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S2, E31 ELizabeth Sutton Is Disrupting the Art And Fashion Industry Globally #convoswithliana

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Elizabeth Sutton (b. 1989, New York, NY) is a millennial “mom-preneur” and visual artist and designer who has taken the nouveau arts scene by storm. In 2016, Elizabeth was selected to participate in the NYDesigns incubator program, exhibited at both the Affordable Art Fair & Hamptons Designer Showhouse, and was featured by Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.” Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Arch Digest, Arch Digest Spain, The New York Post, Time Out Magazine, Haute Living, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more. Elizabeth’s philanthropic endeavors range from the nationally-recognized 92nd Street Y to United Hatzalah, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village, for which she’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In 2017, Elizabeth participated in the Arch Digest Design Show and New York Design Center’s “What’s New What’s Next,” as well as hosted a fundraising event for ArtStart, which the Executive Co-Director described as “by far the most successful event” in her time with the organization. In 2018 Sutton launched a capsule collection with Bari Lynn Accessories for Bergdorf Goodman, which was subsequently picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Harrod’s.
In Fall 2018, Sutton partnered with Joe & The Juice in locations across New York City, in support of The Art of Elysium. In Summer 2019, Elizabeth was commissioned to paint the 180ft square deck of the Manhattan Park Pool. Elizabeth’s tile collection for Tilebar is a two time award collection, from Architectural Digest and HD Expo. In Fall 2019, Elizabeth also launched her first leather collection along with her lifestyle blog. Most recently, Elizabeth launched a collaboration with Janovic, the largest paint supplier in New York, curating 5 exclusive color palettes, with her artwork wrapping 5 large buildings in New York City and featured on 18 bus shelters. In 2020, Elizabeth will be launching a huge collaboration with the luxury Eden Rock hotel in St. Barths. #convoswithliana

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Liana Zavo a millennial expert and public relations strategist specializing in personal branding for the past seven years working in media and marketing. She has been dedicated to actively build personal brands from the ground up. Liana is the founder and CEO of her full service media company, ZavoMedia serving entrepreneurs, experts and authors. As a full service media company, ZavoMedia specializes in digital marketing, public relations, google ads, personal branding, and in developing influencer marketing campaigns to jumpstart emerging brands. Liana‘s mission is to target the right demographic for small brands by placing them on her groundbreaking podcast, What Makes A Woman. A successful platform for entrepreneurs to network and serve as mentors. Her massive platform consist of empowered women, who challenge the status quote, teach the next generation how to run successful startups and spotlighting groundbreaking entrepreneurs on her weekly show. Since, launching her mega platform last year, there are 20,000 downloads with 5,200 subscribers supporting the show on all major platforms.

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Meet Award-Winning Book Writing Consultant Helping Hundreds of Authors Through Innovative Publishing Companies

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Among book lovers, it is rare to find someone as passionate and holistic in his approach as Caleb Breakey. First, he dedicated 10 years to the craft of fiction and nonfiction. Second, he honed his marketing skills so that readers could actually find his work. And now he’s expanding career opportunities for writers through his innovative publishing companies.

In short, there are few more knowledgeable in the realm of writing than Breakey. He’s helped hundreds of authors write books, build platforms, and win book contracts. And his client list has hit all the big lists: New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and even the #1 book on all of Amazon. So listen up.

“The key,” Breakey says, “is to not follow trends. Instead, invest in continual learning—then create what you want to see in the world.”

 

4 Secrets Breakey Teaches His Clients at Speak It To Book and Sermon To Book

 

Breakey’s companies—Speak It To Book and Sermon To Book—aim to help writers who:

Don’t know where to start to write a book

Don’t know how to find their voice

Don’t have time to give their message justice

Don’t know how the publishing industry works

Don’t know how to navigate their options.

Speak It To Book is for people who have a story to share or are the best of the best at what they do. Sermon To Book is for senior pastors, usually of multi-campus churches.

Breakey teaches all of his clients 4 secrets about writing a book, getting it published, and making a living as an author. These secrets reveal the most powerful way to share your story and ideas—period.

They are a must-know for anyone looking to write their book, fulfill their potential, and transform lives.

 

Secret 1: 2 Shocking Truths About Getting Agents, Editors, and Publishers to Drool Over You

Truth 1: Agents, editors, and publishers are not looking for great writers. They’re looking for personalities with engaged fan-bases that will drive sales from day one. As one former NY publisher told Breakey, “Five or ten years ago, you could give a writer without a platform a chance. But nowadays, you blow them off and move on.” So if you want agents, editors, and publishers to drool over you, do this: 

1) Collect the names and emails of your ideal audience every day (using a paid ad).

