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Knowledge Cee Interview

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Knowledge Cee. He started his website www.knowledgecee.com with the intentions of offering technology services for individuals but with the focus of working with the entertainment industry. Knowledge’s company offers services like Youtube interviews, Hardware troubleshooting, web design, graphic design, photography, album covers and much more in one place.

 

 

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I always was into technology and making videos. Since the age of 12, I began to troubleshoot computers, edit videos, pictures and breaking into things I was not supposed to online. That lead to my making of Youtube videos and going to college for Network Security with the goal of starting my own company.

 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

 

The most interesting story that happened to me  since I began leading my company is that I got a gig with www.recoverysolutionsnj.org to record videos on people who suffered from substance abuse. It was a paid gig that lasted three days. It was a great experience to hear different people’s experiences . On September 17th, I got to meet people who seen my videos in Atlantic City at the 2018 Recovery Month Summit by Recovery Solutions. After my gigs, I would walk around Atlantic City like a tourist while I waited on my Greyhound. I explored a place I had never been and got paid to do what I love.

 

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 my company, I was dropshipping products from China. My seller was from Amazon and I was selling on Ebay. The toy I was dropshipping was one of the best selling  toys of 2017. I advertised the product on Ebay and made over $1700 in three days so as a normal person I made the purchases on Amazon to ship to my clients. The sellers were all a scam so I got scammed as well as all of my customers. Now I do not have an Ebay account.
I learned that you must research the company that you want to dropship from. Make sure they are reliable and have excellent communication. If not, it is not worth the risk.

 

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

My website is a good place to go to if you are ready to start a company. We provide advertisements, graphic design, website development and remote technology services. My prices are below most contractors or retail  prices and I am even willing to lower my price to match your price range. There was many times when people did not have enough to book myself but I let them slide because I remember when I did not have enough money to pay for services.

 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

You must always know your limit. Do not overwork yourself because that is the fastest way to get lazy. Always take a day off during the week to rest fully and always get a good rest every night. Manage your task in priority order.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I would like to thank Mallah Divine Mallah. He is the reason I get most of my contracted jobs now and the reason I got hired by the Department of Education. Mallah came into my life and helped myself develop character by telling stories of his life.
It all started my last semester of my Associate degree. Mallah and I were acquainted with each other because we sat in the same row in a computer class. He seen that I knew my stuff with computers, cameras and other topics which we can relate too. One day we hung out after class and spoke on our values and the reasons why we do things. After that, we began to work on computer projects together, share information and then started to build our credibility together. We struggled together and now we are eating together.
Check out his website on www.mallahdivinemallah.com

 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?  

I provide free services for people who I have faith in. If I see that you are motivated doing what you are doing in order to help the world, I would help you. All you have to do is ask.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“It takes money to make money”. In order to build my website it took money. In order to buy a camera it took money. In order to get Sony Vegas and Adobe Creative Suite it took money. Everything took money even to get website traffic.

 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

If you are selling a product make sure your supplier is not scamming you
I sold over $1,700 worth of goods online but my supplier scammed me so I lost good credibility and profit.
2) when creating a website try to have words that match what you do in the domain because it increases your chance of ranking higher on Google.com
Example: if your website is about cats your website and would be catsworld.com

3) Even when you are working for yourself you are working for someone. The person you are working for is your client that you want to please so they come back and refer others to you.

4)” You have to be ready for the tough times ahead and know that failure will always be the easy way out. There are no shortcuts to success and you have to work harder and put in more sweat equity than you ever could imagine to make the venture you are embarking on a success. “ – @themarshan1
5) “It is not as hard as people make it seem to be your own boss and move away from the employee title. As long as you put your best foot forward and always remember to be gracious and positive good thing with only come.
OUT OF 100 NO’S THERE WILL BE 1 YES AND ALL YOU NEED IS ONE.” – @Kha.Rin

 

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement  that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Gathering people together who lived in New York for 10+ years to sign a petition protecting from landlords who are rapidly increasing the rent, trying to evict people for less than $1000, landlords who are paying tenants to move, slumlords, and to increase the amount of affordable housing in New York.

 

How can our readers follow you on social media?

www.instagram.com/knowledgeceeallah
www.knowledgecee.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYbokqxTbD1mE4zZ94_XH3Q

 

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Anthony Delgado, is a Puerto Rican American software developer, businessman, activist and philanthropist. Delgado is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive business owners, leaders and change makers in the world. Delgado is best known as the founder, and chief executive officer of The Disrupt Foundation, a social impact movement to grow Puerto Rico’s technology ecosystem and host of the semi-annual Disrupt Puerto Rico Conference. Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Red flags and a steamy tryst send award-winning songwriter Brandon Calano into a heartbreak spiral on Becoming Young’s sensual single, “High.”

