a game changer for people; they can send their kids to college; they don’t have to worry about anything. All those things come together for them. I know how important those things are in a person’s journey and I want to help them get there.

Why do some entrepreneurs reach their First Million and continue to thrive while so many fail?

That’s a great question, that’s why I wrote a whole chapter in my book on financial freedom. The skills that it take to get to that first million are actually quite different than the skills it take to sustain it and continue growing. Often times people don’t develop those skills so they get to that place but they don’t have good spending/saving/investment habits. They’re not focused on the things that will allow them to then take it and turn it into a lifetime prosperity. That’s a different type of skill.

How can a 7-Figure business quickly double revenues and profits?

It’s all about scaling. I have a 5-step process and the 5th step is really how you’re going to double/triple/10 times your business and it all comes down to having the right systems in place and knowing where your high profit/revenue is coming from so you can focus on that and scale it quickly. Once you have your systems working, if you know how to bring a prospect in and you have a system to take them through the steps to make that first sale and you have that automated, now it’s just a matter of more of the right traffic coming through and you can double your business quickly.

What is a Big Impact Vision?

One that comes from within you. There are 3 elements. The big picture is the core of the business and it’s where a lot of entrepreneurs fail to get that aspiration so that they really move forward and do something big. At the early stages a lot of businesses focus on how do I put money in the bank. This is critical but if that’s your whole focus for building a business, it’s very difficult to build a great business that way because that’s not the core of a great business.

Every great business starts off with a core vision of something bigger that has nothing in and of itself to do with putting money in the bank. It’s about creating a particular experience and transformation for the client. When you start talking about your big impact vision you may also be impacting the world, you may be solving a worldwide problem such as providing drinking water. That’s a big impact vision.

You start off by asking what is something you are passionate about. There are 3 clues to this:

  1. You really become one with it. When you do that activity, you lose track of time, you think an half hour passed and it was 4 hours.
  2. You have a state change. I call that state immense joy, you may have a different name for it. You probably have people say after you’ve been doing this activity, ‘wow! you look different’ and you may look different – the blood flow throw your vein differently.
  3. You’ll probably do this activity and help people for free. That’s the thing, you’ve got to be doing something you love so much that you’ll do it for free.

The great thing is because you’re so talented at it, this is what you can charge the highest rates for because you get the highest transformation and create the highest value.

The second part is purpose – I spend a long time figuring it out because I didn’t have a process but once I discovered it, and started working with a lot of clients, it never take me more than 2 or 3 sessions to get them to a deep purpose. Your purpose is like a gold coin, once you’ve discovered it, you want to have it in your pocket every day. It has 2 sides, on the front it says purpose but that in and of itself doesn’t tell you how to discover it but on the back, is the secret – your purpose is always about making a difference for someone or something outside of yourself. It’s never about you, it’s about what you give. It’s about giving, serving – giving value to someone/something outside of you.

You’re listening to me today and I can guarantee you that you have 1 or 2 core strengths but it’s hard for you to know them because it’s like a fish swimming in an aquarium. They are so good at it but they don’t know it because they are just doing it naturally. So, you need to ask a client/business associate ask 5 people what they think you do best. Put them together and it tells you your core strength to identify impact and what to focus on.

When you discover your core strengths, it will inform how you grow your business.

You created the three-step “Formula for Creating Wealth”. What are the steps and how can our listeners use them in their business or finances?

There are 3 steps – conscious, focus, action. The big impact vision fits in that piece. People who reach hundreds of millions they spend a lot of time at the conscious level of figuring out where they want to go and what’s the best route for getting there. Why are they focused on this number one priority over the next 30 days and why is this the number 1 priority and those are the people who are most successful.

The entrepreneurs that skip that step to focus on action, they are the ones who are least successful because if you don’t know where you’re going and if you don’t have a plan for getting there then all the action in the world is meaningless. It’s like the scare crow in the wizard of Oz. If you don’t know where you’re going any road is just as good as any other road. If you have a laser focused vision then when all these things come along that are exciting but are distractive, you know that those aren’t your opportunities and you’re able to filter through opportunities very quickly and go ‘great opportunity but not right for me or not right for me right now’. That’s what happens when you’re laser focused, you consciously take time to know where you’re headed, why it’s important and what resources you need to get there and then look at different paths to get there before you take action. That’s the best time you could spend on businesses.

There are 7 habits in your book. If you could only choose one to develop, which would it be and why?