2) Engage with your ideal audience about their lives via email, text, or video on a weekly basis.

3) Build your community with confidence, care, and polarity around a heroic cause.

None of these tasks is easy, Breakey says—but they’re worth it.

Truth 2: Write compelling content. Even if your fanbase wows, your publisher might turn you down if you write poorly. So know your strengths. If your writing pops from the page, fantastic. But if not, don’t let your pride get in the way of seeking help from a professional writer.

 

Secret 2: The Ultimate Key to Landing Clients, Winning Keynotes, and Booking Media Appearances

Don’t treat your book as an end, Breakey says. Treat it as a beginning. Your book cannot solve your readers’ problem. It’s a wonderful start, but buying your book alone won’t get your audience to the destination they desire. That requires a journey.

Think: Video course that dives deep. Weekend seminar that workshops your book’s concepts. Group coaching that gives individual attention. Show your audience that you’re not in this to somewhat solve their problem, but completely solve it. Do this and you’ll unlock opportunities you never thought possible.

 

Secret 3: How to Avoid the 2 Cardinal Sins That Bankrupt 98% of All Published Writers

Cardinal Sin 1: Not having a system to start a relationship between you and your ideal readers every day.

You don’t sell books unless you have engaged fans, Breakey says. To find and cultivate these engaged fans, you need what’s called an online funnel. Online funnels gather your readers’ names and emails in exchange for valuable content.

An efficient online funnel operates like this:

Paid Ad > High-Value Content > Gather Names and Emails > Lead Toward Heroic Cause

You’ll notice at the front of this graphic is the word “paid.” This brings up an important point, Breakey says. If you’re not willing to invest in influencing thousands of lives, don’t expect thousands of lives to invest in you. Paid ads and funnels are essential to your success. 

Failing authors say, “I put in all this work to write it—I’m not investing another dime!” Thriving authors say, “I will do what it takes to reach the people I know I can help.” 

Cardinal Sin 2: Not creating products or services that solve your audience’s next problem.

Remember, your book is the beginning, not the end. Starving writers can’t make ends meet because they’ve refused to ask, “What’s my audience’s next problem?” or “How can I speed up how fast my audience solves their problem?”

Reading alone boasts a dismal learning retention rate of 10%. How might you add a product that’s audiovisual (20% retention)? How about a video that focuses on demonstration (30% retention)? What about hosting online discussion groups (50% retention)? Or in-person workshops where your readers practice what you’ve preached (75% retention)? Or positioning your readers to teach what they’ve learned from your book (90% retention)?

The possibilities for more products and services are endless, Breakey says. Put yourself in your readers’ shoes, feel their pains—and then start solving them.

 

Secret 4: The #1 Author Pitfall That Could Cost You 1,000s Of Hours, Threaten Your Sanity, and Guarantee Loss

Breakey believes that if you’re the kind of person who MUST write a book, then you are an amplifier of every good thing in this world. You never stop learning or wanting to help others grow. Your words bring life and transformation. You are a natural helper, teacher, and encourager. You inspire others with your life story and ideas. Your mission isn’t about you—it’s about others. You are compassionate, driven, and ambitious.

So why would you ever try to go it alone in your publishing journey? That’s the #1 author pitfall.

You can’t be an excellent craftsman, editor, proofreader, designer, formatter, packager, copywriter, publisher, distributor, book launch expert, funnel builder, ad manager, product and services creator, automation expert, strategizer, and video producer all by yourself.

You might think, “That’s what a publisher is for.” Breakey puts an end to that thinking right now. Traditional publishers look for writers who offer more than their writing. They don’t bend over backward for writers who just write, he says.

If you want to go far in publishing and make a living as an author, you need a guide, Breakey says. You need a team.

 

Boost Your Influence Starting Today

 

Breakey doesn’t want aspiring authors to spend a decade breaking into traditional publishing. He doesn’t want them investing years into learning marketing.

He wants them to write their book, grow a fanbase, speed up profit, and boost their influence starting today (without wearing 15 different hats)!

If you doubt that you’ll ever impact people or make revenue, you’ve been listening to the wrong advice, Breakey says. If you think there’s no way you could stand out from the crowd, you’ve never met a state-of-the-art marketer.

You now have insider publishing knowledge in your arsenal. You know exactly what you must do to write, publish, and profit from your book.