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There’s just something ‘bout you, Girl/This could be so dangerous Brandon Calano—who releases music as Becoming Young—sings on the smoldering new single, “High.” She’s irresistible, the warning signs are undeniable, but impulses and booze enable the ill-fated seduction.

“I was very single at the time and enjoying it. I was definitely not looking for a relationship, but I met a girl one night who changed the course of my life,” the Nashville-based artist details.

“High” will be released April 24th 2020 as a single, and later included with a 4-song EP of balmy summer jams. These releases will seed the path to Becoming Young’s upcoming album, which will feature tracks produced by Ryan Hadlock (Vance Joy, the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, Milo Greene, and Brandi Carlile). Slated to mix the record is John O’Mahony (Matt Maeson, Coldplay, 21 Pilots, Vance Joy). The new album will explore the heartache aftermath of “High.”

The intoxicating slow-grind of “High” blurs the lines between electro pop, indie pop, R&B, singer-songwriter narrative writing, and urban pop. It features an ear worm of a sensually jazzy guitar hook, and the slow-burn singing of a confident man getting a little weak in the knees as he falls prey to uncontrollable desire. “High” draws from the urban-hued electro-pop stylings of Two Feet, Khalid, NoMBe, Dennis Lloyd, and Beauville.

The Nashville-based artist who is an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer invited some friends to collaborate with him on his latest. “High” was co-written with producers/singer-songwriters Knox Morris and Will Sivy. The track was produced by up-and-coming Nashville-based producer Austin Shawn.

Brandon basically fled his hometown of Boulder, Colorado to rebound from the fallout he experienced after his relationship with the love interest in “High” ended. He moved to Nashville not knowing a soul, but quickly found his way into the fertile music scene, playing songwriter rounds and showcases nearly every night of the week. Career accomplishments to date include winning Nashville’s esteemed True Music Room Top Writer Series; his first pop single, “Trippin,” accruing over a quarter-million streams on Spotify; and playing sold-out shows in Atlanta, Denver, Boulder, Portland, and Seattle.

Brandon has been working closely with Grammy-nominated producer Ryan Hadlock on his next album. That association has opened many doors, including connecting him with Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Presents. This is an association close to Brandon’s heart as both he and Chuck are graduates of University of Colorado at Boulder. Brandon has also been enjoying a brother/sister collaboration with his sibling, Carson Calano, an accomplished visual artist whose singular aesthetic has helped define Becoming Young’s imaging.

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Meet Mike Morse, The Man Who Built Michigan’s Largest Personal Injury Firm

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It has become clear who the “Legal Titan” is in Michigan. Mike Morse’s personal injury firm, Mike Morse Law Firm, collected more than $160 million in settlements and verdicts in 2018, and has won over one billion dollars for his clients since it was founded in 1995. The office is made up of 150 employees and 50 attorneys making it the largest personal injury firm in the state. Morse mastered turning rejected cases into thousands of dollars in settlements and referral fees and is known today as a leader in Michigan’s legal community.

The “855-Mike-Wins” phone number is truly fitting.

When someone achieves so much, people want to know how it was done. Lawyers have come to Morse for years asking how he built his firm. Here’s the inside scoop on what he believes is the key to his success.

Perseverance Is Key

Like in any business, Morse had to overcome challenges that tested his commitment to his goal and to himself.

Before Morse finished law school, his father, who was also a lawyer and who he planned to go into business with, passed away.  He was left with nothing.  This was Morse’s initial test of his dedication to his vision. However, he believed great things come to those who learn how to overcome setbacks. Morse chose to continue to pursue becoming a lawyer and eventually built a well-established practice.

Then, in 2008, a fire engulfed Morse’s building.

Some might give up after such a devastating loss, but not Morse.  He was calling his clients the next day.  Like most people, he had no experience rebuilding from such a devastation, let alone grasping what to do in the moment. However, by staying committed to the values he knew regardless of the scenario, Morse handled the situation day by day and his comeback story continued.

When Your Big Break Comes, Give It Everything You’ve Got

A few years into running his own practice, Morse’s father-in-law introduced him to “Sid”, Detroit’s premier personal injury attorney at that time. Despite having to pay Sid forty percent of the total fees he brought in from the cases (the typical rate being only one-third), Morse knew how big the opportunity was so he accepted the offer.  Sid referred Morse a handful of cases, and he brought his best to every case.

