Whats your backstory ?
I was raised in an impoverished area in the East Coast, in the smallest state, in one of the smallest cities in that small state, I was raised in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country.
I knew that I wanted to be successful at a young age when My dad came to me before he went to New York and he said to me: Andy, question for you: I’m going to New York to buy clothes, what do you want me to get for you?
I said: Dad, what I really want you to get for me are the new Nike Air Forces with the velcro strap. He looked at me and he said: You got it, I’ll get them for you. He went to New York for three days, and I was excited over the course of those three days. I was thinking about how my friends were going to look at me, how I was going to be the guy at school that was going to have the fresh sneakers over everyone else.
Three days past, my dad came back with a bunch of bags. I went through all the bags looking for the new Nike Air Forces and for some reason I couldn’t find them. I went to my dad and I said: Dad where are the Nike Air Forces?, he said he didn’t get them, he didn’t have enough money. I was frustrated and I felt that I was down on my luck. I them decided, you know what? I’́m not going to just sit down and be down on my luck. I’m going to go and work for it.
I decided to start businesses, I decided that I’m going to go rake leaves. I decided that I’m going to start a yard sale. I decided that I’m going to go and get what it is that I want. The first thing I did was go across the street, the leaves happened to be falling that day, and went across the street and I said to my neighbor John: Hey John, question for you: do you want me to rake your lawn? I’ll clean everything up and put all the leaves in the corner. John looked at me and said: No, Andy, I have a leaf blower. I’m ok, thank you.
Without hesitation, I went to the next door and knocked on the door, when the owner opened the door, I said excuse me Mr. Martin, would you like me to rake the leaves for you, and put everything in the corner? He said to me: No Andy, thank you. I’ll do it myself. With frustration I said, you know what, I’m not going to quit, I’m going to go to the next door. I went to the next door, I knocked on the door and said: Question for you, would you like me to rake your leaves and put everything in the corner? And I’ll do it for ten dollars.
The person said yes. As excited as I was, I got my first ten dollars. I went around the neighborhood, knocking, and knocking, and knocking on doors, and out of dozens of doors, sixteen said yes, and paid me ten dollars each. Therefor, I made one hundred and sixty dollars. So excited that I made one hundred and sixty dollars I went home to iron the money. I put the money on the bed, laid each bill down, grabbed the iron, plugged in, and pressed out the money so it all can be flat. But the first thing I did not do was buy the sneakers. The reason why: was because I made the money on my own.
However, in my mind, I then learned that in order for me to get what I want I must work for it.
This happened at a young age. Fast forward to when I was eighteen, in highschool, a senior. I wanted to generate additional income more than the hourly income I made working at Wendy’s. I was working at a Wendy’s fast food restaurant and recognized that this was not for me because my income was cap at seven dollars and forty cents per hour, and I knew I wanted to create more income. So, I have to learn to do what income producers do, which is sell and make money by the transaction.
I went and I learned how to sell. I applied for a job at MetroPCS which is a cell phone communication company and got the job. Within six months of being at MetroPCS out of fifty employees I rose to be number one. And with that being said, being so young, the owner of the company came to me and asked me if I wanted to become a manager so I can share how I became number one with other people. The owner gave me a chance to lead. I took that opportunity and I started working at the slowest store in the company. I increased sales in that slow store and the owner of the company transferred me to the now new slowest store.
And with the new slower store I was far from the owner with four employees that were all older than me. I was this eighteen young boy who was leading people age twenty five, thirty five, thirty six, and thirty eight. My job was to take that slow store and bring it up the rankings. I took this opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of that opportunity. Through diligent training and my general talents of sales and marketing, I took that store from being the bottom twentieth store to being number two in the entire company.
