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What’s your backstory?
Born and raised in a small town called Tri-cities, Washington. I grew up in a household of five with two sisters and my parents, I was the youngest. My early life was quite a roller coaster of emotions due to living in a house full of negativity and a lot of violence. I remember coming home everyday to hearing my parents fight about money. At a very young age I realized that I didn’t want money to ever be a problem for me.
I told myself that I was going to make something out of myself and help my family and my next generation have a different life from the one I had. I experienced a lot of pain very young seeing my mother get abused by my father growing up. It hurt me a lot to see her go through that and not be able to do anything about it.
Although my parents had their problems, they were still a blessing to my life and I am so thankful for them. In school I was never a good student, I always had low grades and didn’t take school seriously. I was the class clown and I managed to copy most of my way through school. I still remember my father telling me that I wasn’t going to be nothing in life. So a lot of my passion was driven from pain that I felt.
I managed to graduate from college just to later learn that I had wasted my time because even with a college degree no one wanted to hire me. Eventually I did get hired and was only getting paid a little over minimum wage. Even after agreeing to get paid less than what I was expecting, it didn’t take more than 5 months before they fired me. This was a real slap in the face.
That is when I realized that I had to make a change with my life. After losing my job that is really when I dove deep into learning about entrepreneurship and learning how to start my own business. One night after doing research and watching videos on youtube I stumbled across a Tai Lopez “here in my garage” ad. It didn’t take me much convincing before I bought the course called 67 steps. This course taught me the foundations to being an entrepreneur. That is when life started to make sense for me again.
It gave me hope, it was a brand new opportunity to make something out of myself. I was sold on the luxury of living a life by design. I was sold on the fact that I had full power to changing my life and that it was up to me to make it happen. The dreams of having fast cars and big houses got refueled and my motivation skyrocketed.
Throughout this time is when I first connected with Nathan Ray Ortega founder of Influencer Podcasts. I was given the opportunity to enhance my skills within the PR space which allowed me to grow and get me out of my shell which enabled me to network with millionaires. After 6 month of learning with Nathan I got introduced to Josue Arteaga and Ulyses Osuna. That is when they were starting this new program called Manufacturing Influencers and they were offering opportunities for new upcoming PR specialists. I quickly took the opportunity joined their team at Influencer press.
It didn’t take no longer than 4 days before I closed my first client named Bedros Keuilian who is a multi-millionaire and a high level entrepreneur. Out of everything that i’ve learned so far I know now that none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t stayed persistent and ambitious even when times were tough. I stuck through and I was blessed when the opportunity met my preparation.
Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?
One of the most foolish mistakes I’ve made was to go to college for a plan B. I went to school to get a degree to have something to fall back on. I had a scarcity mindset and perspective of looking at things. Although I did finish college and did get a degree. I learned that I had made a huge mistake by going to school because it honestly delayed my chances of success for plan A.
Never have a plan B, always have one plan and stick with it. Preparing for a plan B will only delay your success for plan A. Eliminate your plan B and you will eliminate your option of failure. Saying you will accomplish plan A no matter what you have to do, is a better attitude to have.
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?
After two years of college and then losing a job that I thought I wanted was a horrible feeling. I felt ashamed and disappointed that it took me almost 3 years to find out that this wasn’t the career I wanted. The first thought that came to me was feeling like I had messed up because I got fired. But one thing I did know was that this job was not for me and that I didn’t want to find another one like it. But at the same time I also felt scared of what my family was going to say about me.
That is when my make or break moment happened. I could’ve either felt sad about wasting three years of my life or realized that this was a turning point in my life and this was meant to happen. I chose to stay positive and look at why it was a good thing. One thing I’ve learned from this situation is that one of the worst things you can do is dwell on your loses or mistakes. I know now that if something doesn’t go as planned, never try to force it go the way you initially planned it.
Learn to adapt and feel comfortable with being uncomfortable because life always comes with problems. Problems are the root to creativity. I like to look at problems not as problems but rather opportunities.