One day, Morse received a case from Sid likely worth only $2,500. Continuing to work his hardest no matter what, Morse managed to get $25,000 for it. When he sent Sid his check for the case, it opened up the door for him. Sid immediately began sending more cases, eventually referring Morse 70 percent of his personal injury cases.

At the peak, Morse was paying Sid more than $4 million a year in referral fees, and it was all because Morse treated every case like gold. He gave every client the highest level of service and it paid off.

In 2011, Sid unexpectedly parted ways with Morse. Like many times before, Morse immediately had to plan his next move. He knew he needed to create a new way to bring in clients and not have to rely on or be affected by an outside factor. 

Become Fireproof

With the experience Morse gained from his father’s death to the fire that burnt down his office to the moment Sid stopped referring him cases, Morse learned how to “fireproof” his business.  Today, his firm is the largest personal injury firm in Michigan.

Morse believes anyone can adopt his principles and operate by them. He hopes to inspire others to trust their values and stay committed to their personal goals regardless of how difficult the path may look.

Morse is putting the finishing touches on a book he’s titled Fireproof, How to Take Your Law Firm From Unpredictable to Wildly Profitable. The book will be out later this year. If you’d like to learn how to fireproof your business, you can sign up here to be notified when it’s released.

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Meet Sam Taggart: The Entrepreneur That is Revitalizing Door to Door Sales

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Sam Taggart has been knocking doors since he was eleven years old. Coming from a family of businessmen and women, Sam began his career painting curbs. Quickly rising to the top, Sam had a profitable business of $100,000 before he graduated high school. After serving a 2-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sam stepped into the Home Automation industry where his career skyrocketed.

As a successful, competitive door knocker, Sam sold over 400 alarm accounts making a bold statement in the industry that college wasn’t the only answer to having a successful career that could financially take care of his family. After his accomplishments, he decided to take his career to the next level by switching to the Solar industry and becoming the VP of Sales. Being VP of Sales was great; however, while building the business he learned some basic fundamentals that were missing across the industry and felt inspired to create something bigger.

Against all advice, Sam pursued his passion to Unify, Up-level and Bring Honor and Integrity to the door to door space. Not having any idea how he’d build the business, he quickly joined forces with his sister Abigail Ayres, and they went to work. Together, they created, built and launched D2D Con (Door to Door Conference) locking in over 25 vendors and 900 attendees their first year. Many people in the industry mocked Sam for his idea, not really understanding his vision or if he’d actually do it. Year one of his conference he even had a friendly fire, but that didn’t stop Sam from pursuing his mission. Here He is 4 years later, 3000 attendees from all over the USA, Canada and England and over 85 vendors.

Sam had no idea when he stepped out of the Home Automation and Solar Industry, that 4 years later he would have a Million Dollar Company, his dream job, with his dream team, and his dream house, marking off several of his “bucket list” items all by the time he turned 30. Over the last 4 years, Sam has added many products and services to his company. Originally creating a sales conference to neutrally train and up level all industries, Sam discovered the industry was calling for more. He trusted his intuition and created a white label virtual training platform, business consulting service, business bootcamps and coaching services.

Through Sam’s experience he has learned that many people are skilled at sales, but many companies don’t have systems and processes to assist in supporting their sales representatives. In order for Sam to achieve his goal of Unifying, Up leveling and Bringing Honor and Integrity to the door to door space, he saw his vision needed to be much larger and expanding was necessary. Speaking engagements taking him all over the United States, he quickly saw a need that wasn’t being met and began to fill it.

In today’s world with COVID-19 rapidly spreading, causing many businesses to go virtual and shifting the entire sales industry as we once knew it, Sam has quickly adapted and is teaching people all over the world how to virtually sell and connect. He is also training many businesses on how to keep their doors open and sales flowing.

Now, more than ever, Sam is clear on one thing, “I will never let anything hold me back from taking committed action to achieve my goals.” Sam continues to say: “I will continue to adapt and leverage my sales skills to innovate, contribute, unify and inspire people across the world. My mission is being fulfilled on a daily basis as more and more people see what we are building and why and how it can apply to their business. It’s not just door to door sales, it’s business in general.”  

Sam trains thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies, sharing tips and tricks on Sales, Recruiting, Training and Leadership development. Sam is an Author, Speaker, Podcaster, Consultant, husband and father to 3 beautiful girls. To follow this entrepreneur’s journey on Instagram, click here.

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