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From a 9-5 With Nothing To More Than Doubling His Income as The Newest Face Of Digital Media

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ishmael Mayhew (Ish), a highly sought out rising star in entrepreneurship and branding, to discuss his journy, goals, and what it takes to be successful. In the noisy world of digital marketing, there are rare times where young talent rises to the occasion and actually creates a dent on the market. Ishmael Mayhew is leaving his mark and claiming his territory. Who is he?

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Ishmael Mayhew (Ish) is one of the newest young minds in the verticals of digital media, entrepreneurship and creative branding. He’s spent the last 10 years educating others on the forecast of digital applications, social influence and impacting younger generations with knowledge on entrepreneurship, culture and realizing their dreams. Ish has used his expertise to advise and creative direct projects for professional athletes, TV personalities, music professionals and brands.  

His hope is to continue to impact people globally with design, digital platforms, and information to inspire others and improve intra-societal relations and standards. Ish is constantly looking for new ways to use design & digital media as a way to cultivate & impact communities. He states “Dream big and do bigger. Hard work and opportunity is just as important as the dream.”

Ish, you’re so young and talented! You have already won so much in life but we all start somewhere! When was the first time you tasted success?
The first time I tasted success was when I tripled my fee rate and it was accepted. It was such a personal victory for me because it meant that my work was worth the money and it is.

Wow! That’s awesome! Not many people have the courage to triple their rate! You’re very ambitious at a young age, why do you want to be successful and what’s your ultimate vision of success for yourself?
I want to be successful because life is lived at its fullest when you are operating in your healthy version of success. My ultimate vision of success is peace and abundance. Peace equates to all forms of happiness and joy to me. Abundance equates to all forms of fortune, good health, and blessing to me. I want it all.

So inspiring. We shouldn’t limit ourselves and dream big. You’re setting the bar for others who look up to you. As you continue to execute your dreams, what’s your end goal?
My end goal is to be so ridiculously blessed and fortunate that I can give away 90% of what I have and still live like a king.

Ish, Any last words/piece of advice/tip for readers?

Do not settle for less than what you deserve. Do everything with integrity. The people who win are the ones who never give up & hang on until their time for success comes.

Jourdain is the CEO and Co-Founder of a Branding & PR Agency called Beast Media. Where he focuses on helping Influencers and Entrepreneurs get their message out through Personal Branding and PR. Jourdain also shares his expertise on entrepreneurship, branding and PR by contributing to publications like Disrupt, Succeed, Future Sharks, BuzzFeed, Thrive Global, WealthLab, Kivo Daily and more!

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How Author Roy Gene Huff Continues To Move Forward

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How will you continue to grow and succeed?

Everyday, I wake up at 4 AM to reflect on my day and accomplish my top two goals. I’m deliberate with time and actions, and reflect on my progress during the week. I have a routine that includes journaling, deliberate practice, exercise, continued learning, and engaging my network of like minded people. I set boundaries, and get enough rest to engage the day and other important aspects of my life outside of work. Most importantly, I believe in expressing gratitude. This makes it easier to step out of my comfort and embrace the unexpected.

Are there any major sacrifices that you have had to make in order to move forward?

Jim Rohn said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. I’ve limited my associations with those who bring me down. I also gave up alcohol and fast food. I sleep by 9PM most days, so I can get up early and accomplish my top two daily goals.

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“Building Your Own E-commerce Business Is Easier Than You Think”- Peter Pru

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An interesting entrepreneur who I was recently able to chat with is Peter Pru who is the CEO and Founder of Ecommerce Empire Builders. He is well experienced in the world of e-commerce. Pru was struggling with his own business until he found out about sales funnels, then he really took off from there. He realized that many others in the e-commerce space struggled with sales as well, so that is why he created Ecommerce Empire Builders. He is able to make those struggling businesses into “Cash cows”. I asked him a few questions and here is what he had to say:

Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?

I never could make e-commerce work for me. I worked all day at my job and all night on my online business. I made sales, but hardly any profit ever came from it. Until I learned about sales funnels. Using them I was able to start guiding my customers down a sales process specifically designed to meet the customer’s needs and make the business as profitable as possible.

Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?

I lost nearly $40,000 in inventory when I was banned for false IP claims while selling on Amazon FBA. I was wrecked. The business was doing so well and I thought I had this whole eCommerce and making money online thing figured out. When I got banned I had nothing to show for it. No customer data, no way to sell them again. I realized at that moment that I was building Amazon’s business not my own. Since that moment I promised myself I would not be in control of my business again

What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?

Right now my time is mostly filled with helping my current e-commerce clients build out sales funnels and processes to make their business a cash cow.

I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?

The reaction my clients have when they start to see results. It’s priceless. Especially when I see someone who is completely new to e-commerce make their first sale. It’s a feeling that can’t be put into words.

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Is Vaping Interfering With Your Lifestyle? It’s Time You Meet PHILTER

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I was able to have a quick chat with Amanda Byrd, Christos Nicolaidis, Mitch Mulanix and John Grimm who are the founders of Philter. Philter is a catalyst for necessary social and environmental change and will act as a change agent that dramatically impacts and alters the socially acceptable vaping behaviors. Not only does it help the environment by blowing out much cleaner air rather than the usual vape vapors but it is also a great alternative for smoking and vaping. I asked them how they keep motivated and here is what they had to say:

I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?

“The true beauty of these products is that they give you a choice as the vape user,” said Christos Nicolaidis, CEO, Philter Labs. “Sometimes you’re going to want to blow big, fat clouds. And that is totally cool. But, inevitably, you’re going to encounter situations where your vapor plume might impact those around you. If you have a PHILTER with you and the need arises, you’re immediately prepared to filter your smoke and carry on with your day-to-day activities.”

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?

Creating these socially conscious vaping behaviors really only serves to make the shared spaces we live in that much better and to finally start tipping the scales back to a more balanced view of those who choose to vape.

How do you push through your worst times?

Think vaping without producing secondhand smoke is impossible? Think again! Meet PHILTER, the slim, sophisticated personal filters so you don’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle.

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