Don’t delay, Breakey says. Most writers have been putting off their dreams for years. He believes writers owe it to themselves to fulfill their potential and start transforming lives!

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How To Eliminate Self Doubt Forever

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Doubt is an unfortunate necessity of life. Whether it be internally or from those around you. It’s essentially unavoidable. But, that doesn’t mean you have to absorb it. Think of it like a sponge, the more you soak it in the more it will weigh you down. Doubt is a weakness that everyone has the ability to overcome.

I recently met with the Co-Founder and CEO of Steam Whistle, Cam Heaps, one of the largest and most popular breweries in Canada. Heaps always had a desire to craft his own beer and had the grand dream of having a brewery of his own inception. Since broadcasting his desires, he was presented with vocal uncertainty from friends and family. Fortunately, he pushed through the dubiousness of his peers because he knew that he could accomplish his ultimate goal.

His story had me thinking of my own journey. Rather than everything and everyone one weighing me down, I use it as fuel. Rather than soak up the doubt I stay a dry sponge. The analogy doesn’t sound so great in reverse, but we should all be dry sponges. This prompted me to start a blog and write a post on the importance of best utilizing your strengths to the utmost degree, siphoning fuel from the “doubters” to attain your aspirations and the unimaginable power of positivity.

Toronto is a very diverse and welcoming city. But I didn’t always get to experience the bright side of my community. I was one of three kids at my school who wore a turban. As one would suspect, I was ostracized for being different. They would tease me about my long hair, saying I belonged in the girl’s washroom. And that was not #woke. This is harmful to any kid, it stays with anyone. My perceived “lack of coolness” meant getting friends would be a challenge. The opinions of my peers dictated how I felt and thought of my own self-worth. Like every other kid, I just wanted to fit in. I mulled over alternatives as to how to be accepted by those around me. I ultimately decided on being the class clown. If acting up and cracking wise was what it took to be welcomed, I would do that very thing. Nothing was more vital than the validation of my peer group.

I kept this trend all the way through middle school. I grew to become a highly active kid, finding it difficult to sit through class, and really focus at all. The majority of my teachers reached out to my parents due to concern and sometimes pure frustration over the negative influence I was having on the students. My 7th-grade science teacher, Mrs. Jackson, got a hold of my dad and informed him of my unfavorable behavior. She stated that I would have to repeat the grade. Although furious and disappointed, my father persuaded her to pass me with the promise that I would be tutored to be better prepared for the following year.

These tales of youth and we have a purpose in shaping who I came to be, and now you as the reader. These people had power over me whether it be through hierarchy or because of social conventions. They reinforced their control, making me feel weak, that I didn’t fit the right mold. This obviously severely impacted my confidence, which proceeded to create a vicious internal dialogue that stated I would never be good enough.

The notion that grades are the epitome of success is ingrained into us for so long and when we’re so young. I barely made it through high school, so I knew college and university wasn’t a realistic option. My thinking was that I could hopefully get a decent job and maybe live a moderately comfortable life. As a young man, this was a morbid thought.

I managed to land an interview at CIBC through a hiring agency, and there I was fortunate enough to interview with Lynn Thoms. Much to my surprise, she put little emphasis on my resume and minimal qualifications. Instead, she said: “Sell me something, choose anything you want.” Having spent my teenage years selling shoes at Sporting Life, I decided to use that to my advantage. I asked her what she would be using the shoes for, how often she would use them, and analyzed her stance and posture. Based on these factors, I recommended a number of options tailored specifically for her needs. Given that I had asked a number of meaningful questions and specified everything to her particular requirements, she stated I would be perfect for the role.

I was now a Sales and Service Specialist, the fact that someone took a chance on me gave me a whole new sense of purpose. I could utilize my one talent: sales. Unfortunately, my colleagues didn’t share the same attitude as Lynn Thoms. They said because I didn’t have a university education I was very limited to what I could do in my career and this was pretty much it for me. This brought me back to my years of elementary and high school. I felt belittled, that I would never amount to anything, I was stuck in the place that they put me in. Eventually, I thought back to the 8th grade, where I had a teacher that did inspire me, Ms. Canata. She believed in me. She spends the extra time with me to ensure that I understood the lessons, she informed me that I had strengths and great potential. Not everyone needs to or should be good at the same things, we need different ways of thinking and processing. She told me that I was capable of things that others weren’t. I was informed I had charm, a skill she said that would serve me well in the future. Her belief in me was the fuel I needed to know that I didn’t need what others said I did. I wasn’t dictated by how they thought I should live my life. For the next 2 years, I was the top salesperson on my team, all without a “necessary” education.

