How do you know how to do all of this stuff?? Like running successful businesses and developing your own supplements?! It just blows my mind. You're so successful and it's AMAZING. Good for you. Did you study business in school or something?
Thank you! I own a basketball and football display case company, a marketing and brand development company, and have the crush gyms, sports nutrition, apparel, ebooks and online stuff.
What you don’t know, is that I started a fitness apparel company called CutUpClub, and failed after the first year. I started a company in college where I went to people’s workplace and replaced their brake pads and rotors while they worked. A car fell on my leg when a jack stand gave out, and then that eventually failed too. When I was in high school, I had a business building custom gaming computers (long time nerd) and selling them online. That also failed miserably. Battle bottle? The company that made indescribable shaker cups? That failed before it even hit the market!! I lost every penny to my name, probably a good 10 times, and spent the last two years taking home a big whopping $9,000 total.
I’m not successful because I went to school. I actually dropped out of school to start all this shit. I learned accounting by buying quick books when I had my cars falling on my lap and almost killing myself company. I learned it because I had to. If I didn’t, I would fail, go to jail, etc. I think pressure is the best form of education. Either you find a way or you fail.
I got my graphic design and Photoshop / image knowledge by working at a family printing company since 4th grade in the summers. I would mess with computers and learned photoshop when it was still “new”…. Fast forward to when I was 16, I got to rebrand some major hospitals, a HUGE motorcycle company, and a large healthcare provider. That’s when I found my edge in design and brand development. That turned into knowledge of retail, product development, manufacturing etc. honestly I sill find this to be one of the most valuable things I know. It’s by far gotten me the most respect, and helped me out of some serious financial pinches.
As far as business goes, there is no secret. Marketing and accounting. Marketing drives sales and accounting is your entire business whether you want to believe it or not. Money. It all comes down to money. There is no success story. I got my real estate license because I needed it to make more money, not because somebody told me I had to. I wanted to. It was actually really easy.
I do everything opposite. “They” say to never mix passion or emotion with business. They are idiots. My business is my passion, and that’s not just in fitness. I sold freaking printing passionately and it won every time. I think my success with business came from believing I was worthy / capable. Once I believed in myself, things just started clicking. I’m intimidated by nobody.
We’re all just people doing things. That’s pretty much it. You can do whatever you want. I’m nothing special. I just tell myself that no matter what needs to be done, I can do it. It hasn’t failed me yet. When people ask me what I do, I don’t answer. I chuckle and instead, ask them what they do, then tell them how I can help. I’m successful because I want to be. I had no help. No silver spoon. Just the fear of failure and the desire to buy a private jet before I was 30. And I will.