Whats your Backstory
Terrell M Sumpter is 26 years of age originally from Philadelphia PA born and raised where he spent most of his days. A kid who is the youngest of 4 and someone who valued family more than anything. Growing up in the trenches of Philadelphia was a bit tough, at age five Terrell lost his mother due to cancer and it left him in a world of hurt. Terrell and his mother shared a very strong bond that could never be broken she was like his best friend. It was a big loss for Terrell and his family to face which left them heartbroken. He just didn’t know what the future will hold for him and after the passing of his mother he had split up with his brothers and sister and moved in with his Aunt Gladys who lived in North Philadelphia for a while.
He was struggling with education didn’t really know basic math or reading and his aunt and sister helped him develop those strengths and skills. It was tough, here you have kid who lost the closest person to him. Terrell says it wasn’t easy losing the one who knew him most and before bed he will just break down. You only get one mom, please cherish her to the fullest, communicate daily and appreciate her. Most importantly tell her “I love you after every conversation you just never know when that will be the last convo you two have. He learned that he had to make his momma proud somehow someway.
He started dealing with a lot depression, anxiety, anger and behavior issues. Another event, occurred in his young years where Terrell’s close friend had got shot and killed in the streets of North Philadelphia. He says this is somebody who many people respected and just a week before his death he talked about how he wanted to leave the streets alone and do right by his family no more hustling no more drugs than later the next week he was murdered. It was a hard pill to swallow and just could not take it anymore with so much death and losing loved ones and good people in his life. “It’s like when you want to change, there’s people out there who will do their best to make sure you don’t and it’s scary you know”.
A year later Terrell moved with brother El who raised him and was there every step of the way of his young life. Terrell experienced so much at a very young age in his neighborhoods from drugs, guns and senseless acts. Growing up you thought being on the corner was cool or “bussing traps in the alley” was the life and really it wasn’t. “I thought that’s where the real money was at because I have seen up close “real street hustlers” counting up hundreds and thousands of dollars that any young kid would be mesmerized to see and later in life those same people end up falling victim to the streets because of beef, envious people or just didn’t have any plan to turn their lives around. Later in his teens years Terrell started to run in the streets more, leave school early and do what he wanted to do not what he needed to.
Terrell started to make poor decisions and started to get himself into trouble with the law but he took responsibility and accountability for his actions. Truth be told “I was a humble dude and A focus for me was to just live and maintain and take care of my family.” “I did that by hustling and saving every penny that was just the only option I knew that someday I would be able to leave the city of Philly because it just wasn’t nothing promised there.
“A greater influence in my life at the time was my brother El who also worked in Law Enforcement. He did all he could for our family especially me and my sister. He was there and came through for any situation. I just wanted to take my own route and learn the hard way from a high-profile juvenile case and city riot I had got arrested at age 14 did juvenile time in the placement centers and also juvenile boot camps. After a while I started to take it easy and do good from 3 years of house arrest and 5 years on probation. I learned from my mistakes and just knew if I would continue to live reckless it will be just the price to pay. Life’s too short but it can be long when you just decided to do right. People close to me were either in the streets hustling or in jail “just the life we chose”.
“ I decided to smarten as I got a little older and started separating from the distractions” . It was for the best, Terrell started to think about the life he desired and started to hustle more as a deli clerk and as a drug dealer and saving money was the method. He started to get that feeling that there was more out there than just “quarter hugs and alleyways”.
He made a brave decision at 19 that changed his life to leave it all behind finally step out the nest and move to Sunny Florida. Terrell had $60,000 saved up from slicing meat at a $7-hour wage grocery store weekly pay and much more from the drugs he sold. He decided to take the step and leave home Terrell had paid his way and rode the greyhound bus 18 plus hour ride and it was all self-sufficient.
“One of the best decisions I ever made and known it could lead to new beginnings and better lifestyle living. I went the traditional right went to a private college studied Criminal Justice of Homeland Security I wanted to go to the navy that was the plan. I must admit I hit rock bottom many times and learned a lot about my-self to be stronger. I started to learn that I will get through this with the grace of the man above and manage to complete college with honors being awarded on the dean’s list 4 times later graduated with My Bachelor of Science degree in summer of 2016 which helped me later discover my true calling and mission” .