Eventually, I grew tired of my position, so I left CIBC for employment in 100% commission sales at Acura. I learned very quickly that I had less than minimal knowledge about cars and there was not enough charm I could present that would compensate for this. Rather than let my insecurity best me like it did in the past, I studied up. Learning the trade became my life until I could be comfortable among the other vehicular enthusiasts. I could recite every little detail from the brochure, I spent time outside of the shop learning every minute detail, and I joined the mechanics to understand all of the inner workings. What I learned was that I could use my own strengths (ie. salesmanship) to overcome my weaknesses and be better than I was before. Outside factors didn’t matter, I had to be the best I could be for me. I deflated my own self-doubt and became one of the top salespeople.

During the next two and a half years, I sold a vast amount of cars, and a good portion of those was to real estate agents. This led me to think that there was a way that I could get into bigger ticket items. I was immediately actively pursuing my real estate license. During this process, I happened to sell a car to an agent and I was excited to pick his brain. “You’re too young, don’t even think about getting into real estate. It’s a man’s game and you’re not that.” That was essentially the summation of his egotistical ramblings. Taken aback by his statement, my 22-year-old self needed no more fuel to prove the world wrong. I quit Acura and spent all the time I could muster to selling real estate. Admittedly, I had a chip on my shoulder due to my efforts of just trying to prove one guy wrong. The following year I was filled with resentment, anger, and more self-doubt. I felt my dreams were petty and uninspired, as I recall all of this it comes flooding back to me.

2004 marked a major turning point when I met someone who would become my mentor, business partner, and dear friend, Simon Giannini. He lent me his Tony Robbins CD’s to listen to on my commute. I got the impression he could sense my overwhelming pessimism. The consistency of bombarding myself with positive messages started me on a path of self-reflection. It helped me realize that I was allowing others to negatively influence me and that I had the power to excise this from my mind.

For the remainder of my twenties, I actively worked on altering my mindset. “To bring new clothes into your closet, you have to purge the old ones.” And so I did. This developed into something better than I could’ve anticipated. The more I exuded positivity, the more I attracted it. I also made a conscious effort to avoid negative people. These acts of purging freed up mental space to think with more clarity, perceive things more creatively, and dream bigger than I ever had.

Now fast forward a couple of years, I become a Managing Partner of a team of 25 agents who year after year is in the top 5 teams in all of Royal LePage Canada. We produced over $100 million in sales and helped thousands buy, sell, and invest. On top of that, I am the Creative Director of REC Experience and host of our podcast. I utilize every medium I can to enable people to use the tools and information necessary to achieve what I have accomplished. I want to help those who are hungry do beyond what they thought possible.

My story is not the same as yours, but it’s also not uniquely mine either. At some or many points, you have felt like you don’t belong, that you can’t do much, that this is it for you. Regardless of sex, gender, religion, cultural beliefs, or age, you’ve felt like an outsider. Isolation is a feeling that at some point or another can’t be avoided. Everyone has moments where others have done or said things that stain us in ways we wish didn’t. Doubt is a part of our genetic makeup, but I hope I can leave you with this…

People who are doubting you and your path are likely doubting themselves in the same way. Unfortunately, these individuals never go away. Whether it be those you wish to not fraternize with or those you consider dear. My advice is to view them as hurdles you can leap over. Use their advice and comments as the fire under your feet. If your feet were actually on fire you could jump over the obstacles better due to the additional adrenaline. It’s a metaphor. It’s also very important to recognize those who are in your corner and seek their mentorship. Never be afraid to ask for help. These people can drastically change the trajectory of your life. Nobody knows you like you know yourself. Ignore all of the noise and ask yourself: if I try and really try, can I do this? If you believe it, the answer is always yes. From this point on, it’s a matter of always recognizing that power lies within and all of those negative thoughts are just wasting your time and energy.

It’s time to purge!

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Mikey Moran – The Co-Founder of a 10 Billion Dollar Super App Company In Indonesia Shares A Rare Interview

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Michaelangelo Moran known to his friends simply as “Mikey” along with his high school friend Nadiem Makarim co-founded GO-JEK, transportation, service, payments, and logistics delivery mobile app now valuated at over 10 Billion dollars.

I recently sat down with him in Bali Praia to learn his entire story.