Number 4 – the habit that defines being a conscious millionaire and that’s doing the right thing. If you always do what you believe in your heart is the right thing for your customer, employees, independent contractors that takes care of having to have a lot of rules because you’re really focused doing what’s right for everyone.

Main Take-Aways:

  • Being conscious means to be aware, a visionary and socially aware.

  • A big impact vision starts off with a core of something big, having nothing to do with putting money in the bank.

  • Always choosing to do the right thing is a habit that defines being a conscious millionaire.

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A Wellness Reve-lution: How One Brother & Sister Duo is Promoting Health in the Caribbean

Talent and a dream have spawned the success story of Reve Jewellery and Accessories, makers of exquisite jewellery, locally crafted and internationally acclaimed.

Anyone who has ever come in contact with Reve Jewellery knows there is talent. If you’ve ever spoken with Teasea, you know she speaks of the dream in quite passionate ways.

In an interview with, Teasea, Director of Marketing and Operations, a few years ago for the radio edition of The Entrepreneurial You, she said this, “Duane, my brother is the Director for Concept Design and Production. He is the ‘dreamer’ and I am the ‘doer’ – a beautiful ying-yang relationship. It’s really two dreams moving into one direction”.

The dynamic duo of brother and sister team behind this flourishing authentic Jamaican brand knows how do business. They have longevity, innovation and talent – all ‘must-haves’ for anyone even remotely considering entrepreneurship as a viable option. Duane and Teasea Bennett have long etched their mark firmly into the hearts and pockets of Jamaicans as well as visitors to the Caribbean, looking for unique quality jewellery and accessories.

Having been brought up in a family of entrepreneurs, they’ve always wanted to do that. After all, it’s what they’ve always known. It’s quite fun to stand on the sideline and watch their dream blossom into reality right before your eyes. They have been motivated to show the world what they have to offer. It’s no wonder why so many international and local stars wear Reve Jewellery with such pride. They are, without a doubt, one of the things that is right with Jamaica. It doesn’t take long for anyone to realize that they are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, which is a plus for business.

They have a deep desire for doing what they do. They are not just about dollars and cents, though no doubt that is quite important. They are socially responsible, contributing to building others through service. A testament to their giving nature, they have made their cozy Devon House space home to many other talented designers, local and regional alike.

As August approaches fast, the team at Reve have their hands full with a myriad of activities. One of the highlights is their annual Reve Wellness event, happening on August 13 at Devon House. Under the theme, ‘Liv gud…give tanks‘, they have been having a series of activities leading up to the big day. This is their creative and innovative way of contributing to society as wellness is at the core of their value system. Part proceeds of the event goes to the talented Cherine Anderson’s Foundation – the Reach One Foundation (ROC). You can expect yoga, fashion show, natural hair meet up, Caribbean foods and cuisine, natural tonics and more.

As someone who believe wholeheartedly in Jamaican entrepreneurs (an entrepreneur myself), I totally endorse what they are doing. Be sure to pay them a visit and give your support.

Let me hear from you, how are you making a difference in your community?

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel.

018 – How to Get and Stay Motivated, be Intentional, Train Your Mind for Success and WIN, with Nicole McLaren-Campbell

Nicole McLaren-Campbell is an Educator, Motivational Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur. She operates AIM Educational Services, providing college and graduate school placement services, SAT / ACT / SSAT and GRE prep, and tutoring in high school English, Math and Science.

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Show  Notes:

Fun question…would you rather be able to see the future or change the past?

I guess maybe more I’d want to change the past because I have that compulsion but on the other hand I feel like even my failures and missteps have been very useful. I guess I would change the past because some things were just dumb. I would go back and fix the dumb stuff although you can find a lesson in everything. I wouldn’t go back to make it perfect though because there are some things that the struggles were worth in the end.

Give us a little into your background and how you developed this fire in your belly?

Some of it feels like my purpose in life, because of that I think it’s a gift to me from God and I appreciate that energy. I’ve been very blessed to be influenced and motivated by very key people at very key stages of my life. That has given me fire and energy and I’m a student of success. I’m ready about how successful people keep their energy up because energy is such an important part of winning.

Exercise, eating properly, getting up early, praying, reading books help me. I try as much as possible to stay away from things, people and activities that suck my energy.

I spend most of my time in pursuit of what I feel I was called to do, I get energy from that because I enjoy my job and the impact that I’m able to have. I enjoy most things about my life and that gives me energy to power through the things I don’t necessarily enjoy but they are part and parcel of what I’m trying to accomplish.

How important is it for us to wake up and intentional?

