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John Trah, Founder of Team ƎCOMWOLF™ Shares His Entrepreneurship Lessons

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John Trah is the owner of the leading Ecommerce only page on Instagram, called Team ƎCOMWOLF™. He is a full time dropshipper with a social media marketing agency. He also does 1 on 1 coaching with clients teaching Ecommerce and Dropshipping. I had the pleasure of interviewing John and here is what he had to say!

Hey John! Lets start with where your from and your background story?

John Trah: I come from a small town and an average family, we never struggled with the basics, we always had food on our table but I was also never spoiled or had more than the basics…. In short I was average just like most people but I had a lot of ambition. The one thing that made me become successful was the fact that I was always underestimated by others, I always felt that life was unfair to me and that I should be more

What are your accomplishments?

John Trah: My greatest accomplishment is being able to inspire thousands of people everyday and be able to do what I do at such a young age, as well as being the owner of the biggest Ecommerce Brand on Instagram

What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

John Trah: The thing that differentiates me is that I always say the truth, I only speak facts and a lot of people can relate to me and are able to connect with me more than others who teach the same stuff

What would you say to someone who came to you for advice about taking ‘the leap of faith’ into entrepreneurship?

John Trah: I would tell them that they should just go for it… You see, most people are stuck in that loop of listening to their parents, teachers or friends advice and that holds them back cause they get discouraged which results into not taking action. Stagnancy is the enemy, Action is king

What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you learned from your experience droppshippping

John Trah: My biggest lesson was that I learned to appreciate time, cause 1 year of hardcore focus and alignment with your goals can really take you to the next level, before that I was just wasting my time, being on every scene and not really valuing myself or most importantly valuing my time which is the biggest asset we all have.

What is your personal definition of success?

John Trah: My personal definition of success is very simple…. Success is not a checklist, not a dream job, not a fast car, a good home, even love. All of that mean nothing if you haven’t yet found a way to feel full and content in your heart

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

John Trah: Success is definitely not an overnight thing, people just say that so they can justify their inability to work and get out of their comfort. There were a lot of days where I fell asleep on my laptop, a lot of sleepless nights, a ton of sacrificed parties and I actually didn’t even go out for 2 summers in order to focus on my businesses

What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?

The best way for someone to reach out to me is through Instagram, IG name: @johntrah or my Pages name: @ecomwolf or through my website: teamecomwolf.com

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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5 Things Photographers Need to Know By Jaime Flores

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Jaime Flores is a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). He is best known for his portraits but also does a variety of different types of photography. In just a span of a year, he grew his two instagram accounts to have 10x more followers than he had we started. Before photography, Jaime was going to college with no real idea of what he wanted to do for a career. After receiving his Associate’s degree with an emphasis in business, Jaime decided not to continue school and look for something new to pursue in life. He bought his first camera in April of 2018 and quickly gained the knowledge needed in order to be commercially successful in his hometown.

At first his focus was only portraits but later on he began doing product photography, events, landscapes and more. In May of 2019 he started his own Media company called Digital Trends Media. The company provides photography, videography, graphic design, and social media management services. Jaime hopes to inspire and help others find skills that are needed in today’s world driven by social media.

 

1. Carry your camera at all times

It’s actually really important to always have your camera with you. Pretty often, people get curious and will ask you: “Are you a photographer?” or “What kind of camera do you have?”. Use that as a chance to show them your work and/or hand them a business card (you should always have some). Take your camera everywhere you go and learn to take candid photos of people out in the city, take pictures of your food/drinks, take pictures of nature, etc. This seems pointless but people are willing to buy print versions of those types of photography. Expand your skillset beyond portraits.

 

2. Leverage your personality

Don’t rely solely on your work to catch the attention of potential clients. Your work will only get you so far but you have to be willing to put your personality out there as well. If you take a look at some of the most successful and well known photographers, you’ll notice that they not only take amazing pictures but they also have huge personalities. People love to see what the person behind the camera is like.

 

3. Make your photography stand out

Editing is crucial, spend lots of time learning new editing techniques. Also, when shooting portraits, take your time and really analyze backgrounds. Take pictures from numerous angles to give your pictures unique perspectives. Combine a unique editing style with new angles/ideas, and you will gain popularity.

 

4. Youtube is your best friend

A question I get asked all the time is: “How can I get better at taking pictures?” My answer is always Youtube and practice. Of course you can pay to attend seminars and pay for online photography courses, but to me that’s all unnecessary. All the information you need can be found on YouTube for FREE. At least that’s how I learned everything I know.

 

5. Cameras don’t do the work for you

A common misconception that people tend to have is that having a good camera is all it takes to be a good photographer. Nowadays an iPhone camera is the best camera to use as a beginner. Anyone can buy the most expensive camera but it takes knowledge about camera settings in order to take the best pictures, as well as good editing skills.

 

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There are 4 Ways to have Fun All Summer Long

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Three Connecticut friends transformed a dream into a booming business. While watching sports one night, something sparked their creativity and they realized that there was a gap in the sports industry. After conducting additional research, they found that they truly had an original idea, so they came together and created the blueprint for their game, and within a year, a prototype was born! Now there is a new way to enjoy summer sports whether you’re on a beach, at a picnic, gym, or park. This four- way intersecting volleyball net has all the fun of a traditional volleyball game but with a unique twist and a brand-new set of game rules.  

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The real final four.

