Light comes when you think all is lost in the darkness. Once a skinny boy, Shawn Henry, defeated the odds by deliberately stepping over the stereotypes surrounding his behavior, he lived his dreams. Having been trapped in an endless cycle of “job loss,” a ray of hope finally flickered! Nevertheless, it was a journey- a journey to behold. But how did a ‘society’s version of a loser,’ break the cycle, build his own company, and become a millionaire? Well, they say good things happen to those who wait… that’s right! But better things happen to those who work for them.
The Early Days Of Shawn Henry
Born in Canada, Henry was brought up by a single mother. He lived to see a bitter divorce between his parents, something that broke his heart. The struggle was real in his early life. School always made Henry face disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions. The judgy boy was unruly and completely untamable- drinking and driving, doing drugs among other filthy behaviors that saw him risk ten years in prison in case his actions remain unchanged.
Despite the unethical behavior, Henry was an extremely sharp young man. He had a dream. Henry had gone through high school to later attend college, when he eventually dropped out and decided that route wasn’t for him. He immediately began the search. Not just a job search, the search for life. The search to obtain and achieve everything he desired and more, but where to start? Unfortunately, it was tough for Henry to sustain a job. He could work for three weeks and sometimes for a week and a half and lost his job. Everything seemed to be falling apart.
A New Dawn
Finally, Henry met someone who gave him a new job in sales. He enjoyed the position since the job was like an eye-opener, it was challenging, it taught him how to think outside the box. They had 30 locations, and this time around, Henry gave it his best. Henry worked for Cellular sales as a consultant before starting his journey. He was a great salesman and even became the top seller. Behind the scenes, Henry was gathering information, making plans. Henry learned how to start a company, how to license it, and how to get leads to the company. Brainstorming and picking the right information gave him an idea to start his own company.
His journey as the founder and CEO of Efficient Home Services In Florida was not easy. At first, it was so tricky getting into homes pitching homeowners on the idea of going solar. However, his urge to take up challenges and the passion for pursuing, lead him and his team to knocking on every door. The ‘champions’ could set out early in the morning and could not stop until the sun went down. The hunger and thirst were great! Henry had a mission to accomplish- getting into as many homes as possible. And within a few months, Henry and his team were already contributing 85% of their fulfillment partners business. “What if we give it a try?” Henry thought and indeed opened the Efficient Home Services of Florida. The guru chose to start small, hiring every right helpful talent, which was useful to the growth of their business.
How Henry Managed To Get To The Top
The company hired top-notch sales reps; experts experienced in solar and proven installers. Henry embraced the fact of building good relationships with lenders, distributors, and created a unique business model. This was a solid foundation that helped Henry perfect the art of sales and solar installations, and growing nationally.
Today, Shawn’s company is among the fastest-growing solar energy companies in the United States.. It is no secret that Efficient Home Services is #1 energy company on The Inc. 5000. The company is now driving more than $40 million in revenue, growing by over 2200% and still counting. Can you imagine taking a company from $400k per year to over $2.5 million per month? Isn’t that incredible? Besides, the company has been featured on big worldwide networks such as ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC.
You, too, can be successful. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Therefore, don’t wish it were easier; rather wish you were better.
The 10X Ladies Conference Is Declaring 2020 The Decade For Women
The next ten years are meant for women to continue growing their potential and succeeding in multiple areas, including business. To help achieve this, the iconic Elena Cardone is launching 10X Ladies.
10X Ladies is a conference designed for women who want it all. It will take place on February 24-25 in Las Vegas, with 10 amazing speakers and more. Some of the invited women are fashion designer Rebeca Minkoff, social media influencer Lisa Morales, and business coach Danelle Delgado.
The idea behind the conference is to expand on the 10X Growth Conference headed by her husband, Grant Cardone, which has been voted the #1 conference for marketing by Forbes, and has taken place every year since 2016.
Grant Cardone runs an empire that includes a sales training University, Grant Cardone TV, a real estate company and more. This is why both Grant and Elena’s vision has always been to build an empire. For years, Grant has been organizing conferences and attended public speaking opportunities to share his ideas and tools with people.
10X Ladies looks precisely to close the gap that exists between entrepreneurship and business-driven women who want to build an empire, and all the necessary resources to do so.
It is because of the sense of responsibility that Elena feels now that she is in a position to help others, that she has gone all in into the planning of 10X Ladies, where speakers of the likes of Shay Rowbotton and Maria Conceicao will be sharing their experiences.