What could be more important? There is so much going on in the world. There is a lot of distraction, noise and so many things we could be doing. It is very easy to get busy being busy. If you’re not moving from a place of clarity about what the vision for yourself – aligning your values with that vision and making sure your goals are in alignment with your values and vision – then you can find yourself doing all sorts of things. You don’t know what to say no to, you don’t know what to say yes to, you just sort of going through the motions and you’re wondering why you feel dissatisfied and you’re not feeling a 100% of you.

You know that there is something in you but it’s not coming out because you’re not being intentional.  It is very important to move from that space of intention because that’s how, over time, we move forward with what we want to be doing as opposed to some other agenda that someone has put forward or equally as bad just “tek weh yuh get out of life” where everyday just come at you and you in reaction mode constantly.

With the best of intentions, sometimes we get distracted how do we maintain that positive mindset?

We have to build our vibes sometimes. We can’t just go with the way we feel. We have to realize that we can deliberately turn that around. Repeating affirmations and practicing gratitude is important. In my book, “Make it Count”, I talk about getting and staying motivated and that you have to take a very deliberate approach.

Every day I wake up, I pray first and imagine my day as to how it is going to go, thanking the Lord for things that haven’t even happened yet and to put yourself in that positive mindset.

The brain naturally tends to go the negative stuff because back in the day you had you focus on surviving. Our brain is still in survival mode and programmed to go to the negative. You have to take back control, don’t let your brain lead you. You have to lead from your gut and heart and tell your brain what the agenda is.

We have to understand that we are not powerless in this thing of mood or staying up on energy, it is something we can be deliberate about and affect our disposition. Some of it is genetic but a lot of it is within our control and we have to seek to control what we can. We shouldn’t worry about what isn’t within our control. If you are sucking my energy, you are getting a swerve. I don’t play game with that.

Your entrepreneurial journey?

I did my under-graduate studies at Princeton University and decided that I would volunteer as part of the Admissions School Chair (ASC). I was interviewing a young lady for Princeton who was and is powerful (she is doing great things in the world now). At the time she was a student really dreaming of going to Princeton, really doing outstanding work in terms of her studies and SATs and very powerful. I thought she was a great candidate but by the time the interview was finished I realized that she hadn’t quite competed in the way that I know she needed to in order to maximize her scholarship as it was competitive. She didn’t get in and when she didn’t, I went home to tell my boyfriend at the time (now husband, Jeffrey Campbell aka Agent Sasco) that I wish I could help people get into college. I didn’t know if it’s a job or anything. He said I should totally do it. I was worried about car payments, etc., and he encouraged me not to worry about it because he knew I was going to be successful.

I didn’t quit my job immediately, I got trained even while being at the Ministry of Education which was a great experience. I worked with Andrew Holness as his Senior Policy Analyst. He is now the Prime Minister of Jamaica. It was a priceless experience because he is one of the hardest workers I know with an energy level that is unreal. He taught me a lot and pushed me hard in that job. I got trained, and started going to local events around the industry.

I met another consultant who focused on boarding school placement, I wanted to do college placement and we just struck up a friendship and an alliance that exists to this day. I’ve been blessed to meet some key people at some key points in my life.

That’s how AIM started, a dream, a faith, a step, a very supportive boyfriend (now husband), family that supported me and believed in me. Yes, they are naysayers and that’s part of the story. They were people telling me about the industry, you’re a young girl, what are you going to come and do.  Here we are 7 years later and we are on fire.

It feels really good to help others to achieve their dream in the same way that others have helped me to achieve my dreams.

My business from a business point of view helps people which is exciting but from a non-business point of view there is also the responsibility to help people who cannot help themselves.

What are some of your successes?

Every year, I set my intention to exceed what I did the previous year. It is going to be my best year yet. Last year for example, we had a return on investment of 4700% and this is when we look at the average scholarship for 1 university. This year it is 5067%, that’s really exciting. Our average scholarship per year per college is US$38,000. Last year it was US$30,000.

I am a results person. I want to talk about value. I’m reading a lot of Warren Buffet and he says you don’t look at cost, you look at value. I’m very serious about where I invest my time and money. I love to return that investment to our students and their parents because this is a serious thing. Not only are the numbers telling us, but the types of universities that our students are getting into versus what the regular admissions rates look like for those schools. We are doing more online work more now than ever, we are seeing students from all over the Caribbean, all over the USA and in Canada in the same way we are working with students like we do right here in Kingston.

What inspired you to write, Make it Count: Tips on Unlocking You Vision in 2017 and Beyond?”

