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How This Millennial Business Coach Built a Multi 6-Figure Brand While Traveling the World

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Cait Scudder, who is a business coach and success catalyst for ambitious women entrepreneurs. Here is what she had to say:

When was the first time you tasted success Cait?

The very first time I tasted success was probably as a high school basketball player (I’m guessing this was not the answer you were expecting, but it’s true!).

I made Varsity team as a freshman and was one of the best players on the team all 4 years of high school.

I mention this time because my senior year, I was due to hit the 1000 point club (which was for players who over the course of their career made 1000 points). About 4 weeks before the senior year season ended, I had a horrible ankle injury that had me out for several games. I ended the year about 30 points short of the 1000 point club.

Why do I mention this? Because this “success” turned failure of the narrowest margin was a pivotal moment in my development as a high achiever. I knew that working towards the goal itself was the aim, and even though I don’t have my name waving on a banner in Avon High School, I DO know that all the sweat, tears, early morning and late nights helped define what I was able to achieve and accomplish.

When I went to launch my online business in 2017, I had spent time laying the foundation and knew I was ready to go. I launched and scaled my business to 6 figures in under a year, all from my laptop while traveling the world.

My mission on this planet is to equip and empower aspiring coaches, mentors, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs of all walks with the tools they need to streamline their vision, focus their ambition, and leverage their zone of genius to a build a profitable business.

6 figures in under a year is a true accomplishment, wow! So, why do you want to be successful and what’s your ultimate vision of success for yourself?

To me, success is waking up bursting with energy and excitement about what the day ahead holds, and going to sleep deeply content with who I am, the impact I’m leaving, and what I’m building. I don’t think of “being successful” as a final destination I’m aiming for, so much as the way I feel as I build towards my big goals each and every day.

Because here’s the thing: the end goal will always be receding into the horizon. Every time you achieve the goals you set for yourself, your inner achiever is going to want to – and rightfully so! – aim higher and keep expanding. The most important thing, then, is to make sure that you’re enjoying the process.

To me, that success looks and feels like witnessing my clients and my community of ambitious women chasing their dreams, building their businesses, and redefining what is possible for them. Seeing evidence of this reflected back to me gives me such a profound feeling of purpose and satisfaction that it is a motivator to better myself each and every day.

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome story Cait! Do you have any last words of advice for readers?

If you want something, don’t let anyone or anything stop you, talk you out of it, or reason you down. If your goal seems unachievable, it’s time to surround yourself with people, resources, and support that reminds you of what is possible.

One of the practices I adopted early on that has been a critical factor in my own success still to this day – is creating a success diet. Just like if you were training for a marathon, you’d make sure to be filling your physical body with high quality foods and sufficient exercise, if you’re looking to start a business, or triple your list size, or sign 5 new high ticket clients — you need to fuel your mind with the resources – both motivational and practical – it needs to execute on that dream.

Every single day, I make sure to take in inspiring and motivational material that reminds me of who I am and why I do what I do. That looks like listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and high energy music that sharpens my focus and lifts my spirit. If you want to achieve something, it’s essential that you make the daily decision to set yourself up for success.

Jourdain Bell is an entrepreneur, writer and Co-founder of Beast Media Agency where he focuses on helping Influencers and Entrepreneurs get their message out through Personal Branding and PR. He also works for one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Jourdain sleeps, eats, and breathes entrepreneurship. He started selling Candy and electronics in high school, then joined a start-up in college that he helped grow from $20k to $130k a month in just 8 months. Now he shares both his and others expertise about business and entrepreneurship on sites such as Influencive, Future Sharks, Kivo Daily, Disrupt and more!

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Every Visionaries Dream Come True: How Media Agency Whiteout Is Bringing Together The Worlds Top Creative Artists From Around The World

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamieson Murphy and Clint Hodnett, the founders of Whiteout, a media agency filled with some of the top visionaries in the world who all have a passion for creating visual stories that bring every brand and business to life. They started the company over a shared love of creating memories and stories that will last a lifetime. 

The Whiteout team has taken their success from social media and rendered it to work closely with some of the world’s most respected brands. They have been able to stand out from everyone else because of their attention to detail, creative direction, and ability to develop amazing results for every single one of their client’s marketing campaigns. As a stacked team of over 200+ creators, the Whiteout team will always bring the vision of your company to life. 

Both are from the Northeast, with Jamieson coming from Connecticut and Clint from Rhode Island. They currently live in Miami Florida where they get to travel and explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, producing digital imagery that speaks for itself.

Jamieson Murphy

Jamieson & Clint: We pride ourselves on never forcing creativity or inspiration at all, we seek it out and always go the extra mile for every business, brand or artist to showcase their product, hotel, festival, etc., that always leaves the viewer wanting to see more.

