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Ambitious men; Let’s hear from David

11 Jul

Name | David Morgan

Tell us a random fact about yourself | I have a very rare, unreleased R&B album, fully recorded in my shower.

What is your current occupation? | I’m a full time writer/artist/musician/human. I like to create anything that I possibly can, as much as I can. I currently have a number of projects on soundcloud, with “Genesis” being my latest release.(http://soundcloud.com/DavidFnMorgan).

I am the author of 3 books (Light, Love, and Life) available at www.LightLoveLife.co. The first 2, Light and Love, were self published and the 3rd, Life, my personal favorite, was published by Austere Magazine. I am also into writing video treatments and directing my own visuals. I currently don’t have the proper resources to make things as big as I imagine, but you can watch my videos at www.youtube.com/c/DaveMohicans

Would you class yourself as an ambitious man? | Yea, I guess so

Have you always been ambitious? If not what was the turning point for you? | Yea, ever since I was young, I was always determined to make whatever I want to happen, happen. Whether it be tying a blanket around my neck and teaching myself how to fly (hurting myself multiple times in the process lol) or just trying to learn something new, I was always determined to do whatever it took, regardless of what anyone else said. But the moment it hit me that I am truly ambitious is when I realized I was willing to work harder than anyone else for my dreams. What others considered too hard or too tiring, I considered normal. I can’t count how many nights I’ve put sleep to the side in order to finish a song, story, or whatever I was writing at the time. Even in the face of defeat and when things aren’t going exactly how I want, I push through and continue to strive to make my vision a reality. I’ve seen many others quit along the way when it gets tough, but I refuse to fail. After I figured out that no one is going to hold my hand and protect me from the hardships of life, I had no choice but to go hard. I’m not exactly where I’d like to be but I know for fact I’m going to get there. I couldn’t tell you how I know, but I just know. I think that’s what ambition is.

What is your biggest achievement to date? | I would say my biggest achievement is putting myself in a position to be as creative as possible without having to compromise much of my time working for anyone else. It wasn’t easy, but it has been worth it. I had to make the decision that I was not going to do anything that didn’t leave me feeling fulfilled once I was finished. The past 7 years of my life have been dedicated to nothing but creating. I didn’t realize that until recently. Literally everyday, I have created something. It isn’t the most lucrative occupation, but wealth isn’t all about money anyway. It has definitely been a process though. I’ve had days where I question if I’m doing the right thing. If I should just go back to school. If I’m “behind” in terms of “growing up” compared to my peers. Everyone has those dark days, but the sun always comes back up, and when it finally starts shining for me, I realize I am doing exactly what I was made to do. That’s the greatest feeling. I know there’s a lot of people who go their entire lives without knowing what their purpose is. I figured it out early. That’s my biggest achievement.

What is your long term vision for yourself? | My long term vision is to be able to make a sustainable living solely off of creating things and putting positivity into the world. I want to make more music, write more books, create cartoons, clothing, everything! lol Seriously though, there’s a lot of things I would like to do and I pray that life leads me down the path of being able to accomplish it all.  I don’t want to end up making a lot of money but living a life I hate. I’ve made a few life changes. I recently stopped smoking and drinking just to have a clearer vision and more control over how my life goes. I think this will allow me to hold myself fully accountable for my success as well as my mistake. I won’t have any excuses as to why I did something dumb. I may dabble every now and then, probably only when there is something huge to celebrate, but as of right now, I feel great without my vices. As far as a written plan, I’m working on that. I never really know what each day will bring, so I kind of just go with the flow with no laid out steps necessarily, but keeping an end goal in mind. I’m getting better at planning though because it definitely helps.

David Morgan

Photo by Morganne Nikole

What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? | I sacrificed getting a degree. I went to Texas Tech University for a couple of years until I finally accepted the fact that my passion for creation was 1000 times stronger than my urge to go to class. There were days I would just skip class completely and record 2 or 3 songs in my dorm room, and it only got “worse” (better in my opinion because I was fine tuning my craft) when I moved into an apartment. To most people, it wasn’t the smartest decision, but I’m 100% sure had I slaved away in school, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I wouldn’t have had the time to write 3 books, or make all these mixtapes, or perform at all the shows I’ve done. I’d probably have a job and a lot more money, yea. But I know for a fact I would not have been able to accomplish what I’ve accomplished so far. I wouldn’t feel fulfilled. By no means am I advising anyone to drop out, but that’s a sacrifice I made that I believe turned out for the better.

