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What’s your backstory?
If there was a senior superlative for least likely to succeed that would be Justin. With a 1.7 GPA, his dad in jail, and his mom in the middle of a 20 year opioid addiction which she later lost, all signs pointed to a rough road for Justin. At 19 years old he got a job in direct sales and discovered self-development and lead him on a journey to discover that it doesn’t matter where you come from or even where you are today. What matters are the decisions you make today to create a better tomorrow.
5 months before launching the Growth Now Movement Podcast, Justin’s mom lost her battle to opioids. In that moment Justin had a choice, he can allow this rock bottom moment to define him, or he could create a platform that gives people hope that you can truly live a happy life no matter what. This simple decision made him shift perspectives with the podcast that now gets played in over 100 countries every single week, has been chosen by INC magazine as a Top 8 podcast every Entrepreneur should follow, and creating one of the go to events for entrepreneurs Growth Now Movement LIVE! He also now works with people like Ed Mylett, Fabio Viviani, Sarah Centrella, and so many more of the world’s top influencers, entrepreneurs, and celebrities.
‘Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?’
After a year and a half of podcasting with little to show for it I made a simple shift. I asked my co-host to take a step back. I grabbed the reigns on my show, defined its direction and things started to grow. I found that when your purpose, your marketing, and your message all align the right audience will find you, and will stick around. That growth lead to INC Magazine listing me as a Top 8 Podcaster which has then 10x’d my business and allowed me to create Growth Now Movement LIVE!
I’m a firm believer that our challenges are the things that create opportunity. Our rock bottom moments are the catalyst to allow us to make quantum leaps forward. For me, when my mom passed away suddenly due to her opioid addiction it gave me the opportunity to step back and realize that life is fleeting. We have to choose to be happy in every single moment. If not, it is all wasted. That then lead me to truly live my passion and purpose every single day.
‘Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?’
I feel as an entrepreneur there are moments almost daily where you want to give up. My biggest decision was when the show wasn’t growing. I came to a fork in the road and had to make a decision. I could have stopped entirely, I could have continued down the same mediocre path, or I could have shifted my approach and relaunch the show. I thankfully chose the 3rd path which has lead to some of the biggest successes in my life. Sometimes we don’t need to quit and go do something else. Sometimes it is those small adjustments that will send us soaring.