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The World’s First 4-Way Volley Ball Net

Chris Meade, the co-founder of CrossNet recounts the journey of creating the world’s first 4-way volleyball net when the idea was only in its infancy. “A prototype that was created and tested on a beach in the summer of 2018 gained lots of attention. It went from the four of us playing and having a good time to 25 people waiting in line and me not even getting to play my own game at the beach. As soon as that happen, we knew we had a great game.”

Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

In most cases, success doesn’t happen overnight, and this was definitely the case for the Connecticut trio, they attribute their success to creating a clear set of game rules for their users, implementing strong branding techniques, and utilizing social media to build brand awareness and outreach. “We were three kids from a farming town in Connecticut. We had an idea and we were able to make it come to life, and now we’re being played in over 500 gym classes across the world. You can also find their products in some of the world’s top retail stores like Walmart, Target, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Amazon, and many more.

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The best place to meet your friends is at the net.

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New-Found Freedom

Meade enjoys the life that entrepreneurship has awarded him. Since the business has taken off, he’s able to reclaim his time, energy, and life back. When asked how has entrepreneurship improved his life, he had this to say: “I have more flexibility! “Nothing is worse than going to a job everyday and working for somebody to improve their business. Everyday I wake up and ‘think how do I improve my business?’ Which is a direct impact on my life and the life that I live.”

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Spike what? CROSSNET!

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Changing the Game of Outdoor Sports

Meade is proud of the success and attention that the CrossNet game has gained since it’s release in June 2017, he also mentions that the sports industry has plenty room for innovation, yet, despite the passing of time, the industry lacks fresh innovation, until now! “The outdoor game and sports market is a very boring industry, and I mean that in the sense that no innovative outdoor game products really came out to the market. Our parents and their friends have been playing corn hold, Frisbee, and basketball outside for the last 100 years. There’s only so many times [that a new outdoor game is developed] and becomes a game changer, and we’ve brought in a four-way volleyball net, four-square combined, and a new game of CrossNet.”

CrossNet Brings Value to Players

CrossNet is a unique game that brings value to anyone who is willing to take part in the sport. Families can enjoy this game at a picnic, or at the beach. Physical education instructors can use this game as a pre-workout tool or as a fun workout for students. Even professional athletes can find ways to enjoy this game. Its versatility and easy game rules makes this a suitable activity for anyone to enjoy. Meade says “Leisure players can now play volleyball in a one-on-one setting. Children and young adults who are looking to learn the basic skills of volleyball can now play with select friends. It’s also a great warm-up and skill and development tool as well.

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Sunset CROSSNET in Australia. (via @nbva.manly)

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Here’s to the Future!

Chris Meade is a young 26-year-old who has successfully traversed the world of business and entrepreneurship. Together, him and his friends were able to take an idea, and turn it into profit. As a piece of advice to young aspiring entrepreneurs, he says “Have a concrete idea and run it by your peers. Don’t give up! It’s been over two years in the making and we went from a company that celebrated one sale a day, to now making the news in Minnesota were sport anchors are taking our game out of the box and showing the entire state of Minnesota.”

For business inquiries and questions, Chris Meade can be reached at [email protected].

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“Connections Are a Currency” How 18 Year Old Brooks Crevoiserat Built a Business by Building a Network With Rappers and Athletes

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As time goes on we are starting to see a lot more younger entrepreneurs dominating the business world and Brooks Crevoiserat is one of them. I had the opportunity to ask him some questions about success, failure, and hardships he’s had to face during his journey through entrepreneurship. As a kid Brooks always loved shoes, but after a while he wanted to be able to buy them without the help of his parents. In order to do that he had to go to shoe releases and buy multiple pairs. This allowed him to sell all the pairs, make money, and keep one for himself, and repeat this process. Being from Los Angeles, he played basketball at Sierra Canyon a top 10 basketball school in the nation, it helped Brooks make a lot of connections to athletes and rappers. After building his network he now is able to sell to rappers such as Gunna, Roddy rich, Sheck Wes and Don Toliver.

Defining Success For Yourself

Whether or not you’re a entrepreneur, defining what success means to you is an important part of defining yourself as an individual. This is especially important because other people, or society in general, will be more than happy to impose their ideas of success on you. Being able to define success for yourself is how you will become successful. From identifying what fulfills you most, and then allowing those things to influence your daily work and future career decisions. According to Brooks, success is when you have reached a point of happiness in your life because you are content with what you do. He has been able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time that he considers himself to be successful where he is at in his life.

Staying Motivated, Focused and Proactive

Brooks notes that he keeps himself motivated by telling himself  to keep working harder every day because the harder he works, the more he will achieve in life. He says that selling sneakers has taught himself a ton of lessons about hard work, and even fear.

Fear is just a negative thought put upon you to slow you down, but I try to never allow fear to get the best of me in any form. If you are fearful to approach someone you may never learn what a great opportunity you could have had offered to you if you were to just approach them – Brooks Crevoiserat

Connections Are a Currency

Building a network is probably one of the most important life lessons anyone could teach. Connections are a currency and the more connections you make, the more you are worth says Brooks. Building a strong network of contacts can take you anywhere. It takes patience, some personal qualities, getting out of your comfort zone and feeling some discomfort, improving your confidence, and more. But once you get the hang of it, you can become a better communicator and use your free time and social life to take your business to the next level.

To learn more about Brooks Crevoiserat (Crev Kicks) You can follow him on the following:

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@brooks.crev

@crevkicks

On snapchat

@b7crev

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