Clint Hodnett

From A Dream to Over 200 Creators

Jamieson’s story is unlike most, he picked up a camera about 8 years ago after the death of his father in 2009. He used creative art as a source of expression and a way to deal with depression. 

“A fellow visionary once said that art and depression go hand in hand… and I couldn’t agree more”

I don’t think that I would be in Miami or have ever picked up a camera if I didn’t go through such a traumatic experience at such a young age says, Jamieson. Taking that initial jump to chase a dream and go after a goal was frightening. He knew the risk that he was taking and how serious it was but he just couldn’t sit around in a small town in Connecticut. Fast forward two years and the risk was one of the best decisions he’s ever made!

How The Creation Of Whiteout Will Change Lives

Jamieson & Clint: There are so many influential and all-around amazing people in this world that need more recognition for their work and Whiteout is definitely going to change the lives of some of those individuals. We created Whiteout to show the world through our creative viewfinder. Whether it’s shooting a short promotional video for a real estate agent, short travel film for a 5-star hotel or a car commercial that the client never expected could be produced, Whiteout puts all of our young, creative minds together to make it possible for any brand or company. 

Every creative in the world has a dream brand or company to work with and I know with the help through Whiteout we can make that happen. We can not only grow this agency into one of the top agencies in the world, all over the news, magazines, etc. but also help anyone along the way with jobs and making a huge impact on generations to come.

The Difference Between Whiteout and Everyone Else 

There are so many “agencies” in the world today. Whiteoutes attention to detail and creativity separates them from everyone else. They always go the extra mile for every one of their clients and always brings a final product that leaves clients speechless. 

In 5 years, they see Whiteout as one of the top media agencies in the world. Jamieson and Clint, along with the whole team have the drive and ambition to make this happen. Jamieson says that Whiteout is going to be known globally. Though there may be obstacles and challenges along the way, with a team as solid as theirs, I doubt there is anything that can bring them down. 

If you want to work with Whiteout or just want more information, you can email Jamieson at [email protected]

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Jordan Paris: Don’t Make a Living, Design a Life

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Jordan Paris is a 21-year-old author, podcast host, and former college athlete seen in Men’s Health, Yahoo! Finance, Market Watch, and NASDAQ.

Jordan’s podcast, Growth Mindset University, was ranked #3 in Apple’s Training category and #5 in the How-To category. In Education, one of Apple’s most competitive categories, the show was ranked #15. On the show, he interviews young up-and-comers and the most successful people on planet earth like James AltucherKevin RudolfMark MansonDan MillmanNaveen Jain, and Dan Lok.

Jordan founded The WordPress Rocketeer, where he focused on developing engaging websites to launch his clients’ dreams to infinity and beyond. Now, he and his team have shifted their focus to doing marketing for serious podcasters.

His approach to life and business is simple yet powerful: Don’t make a living, design a life. With this creator’s mentality, Jordan has been able to produce outstanding results for himself and challenge others to rise above circumstances, break the mold of society, and take control of their lives.

How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

I’m 21 years old with two younger siblings. One of the coolest things is when my brother and sister are proud to talk about me to their friends and when their friends want to meet me. It’s nice to know that they look up to me and that I’ve set a good example for them to follow. My parents like to ask me for advice on what to do with my siblings in certain situations. Sometimes, for better or worse, I feel like a third parent. So, I’ve taken on a new role the past few years since I’ve forged my own path. It’s interesting.

How do you define success?

“Don’t make a living, design a life” has been in my Instagram bio for over 2.5 years, not because it sounds good, but because it actually works.

I’ve designed my life around three criteria:

  1. Make a lot of money
  2. Help a lot of people
  3. Have a lot of fun

If a specific activity doesn’t fit​ at least​ one of these three criteria, I either don’t do it at all, or I outsource it.

​Success is when what you do every day aligns with all three of these criteria.​

What piece of advice would you give to college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs?

Dig the well before you’re thirsty. Start developing relationships with all types of people now. Don’t wait until you need relationships because, by then, it’s too late to leverage them. Then, treat everyone like they can get you a cover story on Forbes Magazine. Even if someone doesn’t have an opportunity for you right now, you never know what opportunity they might have for you or who they might be able to introduce you to three days, three weeks, three months, three years, even 15 years from now. Play the long game, and you’ll win.

If you had a magic stick, which are the three things you would change in the world?

Nothing. I enjoy the world the way it is right now but am ready to embrace change when necessary.

Q: What business-related book has inspired you the most? (or, what is your favorite book?)

A: Choose Yourself by James Altucher, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. When I finally got to interview all of these authors on Growth Mindset University, it made the journey feel full-circle!

