Give us your “elevator pitch”:
I am an Emmy Award Winning Producer and the Founder of Ambitious.com. We teach entrepreneurs how to start and grow their online business so they can live a more Ambitious Life.
What type of products of services does your business offer?
We have more than 40 online courses to walk entrepreneurs through many different opportunities and challenges, such as creating an online course, setting up and running profitable Facebook Ads, selling, setting up online communities and even how to grow a billion dollar eCommerce company. We also help entrepreneurs create, launch and sell their own online courses by appearing on our flagship show, Ambitious Live. Think of it like Good Morning America meets QVC, where we help you develop your course content, televise it and even help you to sell it, all in just 1-day.
How did you get started with Ambitious.com ?
I am a former touring rapper in a rock back, similar to Linkin Park or 311. When I got out of the music industry I helped other musicians to make money doing what they loved. I did this by developing my first online course, The New Music Economy. That course went on to sell thousands of copies to musicians all over the world. I soon discovered that other people needed help in creating their own online courses and so I started teaching them how to teach and build their own courses. Over the years we have helped thousands of students and hundreds of clients to develop their own courses and products and have helped to develop courses with legends like Brian Tracy, Michael Gerber, Dan Kennedy, Tom Hopkins, Craig Ballantyne and more.
What’s been the hardest part about starting your own business?
The hardest part about starting your own business is not knowing when things are going to get over the tipping point. So many times we put in the hours, we put in the effort and things just don’t move as quickly as we like. This causes self-doubt and in many cases people give up – usually right before that tipping point occurs. Having people in your corner, hiring coaches and being a part of Mastermind Groups helps keep you focused and allows others to see your blind spots and give you encouragement so you don’t throw in the towel before your big break.
What resources have you found helpful in blazing your own trail?
I love finding people that have done what I want to accomplish. This year has been about becoming a stronger media personality. Instead of looking at the who’s who of online experts, I seek out people that changed the game and play at a higher level, but who had different paths to getting where they are. This year I’ve read books on Johnny Carson and Joel McHale, I’ve studied breakout stars like Tomi Lahren and reality show couple Tarek and Christina (Flip or Flop), as well as looking at icons like Ryan Seacrest and even Oprah. Then I look for common threads and moves they took to accelerate their careers so I can create my own path.
If you could spend one day with any famous person, who would it be and why?
I’d love to shadow Ryan Seacrest for a day. Just to see how he manages his time and how he juggles so many projects. Sometimes it feels like you have so many plates spinning and projects up in the air, it would be great to see how he does it, and ultimately see that he too is human and has his own set of issues (hopefully, unless he’s just an Android).
What’s currently on your radar? Tell us about your latest project.
Ambitious Adventures is a new reality show that we filmed in 2016, set to be released in Spring 2017 on Apple TV. In the show, we traveled the country looking for young entrepreneurs who are making a big impact in their community or in the world. In each episode we find 3 big Advantage Points that has made them successful. Think of the show as Anthony Bourdain meets Shark Tank. It has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve ever worked on and I can’t wait to share Season 1 with the world this spring. To learn more visit http://ambitious.com/adventures .
What advice do you have for today’s millennial professional?
Build a platform. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog or a video show or a Podcast, you must build a platform where you can connect with and talk to a group of people that want to hear from you. Even if you think you have nothing to say, get started. The only way to get better and to find your voice is to practice. Don’t believe me, search for my early videos on YouTube, they are terrible. Episode 1 of Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuk was bad. But we stuck with it and got better. Our platforms got bigger. The larger your platform the more power and influence you will have. This will allow you to do pretty much anything you want.
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