What’s your backstory?
I went to prison by the time I was 19 and I did 4 years on a 7 year sentence. There were many adverse moments that played a key role in strengthening my character. I got out for about 2 years. I got promoted at a sales job on my 3rd day, then I got fired 2 days later for being a convicted felon.
Instead of searching for other opportunities, I became a raging alcoholic. I went back to prison, just 20 days before my twin sons were born. That was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I always wanted to be the dad I didn’t have, and now I blew it. It was the best thing that could have ever happened to me because I made a decision right there that I was going to do my time and get out to become a responsible father and be happy and successful. I didn’t know what happy and successful looked like at that point in my life and I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I had powerful reasons why I had to figure it out.
I came home 8 months later and started grinding. I couldn’t find a job anywhere. I did network marketing for 2 years before I completely lost my passion for it. I didn’t know what it was when I started, so you couldn’t even scare me off with the word “pyramid scheme”. I created almost $2k a month residual income within my first 6 months. However, I lost my passion completely and left network marketing in 2017.
I struggled financially all of 2017 and a lot in 2018. I was trying to be a “life coach”. My messaging was horrible and I wasn’t solving a specific problem for a specific person. I was all over the place, and as a result, I didn’t make a single penny or help a single person as a coach.
I tried to collaborate with other entrepreneurs all the time, but nobody took me seriously. I was just some ex-convict turned entrepreneur afterthought that nobody gave the time of day to. Out of this frustration and pain of no one taking me seriously, I launched the Underdog Empowerment podcast and became a top 200 rated podcaster on iTunes in my first week. The next week I had Billy Gene Is Marketing on my show. It’s crazy because the week prior no one wanted to collaborate than in a few days I started interviewing celebrities and everyone wanted to talk then.
Since then I’ve interviewed countless of celebrities, industry leaders, and power players on my show, built powerful relationships with a lot of these power players, I’ve spoken at the biggest and coolest events, made a bunch of money, and have helped a bunch of people do the same thing. I help entrepreneurs launch, grow, and monetize top-rated podcasts on iTunes, in 5 weeks or less, guaranteed, while freeing up your time and sanity with our podcast production agency.
From over 5 years in prison to rubbing elbows with multi-millionaires every day and generating over $20k+ months as an entrepreneur, I truly get grossed out when people make excuses.
What techniques and methods do you use day to day to stay continuously motivated, focused and proactive when fear, hardships and procrastination have the best of you?
I developed these skills from my time in prison before I even knew about self-help books. I take complete ownership of everything in my life and know that I always have the power to choose how I respond to any situation. I don’t care about motivation, that shit comes and goes. I have strong reasons why I have to do what I do that keep me going on the days I’m not motivated. The quality of the questions you ask yourself daily, and especially in adverse conditions will shape the quality of your life.
What is your definition of success?
First off you have to clearly define what success means to you. What exactly are you aiming for? If you can’t easily answer that question then you’ll never be fulfilled until you can. For me, success is having the number podcast in the Management and Marketing category on iTunes, being the world’s most sought out podcast consultant, raising my kids to love and to play to win, and having 20 hours a day to live on my terms doing what I want.
How will you continue to grow and succeed?
Well, that’s pretty simple. I’m going to keep taking the next step forward, finding the right people who have what I want and pay them to be their student, and keep a warrior mindset and attitude in business. Play to win. Period.
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