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Puerto Rico Is Perfect For Digital Nomads

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Bye, Mom — I’m moving to Puerto Rico to become a full-time digital nomad, and here is why.

The digital nomad lifestyle is one that many young people covet today. The promise of working remotely from an exotic location, taking conference calls from the beach and trading in your cubical for artisanal coffee shops and co-working spaces seems almost too good to be true. Many people associate the concept of being a digital nomad with moving to places like Thailand or Bali, but for first-time entrepreneurs jumping into a remote lifestyle, moving to the other side of the world can be a bit of a culture shock. Things like time zone differences, global taxes, currency conversions and cultural differences are all things that you have to take into consideration before deciding to work from abroad.

These are the ten reasons that make Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island and United States territory, an excellent place for veteran traveling entrepreneurs and first-time digital nomads alike.

Amazing History

In 1493, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Puerto Rico. People refer to the island as the first colony. Visiting Fort San Cristóbal feels like a journey through American history, and Old San Juan feels like a lost city in Europe. Before the European colonization, the island was home to the Taíno people, who had their own unique culture. The mixture of this culture and the tropical lifestyle has created an island filled with tons of incredible food, great music and amazing culture.

Tech/Startup Culture

Thankfully, the island has evolved a lot in terms of technology since Christopher Columbus arrived. Today, Puerto Rico is home to a number of co-working and technology incubators and accelerators. Sofia Stolberg founded the first co-working space in Puerto Rico called Pilot 151 five years ago in the historic Old San Juan neighborhood. Since then, they have opened a second location in Santurce. Sofia isn’t the only founder helping to foster the tech and startups ecosystem in Puerto Rico. Sebastian Vidal is the executive director at Parallel18, one of the first startup accelerators on the island. Startups that are selected by P18 are given a $40 thousand grant they can use to seed their business. By creating a digital economy on the island of Puerto Rico, P18 is giving a new generation of global-minded Puerto Rican entrepreneurs the best tools to confront the current economic crisis.

Thanks to the groundwork laid down by people like Sofia and Sebastian, the tech ecosystem is thriving, with new incubators and co-working spaces popping up every day, including Engine 4, Spehce and District View.

Insane Tax Incentives

On January 17, 2012 Puerto Rico enacted Act 20 as a way to incentivize new businesses and economic growth on the island. As a bona fide Puerto Rican resident, there are a vast amount of personal and business tax incentives that you can take advantage of. That is why digital nomad John Lee Dumas, of Entrepreneurs On Fire, decided to move his podcast empire to Puerto Rico. Act 20 means you only pay a flat 4% corporate tax rate — no state, no federal. It is like doubling your income overnight.

Cryptocurrency Community

Cryptocurrency developers are migrating to Puerto Rico to create new homes for their blockchain powered businesses. I recently attended a three-day Blockchain Conference in Puerto Rico and spoke to theCUBE about how the island has become the birthplace of an all-new digital economy fueled by cryptocurrency thanks to attractive tax incentives.

U.S. Currency

Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, their primary form of currency, other than crypto, is the U.S. dollar. No need to convert; Benjamin Franklin will still be on your money.

New York City Time Zone

Unlike other digital nomad destinations like Bali, Puerto Rico is only a three-hour plane ride from New York City. For half the year, the island is on Eastern Standard Time.

During the second half, Puerto Rico doesn’t observe daylight savings time, so you’re actually an hour ahead of the east coast, which means your 9 a.m. conference calls now start at 10 a.m.

Cost Of Living

While not quite as affordable as some other places in Asia, Puerto Rico is still significantly cheaper than most other places in the United States. I was able to find a cozy three-bedroom apartment in San Juan with electricity included, within walking distance of the beach and a Starbucks, for only $650!

Locals Speak English

As of 2008, 34% of the Puerto Rican population spoke English in their homes. Since Puerto Rico is technically the United States, English is taught in all the schools and is also on a majority of the island’s TV channels.

No Passport Required

Traveling to Puerto Rico is just like going to any other U.S. state — all you need is a valid driver’s license or state ID. As a matter of fact, Puerto Rico is one of only two destinations in the Caribbean (the other is the U.S. Virgin Islands) that does not require U.S. citizens to carry a passport, according to TripSavvy.

Island Lifestyle

The most significant reason to move to Puerto Rico is the lifestyle. During my last trip, our tour guide was amazing and really made me feel like a local. The island has phenomenal beaches, a beautiful climate, tropical rainforests, great music and dancing, incredible food and even a magical bay where the water glows in the dark. It is no wonder they call Puerto Rico the island of enchantment.

Whether you are a long-time digital nomad looking for a new home or looking to try remote working for the first time, you should give Puerto Rico a shot and look me up when you get there.

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