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Interview with Stephanie J from She Brands Inc

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie J, celebrity publicist, successful entrepreneur, turned author overnight. 

 

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

 

I honestly don’t have an answer! I started writing as a form of therapy and decided to try my hand at an actual book. It blew up overnight, literally.

 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

Oddly enough, not much happens when you work behind the scenes like i do. But i can certainly tell you that people tend to assume that because you aren’t particularly in the spotlight, you’re not a big name or you’re not important. Then they do their homework and it’s like oh THAT’s Stephanie J, the girl behind a lot!

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Not particularly funny, but I made the mistake early on thinking that support would just come because I gave it to others. That’s complete bullshit. People will literally do all they can to have front row seats to your failure, it’s sad. So the lesson was, give them something to talk about, prove them wrong, and go harder when they apply pressure!

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

I’m unique. I’m genuine. Unlike most, i’m not afraid of my voice. Meaning, i use it, regardless of what people think. You have to be you, no matter what, otherwise, the industries will eat you alive!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Stay true to what you love. Don’t let people change you or devalue you. Period. Don’t pay attention to trends and competition, create your own lane and ride that shit out!

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? Can you share a story?

I’m grateful for my close friends who listened to me vent at 3 am, the support systems that ride for me regardless. The family members who drop their lives to come running when i call in a crisis, and to the clients that continue to show loyalty to me when they could easily support other businesses.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?  

I love empowerment. I give back by mentoring and coaching women who don’t have the full resources or access to them to get started in a business of their own. I know what that’s like, having started out at the age of 19, struggling to get by. I no longer have to do that, and neither should they!

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?  

Sure. “If I wasn’t built for this shit, I’d be dead by now.” This holds true because like many others, I have survived many things, personally and professionally that might have taken out the average person. But strength and resilience are my strong suits for a reason.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  • One, things will get worse before they get better
  • Two, not everyone will love you and that’s ok
  • Three, It all takes time
  • Four, You will find out that strangers support you more than people you’ve known forever
  • Five, never mix business with pleasure!

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I am currently working on a project now called Project SHE, Show Her Empowerment, where i am looking to go from state to state to mentor women in circumstances beyond their control, like homelessness, addiction, being stuck in the system, but women in these circumstances that still have interests in entrepreneurship, still deserve a chance to do better and thrive, so i want to be the one to make it happen for them.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Yes, my instagram is @SheBrandsInc and my Twitter is @BlaqIsLyfe

 

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

 

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Keto Research Expert Dr. Ryan Lowery’s Top Tips to Being Successful With a Ketogenic Diet 

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For most people, the ketogenic diet is just a low-carb, high-fat diet; however, according to the world renown keto research expert Dr. Ryan Lowery, there are immense benefits the majority of people are not even aware of.  Much of this information can be found in the Ketogenic Bible, which is a must-have book authored by Dr. Lowery and Dr. Jacob Wilson. In this article, I am going to let you in on a secret – Dr. Ryan’s top tips to being successful with a ketogenic diet, but first, let me introduce him. 

Who is Dr. Ryan Lowery? 

As CEO of Ketogenic.com, Dr. Ryan Lowery, Ph.D., is both an entrepreneur and a leading expert in the health, nutrition, and fitness industries. He is also a celebrated baseball champion having won the 2014 national championship. Ryan Lowery is heavily focused on the impact of a ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones on performance, cognitive function, and longevity. Ryan Lowery is the recipient of several coveted awards, including the National AAHPERD Exercise Science Major of the Year Award. He is a proven achiever, and now dedicates most of his time to help you live happily and healthily ever after.

Dr. Ryan Lowery’s top 5 tips to being successful with a Ketogenic diet

1. Start With Some Baseline Knowledge

Don’t go in without a plan. You need to understand what a well-formulated ketogenic diet looks like and the importance of things like electrolytes, hydration, etc. when starting a ketogenic diet. This is, however, not meant to scare you. Keto is definitely the way to go, but you need to understand the basics first.  Websites and resources like www.ketogenic.com are a great place to start.  Don’t get overwhelmed with information but build your foundation before starting.  

