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What made you decide to choose this career path?

 

Ever since I saw my mom speak on stage for the first time when I was 14, I always knew that I wanted to spread a message to other people. At that time I had no idea what my message was though so I knew I had to take some time to learn and to develop my ideas and hone in on what was actually important to me and what I wanted to do with my life. Over time, as I learned more about what I enjoyed doing and what I was passionate about, I always had this idea in the back of my mind that I wanted to share a message with other people. At the age of 18 I took action on this desire for the first time when I started my YouTube channel. Through creating daily videos, I began to tell other people about what I was doing as an 18 year old when it came to personal finance. Money had always been something that fascinated me and I’d always been interested in how people interacted with money and the role that money played in our lives, so I decided to make videos documenting my process building good financial habits at a young age. I really enjoyed this process but eventually realized that my passion was not about personal finance. It was instead about empowering young people to create a life that made them feel fulfilled. At first I had honed in on personal finance because I noticed how important it was for young people to think about their financial situation so they could establish good habits for the rest of their lives.

However, as I learned more about the world in entrepreneurship I realized that I could be sharing a more powerful message than just teaching young people how to improve their personal finances. I also realized that as a 18 year old, I really only had so much life experience that I could be sharing with people around me. I wanted to create a platform where other people could teach young entrepreneurs what they had learned through building businesses that were much farther along and more developed than mine. This is why I started podcasting and interviewing successful entrepreneurs on my show called Young Smart Money. I saw the value they could provide to my audience, and I saw that they had so many experiences that I just didn’t. Through the process of podcasting, I was able to hone in on my larger goal which is to empower 100,000 young people to create a life that makes them feel fulfilled and excited every single day. As of right now I am pursuing that goal through podcasting and to public speaking, however I’m not particularly attached to these platforms. If I come across a better way to pursue my goal I will not hesitate to jump on that because podcasting, public speaking, and social media are simply means for me to achieve this goal and tools in my toolbox that I can utilize to move closer to this goal. Building a following online, or growing a podcast are simply means to an end of impacting 100,000 young people. When I looked at Corporate America and working a nine-to-five job, I didn’t see that same potential impact people in the way that I could if I went out and started spreading my message through my own avenues. For me, entrepreneurship isn’t so much about the income, it’s about the impact that I can have on other people and that is what has drawn me to what I do now.

 

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?

 

So when I was getting started podcasting I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, I actually didn’t even know the podcast was until I decided that I wanted to start one. So going into this, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my podcast. All I knew is that podcasting was new, trendy, and it was a good way to reach people. Because I had no experience podcasting I didn’t really know what kind of preparation I need to do before sitting down and recording my first podcast. I decided to do all of the preparation. For my first podcast I wrote out a 40-page document outlining word-for-word what I was going to say. We are talking about 40 pages of dense text in a Google doc on my computer that I spent hours painstakingly writing out. I decided to repeat the same process for the next three episodes as well, so when I went to record for the first time I had four different 40-page Google Documents about the different topics I wanted to cover. Essentially I had written an entire book just to record four podcasts. From there, I went into a recording booth, pulled up my ridiculously long documents, and proceeded to read them word for word in this booth. Each one took me close to an hour to read and by the time I finished reading the first one I was extremely drained. I proceeded to sit in this booth reading all four of these documents for about four hours to record my first four podcasts.

I can tell you now looking back at these but they were absolutely horrendous. I still leave them up and published just to show people that your first podcasts are always your worst podcasts. They were extremely dry, I sounded like a robot, there was no emotion, and can only be described as unpleasant to listen to. Eventually I realized that I could have a much larger impact with my podcast if I decided to interview other people and that interviewing others would not require me to write out a 40-page document (yes please!).

The biggest takeaway that I had from this though is that you really just need to start, and once you do start you’re going to be able to see where you can improve, the things that you want to change, and how you can start making things better. But a lot of that’s not going to be clear until you actually start doing something because until you start doing you can assume and try to predict how it’s going to go, but you’re never going to actually know what’s going to happen until you do it. So even though I don’t think I would recommend writing out a 40-page document for each podcast episode you do, I think the most important thing is just to get started in whatever way, shape, or form you can. Don’t worry about things being perfect the first time because they won’t be. Just worried about things being done and about you being able to learn from doing and make your next at bat better than your last at bat.

 

What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?