At nineteen years old, someone who believed in me, six months later from bringing the store up to number two, suggested that I open up my own cell phone business. I took that idea and said to him: Hey man I don’t think I should be my own boss because I’m black, I’m overweight, I’m nineteen years old and I am a college drop out, there is no way I can be successful. And he looked at me and said: I believe in you to do this and I will even quit my job to do it with you. I looked into this man’s eyes, with his belief in me I said: you know what? Let’s do it. I put my three weeks notice in, at my manager position in MetroPCS and within twenty one days I opened my first business. Working every single day for an entire month we generated just about six thousand dollars in sales, which was just enough to pay the rent and just enough to give me twelve dollars and fifty cents to buy a sub from Subway. However, I did not quit and I persisted.
Within six months from opening, I generated $106,000 and I was in awe when I saw the money at the end of the six month time frame. I set myself up to have a goal to 10x that target. I wanted to go from $106,000 to $1,000,000. Within 18 months we did just that. A million dollars by growing the business to four locations and bringing in fourteen employees.
I was 21 years old, operating a business with fourteen employees who were, some younger than me, and some older than me. I took that money that I made and I said I wanted to try something different, I move to the West Coast. I came to California with a Dream: to do something big, to change the world. One day I was running on Figueroa Street, in downtown Los Angeles.
Figueroa Street is the busiest street downtown Los Angeles, and I said: You know what? For some reason, after listening to Les Brown I said I wanted to be a motivational speaker, just like Les Brown. I went home typed in “how to become a motivational speaker”, next thing you know, I see Facebook ads popping up on my computer, saying become a motivational speaker. I click a link, put in my information.
Within a day I received a phone call from the sales person inviting me to become a speaker, the investment was $5000, I have never spent anything over $5000, besides my business and a car. However with the belief in myself I said: you know what? I’m going to invest in myself. I invested and flew to Miami.
I saw Les Brown, and after seven tries, I persisted to become part of the tour that Les Brown was hosting. I had to try seven times until they said yes and on the seventh time, when they said yes, I was shipped to Orlando to start the tour. After a year of learning the business of speaking and travelling around the country speaking I then decided to teach other people to become speakers. And now I train presenters around the country in how to grow their businesses by presenting in front of large audiences.
In addition to that I train small business owners how to grow their business’ footprint in a marketplace that is saturated with information that is against their business.
If someone wanted to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?
If someone were to emulate my career the most important thing they must do is get mentorship.
The reason that I’m able to experience accelerated progression which is essentially growing at a rapid pace in comparison to the average is because I’m able to overcome road bumps and challenges quicker than everybody else. I made a comment today when I recorded a podcast interview where I said: If you want to travel one hundred miles outside of your city you have two choices. Choice number one: Grab your finger, lick it, put it in the air and see the direction of the wind and hope for the best as you travel, or choice number two: Use Google Maps.
Google Maps will tell you exactly how long will it take you to get to your destination, it will tell you about any road challenges that are going to come up, it will tell you about blockages and traffic, it will tell you every step by step direction. If you just put your finger in the air and hope for the best, you are probably going to get lost, not go in the right direction and it will take you a long time. Don’t get me wrong, you may stop a couple of times and ask people for directions and eventually get to your destination. However, if I go with google maps and you go with your finger in the air, I’ll get to the destination before you and that is how I think about life
I want to get to the destination before everyone, as soon as possible, so I can experience that level of success and continue to progress. If you want to emulate my career you must get yourself a mentor, somebody who has already done the path, somebody who can show you the road bumps that are ahead, show you the challenges that are ahead, and show you how to overcome those challenges by their story and by their career. Get yourself a mentor as soon as possible, if you want me to have me monitoring you simple visit www.ProgessionMonthly.com and join my monthly mentoring program.
What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?
I am excited to announce and share some of the projects that I’m working on. I am currently producing a 13 City Tour of The Progression Conference where I’ll be travelling to 13 cities as well as doing a 12 High School Tour where I’m going to high schools and give back to the high school’s juniors and seniors.
In addition to that I’m working on starting a new product suite which is a line of products that’s going to support small businesses owners who are generating $100k+ and want to scale to $1,000,000. These systems are going to allow people to truly revolutionize their lives so they can really experience freedom.