2. Getting Past the Adaptation Period

Often referred to as the keto-flu, the adaptation period will come and go. Think about it this way – your body has been primarily running off of glucose/carbohydrates for 30, 40, 50, 60, etc years.  It’s going to need some time to adapt to using fat/ketones as fuel so give yourself some time to go through that adaptation. Making sure you are bumping up your sodium, potassium, and magnesium intake during this period will help you sail through your first few days/weeks of getting accustomed to the new lifestyle.

3. Do Not Fear FAT

For decades we’ve been taught that fat was the enemy.  We were sadly mistaken with this simplistic statement. High amounts of fat COMBINED with high amounts of carbohydrates (think fast food) are what the issue was.  Fat itself is extremely important for everything from brain function to hormone levels. Getting in a mixture of fats can be beneficial on a ketogenic diet as long as carbohydrates are low.  Avocados and fat is back! 

4. Stick to Whole Foods as Much as Possible 

Early on, people try to get fancy with it; they run to the store and buy numerous snacks and supplements labeled as “keto”. Start with the foundations first. Whether you are vegan keto, carnivore keto, or just a traditional ketogenic dieter, start simple and build up from there. Stick to things like eggs, avocados, fattier cuts of meat, etc.  That is how you turn a diet into a lifestyle. 

5. Get Creative

A ketogenic diet is not meant to imprison you. Although the goal is to stick to whole foods as much as possible, you can get creative and enjoy some nice, unique options as well. Anything you enjoy, that you may think is not available on a ketogenic diet, is possible. From pasta to bread to crackers and cookies – there are always low carbohydrate alternatives.

What the Future Looks Like for Dr. Ryan Lowery

There is so much that Dr. Ryan is looking into. This translates to a bright and better tomorrow for all who live the ketogenic lifestyle. There are two major areas that Dr. Ryan is looking to continue working on. The first is offering himself as an expert and trusted resource for nutrition, particularly the ketogenic diet and all of its potential areas beyond body composition, like its application against Alzheimers and Parkinsons. The second is advancing the #makepositivitylouder conversation on a daily basis, towards the realization of a paradigm shift from close-mindedness and negativity to perspective and positivity.  Dr. Ryan’s focus is expanding internationally to help startups in the health and wellness space grow and make an impact. There is life beyond the money, and that is what each one of us should look into. If you are new to the ketogenic diet or are considering taking it up, Ryan Lowery’s resources are just what you need to make the best out of it.

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Meet Water Guru Chase Norton, Who Just Paved The Way To Easier Access To Clean Water

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In 2007, Chase Norton came across a water crisis charitable foundation online based on the east coast. Norton was deeply affected after learning about the worldwide water crisis and seeing pictures of the billions of people who do not have access to clean drinking water. Growing up in a neighborhood of Newport Beach, drinking VOSS, Smart Water, Fiji and Acqua Panna was an everyday occurrence. Norton wanted to create a premium, consumer goods brand of bottled water delivery service that by its substantially higher price point would help build wells for people in third world countries who do not have access to clean drinking water.

The water delivered is in fact described as “ultra pure”: MEND water goes through a rigorous 11 hour, 13 step purification process. It is tested, retested and recorded along each step of the way. Norton started MEND after quitting his job as a Series 7 Licensee Bond Broker for Finance 500.

The company is now delivering to all of Southern California and has a clientele that includes athletes, celebrities, high-profile executives, doctors, wellness centers, health-conscious families and more. With the right choices, we can make both our bodies and the world a healthier place to live in.

Bottled water has become a $4-billion-a-year industry in the U.S., according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The organization estimates that people spend 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon of bottled water than tap. Dietician Robin Kaiden says many in the medical community question whether bottled water can be bad for us, as it’s contained in plastic that may leak into the water if left in the heat. Drinking tap instead will save you about $200 a year, and if you’re still concerned, a basic faucet filtration will save you $150.

