Blake Wynn is 19-Years-Old and dropped out of Fordham University in NYC to become the youngest CEO of a sports marketing agency that already has over 30 NFL clients. @Bwynnsports helps professional athletes, famous musicians and very notable public figures get brand deals, endorsements, appearances and paid promotions. Blake’s entrepreneurship tendencies began when he was just 11 years old. He’s had multiple business since then and remembers paying taxes for the first time when he was just 13 years old. By the time Blake hit high school he was considered an influencer and had amassed well over 600,000 followers across Instagram and YouTube combined.
This large network allowed Blake to start working with companies like Stock X, Under Armour, Puma and other sneaker brands. Since athletes are interested in sneakers and street-wear they would always ask Blake if he could get them the latest sneakers. This business got so large it was overwhelming so Blake had the idea of just helping athletes get brand deals themselves instead of going through him directly. Now he’s running @Bwynnsports as the youngest CEO in the sports marketing space.
Dropping Out To Follow His Dream
According to Blake dropping out wasn’t a hard decision. It was more of a decision based on time. Since he was doing quite well working for himself, he didn’t see the need to get a degree in order to work for someone else He said “I’m wired in a way where I physically don’t have it in me to work for someone else. I’d rather work to build my dream not somebody else’s dream. You only have one life and Blake takes that literally. You can tell he is different from most people his age and is on a great path. By building a personal brand for himself, Blake been on a world tour and visited 28 cities within 32 days meeting over 10,000 people in 2017
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I can’t thank the bro @pullard enough… so beyond humbled to have him do a “jersey swap” with me. I’m not a player, but if you dream enough you can do anything. I know I’m not going to be an NFL player with my own jersey, but all it takes is a little creativity, and there you have it! At 17 I’m on the field to do a jersey swap🙏🙏. For real though everyone give @pullard a follow, best sneaker collection in the league 👀🔥 #NFLjerseyswapISH
Blake’s Three Biggest Keys to Success
- Doing something that makes you happy.
- Take calculated risks
- Managing the rewards of risk
Doing Things Different
The success of Bwynnsports can be contributed to the fact that Blake does things very different compared to other sports marketing companies. For example, Bwynnsports is a non exclusive sports marketing agency whereas most others are exclusive. Another thing that makes Bwynnsports different is that they are a lot more honest than other companies and only do brand deals that both the clients and the brand like.
Some advice Blake had on the interview includes:
- If your chasing the dollar you start practicing business in a way that isn’t sustainable in the long run
- You need results
- Build a personal brand – if you can make it – start scaling it
Here is why all eyes are on Michaela Vybohova
Michaela Vybohova’s career launched by accident, She was discovered when a friend took her “as support” to a model search casting call.
After the event, Michaela said she felt so guilty but her friend showed full support, prompting her to pursue the career and see where the journey takes them both even if different directions.
Michaela started designing at an early age. When she was a 14-year-old girl she owned an eBay shop where she sold swimsuits ordered from Alibaba.
But these were no ordinary swimsuits. Michaela customized these suits by tweaking their designs and adding jewellery. Once the designs were done she sold her unique wears through her eBay shop.
Apart from swimsuits, Michaela always had an eye out for shoes. People watching was her favorite sport as she said, she watched women try on shoes in stores. After a while observing these women, something struck Michaela- Once these women found the right pair of shoes their whole mood changed.
Michaela longed to become someone who could change a person’s mood the way a right pair of shoes did for those women.
The fashion industry is one of the fiercest industries to venture. Staying relevant in the market means you have to be in a constant state of self-improvement.
Before she set out on her modelling career, Michaela spent a couple of years learning the ropes. This helped her a lot when she started work as a model for designers- she learned a lot from these individuals before building her fashion company- Michaela V footwear.
Building a business from scratch isn’t an easy task for anyone- so many unexpected obstacles will come your way. Michaela faced problems every new business faces.
One of early business issue Michaela faced was problems with Customs. Her first round of samples got seized by the Italian customs due to incorrect licensing. She also had challenges with funds- no one was willing to take on a low budget newcomer.
Most of the problems she faced when starting the firm were enough for her to call it quits. But she didn’t Give up. Michaela believed that there was always a way around every problem, no matter how tough it was.
Hard work and consistency were major factors that would contribute to her success.
A window of opportunity came for Michaela when a friend of hers, who was working with Pauline Ducruet on a charity event, mentioned her name and brand in a conversation with the Princess.
Michaela received a call from her friend one day informing her that the Princess asked for a shoe sample in her size- she taught this was a prank set up by her friend and replied with a joke, then she hung up.
Her phone rang several times that day until she found out that the whole thing wasn’t a cruel plan but was actually the real deal.
Michaela has proved that with the right motives and enough hard work you can make your dreams come through.
Now she is the CEO of a footwear company that brings smiles to women’s faces around the world.
