I had the pleasure of interviewing Quiane Crews the founder and CEO of LPG Technology, Inc. Just like many success stories you read about, Quiane dropped out of high school in 2015 to pursue his dreams. Quiane found his success in 2016 after partnering up with a friend drop-shipping on sites like Amazon and eBay where he grossed $1.2M. Mr. Crews partnered up with Shenzhen Communications Co. where they developed smartphones, laptops and wearable devices. In 2017 Quiane parted ways from Shenzhen Communications Co. and started developing technology for his new tech start up LPG.
Hey Quiane can you tell us a little about your background story?
Quiane: When I was younger I was always into shoes, fashion and technology. I started out doing Network marketing when I was about 17-18 years old. It taught me the basics of being an entrepreneur, being a leader and helped me learn how to build a successful team. At the time I was a senior in high school working at Blue Beacon Truck Wash washing semi-trucks.
After spring break in 2015 I decided to drop out of school not knowing 100% what my next move was going to be. June 11, 2015 I found out I was going to be having my first kid and I quit my job the same day. I got back into network marketing and direct marketing to sharpen my skills as a marketer. I found some success with it building one of the biggest movements called Live Free Retire Young with a group of friends. I later ventured into doing Drop-shipping on Amazon and eBay. Once I got the hang of it I built my own website drop-shipping varies of different products from a few sites. I collected my profits from that and started outsourcing to China to sample and develop different products for my tech company.
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? What lesson did you learn from them?
Quiane: and foremost I am thankful for God because anything without him isn’t possible. I am grateful for my good friend/partner Leonard for always believing in me. He has helped me sharpen my skills as an entrepreneur and taught me how to be shark in my field of work. Through all the drama and backlash I was getting in the beginning he didn’t do what everyone else did and just leave. He stuck with me and showed me how to move smarter and more strategically.
What are two things you wish someone told you when you first started?
- Hire slow and fire fast: In the beginning I didn’t care who I hired or who I brought on the team. I just wanted to build with people whether it was friends or family. I ended up growing an emotional attachment to those people to the point to where I knew they were bad for business but I allowed them to stay which made matters worse in the long run.
- Things are not what they seem: Growing up I thought when people were rich and famous that they didn’t have to worry about certain things. I thought they lived a stress free life. Well, I thought wrong. Once I got a little taste of fame, popularity and some extra money in my pockets things were the complete opposite. I found myself more stress, insecure and struggling to find my happiness in life. Dealing with hate, trolls and people feeling entitled to the things I worked hard for kind of overwhelmed me a little. I had certain family and friends try to make me feel guilty of my success because I didn’t do certain things for them. Be careful for what you ask for because sometimes God will give you exactly what you wanted to show you exactly why you don’t need it.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to disrupt an industry?
Quiane: My best advice to anyone is to know what you want and go after it. The sky is not the limit so DON’T EVER limit yourself. I’m a 22 year old entrepreneur launching a new smartphone later this year. Dreams don’t work unless you do. As you know there’s no age limit to success and the amount of money you can make. Surround yourself with great people, network, TAKE RISK and HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE. Throughout my journey I learned that you got to focus on one thing until you are successful at it. Do what you love and love what you do.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?
Quiane: January of 2018 I had reached out to the now Exec Chairman of sprint Marcelo Claure on Instagram to make some shoes for him. My goal was to make him some custom Sprint shoes to start building a relationship with him for a potential partnership I had in mind. I was really excited that he replied back to me the next day. I made the shoes for him and got them sent out. I reached out to Marcelo again in March to talk to him about my new smartphone and possibly distributing my phones through Sprint. He later sent me his email to send him the information about my company and smartphone. Since I was still in the early stages of development he declined. I wasn’t upset about it because I figured out why he said no and I knew that this was all apart of the process. That moment also showed me that I was on the right path for success, I was just missed a few steps
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Here is why all eyes are on Michaela Vybohova
Michaela Vybohova’s career launched by accident, She was discovered when a friend took her “as support” to a model search casting call.
After the event, Michaela said she felt so guilty but her friend showed full support, prompting her to pursue the career and see where the journey takes them both even if different directions.
Michaela started designing at an early age. When she was a 14-year-old girl she owned an eBay shop where she sold swimsuits ordered from Alibaba.
But these were no ordinary swimsuits. Michaela customized these suits by tweaking their designs and adding jewellery. Once the designs were done she sold her unique wears through her eBay shop.
Apart from swimsuits, Michaela always had an eye out for shoes. People watching was her favorite sport as she said, she watched women try on shoes in stores. After a while observing these women, something struck Michaela- Once these women found the right pair of shoes their whole mood changed.
Michaela longed to become someone who could change a person’s mood the way a right pair of shoes did for those women.
The fashion industry is one of the fiercest industries to venture. Staying relevant in the market means you have to be in a constant state of self-improvement.
Before she set out on her modelling career, Michaela spent a couple of years learning the ropes. This helped her a lot when she started work as a model for designers- she learned a lot from these individuals before building her fashion company- Michaela V footwear.
Building a business from scratch isn’t an easy task for anyone- so many unexpected obstacles will come your way. Michaela faced problems every new business faces.
One of early business issue Michaela faced was problems with Customs. Her first round of samples got seized by the Italian customs due to incorrect licensing. She also had challenges with funds- no one was willing to take on a low budget newcomer.
Most of the problems she faced when starting the firm were enough for her to call it quits. But she didn’t Give up. Michaela believed that there was always a way around every problem, no matter how tough it was.
Hard work and consistency were major factors that would contribute to her success.
A window of opportunity came for Michaela when a friend of hers, who was working with Pauline Ducruet on a charity event, mentioned her name and brand in a conversation with the Princess.
