How to Write, Self-Publish, and Sell Your Book in 2017

“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.

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Turning Your Passion to Six-Figure Profits With Amber Hopson

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.

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From Idea To Acquisition With Chinedu Echeruo

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.

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How Divine Timing Works

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?

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How ‘Love’ Can Make You Billions With Tim Sanders

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!

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Building an Empire Together w/ Jeff & Kalisa

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.

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Get Paid To Be Yourself Pt. 2 (Live) With Julian Mitchell

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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Show Julian some love: Hit him on Twitter @AllThingsMitch

5 Great Examples of Branded Podcasts

I have a confession, I’m in love with podcasts. Branded podcasts to be specific. So in love I’ve started consulting with major brands and small businesses, by helping them create their own and suggesting engaging content ideas. I’m having a blast. I wanted to create this post to showcase some of the best examples of branded podcasts that are out today.

The largest form of advertising for podcasts, in general, are “live reads.” However, live reads are still typical and listeners can still fast forward or completely ignore them. What makes branded audio content great is they allow brands to create an entire experience. Without slamming a sales message in their face at every turn.

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What To Do Before You Raise Money With Peter Boyce

This is the first of many live podcasts we recorded with a studio audience. This episode features VC Peter Boyce of General Catalyst Partners. We talk with Peter about how he came from an internship at Bad Boy Records to running his own VC firm. He delivers gems on creating a platinum network as well as what entrepreneurs should be doing to get their startups funded. Enjoy.

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What we learned:

  • When looking for VC funding push value prior to asking for anything. One of the many ways of pushing value we learned in this podcast was by setting up events that are beneficial to the venture capital firm which helps them and gets you in their radar.
  • Everything in business is about the people and the relationships you create. You can utilize your relationships to help you create your own business and be informed of new opportunities.
  • Solo entrepreneurs must take their time when looking for a co-founder/CTO. It is productively and emotionally important to have a partner that you can work with throughout creating your business. The chances of VC’s investing in a one person run company is very low.
  • Make sure you are doing something you really love.  Businesses take lots of time to build and be acquired so if you are in it for financial incentives only you will be very disappointed.

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