It was a Security Guard at Television Jamaica in Kingston. I was on the programme, “Smile Jamaica, it’s Morning Time”, talking about making the second half of 2016 count. When I was leaving the security guard said she really enjoyed my presentation and that she was really inspired. She wished I had a book so she could read to be inspired when she wanted to. It did occur to me to write a book but shoved it aside.

I was struggling to complete it although it is very short and digestible. I gave myself some external accountability by putting it on Instagram for pre-order the (it wasn’t finished). People started pre-ordering and I was forced to complete. I googled an App to self-publish. A publisher has contacted me and I have signed a publishing deal. I’ve already launched it in Paris and I’m going to launch it in New York and I’m doing an island wide tour. All of this is completely blowing my mind but you move in the direction of your calling and purpose, you don’t need to see the whole staircase as Martin Luther King said – you just need to see the first step and you will be frightened at how everything starts to come together.

The book is 37 pages dealing with anecdotes, stories from my life about different things that have been in my way. Getting really honest, different failures I’ve had and how I’ve overcome and learn powerful lessons from failures. It is overcoming fear, staying motivated and tuning in to your purpose and setting that vision for yourself which I find to be priceless. It is attacking that horrible thing called procrastination that sabotages so many of us.

 Main Take-Aways:

  • Focus your energy on your calling.

  • You must be intentional in order to move forward.

  • We are not powerless, we have the ability to affect our mood.

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017 – How to Break Free From Your Safety Net to Live the Life You Want, with Rob Dial

Rob Dial is a podcaster, performance coach and speaker for 10+ years now. Throughout the course of that time he has coached thousands of people – from college students to NFL superstars. He is the magic behind MWF Motivation.

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Show  Notes:

If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?

To change the fact that innocent being killed by older men who can’t get their politics together; secondly to not have to sleep and thirdly, I wish extreme self-awareness for everybody in the world.

Take us through the journey of growing a multi-billion-dollar business

It was Cutco Knives. We sold the best knives in the world in people’s houses. I was a 19 years old college kid. I went in for an interview and saw there 20-21 year olds who were making a $1,000 per week by selling knives in people’s houses. I didn’t know anything about knives, I didn’t know anything about cooking (I’m still a terrible cook at 31) but I was like if these people could do it, I could do it as well. I went in for the job really to make money. That originally attracted me. Starting at that company set me a completely different path in my life. It made me focus on personal growth and made me be the best i could be. By the time I was 21, I was promoted to run an office for them; grew it to one of the biggest offices in the United States, broke a bunch of records, trained a few thousand people. The rest as they say is history.

 Was Sales something you thought you’d be good at or you said let me try this because I need the money?

A little bit of both. I always wanted to be in sales because when I was younger, my father was in sales and I remember being in high school and wanted to be ca car salesman because I knew that sale people make a lot of money. I knew that I loved cars but no car place wants to hire a 16-year old kid to sell cars for them.

It forced me to get out of my shell. By the time, I was 20 years old, I was interviewing people who were 40, 50, 60 years old sometimes and then running 3 day-17 hour trainings for them. It forced me to get better at my communication skills and getting in front of people and speaking. I always wanted to be in sales but didn’t think I would be a great sales person because I was really shy and not very confident.

What infrastructure that were in place to make you become so good at it?

Cutco had a really good training program. If you’ve met anyone who has ever been at Cutco for a while you’ll recognize that they are usually super sharp, on point person and the reason is they recruit a lot of people and they quit because it is really a hard job. To stick there for a while says a lot.

The best part was the culture. For people who worked there for a while, it turned into a bubble of positivity and personal growth and everyone talking about the books. You have 19, 20, 21-year old kids talking about the books they’ve read, the conferences they’ve been to; the money that they’re investing into themselves. When I was 19, a few months after I started with them I paid $500.00 per month to have a one on one coach to make me better. They talked about how they taught skills for life.

When did you recognize the importance of feeding your mind?

I ran an office for them in Florida when I was 21 years old. I started to notice that there are two different paths that I could take. When I first started at 19, I partied a lot. I started to notice that I could continue down that path and it wouldn’t take me where I wanted to go in life. I could look at the people whose books I was reading, whose conferences I was going to and realize that if I start putting the right things in place right now, it could set me up to be extremely successful in life and that is the theory.

It was hard to say no when my friends would call me up to say let’s go hang out. It was hard not to say yes. But I knew what I was working for, I had a vision of where I wanted my life to be. Ten years down the road, I’m glad I made those decisions because it set me up to be way further ahead than most people that are my age now.