Michaela received a call from her friend one day informing her that the Princess asked for a shoe sample in her size- she taught this was a prank set up by her friend and replied with a joke, then she hung up.
Her phone rang several times that day until she found out that the whole thing wasn’t a cruel plan but was actually the real deal.
Michaela has proved that with the right motives and enough hard work you can make your dreams come through.
Now she is the CEO of a footwear company that brings smiles to women’s faces around the world.
How Chris Berlow Can Train His Mind to Not Only Stay Positive in the Face of Adversity but Be Successful in Multiple Aspects of Life
On one hand, everyone has something they have achieved in life, then on the other, there are those who are still striving hard to achieve. Christopher Berlow, a 7th-Degree Black Belt holder in taekwondo, lives in Mohegan Lake in New York and is more than what meets the eye. Being a co-owner of Empowered Mastery, he is also a national medalist, a philanthropist, a real estate investor, a Taekwondo Grandmaster and an instructor with more than thirty-five years of experience, and a celebrated author. In partnership with the martial arts organization, they have raised more than $300,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma societies and other charities. Berlow explains to us how he has been able to live a real-life and how he has managed to become successful in multiple aspects of life.
Berlow makes us understand that success is just not about money-making. He knows he is successful not only by the million dollars he has been making but by knowing that he is physically fit, he is happy, loves what he does, has a great relationship with his family, all that combined is what he knows is a success. In the outside world, most people focus on making money but they forget about these most important things. People open businesses, become very successful, but forget about their families, their health, and stuff like that. They lack Work-life balance, which is a condition most people have but are unaware.
Berlow makes sure he is the best example for people around him. For every area of life, he makes sure he has a good relationship with everyone, so he can get good results for all that he has designed to do. Also, having a schedule for the tasks he must complete daily has helped him stay focused on the essential areas of his life. That is how he has been able to balance himself with everything around him without abandoning any area.
Having a Broad Mindset and Being Consistent with Your Practices
A right mindset and consistency are all you need to help yourself set up for success in whichever area you are interested in. Berlow learned how to protect the mindset by freeing himself from distractions at any time, which also leads to time-blocking. Mindset protection has helped Berlow plan his time because whenever he is doing something at a specific time, he cannot do anything else apart from that what he has planned to do. These are Berlow’s ways of always remaining focused on whatever he does.
Most business people always want to achieve more, to be successful in everything they do, but Berlow has specific things that drive him to be successful and to achieve more than most people have achieved. Things that make him look forward to meeting more each day. Being passionate about what he is doing, having a purpose for what he is doing, have fun in whatever he is doing, and if it’s not fun, he makes it fun himself. Whatever he is doing, he does it, not only to better himself but for society too. It’s just not about himself. Based on the values that he teaches, he also learns, because to him, success also includes being comfortable with whatever one is doing. The fact that he also faces challenges, he finds ways to overcome the obstacles, which makes it even more exciting.
Exercising Power over Mind
For you to be able to control your thoughts, you have to give credit to yourself for the things you have been able to achieve. Always let your mind see and appreciate what you have made in the past. That way, whenever obstacles become a threat, you can handle them positively. Berlow has been able to appreciate himself for the things he has done, and that is how he has been successful and remained positive. Also, being able to re-visualize his past life, so he can feel the way he felt in the past when he achieved something has been a significant contribution in remaining positive because it helps him feel empowered.
Meet Anton Ortigas; one of 2019s top travel photography artist.
Anton lives in the corporate world; he breathes the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. He seems like your average yuppie: finished his MBA, works a day job, dabbles in photography… if only they were that. Instead his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Ateneo GSB is put to good use daily in his many roles: first, as one of the youngest Country Managers of an international company, second, as an owner of an f&b franchisor, and third, as a globetrotting Instagram influencer.
Anton is behind Cotecna Elite Philippines Inc., a leading third-party audit, training, testing, inspection, and certification (ATTIC) global provider dedicated to developing and employing Filipinos in different provinces so they can provide local companies with world-class assurance services. With a bustling professional workforce of more than 300 employees in the Philippines, Anton has certainly carved himself a top spot in a niche industry, and yet despite his success, you can still see him in action, always in pursuit of bettering himself and others around him. This is why they recently launched their capacity-building initiative The Cotecna Institute, a training facility providing technical and vocational education to further professionalize the industry. It also provides leadership and skills enhancement seminars available to the youth in partnership with various government agencies.
His passion for empowering people goes beyond the confines of skyscrapers and traffic jams, and this is seen in We The People Coffee and Tea Company, a homegrown farm-to-palate coffee shop with three branches in Manila that serves handcrafted specialty coffee made from locally sourced and roasted beans. It also features curated products from students and budding entrepreneurs, as well as art pieces from illustrators, writers, and photographers from metro south, including his pieces from his internet-famous IG @antonorts, with over 90,000 followers and counting. There you can see his travels around the globe, captured in their wonder with Anton’s unique take on lines, shapes, and colors. When asked how he can manage to find time to take such beautiful photos in his busy life, he answers: “Social media provides an escape – a means to find inspiration and breathing spaces in other realities.” It’s no wonder that he takes such poignant and inspired images.
Here are some questions I asked him:
How did you make a name for yourself in your industry?
By taking photos of unique things, creating moments through everyday life experiences
What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now?
I was young when I started managing our family business. It was hard to improve our corporate culture in the beginning because more senior employees did not listen and were resistant to change.
How did you overcome these obstacles?
Lead by example and worked hard to get more clients. I implemented programs within the company that empowered our employees to make decisions and lead their teams independently. This infused in them a feeling of ownership and it leads to positive growth and unity amongst each other.
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