(GYSS #93): How To Launch Products On Amazon w/ Kiri Masters
“Selling products on Amazon has become a great starting point for building a business.”
Kiri Masters started Bobsled Marketing, an agency that helps brands to launch their products on Amazon. At the age of 28, she quit her job as a commercial banker to start the company. Now, she and her team have launched over 100 products on Amazon, ranging from drones, to pillows, to gun holster belts.
I wanted to get Kiri on the show because, as she says, “being an employee isn’t a bad thing.” Kiri worked in the banking industry for years before she started her own business, and she picked up some invaluable skills along the way. We talk about how to be a more productive employee, how to manage your manager, and how working for someone else prepares you for entrepreneurship. And, of course, Kiri talks about some of the ways you can get started selling products on Amazon!
(GYSS #92): Quitting Your Job To Pursue Your Passion Project w/ Elaine Huang
“Sometimes you gotta’ just go before you’re ready.”
Elaine Huang is the founder of Neon Owl, a media company that focuses on bringing positive, inspirational content back into music media, while connecting artists and fans to give back to charities around the world. She left her six-figure income position as VP to create a life out of passion and purpose. Elaine is the poster child of creating and living a life filled with nothing less than what you love.
I wanted to get Elaine on the show because she took a longer road toward turning her passion project into a legitimate, lifestyle business. Elaine left a secure, six-figure job in order to build a business she loved. But, it didn’t happen overnight. We talk about why Elaine felt lost during college, how she turned her lifelong passion into a profitable business, and even some of the unexpected challenges Elaine faced while starting from scratch.
(GYSS #91): How To Become A Jedi Master of Productivity with Paul Minors
“That’s the worst thing, really, to be spinning your wheels and not even knowing it.”
Paul Minors is is a coffee drinking tech lover who is very passionate about productivity. His goal is to help people like you get more done and reach your full potential. He believes that by managing your time, energy, and attention, you can be a more effective individual. Not just at work, but in everything that you do. Paul helps people become more productive at PaulMinors.com, and he also hosts The Productivity Podcast.
I wanted to get Paul on the show because he’s a productivity expert who’s managed to build a real “side hustle” while maintaining a 9-to-5 job. We cover over all kinds of productivity topics, including how being a perfectionist sometimes works against you. Paul talks about how to figure out why you’re not as productive as you’d like to be, how journaling improves your productivity, and how to schedule tasks in order to increase your productivity.
(GYSS #90): How To Live a Self-Made Lifestyle with YL Savitskiy
“If you apply yourself the right way, there is nothing that is outside your grasp.”
YL Savitskiy is the is the co-founder of Self-Made Millennials, and a young entrepreneur, millennial, podcast host, fitness junkie, and adventurer. Being the first person in his immediate family to enroll in an American university, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations after only three and a half years. Nine days after graduation, YL took a leap and followed his dream of living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Embracing change, he arrived in Vegas with two suitcases, a place to stay, and an approach of piecing together the rest of the details later.
I wanted to get YL on the show because he’s smack dab in the middle of his own entrepreneurial journey, and he has an interesting perspective on what it takes to truly live a self-made lifestyle. We talk about YL’s path to entrepreneurship, including how he learned to handle rejection while working at a fundraising office in college, and why he dropped everything and moved to Las Vegas right after he graduated. YL even offers a “sneak peek” at his seven secrets for living a self-made lifestyle.
(GYSS #89): How To Optimize Your Business & Build A Life You Love with Matt Inglot
“Forget business for a second, let’s just figure out what I want my day-to-day life to be.”
Matt Inglot is the founder of Tilted Pixel, a web agency he started 10 years ago while in university. He is also the creator FreelanceTransformation.com where he helps fellow consultants and creative services providers to earn more and most importantly, to build an amazing lifestyle through their business.
I wanted to get Matt on the show because he’s an experienced freelancer and entrepreneur who’s built a business that’s perfectly optimized for a life of freedom and flexibility. We talk about all things freelancing, including the most common freelancing mistakes, how to figure out (and charge) what you’re worth, and how to find clients you actually want to work with.
(GYSS #88): How to Establish Authority & Level-Up Your Talent w/ Erin Jacobson
“Be natural, be a person. Be interested in getting to know people.”