Terrell is an overcomer and dreamer, life strategist who is super passionate about helping and guiding people out their comfort zones and into their Throne. He learned from his past experiences that life will never be easy nor a promise and life is what you make it so make it worthwhile. I now spend time being an advocate and a mentor for at risk youth.
“ I am guiding them through their every life challenge with principles I have applied to my life that has helped me transform to be the elite leader I stand to be today. I have come such a long way and I am a full-time orator and mentor who spends time mentoring students, athletes teaching them the fundamentals of what it takes to be the very best you. To look at your mistakes as lessons and allow adversity, struggle and hardships as a tool to grow. You may face pain but will you heal trust your journey. I have taken the extra mile to get each of these individuals focused and allowing them to know it is possible to reach new heights when you believe, trust, go for it and surround yourself with like minded people who will support, challenge and encourage you every step of the way”.
There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work then to follow what matters most your passion. I have learned through this journey that this is much bigger than me. In a way that serves the world. The ability to help others will help you become the leader you desire be and help you reach heights you aspire to see. It is a truly calling and what makes the world a great place is the great people in it striving and thriving every day to make this world a better place. Our next generation, we must not judge or belittle but let’s lead by example and provide them with the proper tools, techniques and leadership to help them achieve greatness is a priceless feeling and give back to those who need it mostly”.
What made you decide to choose this career path?
I decided to choose the personal development path because there’s so many people who need it. The personal development platform has allowed me to grow as a leader and being able to help others. The path of committing to life learning, studying, connecting and building with other like mind professionals who are on a similar mission. This career path is not the traditional but has also been a huge shift and transformation along my journey. It will be challenging but rewarding there’s a lot of work to come but it will take commitment and consistency which makes the path and journey worthwhile.
I chose this career path because I also wanted to give back to my communities and lift communities across the world in an extraordinary way. I studied greatness and those who paved the way and to see how so much success was achieved but not giving people a hand out but a hand up and who has made tremendous difference around the world.
I chose this path to help the younger generation that there is more out there for you and to know it’s possible. I decided to do what’s best for and just wanted to strive the be the best version of myself and to make an impact on many people who are lost, trying to find that career or niche.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
When I first started, I wasn’t sure of my direction but I know I just wanted to put out great, meaningful and positive content to the universe. I was focused on more building brand and something that will impact millions of people. The mistake I made was just not connecting with other like minded people or not being to engaging with my community. When I started to build my social media presence and platform, I thought Instagram was only for pictures because that’s what I use to see and I wanted to bring a lot more similar to what some leaders were doing already.
It took me awhile to be more vulnerable to understand social media and to connect with people. I just wanted to do everything on my own and didn’t feel like I needed help to a great platform but there’s somebody who needs somebody. My advice to those building their social media presence and aspire to make a difference reach out and connect with others who are at a place you desire to get to.
Do not be closed in and be open to new opportunities if it does resonate with your journey, if it can serve you, you’re bound to grow. That’s a mistake I made, I wasn’t connecting with people and it was purpose to connect with other purpose driven professionals across the world because it’s important and I learned to become more connected with the help and tools from supportive coaches, mentors and close people in my life. Surround yourself with those are willing to lift you high, people you can collaborate with on exciting projects to bring upon difference. When other like strong minded people come together extraordinary things happen. “Every expert was once a beginner” and we all have that one or two silly mistakes learned from the experience and it has helped us grow to be the creative, empowering and influential people we stand to be today.
What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?
The unique thing that makes my company/ personal stand out is individuality and originality. Also, the tremendous value I add to a community, clients, listeners and many more. The engagement and connection with those are really intrigued by my work, mission and consistency.
Many people are intrigued by my brand name “The Inspire Before We Expire” which catches many people’s attention and to know I am living by that brand name and wasn’t over night to create this platform but I decided to take a step and use my life’s experience as a plus into my platform that has helped me become the elite leader and build a successful personal brand online that is now expanding and has opened so many doors.
What makes my personal brand stand out is staying true to myself, commitment and capturing the audience attention on another extraordinary level. The helping and guiding the next generation through the process, challenges, fear and comfort zone. I believe in consistency and proven methods and tools that has helped my personal brand continuously grows.
I have built a great authentic brand from the ground up focused more building my brand while studying greatness and just implement more twists in my brand which added to the juice. An important thing when it comes to your brand is to know your audience, they play a big role in your growth, career and journey.