What advice can you give to other ambitious men that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? | Don’t second guess yourself. Get rid of all doubt. The most important thing is self-confidence. If you truly believe you can do something and you really want to do it, go for it. Don’t let “No” get in the way. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.

**Featured image photographed by Najee Rashad**

Want to hear more from David?

Follow him on Twitter Instagram & Snapchat @DavidFnMorgan

Website: www.DavidFnMorgan.com

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Are you ambitious? business minded? or pursuing  your passion?

Want to be apart of this series? Express your interest by emailing quietlyambitious@hotmail.com or messaging here  


 

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Ambitious Men; Let’s hear from OluFela

22 Jun

Name | OluFela Raymond Tusin (Fella) is what everybody calls me. Some call me OluFella

Tell us a random fact about yourself | I LOVE TO COOK

What is your current occupation? | I am Currently a product advisor for Microsoft and a Freelance Photographer

Would you class yourself as an ambitious man? | Yes I would. I am very passionate person about everything that I get involved in. its either all or nothing for me. I don’t believe in “halfassin” Life.

Have you always been ambitious? If not what was the turning point for you? |Yes I have always been an ambitious person. But I also believe there have been moments in my life where I push myself to be more ambitious about my endeavours. One of those moments was when I left college to pursue my dreams as a photographer. With so many self-titled photographers these days I believe what separates me from others is my passions and love for capturing people, my ambition to always keep growing learning and inspiring others to do greater things.

What is your biggest achievement to date? | My biggest achievement to date is raising over $7000 towards Livingstone International University (LIU); a privately funded University in Uganda Africa.  I achieved this by volunteering 2 weeks of my personal time and skills to document LIU’s first graduation class ever. I spent 95 percent of my time on the university’s temporary campus documenting the students, professors, deans and other employees surrounding the campus. I also took advantage of my surroundings and shot and documented as much of the locals as possible.

This wouldn’t have been possible to achieve if it wasn’t for the amazing company I work for (Microsoft) pushing each and every one of its employees to volunteer in their communities. For every hour I volunteered, the company matched my time with $25 per hour donation to a charity of my choice.  As I was born in Lagos, Nigeria; I figured what better place to give my time than a country in Africa.

While in Uganda it really took me back to growing up as a kid in Nigeria. I remember hoping; praying and wishing that one day I would have the opportunity to better my family’s lives by getting a better education and a great job. But I also prayed I would have the opportunity to leave Nigeria and see what else the world had to offer me. Fortunately for my family and I, we won a visa lottery and I was presented with everything I ever dreamt of.  As I documented the students and people of Uganda, I could see that same hope for a better future and opportunity in every kid’s eye. That’s what pushes me every day to keep raising awareness for the kids/people in Uganda.

Through my photographs from Uganda and other works, I continue to raise funds for a second trip back to Uganda and also help fund more resources for the kids and people in need in Uganda.

Olufela

 What is your long term vision for yourself?| My long term vision for myself is to be one of the people that educates and encourages young minorities in America and all over the world to invest their time and money back into Africa and also help educate the youth in Africa. To achieve these goals, I would have to move to a country in Africa and start a base for young entrepreneurs and educators to come. I don’t have an exact written plan for this yet, but everyday God leads me closer to building it together.

What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? | I am willing to sacrifice anything to achieve my vision because my goals won’t just benefit me but it will benefit future generations to come. I have sacrificed a lot. But I would say the biggest thing that I have noticed sacrificing day in and day out is my own personal money. I invest a lot of money into my work. Most people I know have grants and other resources that help them fund their work. But all the money I have comes from either selling art or from my 9-5 job at Microsoft [Thank you Microsoft].

I have also lost a lot of people in my life because of the changes I had to go through mentally and emotionally to become my true self.

 What advice can you give to other ambitious men that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? | Take it a day at a time. God didn’t create the world in one day. Be patient. Don’t just accept the knowledge giving to you, seek it out yourself.

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Please make sure you go and check out Olufela’s amazing photography! Support the cause

www.feleraymond.com

Instagram: peopleofuganda       felaraymond

 

My fiancé is too busy for me, but I’m ok with it

8 Jun

As a recently engaged couple you would expect us to spend a lot of time together right? But we don’t. In fact we spend a lot of time apart. Currently living in two different cities, about 80 miles apart, means we only get to see each other once a week (if that). We rarely have ‘dates nights’ and we don’t really do the whole gifts and present thing. Our phone conversations are usually at the end of the day…when he’s tired from his long day. His attendance at my family meet ups are practically non-existent and holidays away together are once in a blue moon. Basically his current schedule barely allows time for him to see his own mother let alone meeting up with me!

