Dan “Tito” Davis comes from a town in South Dakota that’s so small everyone knows their neighbor’s cat’s name. But once he got out, he made some noise. While at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he started manufacturing White Crosses, aka speed, and soon had the Banditos Motorcycle Club distributing ten million pills a week.
Life on the run – After serving a nickel (5 years), he got into the weed game, but just when he got going, he was set up by a childhood friend. Facing 30 years, Davis slipped into Mexico, not knowing a word of Spanish, which began a 13-year odyssey that led him to an underground hideout for a Medellin cartel, through the jungles of the Darien Gap, the middle of Mumbai’s madness, and much more.
The ultimate fugitive story – Tito didn’t have a mega-mansion filled with pretty girls and expensive cars. He survived in the Third World facing adversity at every turn. Millions of dollars came and went as Tito stayed one step ahead of the Feds and the Federales.
Did you write Gringo while in prison? What was that like?
Yes, I did write Gringo while I was incarcerated. It’s much more difficult to do anything in prison, than it is on the outside, including writing. I was in federal prison, and there you have don’t have access to computers or word processors. If you’ve ever wondered where all of the old typewriters went, you will find them in federal prisons.
About half of them don’t work, while the other half is missing ribbons. If you’re lucky enough to find one that has a ribbon in it, you’re probably going to have to take it out and rewind it. Plus you have to try to get the maximum amount of ink out of it because the commissary does not have typewriter ribbons in stock.
Everything is a struggle to get done in prison, including getting pencils, getting paper, getting to use a typewriter, and getting copies made. Writing every word and holding on to your completed pages is a challenge too. Like with all obstacles in life you have to want it bad enough to achieve it!!
You weren’t on the run living in some jet-set life it was entirely different than that, can you tell my readers a bit about your life on the run?
You’ve got many strikes against you already when you are “wanted,” and you try to begin a new life. You don’t even have a name, you don’t know the language, and you don’t have any family to contact – you’re totally alone.
It’s not like a Latin arriving in the United States, and there are a lot of other illegal Latin workers to help them with getting a job, getting paperwork, and finding a place to live. With me it was the exact opposite, I was doing reverse immigration while wanted by Interpol. I had to get an ID because without an ID you don’t exist. It’s the base from which you build everything else. I was a long way from even thinking about the Jet set!!! That word isn’t in my vocabulary!! Every day, week, month, and year all I was thinking about was starting an entirely new legitimate life outside of the United States, somewhere I’d be safe from extradition.
My thoughts and actions were about starting over, about survival, and perseverance. It was very, very difficult and incredibly lonely. The only people who helped me were members of the infamous Medellin drug cartel, who I had met in federal prison. I knew I had to associate with them to get an ID. Who else was going to help me? An average person would run from me and then turn me in.
I knew that after I got my passport(s), I had to get away from my friends in the Medellin Cartel. I had to cut all ties to them because I didn’t want any of their problems following me.
You will love listening to my adventures in the new audiobook Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive. Believe me, you won’t feel lonely.
Do you hope that reading or listening to your book changes people‘s lives?
To anyone reading about my life or listening to it on the audiobook, it is exciting! You’re glued to the speakers; you’re glued to the book – its unbelievable entertaining!!! There were so many ups and downs, peaks, and valleys – you will be shocked. Living it, that’s another thing!! As one guy told me, the only problem with your book, Gringo, is that you had to live it to write it. Believe me you don’t want to have lived the last 30 or so years of my life. But you are going to want to listen to them.
What a ride!!
What kind of music do you listen to while you were on the run?
That is going in a different direction!! LOL!! When I was on the run, being an international fugitive, I never planned on returning to the United States unless I had pennies in my eyes or was in handcuffs; therefore I tried to submerge myself into the culture of the country I was living in. I’ve spent most of my time in Latin America, so I listened to Latin music, and one of my favorites was Ricardo Arjona. He is from Guatemala and is one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time.
I had the pleasure of meeting him several times. In fact, he married one of my best kitesurfing buddies, Deisy Arvelo. She was also a very famous Venezuelan model and TV personality.