Erin Jacobson is known as “The Music Industry Lawyer.” She’s an experienced deal negotiator and a seasoned adviser of intellectual property rights who protects musicians, songwriters, producers, and other entertainment professionals. Her clients range from Grammy and Emmy Award winners to independent artists, record labels, music publishers, and production companies. Erin also founded, owns, and oversees all operations for Indie Artist Resource, the independent musician’s resource for legal and business protection. She’s a frequent author and speaker, and also blogs regularly on music industry topics.
I wanted to get Erin on the show because she’s an expert networker, and someone who’s turned a lifelong passion for music into a successful career. Now, she represents some of the biggest names in the music industry! We talk about how to gain expertise in any field, how to land your first big clients, and Erin walks us through her easy-to-implement networking tips.
(GYSS #87): How To Give Your Career An Upgrade with Olivia Gamber
“You’re not going to be recognized for just doing what you were hired to do.”
Olivia Gamber is the Founder of Occupational Olivia and author of the best-seller The Career Upgrade Roadmap. She helps highly educated young professionals upgrade their career or transition to work that is more engaging. She’s been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company. You can also find her weekly on The Occupational Olivia Podcast on iTunes.
I wanted to get Olivia on the show because she’s used her unique background in both psychology and organizational development to successfully navigate the workplace and upgrade her career along the way. We talk about psychology, relationships, and business, then dive into Olivia’s 5-step process for upgrading your career.
(GYSS #86): How To Monetize Your Genius & Deal w/ Haters with Caitlin Pyle
“Learning changes everything. It is THE deciding factor.”
Caitlin Pyle is a millennial entrepreneur who transformed her $40k-a-year freelance job into an online business that has grossed over $500k within 10 months of launch — and she did it in one of the tiniest niches on Earth. Based in Orlando, Florida, she’s currently on a 14-month travel adventure through South America with her husband.
I wanted to get Caitlin on the show because she is a rockstar entrepreneur! She runs two businesses right now, Proofread Anywhere and The Work Anywhere Life. We talk about her struggles as an employee early on in her career, how to deal with haters and how to monetize your genius.
(GYSS #85): Keys To Growing Your Tech Startup with Tom Tancredi
“The important part of the business plan is knowing you have some sort of expectations and learning how to pivot from them.”
Tom Tancredi founded DOM & TOM, a mobile application development shop, in 2009 and has since grown the company into one of the INC 500’s fastest growing companies in 2015 with over 45 employees. He is a fervent entrepreneur, having personally invested in multiple start-up ventures in New York City.
I wanted to get Tom on the show because of his expertise in growing tech startups. We discuss his career path and how he found mobile, why he chose to go into business with his brother and working with enterprise clients vs. small business owners.
(GYSS #84): A Millennial’s Quest for Identity with Shinjini Das
“You need to be aggressive about what you want. Otherwise, you won’t get it.”
Shinjini Das is a Speaker, Media Personality, Huffington Post, and Elite Daily Contributor. She was named as 1 of 16 Global Heroes by the United Nations Partnership, Together for Girls, for her work to empower youth and advocate for gender equality.
I had Shinjini on the GenY Success Show because she is a GREAT speaker. She’s also very young and recently graduated from college. We talk about how to find your identity, building a career as a speaker and being aggressive with what you want in life.
(GYSS #83): Develop The Habits of the World’s Top Leaders with Ben Austin
“When someone decides to take responsibility for everything in their life, it’s so empowering.”
Ben Austin is the founder of Stop. Start. Do. and teaches you how to be a peak performing leader by mastering your success habits. His friends call him the illegitimate love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Nye.
I got Ben on the show because I’m FASCINATED with the habits of today’s top performers. We dig into his story, the essential habits of the most successful people in the world and how you can develop habits for you to become more successful.
(GYSS #82): 52 Cups of Coffee with 52 Strangers with Megan Gebhart
“Life isn’t going to go according as planned, and that’s actually really good.”
Megan Gebhart is an author, world traveler, and tech-enthusiast living in San Francisco. In 2010, she launched a yearlong experiment to see what would happen if she had coffee with a stranger every week for a year. In 2014, she published “52 Cups of Coffee,” a book chronicling her conversations with everyone from a dairy farmer to Steve Wozniak.
I wanted to get Megan on the show because she’s had really great conversations with incredibly successful people. We talk about what life was like in college, where she got the idea for 52 Cups of Coffee and what she’s up to now.