I’ve imagined what life would be like in a ‘normal’ relationship. You know where you go on weekly date nights and spend every waking minute of the day together, go travelling and watch movies etc. I do wonder if that could ever happen for our relationship…But for the type of man that I’m with…I very much doubt it!

Some of you women reading this, may be thinking…girl you need to leave him! He is way too busy for you! He obviously doesn’t care! Why are you giving him the time of day!

…well let me tell you why I’m OK with him being busy

Before you throw my fiancé under the bus, please understand that he is an ambitious man. The reason he is so busy is because he’s a workaholic. He obsesses over his dreams. He has goals he wants to achieve and he works towards them every single day. His intelligence surpasses anyone that I know! And he is hugely unconventional in his thinking. Most of his days are spent co-running a healthy food business and doing football training for 2 – 3 hours each day. He has set his standards high and hopes that one day he’ll be the best in the world and win the Ballon d’Or. The emotional and physical demands he puts himself under means it becomes difficult to make time for me.

But I understand that when you want to be the best, there isn’t a lot of time for leisure. Time is precious and each second your gifted with on this earth is another opportunity to achieve your dreams! So unfortunately regular date nights become less of a priority. A night spent eating out, however fun it may be, means that’s an evening he’s not able to work on the business. Going away on holiday for 2 weeks may mean he begins to slack in his football training. I never want to be the reason he doesn’t achieve his dreams! I have to honestly ask myself do I really value a date night that much that I would rather have that than a life of financial freedom?

So this is why I have to be OK with his busy schedule. Sacrifices have to be made. I have to accept that we may not be able to do the things ‘normal’ couples do…because well frankly we don’t want to live a ‘normal’ life.

Please don’t misunderstand my point. I’m not undermining the importance of spending quality time with your other half but I’m stressing the importance of working towards the future instead of living in the now!

So I’m OK with the fact my fiancé is too busy for me because I know he’s

…working towards a better life for me and our daughter

…breaking the cycle of debt in our families

…achieving his dreams

…working towards financial freedom

I know he’s not doing this for just himself…he’s doing it for our family! Nothing in this world comes easy and if you want an extraordinary life…you have to be willing to live in unconventional situations. You can’t just do what everyone else is doing and expect to live the life of the elite!

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Dear fiancé,

In the beginning of our relationship I can honestly say that you put a lot of effort into me. I wasn’t the most confident, neither did I believe in myself but you helped bring me out my shell and made me realise my strengths. You invested in me. I will never forget that. In hindsight, I feel that you may have been preparing me for now. Had I not decided to step up and become the woman I am today I could have left the relationship a long time ago. I would have got frustrated with your busy schedule and would have concluded that you didn’t make time for me because you didn’t love me. But I’m learning now that’s not the case! Yes there have been times I’ve felt extremely lonely because I wanted to spend more time with you. But that’s because I didn’t allow myself to become apart of your dream and vision. I was trying to stand at the sideline and shout for your attention instead of jumping in and becoming apart of your vision.

But now it’s MY time to step up! And  I’m all in!

Love you

Nat x

The Ambitious Man; Let’s hear from Dev

28 Sep

As you may remember a couple of weeks ago I finished up the ambitious man series where I interviewed a selection of ambitious men and asked them about the impact it had on their relationships etc (read recap here). I’ve decided to continue this series as a way to show appreciation to some of the good men in our society. The main requirement to be featured in this series is that you must be male and ambitious! If you want to be featured then drop an email to quietlyambitious@hotmail.com or contact me through my Twitter or Facebook ! 


Today I’m excited to share Devon’s contribution to this series. I’ve been inspired from his post and I hope you will be too. Make sure you check out his awesome blog; Cold Knowledge! But readers beware “you’ll either feel him, or you won’t” ! Ha. Enjoy!

image2 Name | Devon Young from Raleigh, NC (via Florence, SC)