Bottled water is America’s most popular beverage category by volume. In recent years, sales of bottled water have surpassed those of carbonated soft drinks, and companies are increasingly seeking ways to add value to bottled water through flavorings, fortification and other price-altering attributes.

The federal government helpfully defines “bottled water” as water sealed in bottles or other containers without added ingredients. As additional water beverages enter the market, the FDA must determine how these new products will be regulated. Applying common sense, the regulations contemplate “bottled water” as an ingredient of “flavored bottled water.” The regulations apply when the term “water” is highlighted on the water beverage’s label. A carve-out to this general rule is that FDA considers soda water, tonic water, seltzer, and water with added carbonation as soft drinks, rather than as “bottled water.”

The FDA regulates bottled water as a food and imposes national safety and labeling requirements. Bottled waters need to pass safety requirements, particularly compliance with good manufacturing practices.

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Learn How 18-year-old Entrepreneur, Jayson Dombele, Runs a thriving Digital Marketing Agency.

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Jayson Dombele is the CEO of The Scaling Sauce, A marketing agency that helps its clients scale through the use of modern digital campaigns and innovative content creation.

Jayson is also an author and a public speaker. His book discusses the benefits of pursuing your passion and building an empire from it.

Over the years, Jayson has seen massive success in his business, and he attributes all of it to Strategic thinking.

He explains that running a marketing agency requires you to understand how to connect with the viewers and potential customers. 

Being able to strategize step-by-step plans for campaigns and obtaining excellent results from the plans you put in place all boils down to your ability to think. 

Attaining Success And Overcoming Challenges 

It’s been two years since Jayson ventured into entrepreneurship, and since then, he’s achieved a lot of success. 

He was recognized as an entrepreneur by the 45th president of the United States and has also launched a 5-star rated podcast called the marketers key.

Earlier this year, Jayson published his book titled, “The Symptom’s Signal.” This is an Iconic achievement for his age. 

Jayson has achieved a host of other feats, but he prefers to keep them under wraps and display only the ones above publicly.

Attaining all these achievements hasn’t been an easy task for Jayson.

Jayson shares with us that the only problem he faces these days is finding the right people to add to his team. He recommends that when looking for employees, it’s crucial to have an excellent diagnostic evaluation set in place, so you can pre-determine who’s the best fit for your team.

He also suggests that you take your time and don’t speed up the process, as this might result in you picking a lousy employee 

Values and Principles

Jayson is a Christian and a big believer in the word of God. He strictly adheres to the principles stated in the Bible and his favorite bit of advice, that he follows every day comes from Philippians 2:4;

“Not looking to your own interests but each of you the interest of others.” 

One of the essential characteristics Jayson and his employees possess is the ability not to worry about their interests but the interests of their clients. This had helped them scale to unbelievable heights. 

Each client is treated like family and is kept in the loop of everything that’s going on with the service they purchase. 

Inspirations and a word of advice 

At the start of his career, Jayson looked up to Gary Vaynerchuk- Gary Vaynerchuk, or Garyvee, for short, is a serial entrepreneur who’s popular among millennials and post-millennials. 

Most of his posts on social media are targeted towards individuals who are starting their entrepreneurial journey. 

At the time, Jayson was amongst them. But right now, Jayson has shifted his focus from Gary to other entrepreneurs such as Mike Bloomberg and Marcus lemonis due to their ability to execute, think different, and achieve greatness in their respective fields.

Here’s a word of advice, from Jayson to anyone who is striving for success in their industry;

“Don’t pay for an online course from anyone you find on Instagram or Facebook. Just because they claim it’s easy doesn’t mean you should get into it. 

I got into digital marketing because I wanted to build my skill set and understand how to market and sell the products my clients offer. “

In the future, Jayson intends to create a product of his own and offer it to anyone willing to follow his business model. 

He has created a business model unique from everyone else’s.

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