How was your University time?
Sales as a career– University time was a great experience. I recommend it for anyone provided you don’t go into debt that you can’t get out of. For me, at one point, due to poor choices, I thought I was not going to be able to transition, but I was blessed, and while I didn’t finish, I learned a lot and wouldn’t take it back. Later, I would like even when I was working as a training take a college course, but I only selected the courses that I enjoyed, which made sense. Sometimes, that was a great ability to have to worry about taking things that didn’t pertain to my path and future.
Why did you choose Sales as a career in this field?
Sales chose me; you could say I was always built for it and into it as a child. Once I found out I was good and could excel, I poured everything into it. From there, I learned to manage and rose to a trainer and later a regional who could manage multiple locations and aspects of business infrastructure. Overall I had fun and loved what I did. That’s key. If you don’t love it, leave it, I always say don’t be abound to the job or career you dread. Believe in yourself. Being broke actually won’t let die, but it will reveal character, and it is only up from the bottom if you ever find yourself there. From this, I was able to have the skills to open up my own business and Succeed.
What was your first job or nuggets from jobs you had that helped you get to where you are today?
The first job was at a store called Omalia’s food market in Indiana. I didn’t enjoy it, but my mother wouldn’t let me duck the work. She said to love it or leave it, but if you’re going to do it, right and work hard. That stuck with me. Some other nuggets were always forward-thinking in business and life, plan and strategize. Books are your friend read read read. Nothing stays the same in business, and you have to adapt constantly. You see that now today, a lot of companies and brands have to pivot.
How did you prepare for the interview?
I thought about what would bring value to the readers and just began writing. A lot of times, I try to be organic with my convo and authentic.
Can you provide some book recommendations?
So when it comes to books, I have a lot depends on what you have an appetite for. Here is a shortlist:
- 48 Laws of Power
- King Leopold’s Ghost
- 4 Hour Work Week
- The Destruction of Black Civilization
- Millionaire Teacher Never Split The Difference
- 80/20 Principle
- Miracle Morning
- How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age: Dale Carnegie
- Find a good autobiography for anyone you admire. I have read everything from Miles Davis to Warren Buffett, etc.
Advice for someone looking for a job?
Look for something you’re passionate about, but also it depends on age…. don’t be afraid to take a job beneath you that has great upside like an intern or a low paying job next to the right connections your network and who you meet and impress is powerful and can lead to future benefits. A great saying I heard …You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward.
Why do you think you were selected among other candidates?
I always put my best foot forward and give my all in doing so. I have been fortunate to be able to win positions. I also take my reputation seriously and guard it with my life, so this will be something that I’m known for in a positive way that opens other doors.
Lessons from jobs that you couldn’t get.
Jobs that I didn’t get were for a reason it was not for me, and the ones I turned down after the interview and being offered, I knew it wasn’t for me, and the truth is whatever was next always worked for the best.
Tag a few friends/colleagues whose story you would like to see them share their story
- John Chay
- Calvin Le
- Rafeal Berrios
Also, read My Story From Studying Mechanical Engineering to Becoming a Web Designer