Tell us a random fact about yourself. | I was actually born to a military man, in a military hospital, on a military holiday (Veteran’s Day), with my first two initials of my name, (DC) being related to the capital of the United States, where my hospital was located. And then 23 years later I joined the military and in 2013 I officially became a veteran. So needless to say that a large portion of my being is connected somehow to the military.
What is your current occupation? | Right now I currently work for Verizon Business monitoring the network, making it sure it stays up and running basically. I’m that awesome thin line between customers calling to yell at you and them not calling to yell at you basically lol.
Would you class yourself as an ambitious man? | I would to a lesser degree. I agree with the concept of being an ambitious man, but I don’t have the unhealthy obsessions that go along with it. Apart of being an ambitious man, to me, is that you have to learn how to sacrifice to obtain your goals. After doing that for years I’m starting to learn how to work productively. At the very root of it all, I’m always going to be use to working my butt off in anything that I do. Leaving it all out there with no room to question anything is my style, and whenever I set my goals on, I usually achieve because it’s what I really want to do. So do I consider myself an ambitious man? Yes I do, but now it’s like a refined kind of ambition where I’m working smarter, not harder.
Have you always been ambitious? If not what was the turning point for you? | For me ambition was something that was deeply rooted in me by my mother before I could learn to walk. If there was ever a lesson that was taught to me that I had to single out as a defining moment in my life was when I was told at a very young age that no one is going to care about me outside of my family and my race, so I figured I wanted to do things that most black people weren’t doing from my hometown. So I decided to do the opposite from what everyone else was doing and work hard at achieving the one goal in my life that I feel that I didn’t really have and that’s a family of my own, together. So me being ambitious has always been there from birth, because without it, I wouldn’t be me.
What is your biggest achievement to date? | My biggest achievement to date has to be going to Iraq and coming back home in one piece physically. There are few things in life that define us or change us completely for the better. For me going over there woke up the part of me that was hiding behind a wall of complacency and mediocrity. Once I realized what the ultimate goal was for my life, I realized that my self worth wasn’t where I needed it to be. Iraq basically gave me the swift kick in the behind to get me back to being outgoing, fearless and excited about my future once again.

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What is your long term vision for yourself? | This will sound funny, but it’s to be a family man. I had a family growing up but it wasn’t the best of situations at times. I had all the love in the world, but the whole moving around all of the time and having marginal to work with for my brothers and I wasn’t too grand of a thing. I want to be the best father and husband I can be while providing for them in the most stable position that I can provide. That’s the personal vision for myself, career wise I want to be able to run my blog full time while helping others through various posts and other ideas I have yet to announce. I want to actually have a hands on approach and not one where I’m just floundering away behind some desk.
What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? | At the current moment it’s time. I take a lot of it away from other aspects of my life so that I can achieve greater success down the road. I don’t hang with friends or family that much because I’m always doing something or making plans to do something related to my vision for my blog. I think that time will always be the most important thing a person has, that’s why I’m always trying to quantify it and make the best out of every second. Sooner or later everything will fall into place and I can do so much more than what I’m not doing right now in terms of fun and family, but right now, time is of the essence and I don’t really have that much to give to anyone beyond myself.
What advice can you give to other young men that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? | You have to gut check yourself if you really want it. The biggest thing for me when I decided to make my blog into something bigger than what it is was the fact that I just did it without any hesitation. Too often than not most problems you face will arise from a lack of confidence or your mind telling you that it’s too dangerous to do. If you manage to get that little voice in your head to shut up and stop telling you that everything that you either don’t know or never done is dangerous, then you will become one bad man. Don’t listen to the people that tell you no, that tell you your dreams are trivial, or they just simply try to bring you down to their level. At the end of the day, if you believe in something wholeheartedly and you are willing to bust your behind to get it, then nothing in this world will have the power to stop you.

Places can you find Devon

Twitter: @coldknowledge

Insta: @coldknowledge

“The Ambitious Man”; Recap part 9

12 Aug

Approximately 7 weeks ago my series on “The Ambitious Man” started. This series aimed to explore the lives of ambitious men and to find out whether this had an impact on their relationships. I think it’s fair to conclude that ambitious men make a lot of sacrifices such as sleep, relationships, social life, money etc. The majority of men I interviewed were not in a relationship as they felt they wouldn’t be able to dedicate enough time to their partner. The ones that were in a relationship spoke about the difficulties in managing time and the importance of finding a balance! I think the real take home message is finding the balance in your life and making sure that even though you’re pursuing your dreams you’re not doing it at the expense of meaningful relationships.

If you missed out on the series or haven’t had the time to read all posts in detail here’s a quick run-down of what was discussed!


Part 1: Ladies, can you really handle an ambitious man? Ambitious men have unhealthy obsessions. They spend a lot of their time working on their craft so they can be the best. This often means that there may be less time to spend less time with you. Women in relationships with these types of men need to be emotionally stable, live a life of sacrifice and be very supportive.