How Chris Berlow Can Train His Mind to Not Only Stay Positive in the Face of Adversity but Be Successful in Multiple Aspects of Life
On one hand, everyone has something they have achieved in life, then on the other, there are those who are still striving hard to achieve. Christopher Berlow, a 7th-Degree Black Belt holder in taekwondo, lives in Mohegan Lake in New York and is more than what meets the eye. Being a co-owner of Empowered Mastery, he is also a national medalist, a philanthropist, a real estate investor, a Taekwondo Grandmaster and an instructor with more than thirty-five years of experience, and a celebrated author. In partnership with the martial arts organization, they have raised more than $300,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma societies and other charities. Berlow explains to us how he has been able to live a real-life and how he has managed to become successful in multiple aspects of life.
Berlow makes us understand that success is just not about money-making. He knows he is successful not only by the million dollars he has been making but by knowing that he is physically fit, he is happy, loves what he does, has a great relationship with his family, all that combined is what he knows is a success. In the outside world, most people focus on making money but they forget about these most important things. People open businesses, become very successful, but forget about their families, their health, and stuff like that. They lack Work-life balance, which is a condition most people have but are unaware.
Berlow makes sure he is the best example for people around him. For every area of life, he makes sure he has a good relationship with everyone, so he can get good results for all that he has designed to do. Also, having a schedule for the tasks he must complete daily has helped him stay focused on the essential areas of his life. That is how he has been able to balance himself with everything around him without abandoning any area.
Having a Broad Mindset and Being Consistent with Your Practices
A right mindset and consistency are all you need to help yourself set up for success in whichever area you are interested in. Berlow learned how to protect the mindset by freeing himself from distractions at any time, which also leads to time-blocking. Mindset protection has helped Berlow plan his time because whenever he is doing something at a specific time, he cannot do anything else apart from that what he has planned to do. These are Berlow’s ways of always remaining focused on whatever he does.
Most business people always want to achieve more, to be successful in everything they do, but Berlow has specific things that drive him to be successful and to achieve more than most people have achieved. Things that make him look forward to meeting more each day. Being passionate about what he is doing, having a purpose for what he is doing, have fun in whatever he is doing, and if it’s not fun, he makes it fun himself. Whatever he is doing, he does it, not only to better himself but for society too. It’s just not about himself. Based on the values that he teaches, he also learns, because to him, success also includes being comfortable with whatever one is doing. The fact that he also faces challenges, he finds ways to overcome the obstacles, which makes it even more exciting.
Exercising Power over Mind
For you to be able to control your thoughts, you have to give credit to yourself for the things you have been able to achieve. Always let your mind see and appreciate what you have made in the past. That way, whenever obstacles become a threat, you can handle them positively. Berlow has been able to appreciate himself for the things he has done, and that is how he has been successful and remained positive. Also, being able to re-visualize his past life, so he can feel the way he felt in the past when he achieved something has been a significant contribution in remaining positive because it helps him feel empowered.
Meet Anton Ortigas; one of 2019s top travel photography artist.
Anton lives in the corporate world; he breathes the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. He seems like your average yuppie: finished his MBA, works a day job, dabbles in photography… if only they were that. Instead his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Ateneo GSB is put to good use daily in his many roles: first, as one of the youngest Country Managers of an international company, second, as an owner of an f&b franchisor, and third, as a globetrotting Instagram influencer.
Anton is behind Cotecna Elite Philippines Inc., a leading third-party audit, training, testing, inspection, and certification (ATTIC) global provider dedicated to developing and employing Filipinos in different provinces so they can provide local companies with world-class assurance services. With a bustling professional workforce of more than 300 employees in the Philippines, Anton has certainly carved himself a top spot in a niche industry, and yet despite his success, you can still see him in action, always in pursuit of bettering himself and others around him. This is why they recently launched their capacity-building initiative The Cotecna Institute, a training facility providing technical and vocational education to further professionalize the industry. It also provides leadership and skills enhancement seminars available to the youth in partnership with various government agencies.
His passion for empowering people goes beyond the confines of skyscrapers and traffic jams, and this is seen in We The People Coffee and Tea Company, a homegrown farm-to-palate coffee shop with three branches in Manila that serves handcrafted specialty coffee made from locally sourced and roasted beans. It also features curated products from students and budding entrepreneurs, as well as art pieces from illustrators, writers, and photographers from metro south, including his pieces from his internet-famous IG @antonorts, with over 90,000 followers and counting. There you can see his travels around the globe, captured in their wonder with Anton’s unique take on lines, shapes, and colors. When asked how he can manage to find time to take such beautiful photos in his busy life, he answers: “Social media provides an escape – a means to find inspiration and breathing spaces in other realities.” It’s no wonder that he takes such poignant and inspired images.
Here are some questions I asked him:
How did you make a name for yourself in your industry?
By taking photos of unique things, creating moments through everyday life experiences
What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now?
I was young when I started managing our family business. It was hard to improve our corporate culture in the beginning because more senior employees did not listen and were resistant to change.
How did you overcome these obstacles?
Lead by example and worked hard to get more clients. I implemented programs within the company that empowered our employees to make decisions and lead their teams independently. This infused in them a feeling of ownership and it leads to positive growth and unity amongst each other.
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