Being an entrepreneur for some is a choice made later in life and acted on by years of corporate knowledge and expierence. For others, like Dave Lukas, it’s in your blood from birth. Dave Lukas grew up with a side of the family who never went to college but still seemed to be incredibly successful in their own businesses. Seeing that as a child sparked a love for entrepreneurship that caught it’s first flame as him selling American flags to his neighbors with a 100% close rate even before he was in middle school! This created a drive to sell and succeed, and right out of college Dave started his own business. After numerous trial and error periods that we all go through, Dave found success in becoming the VP at one of the companies he had invested in, Grasp Technologies. Through all these journeys, successes, and failures, Dave realized that the people he had worked with, the family who raised him, and even he himself never fit a “Traditional” mold. So using all his past expierence and acquired knowledge Mr. Lukas began hosting the Misfit Entrepreneur podcast where he interviews successful entrepreneurs who never really made it in the traditional ways. Dave created this podcast to help shift and shape the minds of these aspiring entrepreneurs and now he is here to give you a lesson or two on what it takes to be a Misfit.
Tony Whatley came from humble beginnings as he so puts. But perhaps those are the best beginnings to come from. Never feeling entitled he always got to work to earn what he wanted. His first job at McDonalds at the age of 15 taught him a lot in the corporate and training mindset, but even with that part time job he never stopped hustling on the side. Then he bought himself through engineering school by working as a pipe-fitter out for the oil refineries, but continued working odd jobs as a bartender or server to help make his income higher than it was. Whatley continued his career path by climbing corporate ladders and flirting with middle management. But even with his corporate career in place, he always worked at his side hustles and ended up building them up so greatly they became 6-7 figure companies and once sold made Tony a millionaire ON THE SIDE. With this success Tony made the choice to become a teacher/mentor to help other entrepreneurs become the best versions of themselves and in turn help them make their businesses more successful. Since making this decision Tony has launched his successful podcast: 365 Driven and become an Amazon Best Seller with his book “SideHustle Millionaire” and he wants to tell you all about his journey today.
Though this is my 3rd interview with Aaron Singerman, every time we speak it is like I am speaking to a new person. Last we spoke to Aaron RedCon1 had just entered nutritional supplement space. Now almost a year or so later, RedCon1 is a powerhouse in the Nutritional Supplement Based E-Commerce industry with their products also being sold in over 5500 stores nationwide. In this interview, Aaron takes us through how he is able to sell his product both on and offline with such great success. Along with how to work with getting licensing to sell his product in brick and mortar stores across the U.S. So sit back, relax, grab a protein shake and see for yourself just how Aaron Singerman was able to scale RedCon1 into one of the most massive players in the nutritional supplemental game in less than 12 months.
Jared Goetz grew up without financial friendliness. He was raised by a single mother in a poor socioeconomic background and never once believed that he was going to be able to find the financial freedom that many of the superstars we see today have. However, hungry for success at such a young age Jared started out by promoting concerts in college and made over $1,000,000 before the age of 22. However that 15 minutes of success soon expired and Jared found himself at rock bottom once again. Still determined he set out in the college entreprenurial space helping a start-up company called YikYak, then selling his shares and making the money back he had once loss. With the lessons he had learned Jared was ready to start in a different space and through the help of a friend Jared was one of the first people to bring hoverboards into the USA. What may seem like a funny tidbit of information actually is what launched Jared Goetz to being an incredible force in the ECommerce at such a young age. With this own store making 8-figures in just the last 12 months. But with knowledge comes the want to share it so Jared started eCom Hacks Academy, an online platform to teach everyone about ECommerce and now he is here to see if you could be his next best student.
Everything happens for a reason, everyone, including Mr. Colin Wayne will tell you that. What started as a casual conversation with a friend turned into a powerful journey of self-belief and business ownership. After Colin connected with and offered to consult an existing manufacturing business owner. Through their talks a friendship blossomed and Wayne offered to become partners, but the gentleman denied. Letting Colin loose to become the owner of his own manufacturing business: Redline Steel. When you believe in yourself, you never settle for less than what you know you deserve, and that is why Colin has become the successful man you see in our interview today.
Coming to this country as an immigrant from Palestine, Ali Awad and his family made their lives in the rural parts of northern Georgia. With no papers, but with ambition and drive, Ali found works doing odd jobs all his life along side his father in the automotive audio and wheel industry. While these ventures provided dollars, they didn’t provide a scalable and growable business venture which Ali knew he wanted. Ali knew being in the US meant he had opportunities that wouldn’t be extended to him back home, so rather than settling for mediocrity he decided to explore one of the elite professions we have in the U.S: Law. After taking the LSAT’s on a whim, Ali was put into law school and started on a journey that has now made him one of the most well-known personal inquiry lawyers in the state of Georgia.
In a world where technology is forever evolving, one can imagine how difficult it can be to keep up with the times. However, there are some people, like my guest Jon Carder who are able to capitalize on this ever changing game and make it work in his company’s favor. Years ago Jon started a company that helped make earning loyalty rewards a frictionless process. No longer did you have to wave around a coupon at a store to get your discount, Jon’s company made it so you could just link your rewards right to your credit card for a smooth, easy process that still earned you rewards and cash back. Now with brick and mortar stores not being the only means of purchase, Jon has evolved his company to reflect both online and offline transactions. His company, Empyr acts as an intermediate, bringing together customers and apps, stores, or websites like: Facebook, Coupons.com, Living Social, etc for the customer to be able to utilize rewards and the business to make profit percentages off of every purchase. This is something a little different than what we are used to talking about here at Secret Entourage, but I am super excited for you all to hear Jon’s story and just how successful his transactional facilitation business has become.