 

In any business that you start or any project that you work on, it’s been important to have things that set you apart from everyone else. If you try to be the next Gary Vaynerchuk or the next Grant Cardone, you’re likely not going to have much success with that because they’ve been being Gary Vaynerchuk and Grant Cardone for decades. They’ve amassed millions of followers, have extremely loyal tribes, and you’re not likely to really have an impact on that. A mentor of mine once told me that “your vibe builds your tribe” and I think that’s extremely true and something that I have been able to lean into very heavily from my time building my company in my personal brand. There aren’t many other 20 year olds out there with blue hair, wearing colorful bandanas, and whose name is also a fruit. Beyond the superficial things that set me apart from most of the other people out there, I find it extremely important to have a strong why and a strong vision behind everything that I’m doing. With my podcast for example when I’m reaching out to potential guests that I want to have on the show, if I can show them that I’m extremely passionate about what I am doing and that I really care about the people that I’m serving, they’re so much more likely to be willing to come on the podcast then if it was clear that I did not have a strong vision or care about what I was doing. When people can tell that you’re genuine and really are in it to help other people out and not just help yourself out, it’s a lot easier to achieve your goals. Most people’s BS meter is pretty good and even if you’ve been able to trick yourself into believing that you’re in it for other people, you will have a hard time tricking other people.

I see so many young people getting started with entrepreneurship whether that be through social media marketing, or dropshipping, or content creation, because they see other people making money online doing that thing and they want to start making money online doing that thing. That’s not where I’m coming from. And that’s not where the 150+ successful entrepreneurs that I have interviewed on my podcast are coming from either. I use my podcast as a tool to study successful people and to allow them to share their stories with others. Through those stories, one of the things that I find time and time again is that the people who feel fulfilled, and the people who have success in the things that they do, are not motivated by helping themselves, they’re motivated by their ability to help other people. So many people get into entrepreneurship for selfish reasons and most of the time those are the people wind up failing quite quickly. If you don’t have a strong vision and you aren’t impacting other people, it’s going to be really difficult for you to continue moving forward when you’re faced with some of the setbacks and struggles that all entrepreneurs are faced with. Being able to bring yourself back to a larger why and seeing the people that you’re impacting is extremely powerful in setting yourself apart from everyone else and really building a name and a personal brand for yourself.

 

What’s a quote that you live by?

 

“There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened? Which do you want to be?” This quote resonates strongly with me and is something that I come back to quite frequently whenever I’m thinking about what my role is in any project or business that I am working on. From what I’ve observed in my life, the distribution is roughly 1% of people who are making things happen, 9% of people who are watching things happen, and 90% of people we’re asking “what happened?” Personally, I prefer to spend most of my time in the making things happen category and the watching things happen category because this is where growth happens.

When you make things happen you’re creating content, you are building something that can help other people, you are impacting the world in some way by bringing something new into it. When you’re watching things happen you’re studying success. You’re learning from people who have done the things that you want to do and finding ways that you can implement the things that they have done into your own life. You’re learning from mentors in-person, by reading books, from podcasts, and really anywhere you can find them. When you’re asking “what happened?” you’re moving through life oblivious to much of what’s happening around you. You’re not observing the subtitles and nuances around you, or thinking about how you can apply the findings of someone else into your own life, or what you can be doing to ensure that you are seeing consistent growth in the aspects of your life that are important to you. This is an area that I spend very little time in because is where I see the least amount of growth in what I’m doing, and provides me with the least insight for how I can move forward more effectively with whatever I’m trying to achieve. In order to stay in the first two categories, I consistently ask myself the question “what am I doing right now?” Am I creating? Am I consuming? Or am I wandering? By reflecting on the answer to this question and finding my patterns that lead me to wondering, I’m able to ensure that I spend as much time as possible in the prior to categories and continue to move towards my goals in the places that I want to be.

 

Apple Crider 

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

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Olumide Gbenro is growing the World’s largest community of Digital Nomads

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Olumide Gbenro, also known as The Globopreneur™, is a multilingual businessman who has grown and monetized the brands of world-class Entrepreneurs, Influencers, and Startups. Olumide Gbenro has built a global network of influence, all from his laptop in Bali, and his personal brand spans to every continent.

Olumide is the founder of Digital Nomad Summit, growing the world’s largest community of Digital Nomads. Currently based in Bali, Indonesia, his reason for starting his venture was because when he arrived in Bali after traveling three years as a Digital Nomad, he found it challenging to connect with a like-minded community of entrepreneurs. He was quick to realize it wasn’t all sunsets and beach life. There were moments of loneliness and challenges in working from a new environment, so he wanted to create a place where online entrepreneurs of all levels could feel a sense of belonging in a community.

He faced immense hardship during his childhood and experienced rock bottom three years ago, where he started with humble beginnings as a Digital Nomad. He couch surfed while hustling all day and night using laptops he borrowed from friends and lived off oatmeal, living in complete survival mode to the point where his body became weak and fragile. Olumide never gave up hope knowing he was working towards a bigger vision and brighter future for himself. A stark contrast to the finer and more luxurious amenities enjoys today.