My philosophy is that you must increase your finances first so that way you can take care of your family and spend more time with your family. And with all that combined, this is what freedom is: when you make enough money that you can spend time with the loved ones that you have, because I recognize that life is very short and if you want to live the best life that is when you have the freedom to do what it is that you want, when you want to do it, with whom you want to do it.
Also I’m opening up different brick and mortar businesses in the State of California. So, I do have a lot on my plate, and instead of procrastinating and experiencing fear I’m leaning into everything that is allowing me to thrive.
How the Capsule Hackathon Bridges Sustainability and Corporate Innovation to Produce a Record-Breaking Event
Hackathons are a special breed of events for their role in innovation. Originating in the tech industry, hackathons have been adopted across almost every segment and come in all shapes and sizes. The collaborative nature and mind share allows for rapid creation of ideas. Companies and industries continue to use hackathons to extract innovative ideas with individuals who can build them. If there is something that needs this innovative approach more than anything, its the climate crisis.
Hackathons have become a crucial channel for generating new ideas and connecting with the people who can bring them to life. We’ve all heard how challenging it is for large companies to keep innovating, which is why Fortune 1000 companies are adopting hackathons as an integral component of their innovation pipelines. As large companies enhance their corporate social responsibility efforts, their interest in certain technologies overlaps with climate-focused solutions.
Seeing opportunity in the alignment of the need for corporate innovation, Experimental Civics is hosting Capsule 2020 with the participation of key partners. Capsule is a civic hackathon hosting over 4,000 hackers on June 20-21, 2020 in Austin, Texas to hack forward 500+ projects that all intersect with the environment.
Through various strategic partnerships with universities, corporate innovation labs, and non-governmental bodies, the innovation pipeline extends beyond the two-day hackathon event.
Early partner support
Nothing happens without the involvement of strategic and passionate partners. In the roster of community partners is Oxford AI Society, where VP of Partnerships, Ruben Drayton states, “Partnerships are very important for us in reaching more people and inching closer to our mission. Hackathons are where brilliant people come together to create novel solutions, and the spirit of Capsule reflects our goal of connecting AI talent with multidisciplinary problems for drastically improved answers to the most complex issues of our time. We are therefore excited to be able to see what comes out of the event, and hope to bridge Oxford’s AI knowledge with other communities around the world.”
An early partner of Capsule is The Earth Hacks Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building grassroots environmental hackathons at universities. Also confirmed, is Tech Together, a student-run nonprofit that equips individuals with the tools and resources necessary to host an all-female and non-binary hackathon with the mission to end the gender hack gap in technology. Zero Waste Strategies, an Austin-based waste diversion, and consultancy group is a sustainability partner helping to reduce waste created at the event. Additional community partners include Welti, Youth Climate Leaders, and Key Conservation.
“Partnerships are at the heart of innovation. For Key Conservation, we are working to help conservation efforts on a global scale and to be able to do that we need to have our eyes and ears to the pulse of these efforts happening around the world. Our partnerships are crucial in allowing us to have these insights so we are not only building something that can be useful globally but they allow us access to local knowledge, personal in-field experiences, areas of expertise and to see the world from a different perspective, which is priceless. One of the more exciting features of the Key Conservation app is the ability for skilled professionals to use their skills to help conservation organizations. When we heard about how Capsule was bringing people from all over the world, from different skill sets to help tackle climate change we knew we had to be involved. We truly believe that no matter what you do for a living you can use those skills to make a difference which is exactly what Capsule is working to do.”Megan Cromp, Director at Key Conservation
Capsule’s founder, Sarah Sharif, has successfully helped clients like Redbull, Google Fiber, and Mozilla to extract 6-figure ideas while also impacting their social bottom line. Sharif’s relevant, high-level unique experiences serve as a cornerstone in her efforts to execute on Capsule. Sharif is a former Director of ATX Hack for Change, winner of a Mozilla Science Grant in 2019 for her work with Life Sci Hack, and Judge for both the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund and City of Austin’s Gigabit Fund awarding over $310K to spur the generation of local social enterprises.
