Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
My name is Jake Melton. I am the founder of The J.B. Melton Group. I am a speaker, entrepreneur, author, and minimalist. My book “Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut the Crap” is currently in the final editing stages and will be launched here sometime within the next two months! I am a husband, father of two little ones, and enjoy helping others find greater peace and happiness by clearing the clutter in their lives. I like to spend any free time I get (rare when running my own business and raising two little kids) reading, playing basketball and volleyball, trying out new restaurants, BBQ, and hitting the movie theaters.
What exactly does your company do?
I am a speaker and coach. I help business owners and human beings minimalize their lives to maximize their happiness, success, time, and purpose. I provide keynotes, workshops, and seminars based on these topics, and do one-on-one coaching with clients to help them “minimalize their business” and minimalize their lives.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
The first, was in my personal life when I lost my father in 2014. This off-set my course a bit as it took a heavy toll on my life. I still deal with the tragedy of it each day, but I had to learn that I can’t do anything about it. I must use his ability to help me and do something to bless others. That’s what he would want. I used what my father taught me about pursuing my dreams (as life is short and we don’t ever get to go back and redo it) and utilized the speaking and communication skills he taught me to create this company. My initials are JBM, and so were my father’s. That’s why my company is called The J.B. Melton Group, LLC.—In honor of my dad. Another challenge I faced was unemployment (several times). I had terrible luck when it came to working for someone else. I was always hired on at the worst times or I was told my role would be one thing and it wasn’t. After my family experienced not one, not two, not three, but four (yes, four…) series of being unemployed, I decided to stop letting the comfort of working for others dictate the success and direction of my life and career. I wanted to stop allowing others to control my future and wanted to build my own. Lastly, I have Tourette’s Syndrome. Being a public speaker and having Tourette’s can be a really difficult thing to cope with. Others ask me how and why I do it. I’ve learned that it’s something I have no control over and I will not allow it to hold me back from attaining my dream. I recognize that if I did allow it to hold me back, it would be selfish as I wouldn’t be able to help others improve their lives.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Don’t allow someone else to dictate your dreams because you want to be comfortable or you feel you’ll be judged by building your own business or doing what you love, whatever it may be. There is always money to be made doing what you love, you just have to find the right business model and the right way of selling what you do. Don’t let others’ opinions and actions influence the path you need and want to take. Be happy and do YOU because time is never refunded.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
For me, it’s my beautiful and supportive wife Emilie, my mother Stacey, my father Jeffrey (in memory of), my great-grandfather LeRoy Speirs (in memory of), Dean Martin (in memory of), Justin Furstenfeld, The Tenors, and Jesus Christ.
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?
In running my own business, there isn’t one person in particular, but I’d have to thank all those bosses and managers that caused me grief in the past and put me in poor positions. You know why? Because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have had the audacity, tenacity, and motivation to create something better for others. So, thanks to them for sucking! Haha.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My wife and kids. My marriage and my family. They are the happiness I see each day. The effort I put in and the up’s and down’s are fully worth it because of them!
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