Today I had the privilege of sitting down with Olumide to ask him three quick-fire questions around his lifestyle and business.

“You are well-respected in the global community for your ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Can you share more on how you did this and how it has helped you?”

“I go into relationships not expecting anything at all, only providing value to people I have a genuine interest in and would work with regardless of monetary gain. I truly believe value attracts money, and if you build a relationship with the intent of value-driven outcomes from the beginning, success will follow”.

“Many Entrepreneurs fall into the trap of thinking they can do everything alone. Why do you believe community is so important?”

“I truly believe it takes a village to be successful. We need a community to create valuable things in our society, and during tough times, we need others to lean on. From knowing where to renew your passport or even just need someone to connect with after staring at our screens for too long, the community is what soothes our human soul and keeps us moving forward”.

“What is your top tip for aspiring Digital Nomads?” the trap of thinking they can do everything alone. Why do you believe community is so important?”

“Be sure to balance work with fun. And most importantly, you have a guaranteed and solid source of income, so you aren’t simply working to survive and instead are thriving as you travel and work. I’m also a firm believer in “slow travel,” staying in one city for 2-3 months at a time (if laws permit) and getting to know the locals and culture, instead of merely taking advantage of the geographic arbitrage of online income”.

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A 6 Year Old with A Dream To Be An Up And Coming Global DJ! Where Is Sean Kilkenny Today?

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Sean Kilkenny has always had a passion for music. From an early age he was inspired and looked up to people in the music industry. At age six, he followed DJs on Radio Disney and would call in to talk to them every day, even if that meant waking up at 5:30 in the morning. These mornings had a big impact on Sean.

“Ever since I was a little boy I had a keen sense of music and entertainment. When I was just 6 years old I would set my alarm every morning to wake up at 5:30am so that I could call into Radio DIsney and talk to the radio hosts. I had found a “sweet spot” of when I could call in and actually talk to the disk jockeys before the phone lines got busy. At just 6 years old I was being featured on Radio Disney and would talk on the air with the hosts almost every day. They called me DJ Sean O and although for them it was just a fun cute thing with a 6 year old at the early hours of the morning, for me it was so much more. Little did they know the impact those mornings had on me and how it would end up shaping the course of my life in the entertainment business forever.” Recounts Sean.

From that moment on, Sean knew that his life would be defined by music and that this was something he wanted to pursue. His first attempt as a DJ went terribly wrong, but this did not stop him from continuing to try and reach his goals.

“I spent countless hours practicing and preparing and when I showed up at my first real gig a bunch of kids from my middle school went there to laugh and tease me. They made such a scene that McDonald’s kindly asked me to cancel and leave. I felt humiliated and almost completely threw in the towel with my dream of being a DJ, but a fire kept burning inside of me and I didn’t quit. I pushed harder and let my passion for music and events and the teasing fuel me to keep going.” Remembers Sean.

At 16, Sean got his big break and the opportunity to begin hosting his own events, which he realized was the only way he was going to make it to the next level. He did not have the funding to host his own parties, but he knew that the local radio station did, so he set up a meeting with them and got their support.

“After meeting with the program director and sharing everything I had organized and planned, he decided to sponsor me and backed me both financially and legally. With the radio station now backing me and my event it was full speed ahead. Over a thousand people attended my first event and it was wildly successful. I went on to host multiple events with the radio station backing me till I was over 18.” Explains Sean.

From this moment on, Sean has amassed a massive following on social media. The events that he has hosted have only gotten larger and more impressive. He even scored a brand partnership with a drink that has helped him generate more revenue. Sean hopes to keep pushing the envelope further and plans to become a global music festival DJ.

“I am currently bouncing back and forth between Arizona and California and my dream is to perform at music festivals around the world. I play all genres but my specialty is in Electronic Dance Music or EDM for short. In the midst of my DJ career, I started promoting an energy drink called Verve. Every time I DJ’d and got on stage I brought up a can of Verve with me to promote it. I ended up being a brand partner with the company from 2012 to 2015 and my direct enroller-tree sales generated over 2 million dollars in revenue. I became a DJ for the company and performed at their 2013 convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas in front of 10,000 people. I have a great relationship with the CEO Bk Boreyko and have worked at multiple other events for their company.” Says Sean.

If you would like to find out more about Sean, you can follow him on Instagram @seankilkennyofficial.

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Entrepreneur Paje Rey Shares With Fellow Filipinos How To Master The Success Mindset

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The ultimate goal of every individual is to attain a successful life. Undisputedly, no one aspires to fail in his or her endeavor, whether it is starting a business or a professional career. Everyone dreams of success, but, admittedly, there are a handful of people who do not make it. It is one of the most enduring questions asked by many individuals, most especially aspiring entrepreneurs: “how to be successful in life and business?”