The more and more people impacted by my message and story the bigger the reach of lives being changed. I am very consistent and that has allowed me to come this far and continuously put out great content. Another thing, that makes my brand stand out is my podcast show The Inspire Before We Expire where I bring some of the most influential and inspiring people to my show to share their journey to help others get from their breaking points to reach their breakthrough.
What’s a quote that you live by?
“Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle”.
– Terrell M Sumpter
Dwayne Foreman – “Forget #MeToo, Shoot Your Shot Online”
It is no joke that the #MeToo movement has created an inadvertent disaster in the dating atmosphere. Put in simple terms, men now avoid women. A handshake can put a man in big trouble if the lady he shakes hands with does not like him enough. This man could land in jail for offenses related to sexual harassment or even rape.
And in a matter of days or weeks, the reputation a man took decades to build could be thrown into the drain. That’s the power of #MeToo. But this product of Third Wave feminism is not a challenge that bothers men alone. Women are feeling the heat as well.
It would seem that a movement that was created to empower women has inadvertently hit them hard in an unexpected fashion. Women want men to treat them well. This movement was supposed to do that. In fact, it is doing that already if we consider the fact that not many sane adult men in the western world would dream of hitting a woman or touching her awkwardly as the consequences of that act is apparently unsexy. But, women still get a taste of this conditioning
The Impact We Did Not See Coming
A few months ago, I was speaking to Jessica, a friend from Tanzania who had just migrated to Canada in search of greener pastures. She lamented on how lonely she feels in Canada. In Africa – where she comes from – it is near impossible for a pretty young woman to walk down the streets without getting catcalls from male admirers.
Some would even walk up to her and try to get her phone numbers. But not in a first world country like Canada.
“When a man finds you interesting” She begins “he’d just keep staring at you and almost never say a word or make a move. It appears that until I show interest first, men don’t bother to make a move and no matter how much interest I show, some would rather just stare”
There are many women in Jessica’s shoes. I like to call it the ultimate dilemma of singles dating in the #MeToo era. Women don’t want to approach men first so that they won’t be considered cheap. Men don’t want to approach women first so they won’t be seen as creeps and potentially get destroyed by the law.
In other words, less and less people are shooting shots these days. It would seem that even before COVID-19 became a thing, there has been social distancing between both genders in the first world nations. Let’s not even talk about red pill teachings and the MGTOW movement which seems to be the direct response to movements like #MeToo.
I am hopeful that both genders will come to a consensus on what to give and take from each other in the arena of romantic relationships and more. But till that day comes, we all have to find a way to keep dating right? Sure. But how?
Shoot Your Shots With Ease Online
Dwayne Foreman, entrepreneur and dating expert, believes that the easiest way singles can get into relationships in an age such as this is to shoot shots at people they are interested in from the comfort of their phones.
“A lot of people develop crushes on other people of their interest but often lack the courage to speak their minds. Many good love stories would have littered the pages of history and the internet but they die in the hearts of potential lovers even before they are born” Said the young man who founded the Shoot Your Shot Dating App.
He went on to emphasize that taking the dating game online and using technology that helps people connect by virtue of more meaningful factors like interests will help people blend more than the robotic matchmaking algorithms most dating apps are known for.
“I couple years back” Dwayne continued “I figured out that the dating industry can be improved drastically with just a couple of technical tweaks to the process itself. This led me on a quest that would ultimately lead to creating a new app called Shoot Your Shot. The idea is to provide an unbiased platform for mate searching. People could just browse through profiles based on what is of interest to them and build a list of potential mates who they fancy. Next, they can shoot shots at users they are interested in without the fear of rejection or coming across as creepy as it could turn out in an offline scenario.”
Back to the topic, it would seem that the modern man would like to date but will be encouraged to do that if he can find a way to deal with the fear of rejection and fear of litigation. “There’s no point in asking girls out anymore” an anonymous user posted on Quora. And there are thousands if not millions of comments like that across reddit, Youtube, Twitter and more.
Obviously, dating can be frustrating whether done online or offline. Biases that are based on profession, nationality, and religion make it much worse. But if I believe it is said that if two people can connect on the bases of mutual interest, a friendship-relationship that lasts long can be easily formed.
Instagram Marketer Zach Benson Is Giving Back To The Struggling Travel Industry
I sat down with Zach to learn about how he’s giving back to the travel industry in these tough times and asked him about his current activities.
Zach, how are you helping hotels during these times when tourism is heavily reduced?