I had the foresight that it would change my life.

Where are those college friends now?

They are still some of my best friends. Some are doing pretty decent for themselves. Looking at some of friends from high school, they are not really successful; they have normal day jobs and those types of things.

An example of someone I became best friends with who I met through the company when I was 19 or 20 years old, is killing it as a Realtor. Most Realtors may make $40,000 in their first year, he just switched over 3 months ago and this month alone made $45,000 and already has the team of people under him 3 months into. It shows you the type of mind-set that you develop from working in this company. I always like to think about it like this, you can go to the gym and you can work out your body, and grow your muscles by putting them under stress and making them better by training them. That’s exactly how the brain works, if you can put yourself through stress and learning discipline, and the right habits then it is just easy for you later on in life for things to be thrown at you and you can go past them and throw them off. You don’t have as many limiting beliefs or fear holding you back because you’ve already gone them 10 years ago.

 When did you decide you want to be a coach?

I started doing coaching a long time ago when I was younger.  What happened was I was with the company, I doing well working 100-110 hours a week because I was obsessed with becoming the number manager and I burnt myself out. I left the company and got a really good offer to work for another company. I thought maybe I go work for them and do some sales and training for them. I had a different experience where instead of going and becoming an employee and deciding that I wanted to become an entrepreneur; I was an entrepreneur who then become an employee and then deciding that I wanted to become an entrepreneur again. I went into the corporate world for 5 years and realized that it’s good for some people but for me, it’s just not what I wanted. I don’t deal well with being an employee. I like to think of ideas and execute on them and make money off them.

I went into the corporate world and did sales and training for them and was very successful doing it and made a great deal of money. In December 2014, I was making more money than I ever had in my entire life, I was great but I was completely unfulfilled with what I was doing. I decided to leave the company. In January 2015, I wrote in my journal that I want to create a job where I can help as many people as possible get what they want, bring out their true potential and be able to do all of this from my computer and be fulfilled. Ten years ago, I wanted to do something that even if I weren’t able to make as much money as I was when I was in the other company, I would be still be driven to wake up every morning and do it and be able to give something to people. I was trying to think how can I do it? What format that I can use? It took me about 4 month of planning. I thought I am going to get my message out via Podcasts. I feel like a decade of personal growth, conferences, book read, and everything that I’ve done, that I have a lot to offer people. Within the first year it got over 1 million downloads and well on way to 2 million downloads within 18 months and been able to build up a following between Instagram and Facebook of over 100,000 and growing.

The best part is when I quit my job, I was making the most money I’ve ever made at that time; now I’m 100 times more fulfilled than I ever have been and making more money than I could ever dream of when I was working for someone else. It shows you that when you decide to cut free from the salary and the safety net and really go for what you want to do and what you’re passionate about, the money will follow. I’m living proof of that.

 What is the name of your podcast?

MWF Motivation – Monday, Wednesday, Friday Motivation, which are the days that it comes out. They are short to the point, no BS podcast. It is about 5-15 minutes.

Take us through severing ties with our safety net?

I used to hate that I had paid vacation because I wanted to be on vacation all the time. I didn’t want to have 10-15 days of paid vacation that I could take per year. When someone says paid vacation, I’m like, screw paid vacation. My life is going to be a vacation and I’m going to get paid while doing it. That was one of the things that made me want to leave, the second thing was, working a 9-5, Monday to Friday was just arbitrary stuff made up by someone who was no smarter than you and I.

I’m very much the person that questions everything that is done by society and the rules we follow – the way we are to act and the way we were told to be. I don’t think I was put on this planet to work somebody else and spend most of my waking hours doing something that I don’t want to do for somebody else who doesn’t really care about me. I could be replaced. Maybe I’ll make less money but I would be happy.

We’re stuck in the 9-5 of what we feel we’re supposed to do and that safety net. The money in my bank account never fulfilled me and it was the idea that if want to go and work form the park on Tuesday at noon, I can go work form the park on Tuesday at noon. I can set up a mobile hot spot from my phone on my computer and I do it all the time. That’s what I wanted to build.

What’s more important to you?  

Making a bunch of money and bunch of digits in my bank account or being really happy every single day that I’m alive and feeling like I’m helping a bunch of people while doing it and that’s what made me break free.

In reality, we think we want money to buy new things and all of that but really what we want money for is to be free. When you own your own business, and got it to a point where it is at least profitable, and you’re able to pay the bills, feed your children and all of those things, you’re free. If you want to take a day off, you can take the day off.