As an 18-month innovation program, Capsule uses the 2-day hackathon to bring together everyone that is involved throughout the process. Before the event, organizations and individuals are welcome to submit project ideas to lead and spread the word.
It takes a village
Hackathon projects are just projects at first, but the real goal is to see promising projects evolve into actual businesses. Diversity is key when it comes to organizing hacking teams with complementary skills. Participating hackers come from all sorts of backgrounds including students, developers, designers, scientists, entrepreneurs and more.
A common misconception is that you need to have technical skills to participate in hackathons, but that is not the case with Capsule since the aim is to build a business that needs many diverse minds. Anyone looking to participate in Capsule to be a part of breaking a world record is welcome to share their project ideas during open call Jan. 27, 2020 – Apr. 15, 2020. Finalists will be announced on May 4, 2020.
“We need all the builders, doers, makers, creators, thinkers, and leaders to get involved now. The complexities of the climate crisis present certain challenges that I believe our hackathon formula is well equipped to overcome.”Sarah Sharif, Founder of Experimental Civics and Founder of Capsule
Those who submit their project ideas will have their proposed idea go through the project selection process and finalists will have to be present at the event in order to run the project as a project lead.
On-site support from a small army of volunteers will help the event run smoothly. Volunteers support all event functions from traffic control, runner duties, event setup, event takedown, greeter, information, etc. Volunteer training will be provided before the event and all volunteer-related affairs will be tracked using the volunteer management system, GivePulse.
An ambitious goal of solving the climate crisis needs to be met with an equally ambitious approach. That’s exactly what Capsule offers with a civic hackathon, focus on open science, diverse participants, and a support network for the continued development of promising projects.
For Ryan Morris, Financial Security Just Wasn’t Fulfilling Enough
The idea of financial uncertainty is an extremely unnerving thing in the entrepreneurship space. The concept that if your performance is lacking for an extended period of time, you will quite literally have no money to even put food on the table for yourself. While this draws many people away from entrepreneurship, Ryan Morris wound up quitting multiple high paying jobs in favor of chasing his dream of being an entrepreneur. Many outside observers would frown upon his decision, as he abandoned his financial security just to go work for himself. Morris knew that regardless of how much money he was pulling in working for someone else, he would never be quite fulfilled. So, chasing his dreams was a no brainer for him.
Ryan was no overnight success either. He spent the better part of 3 years experimenting with different ventures, with his fair share of failures along the way. Ryan admits that the journey is tough, with most of it feeling like a constant uphill battle coming from the bottom. He feels lonely at times, but ultimately is in love with the game, especially the process of finding success. He hasn’t ever been involved with entrepreneurship for the money, even though he is immensely successful today. He’s the owner of iFortune Marketing, a digital marketing agency, the owner of J&R Vacations, a real estate management company, a forex trader, and a professional network marketer.
With all of the success he’s recently found and the incredible connections he’s made, Morris has came into a position of helping others. He has been all about passing the wisdom he’s gained onto others, with his main piece of advice being straightforward: you don’t have to be perfect to get started. Imperfect action is the best course of action, as waiting for the right time to get started will have you stuck at square one for far too long. Take it from Ryan, trying and failing is completely fine. Failure is the greatest learning tool any entrepreneur can have, and the best knowledge will never come from any book or course but from firsthand experience.
If Ryan was able to become successful from his lowest point, then anyone reading this will surely be able to as well. While having his back against the wall did give him the extra drive to work as hard as he could to find success, it was surely a trying time on him to the point where this is the first time he’s been able to share the ordeal with anybody. By accepting his extremely negative situation and emotions and being able to acknowledge that he was not in a good place, he gave himself no choice but to change his situation. No matter how unfortunate of a situation you may currently be in, there is absolutely a way out of it if you’re willing to put the work in. Ryan’s life has completely turned around, and he urges anyone going through tough times to dig deep and find the inner strength to overcome their struggles and make it happen for them.
