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.
“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.
I got the opportunity to talk about Newark Venture Partners, diversity in the tech industry, and my book with Cheddar TV. This was actually my first time on Wall Street. I toured around the area and just soaked in all in, billions of dollars being moved to the left and right of me. Will never forget the adrenaline in the room.
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.
I got invited to Mic’s HQ to discuss a few key topics as well as drop a few gems about my book. Interview was done by my pal James Dennin, Senior Money Writer for Mic.com.
I had the honor of sitting next to young hustlers to share gems and inspiration for Complex Magazine’s new Hustle channel. I learned so much from these guys, and not to mention I been a fan of YesJulz for a while now. Enjoy!
On this panel: YesJulz, Anthony Frasier, Tiffany Hardin and Rob Santini
Had a great time doing this STARTUP TALK interview with my buddy Rui Delgado
On my birthday, I said I would be releasing a book today. Took me a solid month to put it all together. Today my book “Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness” available on digital and print. Also, the digital version is actually free for 24 hours. The only thing I ask is that you guys leave me a review on Amazon. Bad or good.“Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness” available on digital and print. Also, the digital version is actually free for 24 hours. The only thing I ask is that you guys leave me a review on Amazon. Bad or good.
I saw a quote last year that said, “Write the book you want to read.” I’ve decided to take on that challenge. What inspired me the most was the lack of good advice out there for young black entrepreneurs. I’ve been in countless schools and black neighborhoods across the country, and many of the questions are the same.
I found a graduation picture of myself from the 8th grade. I wrote what it was I would tell my young self. How would I prepare him for the things he is going to experience? The failures? The heart breaks? How would I even tell him how to handle success? This book doesn’t have all the answers, but it has all the ones the young me needed. Things I had to learn the hard way. I want to make it a bit easier for someone else.