Part 2: Take interest in his vision. It was discussed that it is important to have a connection and a common purpose whilst in a relationship with an ambitious man. Taking time to find out what his vision is about will ensure that you’re both on the same page and working towards the same goals.

Part 3: Nadina spoke about how she supports her husband by taking care of the home and family. She advised other young women to be as supportive as possible and make sure you both take time out to reconnect.

Part 4: First up to share their experiences was Michael Tefula an author and entrepreneur. He spoke about how he quit his corporate job to become an entrepreneur. A lot of his time is taken up working on his projects and he felt that being in a relationship with his current schedule would be difficult.

Part 5: Joshua was our rom-com fan and multi-talented ambitious man from Nottingham. He spoke about his vision of changing a generation and his addiction to self-improvement. He spoke about finding the balance in his current relationship and making sure his girlfriend feels loved even when he’s away.

Part 6: Dominic was our sweet toothed project manager and entrepreneur from London. He spoke about making big sacrifices and working round the clock to achieve his dreams. He also spoke about the positive side of being in a relationship with his supportive fiancé who now is getting used to the fact he doesn’t work a 9 – 5.

Part 7: Simon was our midnight owl business owner and high school teacher. He spoke about his company “Show up” which showcases quality art form talent. His long term vision was to make the company into a worldwide successful empire. He also spoke about the fact that being in a relationship could potentially hinder your success because of the amount of time needed to make it successful.

Part 8: Jeiso was our director and business owner. He spoke about sacrificing his relationships, girlfriends, hobbies and social life to work towards his goals. He openly spoke about his difficulty in juggling his business and a relationship that unfortunately didn’t work out. However, he sees the positives in this situation and says he now has more time to focus on pursuing his vision.


I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that contributed to this series!

Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear what you all thought about this series? More of the same?

Natalie

“The Ambitious Man”; Let’s hear from Jeiso Part 8

5 Aug

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  •  Name: John sambo
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself: I really wish to meet an Alien? or take a one-way trip out to space just to see with my eyes what is truly out there.
  • What is your current occupation?: Director, business owner.
  • What have you achieved in your profession that you’re most proud of?: Failing with a strong attitude and never losing spirit. To me that is a great achievement, most people fail and give up. In terms of a more recognisable achievement, I would say opening a dessert parlour called, Dine Desserts.

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  • What is your long term vision for yourself?
    I want to continue being creative and most importantly being innovative.  My long-term vision is to be a very successful multi market businessman but mainly focused in tech and web based platforms. The question I always ask my self is how can you create a business that will add value to people’s lives?
  • What drives you to do what you do?
    I have a burning desire to make difference in the world and in my community through corporate social responsibility in Africa, Nigeria specifically. I want to be a Hero for my people, and for everyone else that needs it. I want to be great, I want to be the example, but most importantly to be the best version of my self I could possibly be.
  • What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision?
    I have already sacrificed relationships, friends and girlfriends. My hobbies and social life has definitely been put on hold for the last 3 years. Countless hours of sleep, long hours of my time and a lot of money. However, I would sacrifice most of those things again and again to achieve my goals, because there is no other option for me but to be successful in what I have set out for myself.
  • Are you currently in a relationship? and how do you juggle your relationship with your work life? How do you think being single would change the pursuit of your vision?: I was in a relationship, until recently. The truth is I wasn’t able to juggle the two. It was always business, at home or away. When you have set goals and your so focused on achieving them, it is almost like playing a role in a movie an struggling to come out of character because you are passionate and have a strong desire. It takes a lot courage to invest your money, but then also a lot of energy to turn that in to a product or service, and even more energy just to maintain it. Having a new business is like having 3 new-born babies. You suddenly have no energy left for anything else, so it might seem like you are neglecting a relationship, or don’t care.The main benefit of being single is, it allows you 100% of your time and freedom. You can decide how to use it. Meanwhile In a relationship you automatically must dedicate time for your partner, you must consider them in all that you do, spend more, be proactive and use your initiate, remember things and go places. It is very hard to do that and run a new business
  • What characteristics would you look for in a woman? Feminine, Healthy, Self dependent (Not necessarily financially but also emotionally), Understanding, Loyal, Motivated, Kind and Non-selfish

Thanks for reading.