“I started reaching out to big hotels on one of my travel Instagram pages and posting them for FREE during this COVID thing. Lots of hotels are super grateful and want to invite my team to do consulting and training and stay for FREE when this is all over.”
Normally, lots of hotels are so used to influencers reaching out with little value, just to try and get some free hotels and nights. I say this is the time that you give back to those in need.
In a time when tourism-related industries are closing shop, Zach is jumping in to save their day and at least provide some marketing assistance while things take time to return to normal. Zach shared the reasons why he chooses to help.
Hospitality and tourism are struggling now. Lots of businesses are shutting down. I had some hotels tell me that it’s refreshing and nice that we are doing this. When everyone else just wants free stuff they’re nowhere to be found but remember those who have helped you out, invited you to stay for FREE, took care of you, and treated you like a king and queen, give back to those hotels and people.
When asked to explain the justification and marketing angle of giving away free services, Zach encourages other marketing professionals to help out their past or current clientele and tells us why.
“Help them because you can, it’s the right thing to do, and you have the power to do so. We are posting so we can help grow their Instagram accounts for FREE, drive more exposure and web traffic to their website that customers will think of their hotel when they open back up and book their hotel.”
Tell me about your biggest challenge you ever faced and how you overcame it?
So in 2016, I cold-emailed the Dubai tourism board and I volunteered to help them for free. I reached out to influencers from the countries they were targeting and cold emailed influencers about coming on a free trip to Dubai.
Zach shared with me exactly the steps he took to go from one email to traveling to Dubai to complete a memorable trip with a handful of influencers he recruited after getting the approval of the Dubai tourism board.
“I had all odds stacked up against me but took a risk and took that leap of faith to make something out of nothing. Even though they didn’t pay me money, I got tons of positive responses from influencers wanting to come on the free trip.”
He emphasizes that building relationships should be the goal when trying to build a real and impactful business and how it was more instinctive in nature, saying: “The best relationships are when you operate from a giving mindset. You give without any strings attached and you give and you help because you can.”
He gives us all a brilliant anecdote that really drives the point on how to have a giving mindset in the most natural way possible. Zach says, “It’s just like when you see an elderly woman with a big bag of groceries trying to walk up the stairs, and then drop her things. It’s being present in the moment, acting super quickly, and then seeing that need and meeting that need and helping that person in need.”
Are there particular people (family, mentors, books) in your life who helped you progress in your entrepreneurial journey?
My parents, just by how they live their life. They keep things simple and stress-free. They keep their promises and commitments. They are people of integrity.
What is your biggest advice to people for becoming a successful entrepreneur, financially and also in terms of personal growth?
Take a moment to think of other entrepreneurs, famous people you love, admire, and respect. Think about what kind of entrepreneur, what kind of person you’d like to become in the future. That is the question you must ask yourself. Work on becoming that person.
Any final words you want to share with our readers?
Offer your very best in everything you do. Your attitude is everything; All you can simply do is try and see and believe the best in others. And, try to be there for support, love, encouragement, and prayer.
Interview With Instagram Influencer Yuri Kuznetsovsky (@kuznecovsky)
Today I had the opportunity to interview one of my all-time heroes, social media influencer Yuri Kuznetsovsky. Yuri (@kuznecovsky) is one of the most prominent representatives of the generation of bloggers. Yuri has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram and his videos are gaining millions of views and likes every day, and his whole country is watching his family drama. Yuri told Cetre ’about his personal life, failed career as a lawyer and new hair.
What do you call yourself – a writer or a blogger?
Yuri: Still, a blogger, because I not only shoot Vines, I also write on YouTube and Telegram.
How did it all begin?
Yuri: It all started with Instagram in 2015. I shot on the front-end than the just appeared format – funny short videos. At first, I shot something of this kind of weird, and then I found out that there is a whole format abroad, which is called Vines. And the winners remove the vidos, collect a bunch of views, likes. I thought, why don’t I try too, because I have a good sense of humor.
What did you do before Instagram? How was your life?
Yuri: It was very consistent, even. I graduated as a lawyer and worked in my specialty. But it did not inspire me, it was completely uninteresting. I was one of many other millions of people who live in order to work because they have to earn money. Then the opportunity turned up to somehow realize myself and, in fact, I used this opportunity.
You can follow Yuri on IG at @kuznecovsky
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