According to entrepreneur Paje Rey, the essential ingredient to attain success in business and life is having the right mindset – the correct way of thinking. Paje has been a successful online entrepreneur since she left her 9-to-5 job in 2014. Over the years, she had mentored many entrepreneurs from different backgrounds on the path toward a successful life and business. “I realized that your race or ethnic background has nothing to do with the quality of life you live,” she said. Now, Paje is taking on a new path close to her heart; she is shifting gears to help her fellow Filipinos all over the world master the success mindset. “I am committing myself to mentor ambitious and highly-driven Filipinos to master the success mindset so they can be blessed in every area of their lives,” she added.

Venturing Online Entrepreneurship

Paje was born and grew up in Manila, the chief and capital city of the Philippines. At the age of 16, Paje’s parents decided to migrate to Canada to seek better opportunities. Since then, Paje has spent much of her life in the Canadian city of Toronto and got married in 2013.

In 2014, Paje decided to quit her 9-to-5 job. At that time, Paje revealed that she grew tired of her daily routine of going to work, eating, sleeping, and then repeating. She admitted that she was dissatisfied with the way her life was going, and she wanted more out of life. “If you think about it, it seemed like a reckless decision. We were still indebted and had zero savings. It appeared to be a recipe for a financial disaster, but thank God it wasn’t. As I look back, it turned out to be the best decision that I have ever made because it paved the way to where I am now,” Paje explained.

Quitting her regular job allowed Paje to explore new avenues in her life. She began venturing into the world of business and entrepreneurship. “At first, many people were skeptical of online entrepreneurship. They viewed earning online as a form of a big scam. But, I proved the skeptics wrong. I have tested the waters and found out that I can earn online,” Paje shared. Rey’s first online earning came from publishing an ebook, Public Speaking: Avoid Death By Stage Fright, on Amazon Kindle. She got into affiliate marketing in 2016 and made several $100 from her Instagram posts. 

“I realized that this thing really works and that I can earn online. So, I made the decision to take it more seriously,” Paje said. She said that it was a breakthrough that drastically changed their lives. In just half a year, Paje’s family went from renting a small bedroom in a friend’s house to living in their apartment debt-free. At the age of 24, Paje had attained financial freedom, which eludes many people at such a young stage in adult life. This success became the inspiration for Paje to launch an online show called the Christian Entrepreneur Movement and led thousands of entrepreneurs to start following their calling and live life in a God-driven manner.

The online show jump-started Paje’s career as a coach and a mentor. “I started working one-on-one with clients. I earned full time despite working only an average of two hours per day,” she added. But despite feeling fulfilled with mentoring non-Filipinos, she thought that it was time to move on and serve a different audience. After helping her last client in 2019, she took some time off and reflected on where her business would be heading. 

Now, Paje is back. And she has a new mission. “I want to elevate the lives of my fellow Filipinos or kababayan by sharing tips and tricks on mastering life and business,” she said. Paje shared that she wants to impart to her kababayan that success is not dependent on their residence but their mindset.

Impediments To Success

Paje has received many inquiries from friends and acquaintances from the Philippines, asking her how to migrate abroad. “It is embedded in the Filipino mindset that success is always associated with migrating abroad. It is one of the myths that most Filipinos continue to believe in. There are plenty of Filipinos who live abroad and work multiple jobs yet still live paycheck to paycheck and are indebted. On the other hand, some Filipinos thrive wherever they reside. It is a belief that limits many Filipinos in becoming successful,” Paje explained. 

Paje remarked that it is always inspiring to work with her fellow Filipinos because they have a global reputation as excellent workers. However, she contemplated that despite the hard work, some Filipinos still struggle to make ends meet. “Over the years, I observed that the gap does not lie in the lack of education or lack of resources, but often, it all boils down to the lack of guidance to develop the right mindset,” Paje noted.

“My early years in the online world opened my eyes to what matters to become successful. That is why I decided to shift my focus to serve my fellow Filipinos and help them develop the success mindset,” Paje said. On a side note, she continued that she wants to show her daughter that there are people who look like them whom she can learn from and look up to. “My family and I attained a sense of freedom that some people who are close to retiring still have not accomplished. I also want my kababayan to achieve such a state of success. But to do that, they must master the success mindset,” she added.

In A Nutshell

Paje noted that embracing the success mindset has transformed the life of her family. Now, she aims to help transform the lives of many Filipinos by teaching and guiding them to develop a success mindset and feel blessed in every aspect of their lives. She is urging Filipinos to go to subscribe to her YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/pajerey/. She will be a guide to becoming successful in life and business.

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