Check out Jeiso’s social media accounts

Twitter.com/jeisoartist 

Facebook.com/jeisoartist

Instagram.com/jeisoartist

“The Ambitious Man”; Let’s hear from Simon Part 7

5 Aug
  • Name: Simon Patrick
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself: I sleep sometime 4 hours per night, & sometimes go 48-72 hours without sleep, due to working on my company.
  • What is your current occupation? High school Teacher/ owner of my own company ‘ShowUp’.
  • What have you achieved in your profession that you’re most proud of? Traveling to China to teach hip-hop, to people of all ages, for a well respected dance company. Being head choreographer, having to ensure the smooth running of day to day classes, while preparing choreography for Chinese TV events. Being in China, & allowing myself to be engulfed by the culture, language, & teachings, has benefited me in my career & day to day life
  • What is your long term vision for yourself? My long term vision is to have a worldwide successful empire. My company ‘ShowUp’ will be a successful global company, being the front running business of displaying & providing quality ‘art-form’ talent. Also having the ShowUp website being one of the top social media sites in the world, & it’s steaming site to be used by millions each day. I wish to open several dance studios for my dance company Dynamic-Dance-Classes, starting off in the UK, then later branching overseas. Also being directly connected, would be a photography/video filming studios for photographers & film makers to hire out. However, these spaces could be used for other events i.e sand competitions, dance congress, concerts.
  • What drives you to do what you do? having a strong passion for what I do, wanting to be successful.
  • What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? I’ve sacrificed sleep, social life, relationships. And willing to sacrifice nearly anything to achieve my success.
  • Are you currently in a relationship? And do you think being in one would affect the pursuit of your vision? I’m currently not in a relationship. I believe being in one can hinders your success, due to the amount of time (physically & mentally) you must put into being in a relationship. Your partner must have a clear understanding of what they are getting themselves into. In my opinion, a lot of thought should be put into this decision, and not decided with pure emotion. You must be realistic about the situation, & know if they will be able to handle it all, while being supportive.
  • What characteristics would you look for in a woman? Intelligent, drive/hard-working, always wanting to learn new things, open minded, kind, self-worth and creative.

If you want to see/hear more about what Simon does please check out his social media pages

 Instagram: showup01

“The Ambitious Man”: Let’s hear from Dominic Part 6

29 Jul

Name:

Dominic Emmanuel Dadson from Saaf London

Tell us a random fact about yourself:

New Orleans Is my favourite place on earth

What is your current occupation?

I make most of my money at the moment mainly via project management. I have several clients that I have contracts with who commission me to do work throughout the year in the music and media sector.

What have you achieved in your profession that you’re most proud of? 

I think my 1st sponsorship deal with Roland for an online music show I created in 2008 always stands out. I was still at uni at the time and I put a great team together to create an online music show for unsigned artists. We had the likes of Katy B and Ed Sheeran and Labrinth on the show. They were all unknown at the time. I used my student loan to produce it and manage to get a good sponsorship from Roland and the BBC to keep the shows running for some time. We ended up being nominated for a spirit of London award and got a personal invite to 10 Downing Street to meet Gordon brown at the time.

What is your long term vision for yourself? 

To run an established record label and hopefully in the next 5-10 years that’s what I’ll be doing.

What drives you to do what you do? 

Everyone’s different but for me I think it’s genetic because not everyone can be an entrepreneur. It takes a certain type of person to believe in yourself and have that motivation to start a business. I haven’t had a 9-5 job ever. Probably only one time when I was 15 and I worked in Gap as a Christmas temp… But through school and college I was hustling to support myself playing in bands, churches etc. It’s not easy and I don’t recommend not having a steady income unless your 100% in what you want to do and totally believe in your own visions and ventures!

What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? 

Money! Putting up your own money to make things happen can  be the biggest sacrifice at times I’m working on a few different new projects at the moment and they all take money so unless you have investment from a millionaire or someone who believes in you the money may have to be a loan from a bank which is always risky…

Example being, last year I met a local music artist in Nottingham. She was at a stage where she felt she wasn’t making much progress and I kind of bumped into her and really saw potential. I was like we need to do something together; I believe you can do well. I put some money up and I got her into a studio and produced an EP with her and a real talented producer I know from London. I was also planning my wedding with my fiancé so she wasn’t too happy that I invested so much money which was understandable as it wasn’t a small amount it was quite a lot for us. But I was willing to sacrifice that. We’ve done the EP  and got it to number 4 on the iTunes R&B charts and from that I’m now co-managing her with a guy called Kwame Kwaten who’s a very experienced manager and much more connected than me in the music industry  (he discovered and managed Shola Ama in  the 90s and currently manages  Laura Mvula,). From teaming up with Kwame we  signed an album deal with a great producer called Yoad Nevo who has produced for some greats including Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud etc. We are still on our journey to success but that’s just a small example of how you can make things happen yourself with self-investment.