5 Event Trends That Will Shake up Meetings & Group Business in 2020
The New Year is just coming in a couple of days and it is very much important for you to get to know about the real-time modifications in it. It is the best ever solution that will keep you aware of those changes that will be brought up with the help and support of modern technology. No doubt, modern technology is very much efficient and effective that is changing the whole scenario of things according to the demand and needs of the people respectively. if you are interested to join in an up-coming business event anywhere in the world, you should have to get this update that will entirely helpful for you by all means.
As we all know the importance of the business event in which every type and size of business can better utilize the real-time benefits from the market. it is a perfect solution for B2B dealing and there are a lot more chances to get enhance direct sales of the business respectively. Most of the businesses can better create contacts with the market giants in these events which is actually the real need of this time. Just you have to follow the instructions of modern requirements in which you can better get selected the standard of your appearance respectively.
The Role of Modern Technology in Future Business Events
No doubt, modern technology is performing its best to make everything perfectly like a pro and it is also providing the best and efficient services to deal with all types of intelligence respectively. Business events are totally meaningless without having these IT gadgets and you can better utilize iPad hire solutions to make everything perfect right on the track accordingly. There are several IT devices that can better help you out professionally to make everything right for the use in the business event respectively. Moreover, you can better utilize iPad hire solution compulsory because it is the most intelligent devices in these days. It will individually handle all types of tasks that will be completed in a better way. you have a complete choice to make everything perfect to attract people towards you by all means.
You also have another option to utilize for the business event in which you can better perform everything according to the standard of business. Here we will describe to you some of the best and intelligent changes in the field of business that will definitely provide you the best and impressive solution to get everything perfectly according to your targeted goals.
In future events, you will see these types of changes that we are going to discuss with you here.
As we have already discussed that iPad hire is one of the best and intelligent solutions that will provide you a long battery life solution that you can better utilize in the business event. Moreover, you have a complete choice in which you can better deal with great intelligence factor that it can easily perform all those tasks individually for which you need multiple devices. The perfect way is to get hire multiple quantities of iPad from trusted rental solution providers to get enjoy the real-time benefits in the professional event. You can better create your business presentation and charts by using different apps on the iPad respectively. we can just say in the simple world that the iPad is the perfect choice to manage any type of task intelligently. It will improve the efficiency of the business and its members. Prefer to provide every individual in the event to utilize it to grab the attention of the audience towards you.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Solution
No doubt, VR and AR have also developed the best factors in the field of business through which any type of business can present its ideas and future innovations in a better way. Moreover, you have a complete choice to utilize 3D effects in your presentations that can better engage the audience towards you without any hassle. VR and AR is the perfect solution that will lead viewers closer to the reality and the use of these two technologies have become common in these types of events respectively. well, we should have to appreciate modern technology that has provided the best and impressive solution to the business industry that is brilliantly boosting up high in the sky.
Chatbots in the event
Artificial Intelligence factor is also an amazing solution that you will also see in future events. Robots will act as per your instructions and you will get the right solution through it. Siri is the best example of voice recognition that has brilliantly provided the best ever solution to the whole world through which every type of task you can manage from robots as well.
Facial Recognition Solution
Gone are those days when you have to register your name for the business event manually. In the future, you will see the voice recognition solution that will entirely change the whole situation respectively. Future events will have the technology that will detect the invited attendees through facial recognition solution that will never make any type of mistake. It is the perfect solution that will enhance the security solution for the business events in which we can better get sure that only relevant community is present in the arena respectively. this type of technology really appreciated all over the world and it is the perfect solution that has provided by modern technology by all means.
As we all know very well that it is really a time taking the solution to travel far away to attend the event. Now, the hurdle has removed efficiently and everyone can better be the part of the event through virtual event solutions through Facebook live streaming and other social media platforms respectively. this is an incredible solution that will be covered by the drones in the business event and it will also provide the live streaming solution. These types of modifications will really boost the business industry effectively all over the world by all means.
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