This is the first time he’s shared deeply about his full journey.

There are so many lessons that we can learn from Michaelangelo’s journey as well as business knowledge and experience that few in the world have to offer.

Who Is Michaelangelo?

Michaelangelo Moran was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Michaelangelo is a world-class entrepreneur who has been featured in the 40 Under 40 by Prestige Magazine.

His professional career started as an Operations Manager at Hugo Boss Indonesia and also working in event management company Martini Link Communications for clients such as Lucky Strike, Dunhill Cigarettes, Prestige Magazine, DestinAsian Magazine, and many other product launches.

Since then, he has co-founded and was the Brand Director for GO-JEK Indonesia – the country’s first DECACORN super app tech company in Indonesia for formalizing the motorcycle taxi industry to provide transport, courier, shopping, food delivery and many other services doing 100 million orders a month and serving more than 2.5 million people.

In addition, Moran has co-founded Semua Properties Bali, which he calls “an end-to-end solution” for real estate, and also Arc MediSpa in Kemang, Jakarta, a beautiful aesthetic and wellness company that provides non-surgical treatments.

He co-founded Bali Praia, which is the first creative space for musicians, DJs, and artists, as well as a record label based in Bali. Bali Praia is where artists and DJs can produce, DJ, and learn how to produce and DJ as well as a networking place as it constantly does creative workshops to educate the general public.

He also somehow also finds time to be one of Indonesia’s leading DJs. “DJ Mikey” performs internationally as well as in Jakarta and Bali. His last project, Streamland, encompasses live streams for DJs that helps raise money to help feed the locals in Bali, the island which he now calls home. This project is so relevant in today’s times, and Streamland partners with an organization called FEED BALI made by the Tresna Bali Cooking School who is delivering food parcels with local ingredients to more than 1000 families in Bali.

Mikey has been featured in Voice of America Indonesia and several other TV appearances.

What is your “origin story” where are you from, how did you get to where you are today

It was always a goal for me to make my own name in life. My family comes from a fashion background. Being half Indian and half Indonesian Chinese, I grew up in my earlier years in Jakarta and then Singapore (where I met Nadiem, the co-founder of GO-JEK). After I graduated college from Boston in 2003 and moved back to Indonesia in 2004, I asked my parents to cut me off financially. As my first job back home, I worked in event management for prestigious corporate events with large scale budgets. If you have ever worked events before, you would know it’s very tough and time-consuming, but the rewards are next level. The company that I worked for was Martini Link Communications, made by Reza Yohanes and Angelina Sumarno. After a tough but successful event launching the rebrand of Dunhill Cigarettes, we became the official event organizer of British American Tobacco Indonesia – organizing all Dunhill and Lucky Strike events. In the meantime, I was also becoming a DJ, co-founding Trigger Management, which created events in clubs featuring international DJs and sponsored by the likes of Class A Mild, Marlboro, and Red Bull Indonesia.

Through all this, I learned that event management really teaches you to be goal-oriented, as well as the importance of team, task, and time management. This is because the entire event revolves around a strict deadline and a tight budget. Through our clients, I learned the importance of details and how no detail is too small when it comes to execution.

After working for events, my parents asked me to join the family business. My family was the first to bring in an international brand into Indonesia with Levi’s Strauss in 1966. By the time I joined the family business in 2005, my family had already built a fashion empire, franchising many European brands to Indonesia, such as Hugo Boss, Aigner, Prada, Mango, Jimmy Choo, Todds, and many more. During this time, I became the operations manager for Hugo Boss in Indonesia. It was quite the change from having meetings in Starbucks planning events to the corporate 9-5 suit and tie environment. What was fun was that I managed to do the buying in Hong Kong for the next season’s collection, which was a highlight for that year. After much thought, working in the company for a year and a half, I decided to call it quits and go back to event management, creating Danceflo Productions – also together with Nadiem Makarim as well as Sayan Gulino and David Jacobson. It was during the Danceflo era that I got inspired to become a new media designer and hence applied to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

I could say this is really where the journey began. I always was a creative person, but I didn’t have the tools nor even the guide to learn and shine in this field. I was the top of my class learning subjects like Photography, Design, Motion Graphics, Web Development, etc. This paved the way for me to design the GO-JEK logo, my first client out of Academy of Art, when I graduated in 2010. My first client ultimately led me to become the Co-Founder of the company.

From here, the entrepreneurial journey began.

Tell me about the biggest challenge you ever faced and how you overcame them personally and professionally.

