If life were a video game, books would be the cheat codes. The first book I read that changed my mindset completely was written by an author named Tim Sanders called “Love Is The Killer App.” It taught me how to give value and use that to get further in life, especially in entrepreneurship. It laid the foundation for me to be where I am today. Because of social media, years later I was able to form a friendship with Tim and get advice from him personally. Something I would have never imagined when I was younger.
This week I sit down with André Hueston Mack founder of Mouton Noir Wines. If you haven’t heard about him yet, stay tuned because his brand is turning into a household name. If you ever thought to yourself “this can’t be as good as it gets for me,” then this interview is specifically for you.
We learn about Andres humble beginnings working at McDonald’s, and a passionless job in the corporate world. He knew nothing about wine, got influenced watching Frasier and turned that passion into a career as a well-paid wine consultant for top restaurants. Eventually, he turned that new career into a business and now Mouton Noir is one of the top brands in the world.
What it’s like to talk to billionaires for a living?
I met Alex Konrad a few months ago on my visit to Wall Street. I had no idea who Alex was, but I have seen and admired his work without really knowing his name. Alex has written the cover stories on many of the world’s richest people featured in Forbes magazine.
I told Alex I would love to have him speak to my community about journalism and the lessons he has learned interviewing so many titans. So I quickly fired up my laptop and recorded our conversation for the masses.
“Every human being has genius level talent. There are no chosen ones. GOD has given every single person genius level talent. You just have to find what it is that you are great at, and then tap into it.” – Jay-Z
There are two things I’ve learned to be true over the course of my life. One, everybody is a genius in some way, shape, or form. Two, every experience is one you can learn from, good or bad. So if everybody has some level of genius in them and a bunch of lessons learned they just need an outlet to share it with the world.
Amber Hopson has the most unique story I’ve heard on my podcast. Amber is a hair stylist, entrepreneur, internet personality, and former major label artist. We actually take a trip from her beginnings in Compton to her success opening one of the most popular salons in the Los Angeles area.
We were supposed to mainly talk about her new book “Boss Moves: What They Didn’t Teach You in Beauty School.” We ended up discussing much more. I relate to Amber so much because I grew up in a single parent home where my mother became my first glimpse of entrepreneurship. Watching her make a way for her family, made me want to embody those same traits. Amber talks about those struggles as well as how she almost walked into a strip club, but turned around and made a better choice.
The first time I met Chinedu was in a coffee shop in New York City. We sat down and discussed ideas, but it wasn’t a typical idea chat. Chinedu ran me through his process and it was fascinating to hear how detailed he was, he truly understood the customer for each product he was running me through. Chinedu is a master at bringing an idea to life, just look at what he was able to do with HopStop.
In this interview, Chinedu takes us behind the scenes on how he was able to think of HopStop and how it eventually was acquired by Apple. We don’t stay on the surface, we dig deep. Chinedu reveals how he wasn’t a coder so he gives us tips on how to find a developer early on like he did. We get the pros and cons of outsourcing, and how to budget for your app.
This may or may not apply to you, but hear me out. I was upset when I tried so hard to pay attention in school, and got an F because I couldn’t focus. I was upset when I and my family had to move house to house when I was younger because my parents just got divorced. I was upset when I would watch TV and see clean neighborhoods, but outside my window was abandoned houses and empty crack vials. I was upset when I went to school and got teased because I was a little chubbier than most.
I was upset when I dropped out of college because my mother relied on me to be the first one with a degree. I was upset when I had to work for minimum wage, and I was broke every week. I was upset when my company failed and was embarrassed I had to move back in my mother. There have been so many times where I was extremely upset from a life challenge, resulting to me crying in the bathroom so my family wouldn’t think I was weak. Constantly asking GOD, why me?
This episode I sit down with multiple NY Times Bestselling author Tim Sanders. Tim wrote one of the first books I read on entrepreneurship called “Love Is The Killer App.” We talk about the philosophy behind the book. Tim also takes us back in time and gives us tips on how we can be like Mark Cuban before he made his billions. Tim was there every step of the way. Enjoy!
Be a boss, date a boss, build an empire. I’d have several empires if I had a dollar for every time I have seen that meme recreated on every social media platform. People are in love with the idea of building a business and legacy with the woman/man of their dreams. That meme has manifested itself with Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin. A couple that had a dream, and built it together.
Jeff & Kalisa are the founders of the BnB The Runaway Jamaica. They launched their dream business on Kickstarter and was the first hospitality business to ever get successfully funded on the platform.
This episode I’m joined by supervising producer of Complex Hustle Julian Mitchell. This is a sequel to our very popular first podcast. We cover a bit of Julian’s past hustle, and journey to how he was able to rise so fast from being without a dime in his pocket. We recorded this episode live in front of a studio audience, and we had a ball.
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