Are you currently in a relationship? how do you juggle your relationship with your work life? How do you think being single would change the pursuit of your vision:

 Being single at times could be easier because I wouldn’t say I’m where I want to be and still there are decisions I need to make which could financially affect us as a couple. But I think at the same time being in a relationship is amazing and if you can find the right lady who believes in you that can also be the key to give you the extra confidence you need to take your ideas to the next level. My fiancé is still getting used to the fact I don’t work 9-5 and this takes adjustment. Sometimes she expects me to drop what I’m doing  in the evening but sometimes it’s not always possible especially if I’ve got a big project I’m planning for that week. I could be doing it till midnight. So sometimes we take weekends away where I turn my phone off etc. She’s very supportive and she’s helped in a lot of ways. We’ve been together for over 2 years and a lot of the stuff I was doing when we 1st met was up in the air and there wasn’t much stability. But now things are more stable for me I can support her more like she supported me 2 years ago. It can be a blessing to be with someone that’s a bit more stable minded than you. It’s always good to have that backbone to help put things forward. We have an amazing honeymoon to look forward to and of course we’re going to New Orleans and then we’re cruising in  the Bahamas.

What characteristics would you look for in a woman? 

They don’t need to be anything like me. Opposites attract in some ways.  My fiancé and I are opposite people. The only thing we have in common is the love of mostly the same music, same food, watching movies etc. But we try to support each other’s dreams and aspirations. Her dreams are different. It’s all about finding the middle ground. She doesn’t want to be in a high position at work or have her own business necessarily. Her dream is to go out to Africa and train midwives on how to do things the right way as she is a midwife here at the NHS. It’s not always about making it as a millionaire; it’s about having the right heart and having a purpose. If you’ve got a purpose in life you’ll always be ok because you have something to strive and wake up for.

“The Ambitious Man”; Let’s hear from Joshua Part 5

22 Jul
  • Name: Joshua Muschett
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself: I don’t see myself as a human only, I see myself as a spiritual entity embodying my place in the universe therefore what I do is my ultimate purpose fashioned by the passion of fulfilment. Only joking, I secretly really like Rom Coms and Romantic films, (but don’t let the lads know!!)
  • What is your current occupation? Least eligible bachelor… It’s difficult to say because currently, I’m my own business owner called SE health consultancy which is designed to help people achieve health and fitness goals, a football player, and PE teacher, as well as an entrepreneur. In essence, I don’t really just occupy just one position, although I mostly occupy myself with the pursuits of my passion: football.
  • What have you achieved in your profession that you’re most proud of? My proudest achievement in football would be my self-development on a daily basis. I don’t think trophies that I’ve won or big games that I’ve played in really define me. I say that because it so hard to stay motivated when life consistently knocks you down. Therefore I think for me to push myself to wake up and train consistently to develop my talents when it would be so easy to quit and take the easy way out makes me proud, because after all it is the person you become that is the most important.
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Joshua at a football training camp earlier this year

  • What is your long term vision for yourself? My long term vision is bringing myself to a level where I can inspire others to change a generation. Often I believe that people only believe when they see evidence, but to quote the Bible ‘blessed are those who have not seen but believe.’ I’m not comparing myself to Jesus Christ, but I believe that God has given us a purpose to achieve on this planet that can only be achieved by faith. So with His strength if I can execute the ideas and dreams that He has given me and give Him the glory, then I can use this to impact others and really make a difference in this world. It’s just like the Isrealites who had faith because they had seen God bring their forefathers out of bondage. So in today’s context people would be like ‘oh, God brought him out of his situation and raised him to that level, what God can God do for me if I ask?’
  • What drives you to do what you do? Ultimately what drives me is a must to be successful. I can’t tolerate not being the best, it burns me on the inside, don’t get me wrong I will hold my hand up when someone is better, or help someone to improve, but I’ve set a standard within myself where I believe it is a must for me to be the best. Also, I’m addicted to working on myself to self-improvement so that kind of helps!
  • What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? Nearly everything, I decided to stay in Nottingham to pursue my dream, which isolated me from family and friends, I didn’t really get to see anyone much, I was in a house by myself focusing on training. Also, I sacrifice socialising e.g. going cinema/out to eat date nights etc.  to work on my craft, But I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it, no sacrifice is too big!