PERSONALLY

A big turning point in my life was when I decided to go back to school and pursue a design degree at the Academy of Art. It was single-handedly the biggest decision of my life and is the reason I am where I am today.  For me, the challenge was breaking away from monotony and expectation. I did not thrive or grow in a repetitive environment. I was always seeking challenges, obstacles, and goals, which, until today, is my biggest driving force. Exiting and moving on from the family business in 2005 was a huge leap, and along with all of my previous work experience, ultimately paved the way to my entrepreneurial success. I loved what I was doing at the Academy of Art, and I became very good at it. I think success comes from passion, it may not be discovered early, but passion drives your motivation. From here, stay on course, be focused, and keep doing what you love. The money will come later.

PROFESSIONALLY

Finding the right people has always been one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced. This may be on the higher co-founding level or down to even hiring the right people for your team. This is an ongoing challenge and one that I still haven’t found the right solution to. My only advice, just like with anything, would be that there are always other people and other opportunities, sometimes you just want to jump the gun and move forward. However, handpicking people is a long process, and one you should only do when you are comfortable. Do some proper due diligence, take your time, evaluate all your options, and this will de-risk yourself from further problems that may incur.

What Does It Truly Take To Be An Entrepreneur? What Does This Word Mean To You?

Stay grounded. It’s easy to sway away and be caught up in it all. Remember to keep on your toes and be flexible, because you never know what kind of curveball is going to be thrown at you. Be fearless and navigate through failures. You can’t get to where you need to go without taking some risks.

What is your biggest advice to people to becoming a successful entrepreneur, financially, and also in terms of personal growth?

It all starts with the idea that leads to the product/service, followed by a business plan, budget, and then fundraising.

YOU REALLY NEED TO WANT THIS – You need to walk and talk to the brand, people need to see the passion come out of you with whatever you are trying to do. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you need to put in your hours and hard work. Make sure to always stay focused and dedicated to the end goal.

I think it’s important to VISUALIZE goals – Set yourself a BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal…this is your long term, possibly for some an unimaginable goal. Something you wish to achieve.  In the meantime, set your short term KPIs, what you do want to achieve in three months, six months, and one year. It will allow you to measure your success and stay on course.

NETWORK, network, network – Get out there, spread the wings of your business and brand. Do it the old fashion way. People want to relate to the owners and put a face to the business, and you can’t rely on social media all the way.

You need to be PATIENT – GO-JEK nearly shut down multiple times before we got properly funded because we were unable to stay afloat. But we stayed dedicated and did not lose focus or encouragement. Once the time and market were right, we were able to scale and take the company to new heights.

PREPARE FOR THE WORST – There are times when businesses are not necessarily doing well. This global pandemic is probably the best example of businesses suffering due to the lockdowns that are happening. Be prepared that there may be no sales for six months forward and have some cash ready to survive. These things are unpredictable; its best to take the necessary steps to have that peace of mind and be prepared for whatever financial challenges may arise.

Always continue LEARNING – There are plenty of ways to keep yourself inspired. This can be in the form of watching tutorials, taking online courses, attending seminars, hanging out with other entrepreneurs and CEOs to continuously expand your knowledge and horizons.

Are there particular people (family, mentors, books) in your life who helped you progress in your entrepreneurial journey?

On the top of the list would be my parents Nico and Dewi Moran, who taught me the importance of business ethics, client management and emphasized personal and professional growth. Through my parents’ actions and dedication to their businesses, I saw the importance of sacrifice and hard work from an early age. I saw firsthand that in order to succeed, you need to put in the hours and that any of your successes is a reflection of your hard work.

Next are my co-founder and partner, Nadiem Makarim. He ignited my entrepreneurial path and mentored me to create success by thinking steps ahead and being firm and dedicated to the goals set upon you. From the creative standpoint, I need to highlight my teacher and also department head Bob Rigel and Gino Nave at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

Any final words you want to share with our readers?

The entrepreneurial road is not an easy or straight path. The journey requires a tremendous amount of dedication and sacrifice. I’ve been through a lot of big ups and downs mentally, physically, and professionally while I have been on this path, and you have to remember to take care of yourself and not push your limits. I have also learned that being successful has its perks, but you will only feel complete if you are truly happy at the end of it.

Remember to enjoy the process. Life is a journey, a rollercoaster, but if this business is your passion, and it feeds your soul, the sky’s the limit for you.

Watch An Excerpt Of My Interview On Youtube Below

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