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Meet Sam Jacobs, 18-Year-Old E-Commerce Expert

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Recently I had the chance to sit down and chat with Sam Jacobs who is the CEO of Uprise Education and the owner of multiple online e-commerce stores. I discussed with him about how he was able to get to where he is at today. Here is what he had to say:

In your own words, what’s your story Sam? How did you get to where you are today?

Growing up, I always had that entrepreneur spirit. I was that kid selling candy bars in school, flipping things for a couple bucks here and there, but as I grew older, I knew I was destined for more.

I began to realize that the education system today is not where it’s supposed to be and I wasn’t going to let that slow me down. I thought to myself, what’s the reason why we are in school? Many would say it’s for an education, but the end goal is obviously an income.

Now for me, I disliked school, so I went out to seek something that I loved.
I came across this one thing called shopify dropshipping. In short, it’s where you can create your own website or online shop and sell things all around the world without having any inventory at all.

This sounded amazing to me and I knew I could make it work if I put my mind to it. Fast forward a year later, after lots of hard work, sweat and tears, I’m here today and I’ve done over $1.5 million in ecommerce revenue, and I am the CEO and founder of two companies and a mentor to thousands.

Now, here’s one thing I want to mention in this interview. The process wasn’t easy, nor did I think it was going to be easy, but either way, I told myself I won’t quit until I succeed. Remember to have the mindset when you go into anything in life that you won’t quit until you succeed, and you will never fail.

Success is like a roller coaster, you have good and bad days. Now here’s the trick… you want to see real success? Have the same mindset when you are down and when you are up… you’re gonna BREAKTHRU!

When you had those down moments what motivated you to get back up?

That’s a great question, here’s the answer I tell everyone and the amazing part is everyone can use it.

I want you to think about why you want success, and dig deep. Find your WHY.

Maybe it’s to buy your mom a nice house, pay her bills, get yourself the life you always dreamed of, power, girls or whatever it is, find it.

Next I want you to write your WHY on a piece of paper and hang it somewhere you can see it.

Now here’s where it gets awesome… when you’re about to quit tell yourself NO! If I quit now I will NEVER get that “WHY.”

I used this strategy to always keep myself motivated even when times got bad.

Wow that’s mind blowing… Thanks for sharing your incredible story Sam! Do you have any last words of advice for readers?

It was my pleasure, and like I said before never and I mean never QUIT.

It was great interviewing Sam Jacobs. His story is an inspiration for us all. You can follow him on Instagram @SamJacobs.

Nabeel Ahmad is the founder of Mogul Press, a public relations and communications agency that specializes in media placements, personal branding, and marketing strategy. Apart from that, Nabeel Ahmad is the founder of Vertabyte, a full-service digital media agency that partners with clients to drive their growth and achieve all their business goals. At Vertabyte, his special focus is on leveraging the power of social media to boost businesses exponentially. A marketing expert, Nabeel has a deep understanding of what it takes for a business to completely crush it on the social media landscape. His expertise in marketing has allowed him to help a number of businesses increase their revenue by tremendous amounts.

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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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