Joshua

  • Are you currently in a relationship?If yes, how do you juggle your relationship with your work life? How do you think being single would change the pursuit of your vision Yes I am in a relationship, I don’t think I juggle it very well, but I think’s it’s improving, however,you’d have to ask her though haha! When you’re making your vison happen, you really have very little time or brain space for much else. I currently spend a lot of time out training, working etc, and while travelling to & fro she’s always on my mind. Sometimes, you don’t have the patience for the ‘you’re never here’ argument and emotional stuff which seems petty. However it is important to catch yourself and not get on your ‘I’m doing me’ high horse. Just listen and make her feel loved and important. When I’m away I feel bad because I miss her but I know it’s for the greater good. If I was single, I wouldn’t have to think about anyone else, and I would be able to see people as my time allows, without them being expectant on my commitment, but the grass isn’t always greener, it’s an unrivalled advantage to have a good woman in your corner like mine…
  • What characteristics would you look for in a woman? I’m visual so immediately attracted to what she looks like, then I hear her talk to see if she sounds educated, by that I mean the ideas that she shares or what she likes to talk about. Mundane conversations about TV soaps, other people’s short comings or moaning about life is a turn off for me. I need my woman to be feisty, driven, have high standards of appearance, passionate and positive. I also definitely need someone who challenges me to better myself. A sporty girl is desirable but not essential, loyalty is though. But most importantly a good heart and honest, God fearing woman would be great as well!

Thank you for reading. Joshua is in fact my boyfriend. 5 1/2 years later and I’ve learned so much from him. He is one of the most driven and dedicated people I know and he inspires me in so many ways!

Be sure to check out his pages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/semperexcelsiusfitness?fref=ts

Instagram: @sehealthconsultancy

“The Ambitious Man”; Let’s hear from Michael Part 4

15 Jul
  • Name: Michael Tefula
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself: My life is a bit like a cocktail: I was once a skateboarder. Did a bit of 3D design in my teens. Used to breakdance. Earned cash from making music and over a few years grew my YouTube channel to have over 1.5 million plays. I also run a t-shirt business and fashion website while at university and made money off that too! I love trying new things and hope to always be a keen learner.
  • What is your current occupation? Author and entrepreneur.
  • What have you achieved in your profession that you’re most proud of? I’m very grateful for getting a book deal with the major publisher Palgrave Macmillan. My first book, How to Get a First, has since been translated to Chinese and Arabic and I am now writing a third book.
  • What is your long-term vision for yourself? My long-term vision is twofold. First, it’s to be in a position where I can invest in and back entrepreneurs, particularly those from less privileged backgrounds. Second, I’d love to do something in the education and art sectors. But most of this work requires access to lots of money and time, so my long-term vision also includes personal financial success!
  • What drives you to do what you do? My long-term vision is what drives me today. I have no trouble waking up before everyone or going to bed later than everyone else if it means I can have more time working towards my goals. But more generally, I’m driven by having a very curious mind and desire to set ambitious goals which I can achieve in creative ways. This makes life both interesting and very satisfying.
  • What have you sacrificed or are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? The biggest sacrifice I made was to quit my corporate job in order to spend a year practising and learning about entrepreneurship. I left a good salary, career progression, and job security in exchange for an opportunity to learn what it takes to start a business. As a side note, sacrifices are necessary for success but I believe in limiting your downside as much as you can. If I fail in business, I have qualifications and experiences that can lead to a number of other fulfilling careers so quitting my job wasn’t as dramatic as some thought it to be.
  • Are you currently in a relationship? And do you think a relationship would affect the pursuit of your vision?I’m single at the moment and I think it’s mainly down to time. I work a lot (though I’m trying to have 1 day off a week) and if I were to get into a relationship now I’d probably only see my girlfriend once or twice a week. I’m yet to meet someone who’d be OK with that. However, I’m hopeful (and I’m actually working hard on this) that I’ll find a better balance and/or someone who’s understanding of what it takes to achieve some of the larger things I’m pursuing.
  • What characteristics would you look for in a woman? I have a soft spot for women who are charitable, generous, and intelligent. I’m also drawn to women who are so passionate about something in life that they aren’t afraid of having a bit of skin in the game – that is, they’re willing to take the path less travelled in order to have a positive impact on the world. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to be attractive either!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I have worked with Michael a few times and can definitely see that he is a hardworking and ambitious man. I hope you found his answers both insightful and inspiring.

Be sure to check out his books and personal website. Links below!

Michael’s Books – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Tefula/e/B005253R6W/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Michael’s Website – www.michaeltefula.com


Next week we’ll be hearing from Joshua; an aspiring footballer and entrepreneur (also my lovely boyfriend for the past 5 years)