There is a chapter about this in my audiobook.
Now that that audiobook is live what is next for you?
Laughing out loud, I guess I need to promote the audiobook!!! I need to let everyone know what a great entertainment and listening experience my newly released audiobook is. Whether they’re driving as a professional truck driver, a soccer mom, or just hanging out, they are going to be entertained, when they’re listening to this audiobook!
After that, I’m going to concentrate on having Gringo become a miniseries or a major film. That is where I want to put my energy and focus after promoting the audiobook. Many readers, reviewers, and interviewers have told us that my life is the material movies are made of.
Thanks so much for your time and for interviewing me, check me out on gringobook.com or Google Dan Tito Davis
Have a great day!!
Jordin Roussell – Scaling a 7 Figure Real Estate Company
Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down for an interview with Jordin Roussell. Jordin has scaled his Real Estate Company, Gulf South Home Buyers, to 7 Figures very quickly. I asked him how he got started, and for tactical advice for anyone looking to get into Real Estate Investing.
- Hey Jordin, what do you do?
Jordin Roussell: I’m a real estate entrepreneur, I am the Founder of Gulf South Home Buyers.
- What made you become an entrepreneur?
Jordin Roussell: My first journey with entrepreneurship was actually network marketing. I was sold on the idea of having freedom, creating impacting, and getting to travel the world. The venture came to an end rather quickly, but those desires for freedom, impact, and travel never left me. After I dropped out of college, it took me a little time to pick myself up after some personal things took place in my life, but I knew with what I wanted out of life my options for obtaining the three things I desired were very limited which led me back into entrepreneurship.
- How did you get started investing in real estate?
Ravi Abuvala: It’s a funny story! I was 19, scrolling through Instagram and this guy I was following had just posted a video about this 18 year old kid, one of his students, making $25k with none of his own money and no credit. I was stunned, I did some more research and for the next 2 years consumed everything real estate I could. Just after my 21st birthday I was fed up with working a 9-5 and took the plunge, quit my job, and made the decision to go all in on real estate.
- How have you scaled your company?
Jordin Roussell: Other than the traditional ways of increasing marketing. I became genuinely obsessed with helping people out of their distressed situations and because I stopped focusing less on money and more on the people I could help. This quickly established me as a leading authority in real estate in my city.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get started in Real Estate?
Jordin Roussell: There’s several ways to get started in real estate and make money, but the most important thing when getting started is to find one strategy. Whether it’s wholesaling, fix and flips, purchasing rentals, bond for deeds, or anything else, just go all in on the strategy until you can do it in your sleep, then transition into another strategy. Focusing on too many strategies at once is similar to shiny object syndrome in my opinion.
- How do you find deals?
- Ringless Voicemail
- Direct Mail
- Google Adwords
- How do you find investors?
- Direct Mail
- One of the best ways to get investors and cash buyers is to obtain a list of properties that have been purchased for cash in your city. Filter the ones that have bought 2 or more because the chances of them being investors increases, and send them a post card explaining what you do with your contact info on it.
- Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?
Jordin Roussell: Operating in multiple states within multiple markets. Helping 1000’s of families per year close a chapter and start a new one.
Personality Sales: The Path to Success with James Winn
From a young age, James Winn was always concerned that no matter what direction he took in life, he was going to be unable to achieve his full potential. he constantly bounced from dream to dream, seeing quickly that without focus and resolve on a specific topic, results would never come. He began to realize that one of the reasons people aren’t successful is because they were unwilling to change consistently, and that is when he decided to make a change to himself.
He entered college two years early, and achieved a business degree, which opened his eyes to the business world, and he stated that he loved it, ultimately because in business, it isn’t what you know, it is about your ability to sell yourself and exceed expectations. He learned quickly that people don’t choose individuals for opportunities solely based off of qualifications, rather off of the amount of qualities that he was able to show that he possessed in the networking process.