Elena, who first came to prominence as an actress, who starred in Two and a Half Men and Days of Our Lives, married Grant Cardone in 2004. She eventually got involved in business, which had always been Grant’s ballpark, and both began to build their brands in support of each other and their common brand. But her role is mostly to support what Grant does while raising their two kids, which some people see as too traditional.
With 10X Ladies, Elena is creating the perfect platform to share the tools and resources she has had access to, with other women like her who are willing to build and grow their own empire, in whatever industry interests them.
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Primary Founder, James Billson, Shares Insight On How to Build Better Software with Application Modelling
James Billson has seen it all in the tech world. He started his first pizza delivery business at a time when Wi-Fi didn’t exist and orders had to be delivered by fax.
This business transformed into a software development outfit, and with it, he witnessed the rise and fall of tech in the early 2000s.
He made his grand exit with a sale to international advertising behemoth BBDO. He now runs Primary, the result of his years of development service experience. In this article, he shares a simple agile technique for building better software.
Agile methodologies are here to stay. They have received widespread acceptance in the sphere of software development. An agile approach helps teams to work together as well as with their stakeholders.
Agile practices help development organizations focus on their individual end-users and the way they interact with products.
Actions speak louder than words, and in software that is part of the problem. In the Agile Manifesto, having ‘working software’ is prioritized over compiling comprehensive documentation that exhaustively defines the product before development. Coincidentally, this manifesto was written by coders, and the universal belief of a coder is, if there is a problem, code it. If we extend the definition of ‘working software’ to include an application model, opportunities to work faster and more efficiently arise.
Introducing Application Modelling
Much like in manufacturing, product modelling can be used as an alternative route to effective application design. Modelling is the process of creating a simulation that gives insight into how the real product will function at the end of the development process.
There are many merits to this approach. First, it re-creates the full size and expanse of the product, in a holistic full-dimensional way that allows due consideration of all its facets. This way, it helps the team to understand the features of the product better and translate it into a design that the users can also comprehend. Finally, it presents all the necessary information in a light and vivid format rather than the dull and impenetrable nature of typical requirements documentation…
With a well-developed application model, there is direct access to the full scope required for the development process. It removes the likelihood of overlooking future steps and pathways by revealing the features of the future product.
Involving the Whole Team with Modelling
Modelling creates a unique environment for synergy among the UX team, the developers, and the product owners. A product model is an agile system that allows real-time creation and modification. All parties can raise potential concerns and create a matching solution as work progresses. In comparison to a ‘straight-to-code’ process where decisions are usually made during development, application modelling greatly saves time and team resources.
Telling Stories with User Flows
James Billson founded Primary.app to give developers an easy way to conduct product modelling. However, beyond simply using a tool, there must also be a systematic approach.
Developing a product model should be very much like telling a story. A story has a single important ingredient that allows its teller to connect with audiences. This is the narrative. To find this narrative, the development team must create user flows. A user flow is a series of steps that outlines the journey of the product user through the life cycle of the application. The user is the hero, and over each step, we see what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.
The narrative of the flow is the backbone to which you attach the details and conditions that will inform the different aspects of the product work. Once you have that overreaching structure in place, you can manipulate and modify details, creating different user scenarios and comparing end results. All of this can be done without making any grave changes to the main body of the model.
User flow models have another advantage in helping product managers to avoid the pitfall of ‘happy pathways’.These happy paths are easy and fun when you are looking at an engaging prototype that has all the characteristics of your minimum desirable feature set. However, the building process will reveal all the other less exciting processes that are needed to support these main functions, leading to a development lag and a generally uncoordinated process. A user flow-based model will highlight these necessary support functions and help you stay on top of them from the very beginning.
Modelling is The New Documentation
Comprehensive documentation fell out of favour because it became seen as a blocker to creativity. Development teams want the freedom to identify opportunities that arise from seeing the product in operation. As decisions are made in development, the document becomes increasingly redundant. The long descriptive passages and confusing diagrams did not lend themselves to easy updating.
Application modelling completely redefines all of this. It is a light system that can be edited and modified in real-time. The entire team can make input based on the progress to date and see those ideas implemented in the following sprints. The result is a clean and compact model that mirrors the reality of the developed application.
At Primary.app, James and his team have created a system that allows users to build large application models that are easily modifiable and constantly under development. Models can be changed any time, in response to key drivers that affect the app functionality in real life. It is as easy as changing sheets or doing the dishes before heading out.
Application modelling is the future of software development. User flow-based models of your app can be created with minimal resources, and then used to engage product team members for maximum and meaningful output. What you get is a comprehensive system that can be modified and iterated to synchronize with your desired result perfectly.
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