 Final piece of advice?

You’re going to die. I watched my father die at 15 years old. From that moment I realize, this is a legitimate thing, he’s not coming back. I’m going to be in the same position one day. It’s very real. I think about it all the time. I’m going to put everything that I can into making sure that I can be the happiest that I can be every single day. If somebody has the gut feeling inside of them of, “I need to do my own thing”, or I need to figure out a way to make money on the side to have more freedom with my kids or I want to travel, they need to figure a way to execute on it. You only get one life. If you feel like you shouldn’t be working for somebody else, don’t waste your life working for somebody else.

 Main Take-Aways:

  • Invest in yourself, it will come in handy years from now.
  • If you feel being an entrepreneur is for you, don’t waste your time working for others.
  • It’s not money we desire but the freedom to do what we want when we want.

 

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016 – A Conversation on Living ‘Between Dreams’ to ‘Just Go’, with Chris Ruggiero

Chris Ruggiero does fun for a living; he is a live theater performer, podcast host and author who has been featured on Entrepreneur on Fire and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Whether he’s juggling random objects on a unicycle or executing seemingly impossible tricks and stunts, nothing is off limits in his show! Thousands of audience members have been left in a state of laughter and amazement.

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Show  Notes:

What was one new experience you tried that, at the time, was completely unknown or uncomfortable to you?

To answer this question and give a background into what I do ties into the same thing. I do a live theatre show that is a one-man show, juggling, circus, variety and all kinds of crazy stuff. Just getting started with that was scary and I didn’t how to do it. I started by doing small things. I started before I knew how to do it.

Take us back to when you got started, what did figuring it out meant to you at that time?

My book fits into all of this as it is entitled, “Just Go”. For my show, it was like first starting and create your own thing and try to get people to hire me and do a performance. Just being patient and willing to take one step at a time is really valuable. I would do shows for free because I wanted to learn how to do it. I wasn’t impatient to get to it. I knew that it would be great to make a large amount of money doing shows but I wasn’t ready for it yet. I was willing to start with the small shows including birthday parties, free shows, community events, retirement homes, all these shows that didn’t look too glamourous looking back at them but they allowed me to develop those skills to be able to do the bigger shows. Now I perform in casinos and do the shows that are more ‘brag worthy’.

Share the importance of staying in your lane and developing our craft doing the things that we love…

With my show, I said, I’m here and I need to start here. You need to focus on your own thing. For example, I self-publish my book because I didn’t want to sit around for two years to hear every book publisher tell me ‘no’. I didn’t know how to write and publish a book but I knew how to start writing. I had YouTube and internet and I research and figure out how to do it.

What has been a most terrible time for you as you enter the field of entrepreneurship?

Getting inside my own head and saying am I good enough to do this? Am I qualified enough to do this? Who’s going to care about this stuff that I’m creating? For me it comes from within myself. You start to find things outside yourself to reinforce that. On the other side of that it’s what you’re focusing on is what your brain will seek out and find.

What is the message you’re sharing with your clothing brand?

I’m trying to build an umbrella for all the work that I do to fall under. Between dreams is this idea of my friend Kip and I. People dream all the time, dreaming about things, talking about things. But there are certain people who do things between dreams…live, that’s where life is. That’s where the idea of Between Dreams came. It’s an idea for people to grab a shirt and feel like they are part of a community. Things you wear tell the story of what you want to convey. It can make you feel like a different person. It can change your physical surrounding as you are behaving differently. It can change your life and change the world.

The achievement you’re most proud of?

Some people saw the Ellen Degeneres show as this major thing. It was awesome but it didn’t change my life. I’m proud of it and the work that I did to convince them to be on their show. The overall most proud moment is just going out and keep going. Life is more about the themes that you do in life rather than the smaller picture. I have a following that read my book, listen to podcast and come see my show and I’m most proud that I’ve created something around me.

Was there any moment of fear that gripped you before you decided to do this anyway?

There are days that feel off. When I was first started, I said that if I don’t do it you’re not going to do it. You’re not going to do it tomorrow. You can’t keep saying I’m going to do this today because then you’re not really talking, you’re doing.

What advice would you give to our #PeakPerfomers community to just get started?

Like my book says, “Just Go”. Just get started. Don’t keep trying how to learn how to do stuff, just do stuff and you’ll learn how to do stuff.

 

Main Take-Aways:

  • Just being patient and willing to take one step at a time is really valuable.
  • Just do.
  • Don’t forget to live when you’re between dreams

 

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