His current chosen career path is Banking, and at the age of 24 he is a branch manager for one of the largest Credit Unions in the western United States. Being a branch manager has challenged him in many ways that he did not anticipate, but he stated that the beauty of doing something you were approved for through your self-sales ability is that when you are approved for a position by those above you, you can make mistakes and still be appreciated and supported. Even though he is young, his ability to network and sell himself has kept him in a position where the average age of those employed is over 30.
A perfect example of making mistakes that are easily forgiven, is one that he made in his first few months as a branch manager. He sold himself on his ability to motivate people and provide direction to teams, but his first couple of months, his team was struggling to meet goals. Their production had even dropped. On top of that, he was going through a very difficult breakup, which caused him to lack the focus and resolve that was needed in order to maintain structure on my team. He was failing as a manager for the personal reasons like losing someone he loved, and because he was not truly ready to take on that position. He was expecting that his managers would not take the fact that he had promised results and was not delivering very well, but was surprised when they quickly offered their support and assistance.
He stated that in retrospect, the reason they offered their support is because he sold himself so well, that they could not believe that the lack of success was who he truly was. His personal brand was one of efficiency, excellence, and success, and he had confidently sold himself to them as that type of person through networking, testimonies, interviews, success stories, and overcoming challenges that were thrown his way. he realized that in any walk of life, in any business, you can find success if you sell yourself effectively, following these 5 rules:
Anticipate Their Needs
When someone is looking for an individual to fill their need in their business, research their business to understand what qualities and needs they will need to fulfill that need.
Once you have determined the need they have for their business, create examples from life experiences to show how you are exactly what they are looking for. Use personal experience, the experiences of those around you, or education to create perfect examples that the business is looking for.
Network, Network, Network… and Network
Success is a long hard road, and in order to achieve greatness, you have to have individuals around you with influence that are willing to vouch for you. A friend can be made easily, so the more friends you have, the more likelihood you will maintain your reputation throughout struggles. I maintained my job through struggles because I knew people, not because I was doing a good job.
Utilize your successes as stepping stones
Successes can be individuals, achievements, or other things that impress those around you. The key to selling yourself is to mention your successes to build relevance in yourself, but not to show that you are overly proud of them. After mentioning a success, modestly mention how you are proud of the accomplishment, but cannot wait to prove what you are truly capable of
Bring up those around you whenever possible
In order to be successful, you must be surrounded by success. Whenever you have the chance to elevate someone into success, they become a beacon of your personal brand. For example, Apple would not be popular if they did not have individuals who loved their products. Depending on your business, you may not be selling products, but you can build relevance in yourself and your brand through the success of those who have associated themselves with you.
“Ultimately, if your goal is success, you must be willing to make changes to yourself every day. Anticipating the needs of future customers, employers, and businesses will require change, which is difficult for some people. My favorite saying goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The question is, what will you do today to sell yourself to those around you and become more successful?”
Jeremy Haynes – Scaling Megalodon Marketing to a Top Digital Agency in the World
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeremy Haynes for an interview. Jeremy owns Megalodon Marketing, which is one of the top Digital Marketing Agencies in the World. He has worked with Personal Brands like Dan Lok, Garret White, and many more. I asked him about scaling his agency, how he got started, and for his best tips and tricks.
- Jeremy, what does your company do?
Jeremy Haynes: I have two companies that I actively run. Megalodon Marketing is my marketing agency I’ve run the last few years, and we focus on scaling the world’s largest personality brands. We help take these entrepreneurs to 6 or 7 figures monthly selling different information products.
My second business I actively run is Jeremy, INC. That business acts as an umbrella to all of my mentoring programs and events. Currently, I help over 1,900+ paid students with starting and scaling a marketing agency, digital marketing, and personal branding.
- How did you choose digital marketing?
Jeremy Haynes: This might sound cheesy, but digital marketing chose me. I was selling phones in Costco down in Miami Beach, and this guy who I sold a phone to offered me a job as his head of marketing. He had confidence in me that I could learn fast, and that I likely knew social media more than him. All of the responsibilities of a digital marketer were thrust upon me to figure out and I welcomed the opportunity with open arms. That later led me to getting recruited by a prominent sales trainer and mentor named Grant Cardone, which later helped me get into entrepreneurship full time.
- What made you choose Personal Branding as your niche? Did you start your agency only focused on that niche?
Jeremy Haynes: I’ve tried a few other industries, and didn’t find the same level of fulfillment I get helping personal brands. When we help a personal brand get more clients and customers, we’re selling transitions, skills, and outcomes.
There’s nothing better than getting feedback from thousands of customers telling you their lives are infinitely better from an investment into a course, event, or mentoring package that you helped get into their hands.
- How have you leveraged Personal Branding for yourself?
Jeremy Haynes: Absolutely! I’ve managed to teach in 3 different Tai Lopez Programs, a Mentor Box program without being an author, have trained over 1,900+ paid students, impacted hundreds of thousands through content and press, have scaled a marketing agency to over 7 figures yearly all through my personal brand.
It’s natural human behavior to connect to other humans who you have commonality with or can get value from. People have a different and unnatural behavior when attempting to communicate with a company.
As a simple example, look at human behavior when they call a corporation to complain versus the behavior of bringing a problem to the attention of one singular person’s attention. The person who calls McDonalds and complains about their order treats the rep with less respect typically, because talking to a company is interpreted different mentally. It doesn’t feel like the same accountability model we have when communicating to someone on a one to one level.
- Best tips for a beginner agency owner?
Jeremy Haynes: Focus on results that help businesses make more money, do not focus on time and effort intensive services.
I’ve sold it all, funnels, advertising, marketing automation, chat bots, social media management, graphic design, web development, video services, etc. At one point I had 27 staff and 3 offices here in the USA.
The lessons I consistently learned the hard way, were that clients did not respect our time or effort, they respected results. Even if we set expectations several times throughout the relationship that you can’t make money until we get xyz done first, the client always only cared about the results, nothing else.
So that’s what we started selling, for more money and with less staff, less time, and less overhead. We started only taking the highest revenue driven actions, and didn’t bother with anything else. This changed the game for my agency! We realized that if something took us an hour, but produced massive ROI for the client, they could care less if we only worked an hour for the month.
We had to overcome the employee conditioning that more time invested and more hard work does not equal achievement and results.
- Top 3 Personal Branding tips?
Jeremy Haynes: Content is content, and ads are ads, do not confuse the two. Most personal brands will make call to actions in their content, or will add links to their posts not knowing that significantly reduces the organic reach of the post.
Content should be strategically created, because all social interaction is now retargetable. This is the modern day email marketing, and the segmented lists are in the Facebooks Ads Manager labeled as ‘Audiences’.
If you learn to apply psychology into your content, like managing to establish the authority bias, curiosity bias and social proof in your first piece of content you show an ideal future customer who doesn’t know you yet, you’ll be lightyears ahead of other person brands. Most of the marketers and advertisers in the personal brand game go straight for the pitch, which disrespects people in the sales process. The key is to show your ideal buyers content in a strategic sequence first, and then move them into your direct response ads.
- What are your 3 core principles?
Jeremy Haynes: Low time commitment, low responsponsibility and high profitability for both myself and the client.
These core values keep me focused on the highest revenue driven actions and the most impactful actions for myself and others in any situation.
In a world full of others who rob you and your time and consume your energy, I’m thinking like an engineer solely focused on efficient results. How can I put the least input in, and produce the most output.
This thinking goes into everything, including ad spend for clients as an example. How can we spend the least and make the most?
Or for my students, how can they invest in my course and put the least amount of time and effort in to get the most results compared to other investments?
- What makes Megalodon Marketing different?
Jeremy Haynes: Our long list of previous wins and losses and our depth of applied knowledge in the Personal Brand industry. We’ve managed to produce some significant results for clients over the years, and we’re always excited to help the next personal brand we work with to get to 7 figures monthly while impacting millions around the world.
- What are your future plans?
Jeremy Haynes: I’d love to get even more results for my students and clients while expanding my own personal brand. Impacting people and expanding their potential has become a main focus for me, you don’t know what you don’t know, and that can kill you or seriously limit your opportunities!
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